September 2010

Sept. 26, 2010
INTRODUCTION – Somewhere between a year and two years ago I think – we started a sermon series in the gospel or book of Matthew . Our ultimate objective in going through this book verse by verse, passage by passage, is we want to know Jesus better, and we want to follow Him more fully.

The longer some of us go in this life, the more we see – – there is no one like this God/man Jesus.
Napoleon – the great French military leader said, “I know men, and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creation of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him. “ Continue reading Jesus – Beloved Son & Gentle Servant Matthew 12:15-21

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SEPT. 5, 2010

INTRODUCTION – When Anne, Josh and I traveled to Switzerland a couple of years ago to pick up Caroline we were surprised and inconvenienced by the so called blue laws that they still have in place there.
Blue laws are laws that restrict what a person can do or what a business can sell on the Sabbath day, which usually is Sunday, though In Israel – it would be Saturdays. And I think in Switzerland it starts Saturday evening.

My ideal is to mow my lawn on Saturday, but a couple of times at least I have had to mow it on Sunday because I was too busy with other stuff on Saturday. Each time I’ve caught myself being a little anxious about what someone might say about me mowing it on Sunday since Sunday is thought to be the Sabbath – even by non church going folk.

We had a member of our church leave us in my earlier years here because we refused to accept his contention that the Sabbath is really historically and biblically supposed to be observed on Saturday. Of course the 7th Day Adventists chose their name to reflect their conviction that the Sabbath is Saturday and is extremely important to observe. Continue reading Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God & the Sabbath Matthew 12:1-14

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Tonight at the dinner table with my wife, mother in law, and daughter I learned that none of them had ever read my blog. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. I rarely mention it around the house. And I rarely write in it.

One of the reasons I write with such rarity is because as someone has so aptly said, “History belongs to the intercessors.” If I only have so much time during a day and I haven’t prayed sufficiently, I usually am going to choose to pray rather than write. The writer of the Proverbs said in ch. 10 vs. 19, “Where there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.” Another Proverb has also challenged me in this regard, “In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” (14:23) I see prayer or intercession as the highest form of work and the most productive.

Now lest I mislead you, I do not pray as I should, though I pray every day and throughout the day.
Anyways you can learn a lot at the dinner table if you listen in between bites. 🙂

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