I Want to Please the Lord

Colossians 1: 9-14 Paul wrote and we heard it this morning, “We have not stopped praying for you. . . ” A mother was teaching her three-year-old daughter the Lord’s Prayer. For several evenings at bed time she repeated it after her mother. One night she said she was ready to try it on her…

You’re A Participant

Luke 21: 5-19 This past week most if not all of us participated in the honorable practice of voting for candidates for office. In fact, we can participate in campaigns and elections in several ways in addition to voting. It was time for the politicians to go campaigning in the backwoods and rural areas of…

But We Have Hope

Luke 20: 27-38 Lucy said to her friend, “What happened when you showed your new engagement ring to women in the office. Did they admire it?” Lois said, “Admire it? Four of them recognized it!” A Texan, anticipating an upcoming wedding, told his future son-in-law he wanted his daughter to have her great grandmother’s diamond…

Given Sight & Given Stature (All the More)

Luke 19: 1-10 The Baptist preacher and author, Dr . Eugene Brice wrote many years ago, “According to Christian tradition, the gospel of Matthew was written by a tax collector, and if this is true, the clarity and the simplicity of the gospel comes as a surprise to anyone who reads it. Imagine, a gospel…

We All Have a Way to Go

Luke 18: 9-14 Mark Twain said many years ago, “I don’t know of a single foreign product that enters this country untaxed except the answer to prayer.” A kindergarten class went to the fire station for a tour and some instruction in fire safety. The firefighter was explaining what to do in case of a…

Day and Night

Luke 18: 1-8 A judge in a Kentucky court asked, “Colonel Beaufort, according to my records you never served a day in the army. Can you tell me how you came to be called Colonel?” The witness replied, “Well, your honor, it’s like the ‘Honorable’ in front of your name. It don’t mean nothin’.” Lucille…

So Much Is Going On

Luke 17: 11-19 A third grade Sunday School teacher was making the point with her class that God was omnipotent – that God was able to do anything. She asked her class, “Is there anything you can think of that God cannot do?” There was silence. Then one boy held up his hand. Somewhat frustrated…

What We Ought to Do

Luke 17: 5-10 Three Indians/Native Americans – a Navajo, a Hopi and an Apache – were speaking about how powerful their prayers were. The Navajo said, “You know, we Navajos praying for healing, and the sick get well about half the time.” The Hopi said, “Well, we Hopis pray for rain, and it happens about…

You Don’t Have to Go Far

Luke 16: 19-31 The rich man dressed well and feasted sumptuously. Lazarus laid at the rich man’s gate, longed to eat his crumbs, and dogs came to lick his sores. What is the one thing consistent with both? They both died. Bertha Jones was a middle-aged woman who had a heart attack and was taken…

For What Is Right

Luke 16: 1-13 During World War II, a program was organized to train volunteers in the skills of emergency first aid. There was a fear that if a city in our nation should be bombed there would not be adequate medical care available for the people who would be wounded. There was one woman in…