In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged … Continue reading Dumpster Diving
As a boy, my dad used to take me fishing. Sometimes we’d take a half-day boat out of Long Beach and try to catch some barracuda. I loved that. They had a tank of sardines you could use for bait and I would just sit there and play with them when I wasn’t trying to, you know, catch fish. That was a lot of fun. … Continue reading The Fishing Hole
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— 3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” Moms are people, too. That might seem obvious but take a moment to think about when you finally realized that simple fact. Moms are … Continue reading A Mother’s Heart
Part 2 of our sermon series based on Adam Hamilton’s book Creed. Our series seeks to explore the fundamentals of our beliefs as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed. Today we’re talking about Jesus, the most essential component of the Christian faith. Do you remember the old Snickers commercial? The one where the announcer says, “No matter how you slice it, it comes up peanuts?” That’s … Continue reading The Peanuts of Our Faith
It was the nametag. The first time I put on my nametag at Disneyland was when I believed I actually had a job at the Happiest Place on Earth. Up until then, it didn’t seem quite real. To be sure, I went through the hiring process, got assigned my first area, went through Disney University, and attended Traditions like every single cast member to walk … Continue reading “Hello, My Name Is Jesus”
Part 1 of our new sermon series on Methodism and other Christian religions titled “My Slice of Christianity” inspired by Adam Hamilton’s Christianity’s Family Tree 23,000,000 people can’t be wrong! Or can they? Roughly, that’s how many Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons there are in the world today. 23,000,000! The number is actually higher, probably closer to 23.5 million people. Popular thinking often leads us to … Continue reading Who’s In, Who’s Out?
Part 3 of 4 in our God’s Not Dead sermon series based on the movie of the same name. God is not Batman. He’s not The Punisher. He’s not Judge Dredd. He’s not Dirty Harry. God is not a vigilante out for some street justice, but there are times that Christians paint him out to be exactly that. It kills me to hear Christian leaders … Continue reading Does God Really Want Me to Stay Married to THAT Person?