Jesus said, “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all because of my name.” Occasionally I see a tv commercial for the First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls. When describing their service, there is mention of great praise music and an uplifting message from the pastor. When I read this Gospel passage, I thought to myself, “How ca...

Jesus said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” One of my favorite days occurred just recently. It was the last Friday in May. What day was it, you might ask? The last day of school! I have different reasons for liking that day now than I had many years ago. This year, the last day of school means that our street gets ver...

If you grew up in the North Texas area, you most likely went to Six Flags over Texas a time or two. Being from Ft. Worth, I went several times a year when I was young. One of my favorite rides was LaSalle’s Riverboat Ride. That was one of the original rides of the park, which opened in 1961, and it’s last trip was in 1982. LaSalle was a French explorer who traveled most of the major waterways of this country, and he called the Trinity River, t...

Our God is a Consuming Fire
Sermon / August 21, 2016

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; for indeed our God is a consuming fire.” from the letter to the Hebrews. Last week we heard these words from the Gospel according to St. Luke; “Jesus said, “I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”

How is Your Prayer Life?
Sermon / August 14, 2016

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” From the Gospel according to St. Luke. Teach us to pray. That is at once a simple request, and profound statement. It seems odd to me that the disciples would ask such a question. Surely they would be familiar with prayer. The Old Testament is filled with references to ...

Faith, Love & Be Ready
Sermon / August 7, 2016

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.” From the letter to the Hebrews. The letter to the Hebrews has been read in churches since the second century, and while many of the Fathers attribute it to St. Paul, there have been some doubt that, too. There is no address, or personal greetings like many of the well known Epistles, but the language ...