1. 3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    06 Feb, 2018
    3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him."  John 18:37-38 Back in my college days, the band Extreme released their album III Sides to Every Story.  The
  2. Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?
    17 Jan, 2018
    Can Anything Good Come From Nazareth?
    Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."  Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."  John 1:45-46 If you know much about Jesus, you probably know that he spent most of his earthly life in Nazareth. But did you know that Nazareth was never mentioned in the Old Testament?   Did you know that Nazareth was a small town of
  3. Grace Upon Grace
    26 Sep, 2017
    Grace Upon Grace
    For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 If you know me well, you know I enjoy a good burger.  I also enjoy trying speciality burgers that are a little off the beaten path. For example, a few years ago I tried the Lo Country Burger at Chef Smitty's in Myrtle Beach.  That burger was topped with shrimp, sausage, and white sauce.  Unfortunately, I've heard that Chef Smitty's has closed. And then there's Smash Burger where you can make your own burger.  I've tried
  4. Grace and Truth
    17 Apr, 2017
    Grace and Truth
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Yesterday in our Sunday school class, the topic of how to balance grace with truth came up.  If I remember correctly, it appeared all of us thought that it can be hard to be both gracious to people and truthful at the same time.  And I think I understand why. There is a tendency, among some of us at least, to think of truth as hard, cold facts
  5. Jesus, My Only Hope
    13 Feb, 2017
    Jesus, My Only Hope
    After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.  So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." John 6:66-69 I've been a believer in Christ for a few decades now.  There have been ups and downs, highs and lows, mountain peaks and valley floors.   There have been times when I've
  6. Light in the Darkness
    16 Jan, 2017
    Light in the Darkness
    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 I preached a sermon yesterday on how citizens of the kingdom of Christ are the light of the world.  I tried to impress upon our minds and hearts that it is truly an honor to be labeled with the same designation Jesus called himself.   Only Jesus can be called the light of the world in the most ultimate sense.  We are the light of the world simply because of his grace to us.  We reflect what he is. As I think