Knowing vs. Doing

“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). James, the half-brother of Jesus, had a unique perspective on the life of his older brother. He grew up with him. Apparently, their childhood was uneventful. We have no record of Jesus performing any miracles… [read more]

Set Apart and Chosen

As you know, I was employed in the “secular” world a long time before I finally submitted to God’s call to preach. After a dozen different jobs in almost every corner of the continental U.S., I know the drill. New hires meet with Human Resources to fill out all the paperwork. At the end of… [read more]

Valid I.D. Required

At the end of World War I, there was a large group of soldiers so traumatized by war—so shell-shocked—that they could not remember who they were. They had “lost” their identity. Families of these lost souls assumed that their loved ones were killed in action. Some of them received letters to that effect. But the… [read more]

A Tragic, But Good Friday

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Every Christian is familiar with the details of the crucifixion. After all, it is one of the… [read more]

Going to the Chapel of Love

Jesus answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not… [read more]

Proper Alignment

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Back in the day, Ray Stevens asked the musical (and theological) question—Would Jesus wear a Rolex? I think Jesus would’ve had a $10.99 Walmart special or, more likely, no watch at all. As God, Jesus isn’t bound by time. Would Jesus drive a BMW? Again, I think not. I think he enjoyed the long walks… [read more]

Precious Faith!

In 2 Peter 1:2, the apostle says that he is writing “to those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours.” Your faith IS precious. By faith, we are allowed to share in God’s precious promises. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “Through these (God’s power, glory, and goodness, v…. [read more]

Raising the Bar

So far in our study of being a church that looks like Jesus, we’ve seen some biblical principles to guide us on the journey: First of all, we have to make every effort to maintain our unity (Ephesians 4:3). The church is made up of different kinds of people and it is very easy to… [read more]

Reality Check

Three years ago, Dr. Glenn Pemberton, a professor of Old Testament at Abilene Christian was one of the featured presenters at Austin Grad’s annual Sermon Seminar. Pemberton spoke on preaching from the psalms. If you don’t know Glenn, then you can’t really appreciate how he truly lives the psalms. Some time back, his house burned… [read more]

Worship Under Construction

We’ve been thinking about worship for the last couple of weeks—that our worship of Almighty God should be done in Spirit and Truth, with reverence and awe for who God is. We worship THE awesome God and there is no one else. God alone is awesome. This Sunday, we will turn our focus inward to… [read more]

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