It is the question heard at every Baptist potluck dinner: “Who made that?” It may be the seven-layer casserole or the impossible chocolate lava cake, but one bite is all it takes to want to know who made it, and how you can get some more. Knowing origins is not just important for cakes and casseroles. It is essential that we know our own. Realizing that God is our Creator is a fundamental understanding of knowing who God is and who we are. Join us this week as we unpack our origins found in Genesis 2:7. See you Sunday!
Whenever my family took trips, we always stopped at the same place: Stuckey’s. These were one of the original roadside convenience store chains concentrated mainly in the Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest, although they spread out across the country for a time. At its peak, there were 350 locations selling their famous pecan log rolls. We stopped there for the clean restrooms, gas and novelty section, but also for a chance to stretch our legs after traveling the interstate all day. We all need rest, and not just from highway traffic. God built rest into the very fabric of creation. This Sunday, we will see how important both physical and spiritual rest are to us all (Genesis 2:1-3). See you Sunday!
Most golfers try to stay out of the sand traps, especially one on the eighth hole at Royal Troon. Sometimes called “The Postage Stamp,” the small bunker has gained another affectionate name among PGA professionals: The Coffin. To understand why, just watch this video of Rory McIlroy taking six shots to escape it (https://youtu.be/szlvCDHM7kQ). This week, we will look at two spiritual sand traps believers should always avoid: legalism and license (Galatians 5:1). See you Sunday!
Occasionally I will see a sign that says “Wrong Way.” I know the signs are there to tell me not to go that way. Either it is a road where traffic is going in the opposite direction, a building where it would be dangerous for unauthorized people to enter, or a location that I don’t need to be. However, when I see those signs, the first thing I ask is, “Why?” I think it is part of our human nature, to be told not to do something and immediately try to think of a way to do it. However, those signs are there for a reason. Someone cared enough about you that they didn’t want you to be in a traffic accident, enter a room where you might get hurt,…
Name Tag We’ve all used them, the red and white sticker that announces “Hello, my name is …..” This incredibly popular name tag was first sold by a company called C-Line in 1959, and has been a best seller ever since. Scott Ginsberg has been wearing a name tag every day for 14 years. The author of 27 books about his experience, Ginsberg claims that wearing a name tag has made him a friendlier person. J. Keith Murnigham, professor at Northwestern University agrees. “If you’re less anonymous, then you’re likely to be more responsible, ethical, and moral.”1 Our name identifies who we are, something important to know. This week, in Galatians 4:6-7, we will discover how the Bible invites every believer to truly know their own identity – you are…
Graded on the Curve From time to time, my teachers would announce that they would be “grading on the curve.” There was a long statistical explanation for this, but basically it meant that our final grade would be determined by how the rest of the class performed during the semester. It was a great deal. In order to get a decent grade, I didn’t have to know everything, just one question more than 80% of the class. The unfortunate truth is that many think righteousness is graded on the curve. We all know we aren’t perfect, but at least as we are better than that guy, we are okay. We can always find someone who, in our opinion, is worse than we are, so we should be in the clear.…
Remember the song “Father Abraham?” With the right arm, left arm, right leg, and left leg we would celebrate that “I am one of them, and so are you, so let’s just praise the Lord.” It was the closest thing we had to Baptist dancing. Abraham is used throughout the scripture to illustrate faith. Join us this week as we study how Paul uses Abraham in Galatians 3:6-9 to illustrate that faith in Christ is the only way to true righteousness. See you Sunday!
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!