Archive for January, 2016

January 8 – Acts 26:1, 13-23

ShareActs 26:1, 13-23 There are three aspects of the life of St. Paul that we must not confuse, or else we will become confused and ineffective as ministers in God’s Kingdom.  The first is the ministry that St. Paul received, the second is the scope of his ministry, and the third is the manner in […]

January 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More

January 7 – Acts 11:1-18

ShareActs 11:1-18 “What God has cleansed you must not call common” (verse 9). That is the message this morning. St. Peter had a hard time accepting that when God called all foods clean, he, Peter, had better stop calling some of them unclean (or “common” or “profane”). The Jews had a hard time accepting that […]

January 6, 2016 | 1 Comment More

The Epiphany of Christ – Romans 15:8-21

ShareRomans 15:8-21 The vast majority of you who are reading this are Gentiles and if so, God has a special message of hope for you this morning.  For this is the Day of Epiphany when the whole Church celebrates the revelation of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles.  More than just an asterisk in world or […]

January 5, 2016 | 2 Comments More

January 5, Epiphany Eve – Luke 3:15-22

ShareLuke 3:15-22 “What shall we do then?” Imagine that you are in 1st century Israel, minding your own business, groaning under the Roman Empire and looking with weariness and almost complacency for the Messiah. Suddenly, someone dressed in camel skins and a leather belt and eating bugs and bug by-products arrives in the region around […]

January 4, 2016 | 1 Comment More

January 4 – Hebrews 6:1-12

ShareHebrews 6:1-12 Once again, the writer of Hebrews gives us a terrible warning about the ultimate sin of apostasy, or turning from God, having once been enlightened.  Lest we become too snug and smug in our faith, we must remember the real possibility of our falling away from God.  This is not a merely hypothetical […]

January 3, 2016 | 1 Comment More

January 2 – Hebrews 4:1-13

ShareHebrews 4:1-13 Having chronic fatigue, I can definitely relate to rest.  It makes me tired just to think about it.  And yet what a heavenly concept! Unfortunately, we are a culture and a people who can find no rest. Despite having more leisure than most people have had and despite having labor-saving devices, our lives […]

January 2, 2016 | 1 Comment More