Everybody likes a discount. When you buy something for 10% less than what you would normally pay, that’s a good thing. The bigger the discount, the better. Nobody likes a reverse discount. Unfortunately, some companies use this to cut costs; they will sell the box of cereal for the same price, but put less cereal in the box. Some boxes of cereal are so thin, it’s hard to see how they get any flakes in there at all. Nobody likes that. Malachi describes a day in which the people of God were trying to give a reverse discount to God (Malachi 1:7-8). This Sunday, we will discover ways we can avoid doing the same thing. God deserves our very best! See you Sunday!
While visiting in Taiwan, we were privileged to attend a service where we celebrated the Lord’s Supper. That Sunday morning, 7500 miles from home, we joined with believers in remembering the death and resurrection of Christ. We joined not only with them but with believers around the world and across the ages. It was a powerful moment. We may sometimes be separated by language and geography but in Jesus we are united. Paul describes this amazing truth from another perspective in Galatians 2:16. Join us this week as we discover how we are all united in our need. See you Sunday!
The price for mailing a first-class letter continues to rise. This year, the US Post Office increased the cost of a first-class stamp from $0.50 to $0.55. That’s a bargain compared to the most valuable stamp sold at auction, an 1856 British Guiana Magenta which was purchased for $9.5 million. Original price: one cent. Amazingly, even the auction price was a bargain; before the auction, the estimated selling price was $10 to $20 million. So if you receive a letter with a one-cent stamp attached, you might want to take a closer look. What if you received a letter from heaven? This week we will see how Paul describes that every believer has exactly that (Galatians 1:1-5). See you Sunday!
Depending on the time of year and your location, being a local weather forecaster can be a challenging job. For some locations, the weather stays the same through much of the year. Weather forecasters have to be creative to keep the viewer’s attention. I remember one forecaster who would use different items to point at the weather map depending on the season. On July 4th he used a roman candle; during the Christmas season, he used a wreath. Sometimes, though, the forecast is anything but boring. That’s when forecasters earn their money as they try to warn people about dangerous storms. Isaiah describes a day when forecasting will no longer be necessary, a day when the Messiah would bring a lasting peace (Isaiah 11:6-2). Join us this Sunday to find…
This Sunday, remember the sacrifice the Savior made for all of us with a special observance of the Lord's Supper in both morning services (8:30 and 11:00). 1 Corinthians 11:23–24 (NIV84) 23 For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
I had to renew my driver’s license recently. As I waited for my turn, I heard one of the ladies at the DMV congratulating someone who had just renewed her license for passing her test. She apparently got everything correct, including identifying the sign for “Do Not Enter.” The DMV lady said that 75% of the people who take the test incorrectly identify that sign because on the test it does not include the words “Do Not Enter.” The nation of Israel had failed their test. Miserably. They had gone the wrong way on several spiritual roads, but the most significant was their failure to recognize the danger of pride (Isaiah 10:15). Join us this week as we discover biblical ways to avoid the pitfall of pride. See you Sunday!
Questions are important in life. To get out of school, you answer them. To interview a prospective employee, you have to ask them. To get married, you have to know who to ask. In the day of Isaiah, the nation of Israel failed on all three counts. They didn’t know the right answers, they didn’t know the right questions, and they didn’t know who to ask. This week we see how Isaiah points them, and us, to an important truth: Without God, there is no answer (Isaiah 10:3). See you Sunday!
It has been said that the most beautiful sound in the ears of any individual is the sound of their name. According to babycenter.com children somewhere will be listening to the music of Lysander, Balthazar, and Queenie. Obvious food lovers have called their children Cookie, Cayenne, and Sugar. The parents of Ursula, Gaston, and Glenda may favor Disney movies while Sylvester’s mom and dad may lean towards Looney Tunes. It’s hard to say if Toto’s parents watched the Wizard of Oz or listen to ‘70’s niche bands. (https://www.babycenter.com/0_unusual-and-surprising-baby-names_10388919.bc) Whatever the case, names are important, especially in the Old Testament where names often had special meaning. That was certainly the case in Isaiah 9:6-7 where we find the names of the coming Messiah identifying amazing characteristics the child would bring. This…
This Sunday, we celebrate the fathers in our lives, those men who bravely stomped on spiders, changed light bulbs and fixed our broken toys when no one else could. This Sunday, we look at Isaiah 9:1-2, where our Heavenly Father brings light to a dark world. Join us this Sunday as we discover how to walk in the light of Christ.
Some choices are easy. Like when your English teacher asks the class “Would you rather read To Kill a Mockingbird or just watch the movie in class?” Guess which one 99.99% of students will pick. Some choices are harder, like when my family used to go to get ice cream after church. Who knew there were so many flavors? Some choices are essential to get correct, such as the one presented in Isaiah 8:13-15. Join us this week to be sure you make the right choice. See you Sunday!