02.23.21 – Small Steps

We humans sometimes try to take on more than we are physically, mentally, or even spiritually able to handle.  That is sometimes my biggest obstacle in putting together sermons, I want to share everything that I have in my studies, however, doing so within less than thirty minutes, and before the listeners eyes glaze overContinue reading “02.23.21 – Small Steps”

Just a Minute 02.28.21

2nd Thoughts On Monday My Sunday afternoons and Mondays morning consist of critiquing myself – analyzing my sermon including horrible explanations, weird facial expressions, and everything. This morning, however, is different.  Don’t worry, I didn’t wake up patting myself on the back, and yes, I am aware that I need to start seeking fashion adviseContinue reading “Just a Minute 02.28.21”

just a minute 02.20.21

I Peter 3:18-22 Written to Christians in Asia Minor are a minority faith population split between cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamon, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Most are probably native to this geographical area, they are now outcasts due to their choice to follow Jesus. Their suffering has historically been attributed to the hostility ofContinue reading “just a minute 02.20.21”

just a minute 02.19.21

Six times in God’s truth we see a covenant between God and Man.  While there were surely other agreements  – these six covenants are pivotal. Covenants exist between nations or peoples, usually a dual responsibility type of agreement where both parties agree to do/not do something.  Covenants with God, however, are primarily, if not totally, one sided.  They areContinue reading “just a minute 02.19.21”

just a minute

Ash Wednesday Many of us come from Christian backgrounds where Ash Wednesday received barely any noticed at all.  I grew up in a Baptist tradition where this day, and all of Lent, received little, if any, recognition at all. Somewhere along the protestant journey, our fear of any pre-reformation religious practices has caused us toContinue reading “just a minute”

just a minute

fat tuesday? What will you do with this day? Did you know the first U.S. Mardi Gras celebration took place in 1703 in what is now Mobile, Alabama?  It was an overflowing feast purposely planned so all the meats and perishable goods that would spoil over the next 40 days of Lent would be eatenContinue reading “just a minute”

02.01.21 – 02.07.21

Readings Isaiah 40:21-31  •  Psalm 147:1-11, 20c  •  1 Corinthians 9:16-23  •  Mark 1:29-39 Context/Insight Isaiah 40:21-31 Context – I have grown to love this passage as I have spent more time with it recently.  This is chapter 40 assumed to be the beginning of the second part of Isaiah where the setting moves from warning the people of the comingContinue reading “02.01.21 – 02.07.21”

01.25.21 – 01.31.21

Readings Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Psalm 111 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Mark 1:21-28 Context/Insight Deuteronomy 18:15-20 Context – This passage was, for the first century Jews and Christians, the basis for their looking for The promised prophet, deliver, Messiah.  It refers back to the time at Mount Horeb/Sinai when the people proclaimed that they wanted Moses to beContinue reading “01.25.21 – 01.31.21”

01.18.21 – 01.24.21

Readings Jonah 3:1-5, 10  •  Psalm 62:5-12  •  1 Corinthians 7:29-31  •  Mark 1:14-20 Context Jonah 3:1-10 Context: We usually assign the story of Jonah as being just a story about Jonah and his disdain for the people of Ninevah.  However, the story of Jonahhas so many layers to it.  It is definitely important to understand Jonah and his attitude. HeContinue reading “01.18.21 – 01.24.21”