1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. By This All People Will Know That You Are My Disciples
    02 Nov, 2016
    By This All People Will Know That You Are My Disciples
    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.  By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35                                     What should the church look like? When some people hear this question they automatically think of steeples and crosses and such because they are thinking in terms of a building. Biblically speaking, the church is not a building. The
  6. It is Finished
    23 Mar, 2016
    It is Finished
    When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John 19:30 Recently I've been talking with several pastors about their work habits.  I've asked about how many hours they normally work in a week.  I've asked about their schedule and about taking days off.  I've asked how they balance ministry, family time, and self-care.  The answers have been illuminating.  But the one thing that keeps coming to the fore is the idea that the work