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April 23rd, 2018

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the best remedy for envy. 

Philippians 1:12-18a

 

A very old problem

Envy is a very old problem. Envy enters the Bible’s story with Eve’s first sin in the Garden of Eden. Cain killed his brother out of envy. Proverbs 14:30 says “Envy rots the bones.” Aristotle (384-322 BC) wrote about it, defining envy as “the pain caused by the good fortune of others.” The early church listed envy among the seven deadly sins.

If envy is an old problem, it’s compounded in our modern age. Read more »

April 16th, 2018

It’s God who began the good work and God who will finish what he started.

Philippians 1:1-11

 

By God I love you!

If you heard somewhere recently that Luke is my favorite book of the Bible, that was so last week! Today we dive into Philippians. I chose a verse from Philippians at age 15 for my “life verse.” My senior year in Bible college I preached from Philippians for my “senior chapel message.” Philippians was the first book I preached all the way through at Corinth 25 years ago. I probably have more of Philippians memorized than any other book in the Bible. Read more »

April 11th, 2018

I am aware that people think a memorial service like this one is difficult for a pastor to preach.  I want to assure you it’s not.

The reason you might think it’s difficult is that although Charles was a member of Corinth Reformed Church, where I have served as pastor for 25 years, he was an inactive member.  I haven’t seen him at church for the better part of a decade, nor have we had a chance to catch up personally during most of those years.  I certainly take my part of the responsibility for that, and naturally I come to this service wishing we had connected more recently.  I also know that for every fine quality of Charles as a person, as a businessman, as a friend and father, those who knew him best also knew that not everything about him was exemplary.  You can make precisely the same statement about me. Some of you may also have some residual pain in your relationship with Charles that now will always feel unresolved. Read more »

April 9th, 2018

Uniquely Luke

You have a friend in highest places. 

Luke 24:45-53

 

Thank you

I am not entirely sure why this feels like the right Sunday to say what I’m about to say. Perhaps it is due to Linda’s and my 25th anniversary at Corinth that we recently celebrated, and all the humbling affirmations we received. Maybe it has something to do with coming to the close of one of my favorite sermon series ever. Maybe it’s about a special message to people who come to church the Sunday after Easter.  Read more »

April 2nd, 2018

When you can’t feel faith or keep hope, if you open your eyes, you can see love. 

Luke 24:13-35

 

I can only imagine

This past Friday night my wife Linda and I went to see “I Can Only Imagine” at the movie theater. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It’s the story behind the song by the same name that soared to the top of Christian and secular charts in the late 1990s.

What I love about the film is that it’s a real story. Read more »