A Study In the Swelling of Jordan

"How wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?" —Jer. 12:5 Both in its disputed rise, and in its zigzag course, and then in its inscrutable fall, the Jordan is the most wonderful, and indeed, in some respects,...

Grieving the Spirit

"Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God." Ephesians 4:30 Of all the epistles that ever came from the heart of the great Apostle Paul, this letter to the 
Ephesians seems to me about the sweetest and best. It is t...

Paul Facing Death

"For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; hence forth there is laid up for me the crown of righteous...

The Day That Jesus Took His Newspaper to Work

There are some events so large that we always remember where we were when we first heard the news-the Kennedy and King assassinations, the Reagan shooting, the Challenger explosion, those planes crashing into the buildings, and the initial reports of Hurricane Katrina. Eight years ago this week, I was driving home from my grandfather's funeral when...

To Those Who Have Loved and Lost

Jeremiah 29:11 (Note: This message was originally preached as part of an annual county-wide memorial service for families of traffic fatalities.) Grief is an experience common to all of us. We all lose someone we love at sometime. The difference lies in the names and circumstances of our losse

Dancing in the Graveyard

Job 19:25-27 Paul Azinger was a popular professional golfer a few years back that had just won the PGA championship and had ten tournament victories to his credit. Then, at the age of 33 he was diagnosed with cancer. He recorded his feelings about the experience, "A genuine feeling of fear cam

I’ll Hold You Again in Heaven

I'll Hold You Again in Heaven 2 Samuel 12:15-23 Of all deaths, that of a child is most unnatural and hardest to bear. We expect the old to die. While that kind of separation is always difficult, it comes as no surprise. But the death of a young child or a yout