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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 »

March 30th, 2018

A Good Friday Meditation

Jesus knows what it’s like to be needy.

 John 19:28-30

March 30, 2018

The simplest word?

“Alas, and did my Savior bleed, and did my Sovereign die?”

How could he?  He, the Son of God, all-powerful and eternal, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, how could he die?  He, the rescuer, the one who gentle and lowly of heart, the compassionate one, the one who said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,” how could he bleed?

And how could he thirst? Read more »

March 29th, 2018

(The post below includes both reflections by Farrell’s son, Marc, and my own meditation.  For a full print copy of the service, including the picture collages Marc showed during the service, contact the family or email [email protected])

“Dad in Four Phases”                                                                                       Marc Bolick

For the past eight years, since his stroke in 2010, I have rehearsed this moment in my head hundreds of times.  I’m glad I did not actually put words on paper until this week.  What might surprise many of you is…these past eight years have been some of the most fulfilling years of our lives.  I would like to take you on a journey…from 1942 to this past Sunday.  I would like to share how this man lived each of phase of his life better than the previous one…and why we’re all better for it. Read more »

March 26th, 2018

When God Weeps

Jesus weeps over Jerusalem because God visited and nothing changed.

Luke 19:41-44

 

The mysterious mind of God

Regardless of what you think of him politically, Donald Trump is certainly one of the most fascinating and complex individuals ever to sit in the Oval Office. He has surprised almost everyone at one point or another during his fourteen months in office. Power creates intrigue, partly because the person with the power lies behind a protected veil. We make assumptions based shaped by our own stories and biases.

If that’s true of a human being, how much more is it true of God?

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March 19th, 2018

Up a Tree

Is there anyone you think Jesus can’t save?

Luke 19:1-10

 

Why the title

The first reason for the sermon title today is so that Jeffrey White will have to fork over $20 to John Moretz. As I was ending my men’s Bible study Thursday morning, John said, “I have a theme for your sermon on Sunday – one time or another we’ve all found ourselves up a tree.” I immediately said, “I like that. I’ll title the sermon ‘Up a Tree.’” Most of the guys in that group think my brain does a somersault between what we talk about Thursday and what comes out of my mouth. So Jeffrey quipped, “Twenty bucks, John, if that’s still the title Sunday.” Jeffrey, pay up. Read more »