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How’s Your Inheritance?

Posted July 24th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Are you expecting an inheritance? Perhaps you plan to receive a large sum of money or the operating rights to a business that your family now owns and manages. For me, there won’t be a financial inheritance in my future but in 1 Peter 1 I am promised something far, far greater. Today we begin a look at the book of 1 Peter, a letter that the apostle Peter wrote to Jewish Christians dispersed, most likely because of persecution, to parts outside of Jerusalem. This piece of literature is full of wonderful truth and promises, but there is no promise… (View Full Entry)

Hearts and Needles

Posted July 23rd, 2017 by Pastor Eric

“Cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye”. Ever heard that…ever said that? Have you ever “pinkie sweared” with someone? Phrases like this are used when, as children hopefully, we tried to tell someone that what we said was really, really true. I mean, if what I was saying wasn’t true, I’d take a needle in my eye. These expressions or “oaths” are meant to communicate the truthfulness of what we are saying. But why do we need to do that? We need to do that because we don’t often mean what we say or… (View Full Entry)

Pride or Humility?

Posted July 22nd, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In James 4 we read a contrast between pride and humility. You can probably guess which of these two words is near to the heart of God and which one is not. God desires that we demonstrate humility and not pride. In the first paragraph James points out that wars and fights originate in our desire to have things that we do not have….out of pride. I think that pretty much sums up why most wars and fights occur. Instead of humbly accepting what we have, we use violence to obtain what we want; but what we want is often… (View Full Entry)

Tongue Twisted?

Posted July 21st, 2017 by Pastor Eric

An all time favorite tongue twister is “She sells sea shells by the sea shore”. Go ahead, you can say it three times very fast. Tongue twisters are designed to be difficult for our tongue and mouth to be in the right place to produce the sounds necessary for the words. In James 3 we read about the power of the tongue. James says that though the tongue is small in size, it has great power. He compares the tongue to a bit in a horse’s mouth, a rudder on a ship and a small fire that grows into a… (View Full Entry)

Favoritism and Faith

Posted July 20th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

James 2 has two primary emphases. The first is an exhortation not to show favoritism in relationships with other people. James uses the example of how some were treating the rich better than the poor. James points out that it is often the rich who had persecuted the Christians and yet they were being treated more favorably. This is a pretty common practice. Social media is full of videos which show how differently people treat someone dressed nicely compared to someone dressed like a homeless person. The nicely dressed person often seems to receive more compassion and help, even though… (View Full Entry)

A Smile and a Trial

Posted July 19th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Today we begin a new book of the Bible, the book of James. The “James” who wrote this book is not the disciple, James, the brother of John. Rather, many believe this James was the brother of Jesus. It would be both awesome and awful to grow up as the brother of Jesus. We have no indication that any of Jesus’ siblings were followers of Him until after the resurrection. James becomes a leader in the church in Jerusalem and writes a book that is centered on how faith and action go hand in hand. In James 1 he starts… (View Full Entry)

Contentment and the Presence of Jesus

Posted July 18th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In the final chapter of Hebrews, Hebrews 13, the writer gives a lot of small instructions on how to live our lives and he sends greetings to some people that he knows. He says something interesting to me about contentment. Here is what he writes: 5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” The exhortation is to be content with the… (View Full Entry)

The Discipline of Love

Posted July 17th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

In Hebrews 12 we read that God disciplines His children. We understand that a child without any discipline is a child that is not truly loved. Discipline and love go together. Here is what we read in Hebrews 12: 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. The writer of Hebrews is reminding us that God chastens or disciplines His children and… (View Full Entry)

You Gotta Have Faith!

Posted July 16th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

  I wouldn’t normally suggest looking to the late George Michael for advice on biblical theology or Christianity but he nails it right on the head with the title of one of his hit songs, “You Gotta Have Faith”. I confess that I don’t know the lyrics to that song but the title sums up what the writer is saying in Hebrews 11. Please take the time to read this chapter and reflect on how important faith is. The writer summarizes the importance of faith in verse 6 by writing that “without faith it is impossible to please God”. This… (View Full Entry)

Access and Appointments

Posted July 15th, 2017 by Pastor Eric

Today I want to continue with Hebrews 10 and a thought about access and appointments. Typically access and appointments come to those who have power, wealth and/or relationship. You can’t always get access to who you want and you can’t always get an appointment when you want That’s just the way it is…except that’s not the way it is with God. Remember that under the old covenant, the people had no access to the Holiest of Holies in the temple. Only the high priest had access to that and only once each year. There was a large and thick veil… (View Full Entry)