God’s commandments have more in common with commitments than you might think. The Ten Commandments begins with a reminder of God’s love. In a sense when God commands us to love him and to love others he’s putting an invitation into our hands. He stands before us not with a lightning bolt, but with the open and pierced hands of Jesus. Continue reading Commandments and Commitments
The dreams we have for ourselves are never big enough. God’s dreams for us are always bigger than we can imagine. We saw this about a month ago when we were studying Joseph. Do you remember? Joseph’s dream for himself was a dream of superiority. He dreamed that his whole family would bow down to him as if he were a king. But God’s dream for Joseph was one of servanthood.
The same is true of Hannah. Her dream was to have son who would remove the grief and shame she felt from being barren. But she also realized that God had a bigger dream. Continue reading Hannah’s Story: A Sermon on I Samuel 1:1-20
Our job is not to blaze a new trail, but to maintain the old trail. We are to follow Jesus and refresh the blazes set so that others will not get lost. God doesn’t need new trail-blazers. God needs people who will faithfully maintain the trails he has marked out. Continue reading Maintaining the Trail
The good news, is that even if we screw up royally God is not going to give up on us. He’s not going to throw out his promises. He’s not going to start from scratch. He is going to take us with our failures and redeem us in Jesus. Nothing will be able to separate us from the love God, even our own sins. Continue reading The Golden Calf: A Sermon on Exodus 32:1-14
Jesus doesn’t call us to benevolent indifference, he calls us to passionate love. Jesus died on the cross so that we might have life and have it abundantly (Jn 10:10) and Jesus expects us to pass this abundant life on to others. Continue reading “Live and Let Live?” Or “Live and Let’s Give?”
Preached at United Reformed Church of Clifton on Sunday, August 30, 2020 To hear this sermon preached follow this link. … Continue reading Following Jesus: A Sermon on Matthew 16: 21-26
Last week I was on vacation at Harriman State Park, near Sloatsburg, NY. I stayed in a primitive cabin at … Continue reading The Holy Spirit: God’s GPS