A MONOLOGUE OR A SERMON

It has to be an opportunity to present the Gospel when a preacher gets behind the pulpit.  I sometimes sensed that the congregation might have felt that it was a monologue rather than a sermon; hopefully that was not the case, realizing that circumstances might have brought you together at an inopportune moment.  Who knows?Continue reading “A MONOLOGUE OR A SERMON”

HARVESTING

Lying on the table in the surgical room, an assistant to the surgical doctor introduced herself.  I do not recall all that was said, I was half out of it from medication. However, I do remember these words: “I am the harvester.  It describes my responsibilities.  My job is to harvest some veins for Dr.Continue reading “HARVESTING”

UNDER OBLIGATION

Those words “jumped out” of the 14th verse of Romans 1; at least that is how they appeared to me during my reading of that chapter of the Word of God.   The Lord Jesus had said that the Holy Spirit would be sent, and that His disciples would experience a whole new relationship to GodContinue reading “UNDER OBLIGATION”

24-HOUR COVERAGE

It’s the way my brain works.  I see something small, and it might well be something of insignificance, but it “latches on” and turns into pondering.  Ultimately, it will relate itself to some thought from the Scriptures that behind it has multiplied thoughts from other portions of the Word of God, the Bible. I wasContinue reading “24-HOUR COVERAGE”

BY THE NAIL PRINTS

This morning I was awakened, (Thankfully singing to myself) “I shall know Him by the nail prints in His hands.” I shared with our daughter Cathy how I had not heard it in “ages”. She reminded me that she used to sing it frequently. I spent some time trying to remember all of the words,Continue reading “BY THE NAIL PRINTS”

LITTLE ZACC

As we entered Jericho I observed a few people doing some digging. It was a number of people engaged in excavation… what a tedious job. However, something else caught my attention, bougainvilleas everywhere. I have never seen anything to equal that display! My mind immediately went back to the Scriptural story, in Luke 19 aboutContinue reading “LITTLE ZACC”

PSALM 24

On occasion I will quote a portion of Scripture that has been a blessing of recent. This is from the New American Standard Bible, (The Lockman Foundation) The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas and established itContinue reading “PSALM 24”

A HAVEN FOR THE WEARY

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord. Jonah 2:9 Our 55 foot yacht felt like it was drifting. The winds had not been too favorable and anxiety of arriving in Newport, R.I. in time for the return race to Bermuda was playing on ourContinue reading “A HAVEN FOR THE WEARY”

DEATH

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” John 3:3 That word brings back all types of memories for a preacher, from the first funeral of the youngest person, or the suicides, or the teenagers, or that of your closest friends… evenContinue reading “DEATH”

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE?

“Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.” Hebrews 2:1 The question above naturally prods the mind into multiple ideas about entrapment of an animal, the imprisonment of a person, and imagining a host of other things that speak to that issue. In the context ofContinue reading “HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE?”