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
Whose Kingdom Do You Belong?

Whose Kingdom Do You Belong?

John 18:33-37 One day this old guy was driving down the freeway when his cell phone began to ring. “Stosh, I just heard on the news that there’s a car going the wrong way on the freeway. Please be careful!” Stosh looked surprised and said, “No Kidding! It’s not just one car, it’s hundreds of them!” As we travel down the freeway of life, it’s always good to check in sometimes, you know, stop and look around you, like when you stop to cross a street. Sometimes it’s good to stop and look both ways before going any further and ask ourselves, “Which way am I headed? Am I headed the way I thought I was going? Could I be going the wrong way and...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
Out of Humility Comes Great Things – Micah 5:1-5

Out of Humility Comes Great Things – Micah 5:1-5

A man has six children and is very proud of his achievement. He is so proud of himself that he starts calling his wife “Mother of Six” in spite of her objections. One night they go to a party. The man decides that it’s time to go home, and wants to find out if his wife is ready to leave as well. He shouts at the top of his voice, “Shall we go home Mother of Six?” His wife, irritated by her husbands’ lack of discretion shouts back… “Anytime you’re ready, Father of Four!” Sometimes we can all get a tad full of pride in ourselves through our accomplishments, the things we do, the gifts or talents we have, or the responsibilities we are given....Read more
Driving In Our Own Spiritual Circles, Part 2 – Luke 3:7-15

Driving In Our Own Spiritual Circles, Part 2 – Luke 3:7-15

Have you ever watched 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. It wakes him up and he and Steve Martin look around and it looks like they’re going just fine. After a moment a car comes along side them, only they’re really on the other side of the grassy median. Steve looks at them and they’re yelling something at him only he can’t hear them. John and Steve look at them, wave thank you and drive on, but the people are persistent. John and Steve look over at them and John makes a gesture like...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