The Cross Beam of Commandments – May 27, 2018 – Exodus 20: 1 – 21

The Hebrew people had been freed from slavery under Pharoah and had journeyed for several weeks to come to the base of Mount Sinai. They had been enslaved for hundreds of years in Egypt. There seems to me something was lost between Joseph being reunited with his brothers in Egypt and now. The spirit of the people had been broken under the hot desert sun and the whip of the slave master. The Lord saying through Moses to Pharoah, “let my people go” must have been odd to the ear after years of what must have felt abandonment. You see, the Hebrew people, according to the stories of the Bible, may not yet have understood that God was with them, even in the midst of horror. They wouldn’t learn that lesson until the Jewish people were exiled hundreds of years later; we’re still learning that lesson today. Continue reading

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What Does the Spirit Do? – May 20, 2018 – Acts 2: 1 – 21; Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14

Who heard the sound bite this week that started the viral debate over what was heard? Did you listen to it? Laurel or Yanny? Who heard Laurel? Who heard Yanny?

How can we hear 2 different things from one sound bite?

I have friends who heard Laurel on one device and Yanny on another device.

How is it that we hear 2 different things from one sound bite?

This exercise is a Divine gift for preachers for Pentecost. It’s a wonderful illustration about the difficulty of discerning the Spirit. Continue reading

Keeping Joy – May 6, 2018 – 2 Corinthians 6: 3 – 10

We all love laughing. We like TV shows and movies that are funny. I like late night TV show comedy and sketch comedy. We like watching funny videos on Facebook and YouTube. My favorite Christian comedian is John Crist. He makes fun of churches, pastors and church people. He makes videos and posts them to his Facebook page and YouTube channel. I have one of his videos to share with you. It’s a funny take on a couple trying to find a church to visit while on vacation. It’s funny because it is quite true of a couple who may just be looking for an excuse to skip church.

JOHN CRIST VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX_0-SoMDcg&t=5s

Joy. The Bible says a lot about joy. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5: 22 – 23, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Joy is something we have and show if the Spirit is manifest in our lives. Therefore, joy comes from the Spirit. Continue reading