Many times it is difficult for a modern reader to consider the circumstances that we endured at the time any particular Biblical text was written. Lamentations might be one of the most difficult of circumstances to consider.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
You can do the right thing the wrong way and the disciples find that way in our text. The go to God with their troubles...but, oh my, their question! In spite of their lack of faith, Jesus still hows himself to be the object of faith.
This passage from Genesis seems familiar in so many ways. But the resolve of the story is otherworldly.
David? What is Jesus doing? Is this relevant? The Pharisees don't think so, but they got more than they bargained for.
Much of the powerful Trinitarian theology that we know is build from the groundwork laid by the Old Testament. Isaiah's vision of one of them.
Here's a little bonus for Trinity Sunday.
What a great day it must have been to have worship begin with a mighty wind, tongues of fire and speaking in languages the Apostles never learned. However, these are all the commotion around the main event, but not the main attraction themselves. So if Pentecost isn't about those 3 things then what is the main point of Pentecost?
The Christian life revolves around its Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Or at least it should. Jesus Christ is the center of our life, or at least He should be.
As we make the annual revolution around the life of our Lord, we notice that there are several events that we stop at and make a big deal out of, just like we do with our own life when we celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and our Baptismal birthday. These are particularly defining events.
Some of the defining events in the life of Christ are Christmas, Good Friday and Easter. Yet, what we sometimes fail to realize, is that among the significant events in the life of our Lord, there are not just 3 but 5. Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, His Ascension into heaven, and then there’s one that hasn’t happened yet, His 2nd coming.
The first three we wouldn’t think of missing and the fifth one sells lots of books. But it’s easy for the Ascension of our Lord to slip by hardly noticed.
The result of our lack of attention to the Ascension of our Lord is a heavy dose of misunderstanding about it. I have a hunch that many people think that Christ’s work began on Christmas and ended on Easter, and now that He’s got the mess on aisle 5 cleaned up there’s no more need for Him to hang around any longer, so away He goes. But that's not the cause, there is a lot that we gain from the Ascension and a proper understanding of it. This is a festival of great importance!
We may think that we know what love looks like. But is it possible (and even more likely) that our understanding of love has been taught to us by the world and not by God? But where is this template for love found in Scripture?
If we are not properly trained to know when we're being told lies then we are at danger in many ways. How great is the danger if we believe false prophets and those who preach from a spirit rather than God?
How did you learn what love is? This is actually a trick question, because the world has taught us that we're even to be taught "what love is." True love is always and only from God. So if true love is a verb then how does one demonstrate love?
One of the most amazing feelings in this world is the joy of feeling forgiven after repenting of a sin. Then you prize the forgiveness all the more.
If you have a reason to go to court it is advised that you get a lawyer to advocate for you. Occasionally an individual will choose to represent themselves, but many times this is discouraged. You may think you have an advantage by doing this; but when it comes to our case with God, we are pleased that we already have an advocate.
The striking question that the Gospel of Mark leaves you muddling over is this, “Jesus said he was going to be in Galilee on the third day after his death…would you, in faith, go to see him? Everything else happened, just as he said…”
Often we do not acknowledge how significant creation is and how directly connects our sin is in it's affects upon creation. Creation mourns when Jesus dies.
If there is every a circumstance that believing is not seeing it is in Holy Communion. We want so badly for life to be purely based on empirical data, and we'd like it if faith were not the exception. But the disciples saw and it didn't help them, so...
Palm Sunday has many moving piece and is tricky to take all on its own simply because we know where it leads us. But there is one simple question that can challenge us to our core.
It can be easy for a tree, a turkey, some toys and tinsel to become the focal point of gatherings at this time of year. If we do not see His glory it can be easy for this to happen. But seeing Him may be a little more than seeing the beauty of a rainbow.
If we're asking the wrong questions about Christmas we will undoubtedly come to the wrong answer. Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the Gospel that God will send a savior to restore creation. But who is this person? And when will they come? And now you're ready to hear the Good News that comes at Christmas.
"Where is the best place to remember your family members who have died in the faith? As your going to communion. You are closer to them spiritually than you ever were in this life." The sacrament is the heart of our religion. Communion is an All Saints' benefit.