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Where’s the Foot Tub?

Just before the crucifixion Jesus shared an evening meal with his disciples. Customarily, a servant washed guests’ feet before seating them at the table. No servant was present on this occasion, though. Who would humble himself and do the servant’s task? Each of the apostles considered himself too important, and so Jesus “rose from supper,…

A Trashy Wedding

Some years ago I heard an amusing news story about a couple in Jackson, Michigan. The owner of a trash collection business there proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes. There was nothing unusual about that, but the setting for the wedding was definitely peculiar. The man wanted to have their ceremony on the back…

How Can I Thank You?

The anonymous author of Psalm 116 suffered an affliction that had brought him to the brink of death. “The snares of death encompassed me,” he said. “I suffered distress and anguish” (v. 3). However, when he prayed fervently for help, the answer was gracious. God delivered his “soul from death,” his “eyes from tears,” and…

Love Your Enemies – Sermon Notes From 4/10/2016

[Note: This message is informed by William Barclay’s commentary on Matthew 5 posted at www.studylight.org and other sources] Introduction Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). On his radio program some years ago, he was vigorously protesting the planned construction of a huge mosque near the site of…

Take It Easy!

Americans are known around the world for their long work hours and high productivity. Because of the economic opportunities created by personal liberty, diligence is often repaid with generous financial rewards. Hard work is certainly commendable. The Bible says that “if any one will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). But it’s…

The “Christian” Label

Seven months before the 2001 terrorist attack on the United States, Taliban fanatics in Afghanistan made international headlines by passing legislation ostensibly designed to protect Hindus. The law required every Hindu to wear a yellow piece of cloth on his shirt pocket. Plainly, the Islamic fundamentalists’ real purpose was to stigmatize, isolate, and intimidate Hindus.…

If Paul Couldn’t Do It …

Jesus and his apostles worked astounding miracles. They cured leprosy, opened deaf ears and blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, and even raised the dead. Though plainly unable to perform signs of this sort, modern faith healers claim to have the same power working within them. But when pressed for evidence, they fail to…

You Will Know the Truth

Some atheists and agnostics are fond of making the ludicrous declaration that “absolute truth is for absolute fools.” Inadvertently, many church-goers are guilty of giving credence to this view. When there’s a disagreement over an important biblical question, someone is likely to end the discussion by observing that “everyone interprets the Bible differently.” Although conflicting…

Paralysis in the Body

Paralysis is one of the most distressing afflictions a person can suffer. A healthy body lifts, pushes, pulls, twists, or whatever else it’s told to do. A paralyzed body, however, refuses to work. Because of injury or disease, it is unable to respond to the head’s commands. As physical paralysis handicaps the body, so spiritual…

The Gift of Tongues

On the Day of Pentecost in AD 30, Peter and the other apostles were together in one of the 30 spacious rooms (houses) at the temple complex. Suddenly, a sound “like the rush of a mighty wind” filled the place where they sat, and they “began to speak in other tongues” (Acts 2:2, 4). That…