Why do some people seem to get what they want and others don’t? Do the “have nots” have the wrong god or is their relationship with god failing to win favors from that god? But even the “haves,” the lucky people, experience failure sooner or later. So, if there is a god, an all-knowing, all-powerful, … Continue reading The Problem of Evil
This week's sermon focuses on the human desire to cheat vs. Jesus upholding the law in its fullness. Click here to download the sermon texts and outline. The Bible class worked on what it meant for Paul to say, "I desired to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."
Where we last left off, I posed the question of the significance of having a god in red pyramid world. And it is all about having an advantage, like a genie in a lamp. If there is a god and I know how to relate to him/her/it, then I have an extraordinary advantage in getting … Continue reading A Genie in a Lamp
Sermon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWUL_YFS4c4&w=956&h=538 Click to download sermon notes: Presentation of Jesus RPV Feb 2 2020 Bible Study: Click to download Bible study slides: Blessed Happy Joy + gospel icebert in 4 slides.pptx Full Service:
What if there is a god, but still only a material world in time? How would this be possible? If there is a god, wouldn’t that mean there is a spiritual world and eternity also? Yes, of course, yet a significant majority of people who claim commitment to belief in god and hope for eternal … Continue reading The witness of “believers”
Exactly how foreign is this foreign country to which we are ambassadors? Is the world and culture around us foreign beyond our imagination or comprehension? Yes, absolutely; so absolutely that we find ourselves either unable to communicate at all with the people around us or swept away in the powerful current of their passions and … Continue reading Understanding this foreign land
In this past week, I’ve sent out two Daily Bread Bible passages for consideration that raise a very particular point about our ambassadorship (keep recent events of the U.S. embassy in Iran in mind): "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and … Continue reading How can I love my enemies?
What do you want for Christmas; what's on your mind? What if the only thing you wanted for Christmas wasn't a thing at all? What if the only gift you received this Christmas was relief from ever wanting anything for yourself? The Son of God was not born into the world to get something for … Continue reading The Best Christmas Gift
As we’ve been discussing in this series, we are ambassadors—“guests” and foreigners in a foreign place. A relatively new aspect of this “foreignness” is the way people today distance themselves from religion. Some are bitter about the apparent history and conduct of religion, wanting nothing to do with God, gods, or the things that are … Continue reading The Religion of this World
The focus of this series is being an ambassador for Christ, and everything He said about His kingdom and our citizenship is amazing. His kingdom is not of this world; He did not take it from this world nor can His kingdom be taken or conquered by this world. Jesus passed through the hands of … Continue reading Citizenship in His Kingdom