Baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire

Baptized with the Holy Spirit and Fire

Text: Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 A Sunday school class one day heard the loud siren’s of a fire engine passing by. All the kids noticed sitting in the front seat was the engine’s mascot; a Dalmatian dog. One of the kids asked out loud, “I wonder why the fire department have dogs with them?” One kid answered, “To smell out the smoke.” Another kid answered, “No, to find people in the fire.” But a third kid answered, “No, you’re all wrong. They have dogs with them to find the fire hydrants.” Have you ever been in the presence of a raging fire? I once saw a Winnebago pull into the gas station parking lot. The guy jumped out and opened the hood. Just as he did...Read more
Turning Around

Turning Around

Text: Luke 3: 1-6 Ever watch the movie, Plains, Trains, and Automobiles? One of my favorite parts is when they are driving in that green rental station wagon in the middle of the night. John Candy falls asleep and crosses over the median. Crossing over the grassy woke him and Steve Martin up and they looked around and because it was so dark outside, everything looked like they were going the right way down the road. After a moment a car comes along side them, only the car is really on the other side of the grassy median. Steve looked at them and they were yelling something at him but he couldn’t make out what they were trying to say. After a few tries it...Read more
A Home for Christmas

A Home for Christmas

You can listen to the story here, or read below: In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on Biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments, and a large orphanage run by the State. It was nearing the holiday season for the orphans to hear for the first time the traditional Christmas story. They told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem and finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable and found a manger, where Jesus was born and placed in the manger. Throughout the story, the children, according to one of the Americans, “sat in...Read more
When Will Jesus Return?

When Will Jesus Return?

An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing. A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready. “All set back here, Captain,” came the reply, “except the lawyers are still going around passing out business cards.” I know. Lawyers get such a bad rap in our society. A friend of mine is an attorney and he tells me only half those jokes out there are true. But you know, nobody ever gets on a plane, even lawyers, expecting it is going to crash during that flight. Could you imagine you get on a plane and ask the people...Read more