Do Not Worry!

Matthew 6.24-34 Seek first the kingdom of God and God’s and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.The alternative Jesus invites us to consider instead of worry is entering into relationship with God — the God who is infinite and whose love for us and all creation is infinite as well. … [Read more…]

The Eyes of the Heart

The Eyes of the Heart Ephesians 1.11-23 All Saints Day has been a Christian religious tradition since the fourth century. It is November 1st on the calendar, but we recognize it in worship the Sunday after November 1st. — But many churches do not recognize All Saints Day at all. Many do not include a … [Read more…]

Southern Etiquette

Southern Etiquette Luke 14.1, 7-14 A friend of mine has a mixed marriage. She is from here in Kentucky and she married a man from Wisconsin. I know – I know, I warned them. It is a mixed culture marriage and while I am all for diversity, it has caused a lot of problems through … [Read more…]

Watchful Waiting

Watchful Waiting Luke 12:32-40 As you drive south of Lexington, you will more than likely see signs made by Evangelist Dewey Cooper that say: “Jesus is coming, Are you Ready?” I have always wondered if those signs have had any positive effect. Has anyone come to know Jesus because of one of those signs? Has … [Read more…]

What is Enough?

What is Enough? Luke 12.13-21 My grandfather Devine died from lung at home under excellent Hospice care when I was in my mid-20’s. My aunt called when they believed he was at the end of his life and I drove over the Harrodsburg to sit vigil with the family as my grandfather transitioned from this … [Read more…]

Lord Teach Us to Pray

Lord Teach Us to Pray Luke 11:1-13 As you know, 6 of us from Providence returned a week ago from the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Every two years the denomination “assembles” for worship, education, business and fellowship. It is always great to reconnect with old Disciple friends. There are always … [Read more…]

Hospitality

John 1.1-18 My mother-in-law exemplifies hospitality. She not only makes people feel welcome into her home, she makes people feel welcome anywhere that she is – in other people’s homes, in church, in restaurants, at funerals, department stores,  she opens her heart to everyone around her. If you look up the word, “hospitality” in the … [Read more…]