Forsaken for a Purpose

 Where is God when we need him the most? Surely this is the question that begs for an answer in Psalm 22. Its author David, Israel’s most beloved King, provides no introduction, no transition, but simply dives right in as he states his despair, “1 My God, my God, why have …

We Would Like to See Jesus

 As I read the opening verses of our passage this past week, I was reminded of a question sometimes suggested to open up discussion when friends or family are gathered together: If you could meet anyone in the world, living or dead, who would that be? I imagine that for …

The Son Above the Clouds

Have you ever wondered where the sun goes on a rainy—or snowy—or cloudy day? Since we can’t always see it, it can be easy to assume that there are days when it doesn’t rise at all. But, as we all know, this isn’t the case. Simply because we can’t see …

The Way to God

I confess that seeing how our passage, as my sermon title suggests, tells about the way to God isn’t something that is immediately obvious for what does Jesus clearing the temple of livestock and moneychangers have to do with our finding a path to God? The answer lies in verse …

Heavenly Treasures

 This first Sunday of Lent, I am wondering what, if anything, have you decided to give up? According to a recent Christianity Today poll, as of Wednesday of last week Twitter placed the following items in the Lent Top 10! Starting with number 10 is soda Then Swearing comes in …

The Difference Knowing Christ Makes

Not too long ago I found myself in a conversation about someone who wasn’t a believer. Now though I didn’t know the person being discussed well, I did know a few things about them—and I’m using the generic plural intentionally to protect their identity. This particular individual is hard-working, conscientious, …

The Gospel of Empathy

We live in an unusual time, don’t we? We act as though there are two sides to every position—our way and the wrong way. We hold our views so strongly that we can be closed to hearing any position that might counter our own. We’re suspicious of those who hold …

Faith in God’s Promises

In considering the story of Jonah last week, we saw how prophecy from God worked at two levels: The first level is how we commonly think of prophecy, namely as a prediction of some event that will take place in the future. And this is certainly a key component of …

God’s Compassionate Heart

In this season of Epiphany, of being reminded how the God who made the entire universe revealed himself not only to his chosen people, Israel, but also to non-Israelites, in our morning’s passage we are provided with yet another glimpse into the LORD’s compassionate heart. The story of Jonah is …