Posts from August 2020

Posts from August 2020

From Your Pastor, August 7

Not Just in the Past  On Sunday evenings, where we are studying 1 Corinthians, we just heard the Apostle Paul summarize the gospel: Jesus Christ and him crucified (2:2). That message was the stumbling block for Jewish people who couldn’t fathom a humbled God. And it was ridiculous for the philosophically minded Greeks, who couldn’t fathom a “weak” God. But for us,…

From Your Pastor, August 6

Pathetic and Precious  “…believe in the gospel.” — Mark 1.15  Do you believe in the gospel? The verb ‘believe’ means to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust. We trust in all sorts of things, like the simple fact that the chair you are sitting in right now will hold you up. You sat down in that chair expecting it to keep you elevated…

From Your Pastor, August 5

Where Your Treasure Is “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Mt. 6:19-21 In a time of severe unemployment, I am…

From Your Pastor, August 4

Two Illusions “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked (Ps 73:2-3).” When was the last time you looked at what another person has—family, job, car, home, etc.—and were tempted to be envious? Psalm 73 gives us invaluable insight into other people’s lives, and how…

From Your Pastor, August 3

You will find nothing? Sometimes it’s hard to imagine praying like the Psalmists.  In Psalm 17, for instance, the Psalmist (David, in this case) has been accused of some kind of evil and he wants his name cleared. So he starts off, “Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!” (v. 1a). So far, so good. But, then he goes on, “Give ear to my prayer from lips free of…