I have been listening to a lot of Christmas music as I work on the Christmas series of messages. And it has been fun (and powerful for my soul) to discover some new music designed specifically with the passages in Luke that saturate the Christmas season. Enjoy, and please pray for me and other pastors working … More Zechariah’s Joy, and Ours
Reading with the Pastor John 16 and Psalms 133-135 Travails in the Schoenleber family have kept me from posting anything new for more than a week but I hope it hasn’t kept you from reading with the pastor. Today we come to John 16 and Psalms 133-135. It is a good selection to be coupled … More Waking Up Angels
And that is the world we live in. When the morals and standards of a nation decline, when the standard operating procedure for all things ethical is mob rule, might, power, volume and “outrage” how can any nation survive. Forty-two years ago, John Warwick Montgomery, in a tiny book titled THE LAW ABOVE THE LAW … More “Among Cannibals, one feels guilty for not cleaning his plate.”
Reading with the Pastor Luke 19 and Psalm 100-101 It has been fun to see how appropriate the coupling of these psalms with the Gospel portions has turned out to be. Today, we read two short psalms and the familiar story of Zacchaeus climbing a tree to get a better glimpse of Jesus. Don’t you … More A Postcard from God
Reading with the Pastor Luke 5 and Psalm 79-80 In the Masoretic Text (MT), the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the middle letter in the Psalter is the middle letter in the Hebrew word translated as “forest” in Psalm 80:13. In the MT it is raised slightly above the line to show off its … More A Confidence that Grows with Memory
Reading with the Pastor Mark 3 and Psalm 73 Today we are reading chapter 3 in the Gospel of Mark again because it is a critical chapter in the book. One of the reasons it is so critical is the clarity of what discipleship looked like for the disciples. The verses to examine are 13-15. … More The Reason We Aren’t Making Disciples is Simple
Reading with the Pastor Mark 7 and Psalm 42-43 Today’s readings are sobering and exciting. The Pharisees continue to fight the teaching and ministry of Christ. Even though they have the Scripture, they don’t understand it. Nevertheless, a Gentile woman expresses faith in Christ and a desire to receive His blessing and healing for her … More How About This on Your Gravestone?