Scarcity is burned into our brains, because of the culture in which we live. Advertising is based on telling us what we lack in the three As, appearance, achievements and affluence. We are bombarded with messages that cause us to ask ourselves, “What are all the things I need to own in order to be […]
When life isn’t going the way you planned, how do you deal with it? I want to share three things in the blog this week, for anyone who might be feeling this way. It’s impossible to talk about things not going your way, without mentioning the children of Israel and the 40 years they wandered in the wilderness, searching for the Promised Land!
I loved seeing all of the “We Remember” posts, yesterday on the 22nd anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing. I remember the day after the tragedy hit to be a time to begin picking up the pieces and I will forever be so proud of the role our church played in these efforts.
God has so many surprises in store for us. In the darkest of nights, a single ray of light often shines for us, illuminating a path forward. When you and I have the courage to not quit or give up, He will lead us into a new and full life, a resurrected life. Just three […]
Do you remember in the late 90s, the popularity of the phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” There were wrist bands and books and even a cookbook claiming if you would eat as Jesus ate then you would lose weight and be healthy. There was a national campaign against SUVs saying Jesus would never drive a “gas-guzzling SUV.” This remains relevant today, as Christians try to understand what side of the issues Jesus would lean toward. What would Jesus do? What would He eat? What would He drive?
Last week, one of St. Luke’s oldest Sunday School classes had its very last gathering. The “Wedding Ring Class” was made up of incredible leaders and faithful church members, who, for decades, served others and grew in their faith together. To say lifelong friendships were formed would be an understatement. This group was truly a […]
We often do not want to confront the truth because we are afraid of what it might be and that we cannot handle it. This is exactly what happened to the disciples.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten Season. Also called, Lent, it is the 40 days preceding Easter, not including Sundays. The purpose of Lent is a time of self-reflection, to examine our lives, to ask, what is separating us from God. What are the things that are holding us back from being free to live as joyful, resurrected Christians?
Earlier this month, we started a new sermon series at St. Luke’s, “Music That Changed the World.” We have been looking at important songs throughout history that have meant so much to our culture and other cultures in the world. There’s no doubt that music speaks to our soul in a way that is just different from spoken language.
What does it mean to deny yourself? In Matthew 16:25, Jesus said to His Disciples if any man would come after me, let him deny himself, pick up his cross and follow me for whoever tries to save his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it for what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul.