Bilbo speaking to Gandalf in Part One: The Fellowship of the Ring “I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in m heart of hearts. Well preserved indeed!” he snorted. “Why, I feel all. thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has … More Bilbo Speaks for My Heart
“Finally, brothers, rejoice, be restored, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.” The Legacy Standard Bible2 Corinthians 13:11 Oh to be a people who will live this way! “Lord, make it so. Like pottery, form us into a useful people”
“We are always in the forge, or on the anvil; by trials, God is shaping us for higher things.” Lyman Beecher, (1775-1863) Beecher would know. His was a life steeped in controversy, some of it self-inflicted but all of it under the sovereign gaze of God. God is shaping you too, through the pains and sorrows … More Great Quotes to Make Us Think
Reading with the Pastor Matthew 13 and Psalm 35 Today we get to go back and read one of the pivotal chapters in Matthew, an entire chapter filled with parables of the Kingdom. I love this chapter and can’t wait to preach it sometime later this year. Jesus tells us what the Kingdom of God is … More The Book is Yours
The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not look like it has great power in the culture of North America right now. But ‘what seems to be’ does not always reflect reality. Jesus said so. One of His shortest parables is also one of His most encouraging. So if you are discouraged over what you see … More The Glories of the Gospel
Preparing to preach on Luke’s version of the parable of the four soils this week and remembered this post from Mark chapter 4. For more see: Choosing Christ over the Treasures of America.
A Parable of Castles and Servants Neuschwanstein Castle-Bavaria (not far from my ancestral home in Germany) “The castle was just over the hill off the main highway leading to the city. I lived on its outskirts but I could see its tallest spire. Weekly celebrations were the norm there. We could see the throngs going … More A Modern Parable: They are Outside the Castle