Category: Biblical Commentary

How To Make Sure We’re Blessed

This is the manuscript from a sermon I preached on November 5, 2017 We who live in the Upper Ohio Valley are blessed. With all the natural disasters that have happened in the last few months, if you don’t feel blessed, there’s a good chance you aren’t paying attention....

Whose side is God on?

Joshua 5:13-14a Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” 14 “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander...

Sermon from Pentecost 2016

Acts 2:1-21 Today is Pentecost. It’s the anniversary of that piece of history we just read in Acts. Most of you already know it’s my favorite holiday on the church calendar. And a lot of you have already heard my Holy Spirit story, and the rest, if you ever...

So you want to hear God’s voice . . .

I get that from folks all the time . . . “If I could just hear God’s voice, if I only knew exactly what He wanted me to do . . . “ Today as I contemplated that phrase, even in my own life, I sort of heard God’s...

The Woman’s Head Covering

Every year I read 1 Corinthians 11:1-16. Most years I read it more than once, and every time it bothers me. As a woman should I wear a head covering. I see those denominations that wear doilies on their head and I wonder, “Do they have that part right?”...

So you want to be blessed . . .

All the time I hear from people that they don’t believe in God because they see too much evil. Others want God’s blessings, they don’t understand why God isn’t giving them more because they believe and pray. Most Christians understand that salvation is a free gift. Even the ones...

Born with a Deadly Disease

There are a lot of questions in Christianity that have no really great answers. I think God describes the reason for this in Isaiah 55:9: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The biggest...

Slave or Son

Friday morning I was reading Luke 15. It’s a familiar story, one that most of you know already. It’s often called the “Parable of the Lost Son” because it follows the stories of the “Parable of the Lost Coin” and the “Parable of the Lost Sheep.” Let me read...