Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Mystery of the Heavenly Bracelet

I heard a wonderful story this morning in my church office at First Church of an event that happened recently. Our main maintenance guy on staff, Mack, attends Fairview Christian Community Church.  Mack had a glorious incident to share with me.  Mack's pastor, Larry Dyer, has Parkinson's Disease.  (He soon will receive deep brain stimulation at a Nashville hospital to treat his tremor.)

About three weeks ago Larry's congregation came up to their pastor to give him cards and encouragement.  After that Sunday morning worship service Larry noticed something amazing.  On his wrist was a bracelet that he had never seen before.  He didn't recall anyone putting it on his wrist that morning, either.  It said something similar to, "I can do all things through Jesus Christ."  

Larry noticed that afternoon that the encouraging bracelet was gone!  He and his wife looked for it and they found it, of all special places, underneath his Bible.  Larry put it back on and hasn't taken it off!

Isn't that a glorious story?  Nobody claims to know from where this mysterious bracelet came.  He doesn't know how it got on his wrist, back off his wrist and underneath his Bible.

What a merciful God we serve!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Resurrection Sunday 2015

What does it matter if Jesus of Nazareth either rose from the dead or did not?

Palm Sunday 2015

Why did the Jewish authorities want Jesus dead?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Paul (Romans 1)

We begin our verse-by-verse study through the Apostle Paul's Letter to the Romans by examining the man behind the message. How did Rabbi Saul of Tarsus become Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

12 Satan Tempts the King (Part 3)

Could Satan tempt Jesus to worship him, the devil, in order to give Christ what he wanted?

Sunday, March 22, 2015

11 Satan Tempts the King (Part 2)

Satan tempted Christ, while the Son of God was fasting for 40 days in the desert, to force God's hand—to test the Father—to demand protection if/when Christ jumped from the pinnacle of the Temple. Christ refused to demand God prove himself. Do we?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Receiving God's Forgiveness

Jesus said:
 Pray then like this: "Our Father in heaven, ...forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.  (Matthew 6:9a,12b,14,15 ESV)
Did Christ "really" mean this or is there a nuance we are missing?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

10 Satan Tempts the King (Part 1)

Jesus was led into the desert to be tested by his Father and tempted by Satan.  Will the King, the True & New Israel, succeed in 40 days what Israel failed to do in 40 years?

Sunday, March 8, 2015

9 The Baptism of the King

Why did King Jesus want John the Baptist to baptize him?  After his water baptism Jesus was baptized with the Holy Spirit and the Father announced his Son.  Larry preached this sermon before the church held a baptismal service.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

8 The Herald of the King (Part 4)

If a person surrenders to King Jesus then he is given the Holy Spirit.  If a person rejects King Jesus then he is given judgment.  Which would you prefer?  And why do so many reject the King?