Second Verse, Same as the First

I Thessalonians 5:12-22   So today we hear more from the “-ans” of the Bible.  You know what I mean by that, don’t you?  The Bible is full of them, all addressees of letters, mostly from Paul. You’ve got the Romans, the Ephesians, the Galatians, the Philippians, the Colossians, the Corinthians (who we mentioned two weeks ago), and the Thessalonians. … Read More

In Honor of Jesus

Colossians 1:15-20   It’s a special day, to be sure.  In fact, this particular weekend has always been one of my favorites of the year. First of all, there’s the day off on Monday.  As a child, any day off school is an exciting attraction.  Add in that it came at the end of the school year, and it got … Read More

Mommas Don’t Let Yer Babies Afloat Down the River

Exodus 2:1-10   Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there.  I say that, of course, to my own mom. I’m blessed to have her here with me this morning.  I say that, of course, to my favorite mom in the world—Kelley, my wife. I also say that to all of you who are mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers—and even those … Read More

A Fully-Looking Church

Ephesians 4:25-32   One of the most misused terms, the most misunderstood terms, or perhaps the term used most without really thinking or knowing what it means, is this—“church”. We’ve talked about it at length before.  To some, church is a building.  To some, it’s an hour-long event every Sunday morning. To some, it’s a social organization.  To some, it’s … Read More