John 7:37-39 Memorial Day: Live In What Christ Won For You

Day of Pentecost

Hello Family!

This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. It’s the “kickoff” of the summer season here in the USA. Peeps are all geared for summer break, vacations, BBQs, pools, vacations, and everything relaxing. Memorial Day is the unofficial “official” beginning of summer.

Unfortunately, many many people no longer know, nor remember, what Memorial Day is rreally all about. Our country sets aside time to remember, honor, and thank God for the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in service for our country. We have freedom because they gave their lives to defend and keep it. Americans, including you and me, must always remember that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

Jesus was declaring such a thing 2000 years ago at the Feast of Booths, or the Feast of Pentecost. He proclaimed that He alone is the One through Whom freedom of the Holy Spirit is received.

Pentecost Day Readings: Numbers 11:24-30, Acts 2:1-21, John 7:37-39

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Never take your freedoms in this great country for granted. Millions around the world dream about what we have. And never ever ever take your freedom in Christ for granted.

I love you guys! Dad

1Peter 5:8-9 Which Lion Roars In Your Life?

Hello Family!

There are lots of things in our lives and culture that roar for our attention. There are a lot of problems in our lives and world that cause people to be anxious. What are we to do?

These things are nothing new. 2000 years ago Peter addressed the pressures on the Christian that caused anxiousness. God’s Word back then still applies to people today. Which lion roars in your life?

Readings for Easter 7: Acts 1:12-26, Psalm 68:1-10, 32, 1Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11, John 17:1-11

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1Peter 2:4 Easter 5; Resident Aliens

Good Day Family!

Some people look at what’s going on around us and in this world, and wonder upon what planet they’ve landed. It seems like an alien invasion has occurred.

But maybe “they” aren’t the aliens. Could it be that “we” are? Have you ever felt out of place, maybe like you stick out like a sore thumb among other people? Do others look at you as if you’re a creature from Mars simply because you live, think, and behave differently than the rest of the people around you? It’s not easy, and, in fact, can be quite challenging to live out the Christian faith faithfully within a culture that is suspicious of Christ and His Church.

St. Peter dealt with this 2000 years ago because Christians were living under suspicion. God’s Word gives us comfort and encouragement as we live HERE among this culture too.

Readings for Easter 5: Acts 6:1-9, 7:2, 51-60; 1Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

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1Peter 2:21 Shine the Devil’s Shoes?

Hello Family!

It’s still Easter! It’s the 4th Sunday of Easter, which is one of my favortie Sundays. This is Good Shepherd Sunday. There’s always a reading from John 10, which is “the Good Shepherd” chapter of the Bible, and of course Psalm 23 is read as well: The LORD is my Shepherd … I was raised on the King James Version of this Psalm, so that’s what I use.

So, what do the devil’s shoes have to do with Easter? Well, the Christian is an Easter, resurrection person. God has given the Christian new life and hope in Christ. But what does that look like as the Christian is called to a new life? And when the Christian actually lives out his or her faith, what does the Christian to do when he or she suffers unjustly because they are a Christian? Peter addresses this in today’s reading. We’re to shine the devil’s shoes.

BTW, as an aside, the word want in Psalm 23 means ‘lack’. The LORD is my Shepherd I shall not want, which means ‘I shall lack nothing’.

Readings for Good Shepherd Sunday: Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, 1Peter 2:19-25, John 10:1-10

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Easter 3: 1Peter 1:17-18 Corpse Flowers & Easter Lilies

Good morning Family!

Well, it’s Easter, even though much of the world thinks that Easter, like Christmas, simply last one day. Nevertheless, for the Christian, Easter and Christmas is EVERY day!

So, how does the Easter Resurrection of Jesus affect the life of the Christian? How does Jesus’ resurrection from the dead affect YOUR life? Does the Christian go back to the stench of the Corpse plant, or does he live out the fragrance of the Easter lily? God wants the fragrance of Jesus to permeate each Christian’s life and thus, fragrance the world with hope and certainty found in Jesus Christ, and only Jesus!

Readings: Acts 2:14, 36-41, Psalm 116:1-14, 1Peter 1:17-25, Luke 24:13-35

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1Peter 1:3-5 How To Make Sense of It: The Survivor Tree

Hello Family and a continued Blessed Easter Season to you!!!

What do you do with your Christian faith? Do you wear it on your shirt sleeve? Do you live it out in public? What happens to Christians who live out their Christian ethics and stand on Christ as Lord? How about Christians who are shaky in their convictions?

This is not a modern-day phenomenon. This was happening way back in Peter’s day, and he knew they needed encouragement. They needed to endure, like The Survivor Tree.

Readings for Easter 2: Acts 5:29-42, Psalm 148, 1Peter 1:3-9, John 20:19-31

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Have a GREAT week in the Lord! I love you guys! Dad

John 20:1-18 Amazing Grace: Mary Magdalene

Happy and Blessed Easter Resurrection Day!

Easter is here. And in the Christian Church, Easter isn’t over with on Monday. The rest of the unbelieving world “celebrates” Easter for one day, just like Christmas. However, as Christimas lasts 12 day (yes, the 12 Days of Christmas is a real thing), Easter has 40 days. The 40 days of Easter means that Easter is one loooooong Day in the Christian Church.

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-9, 1Corinthians 15:1-11, John 20:1-18

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I love you guys! Have a blessed Easter! Dad

Palm Sunday; Luke 2:4, 11 and Matthew 21:1-11

Hello Family!

Today is Palm Sunday, which begins the Holiest Week in the Christian Church. The Christian follows Jesus into Jerusalem, through the week to Maundy Thursday (Maundy is Latin for mandate) where He gives us His Body and Blood in His Supper. The Christian follows Jesus to Calvary’s cross where He would suffer the excruciating death reserved for the worst of criminals. Before the celebration of Easter the Christian Church rides on with Jesus, beginning with Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday Readings: Zechariah 9:9-10, Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11

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Have a blessed Holy Week! I love you guys! Dad

Romans 8:1 What Controls Your Outlook?

Hi Fam!

You wake up every day to face a new day. How do you face it? What’s your outlook on life, and what shapes that outlook? What if you were a condemned person waking up every day one step closer to the end; how would that shape your day-to-day dealings? What if you were freed from that; how would that change your day?

The Bible tells us about condemnation, but also about God’s promises.

John 11:1-53 is the Gospel. There’s an alternate, shorter reading I used for the radio program.

Lent 5 Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm, 130, Romans 8:1-11, John 11:1-53

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Isaiah 42:13-14 Shrieks of God

Hi Family! We hear a lot in the Bible about God as a Warrior. In Isaiah 42 we hear how God “shrieks” in battle, but also how God “shrieks” as He’s in the delivery room This is weird, but it’s in God’s Word.

What do these two “cries” have to do with God? And more importantly, what do they have to do with you?

Readings for Lent 4: Isaiah 42:14-21; Psalm 142; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9

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I love you guys! Dad