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Christmas Messages from Our Mess

How many of you have that one person in your family who is a bit of a wild card at the family Christmas gathering?  For those of you who lifted your hands, be honest. How many of YOU are THAT person?  Family relationships can be messy, can’t they? How many of you have...

Jesus, the Turning Point from Darkness to Light

John 1:9-10, 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He (Jesus) was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. “Advent” is a Latin word which speaks to Christ’s coming into the world....

How Full Are You?

Ephesians 3:14-21-14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ...

The Cup of the New Covenant and the Next One

Luke 22:14-16 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of...

Is the Lord Your Shepherd?

I want to make four statements about Jesus from John 10.  There, Jesus uses a metaphor for our relationship with Him.  He is like a shepherd, and we are compared to the sheep.  That makes Him the leader and us the followers.  Look at John 10:7-10 7 Therefore Jesus...

Radical or Just Regular Disciple?

Matthew 16:13-19 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what...