Hebrews 13:7-17: Spiritual Remembering

Paul Preaching Fresco

How ironic.  The day before I leave to care for my parents because they suffer from Alzheimer’s, the book of Hebrews warns us against a spiritual Alzheimer’s.  For the Christian Church is a living reality, also with a memory.  The book of Hebrews speaks of this memory, telling those in the Church not to succumb […]

Luke 13:22-30: Are YOU Saved?

Anxious Person

Convinced of being correct, with themselves as judge of right and wrong, Jewish men readied themselves for the fight.  Against whom were they fighting?  Other Jews.  Those from the School of Hillel, such as Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, argued that every Jew would receive salvation.  Not so taught Shammai, the other leading […]

Luke 12.49-53, Hebrews 11:24-12:3: Eternal Peace

Great Cloud of Witnesses3

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?  No, I tell you, but division.”  We don’t expect such crazy-sounding talk from Jesus, the Prince of Peace, do we?  We expect Jesus to bring the family together—but He, instead, says something else.  He sets father against son, mother against daughter, and in-law against in-law. […]

Luke 12:32-40 (Genesis 15:1-6): Who’s Promising?

Promises

She chuckles in response: “Promises, promises.”  Her ears have taken in her husband’s words before as he sits in comfort, watching the game.  “I’ll get to it later,” but later never comes.  Oh, he’s sincere: he does plan to take out the garbage.  But something comes along and the intent to do so is gone, […]

Ecclesiastes: Meaning in a Meaningless World

Meaningless Meaningless

Mist rises from the ground, disappearing in the heat and is gone.  A vapor and nothing more.  The mother of all the living, Eve, held her newborn son, the second child ever born of a woman.  Even so, the paradise God created became an evaporating mist, awaiting its recreation on the Last Day. Eve gazed […]

Psalm 138: Gratitude

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When you thank people in your life, you are helping yourself as much as you are helping others.  Now, you might find it humbling to thank other people—but taking the time to do so creates goodwill, a favorable environment, and even fosters friendship. Researchers discovered the best habit to help nurture happiness in life is […]

Genesis 18:1-14: Having the Last Laugh

Old Woman Laughing

Sarah is an old woman, almost 90 years old.  Her hair is a tired gray, lacking in luster.  Her skin is leathery from years of desert sun.  Many memories of joy fill her, but she still aches inside, empty and hollow, the promise of what could be, which never came. Her husband is a good […]

Luke 10:25-37: Trying to Earn the Inheritance

Inheritance

Love God and love your neighbor.  What could be simpler?  You can condense the entire Law of God in one word: Love.  Is God’s Law that simple?  Not when the lawyers are through with it! A lawyer, an expert in the Torah, came up to Jesus to test Him.  That was his first mistake.  Test […]

Jackie Roschi’s Funeral Sermon

Jackie Roschi2

2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9 Hebrews 11:1-2, 35, 39-12:1-2 Luke 15:1-7   Jackie was an enigma to me.  I don’t mean as a friend but as a pastor.  We met a few years ago, and the specifics of our first meeting are now forgotten memories to me. Jackie was a neighbor and our paths often crossed.  […]

Galatians 6:1-10: Reaping What Was Sown

Everything else being equal, a tried-and-true principle exists in this world: You reap the seeds you sow.  Do you want to harvest a wheat crop during the autumn?  You plant the seed in the spring, harvesting what you earlier planted. This principle is also true when it comes to the evil in life.  Someone who […]