Year: 2011

Quail From The Lord: Numbers 11

Numbers 9:18-23: 18 At the LORD’s command the Israelites set out, and at his command they encamped. As long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. 19 When the cloud remained over the tabernacle a long time, the Israelites obeyed the LORD’s order and did not set out. 20 Sometimes the cloud was over the tabernacle only a few days; at the LORD’s command they would encamp, and ...[Read More]

Samson: Judges 13-16

1.  Numbers 6:1-8: 1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the LORD as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under the ...[Read More]

Israel Asks For A King: 1 Samuel 8

It’s not uncommon for the children of the anointed to fail. Cain, the son of Adam is the first murderer. Two sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu fall dead when they make an unauthorized offering. Earlier in the book of 1 Samuel, Eli’s sons are corrupt and wicked priests who are killed after making themselves contemptible. David’s son, Absalom, turns on his father and commits treason. So, it is not a co ...[Read More]

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Crystal Cathedral is in the news for bankruptcy and then selling to the Catholic Diocese for $57 million. They could not support the vision of an individual or make it to the next generation in the family. Jehovah’s Witnesses is an example of a successful but accidental example of succession. It is stronger now and growing faster than when the founder was alive. There are 7.2 million members world ...[Read More]

Christian Science

In “Young Man Luther”, Erik Erikson says, “Ideological leaders, so it seems, are subject to excessive fears which they can master only by reshaping the thoughts of their contemporaries; while those contemporaries are always glad to have their thoughts reshaped by those who so desperately care to do so. Born leaders seem to fear only more consciously what in some form everybody fears in the depths ...[Read More]

What do Muslims Believe

1.5 billion believers and 23% of the world’s population. After Christianity, it is the second largest religion in the world. Again, as we go through you can think about the differences and similarities with Judaism from last week and our own beliefs as Christians. A.  Muhammad was born in Mecca, Arabia in 570 AD. He was an orphan at 6 years old and was raised by his uncle who traced his line back ...[Read More]

What Does Judaism Believe?

A cynic was once asked why he still believed in God. His answer was, “Because of the Jews.” He still believed in God because despite all the attempts by so many to eliminate them they had survived. Only God could do that. Why is that? What do they believe about God that makes them survivors against all the odds? How do they persevere? First, we should distinguish between practices, values and beli ...[Read More]

The Messiah

This morning we are looking at what Jesus believed about his being the Messiah (or Christos – the anointed one). Jesus did not step into a historical vacuum. The Jews had developed a number of beliefs around the figure of the Messiah – and Jesus confounded them all. So, let’s look at some of the background for the anointed one. At the time of Jesus, many (or most) Jews believed in a messiah who wo ...[Read More]

Basic Doctrines Of The Church

This morning we are beginning a several week series on the study of  basic doctrines of the Church.  There is a good case to be made for this.  We don’t hear much about doctrine today.  I’m not sure I heard much about doctrine when I was growing up.  We knew we were Baptists and thought we knew what that meant but didn’t.  We learned our doctrine from our hymns.  We knew about propitiation from “W ...[Read More]

Lamentations 3

Many of us have a favorite city. It may be San Francisco, London, Paris, New York, Chicago or even smaller cities. Each one has a particular personality and represents something that we value. I love cities. They are more than buildings and crowds. They are beautiful even when they are quiet – maybe especially when they are quiet. William Wordsworth was passing through London on his way to Paris a ...[Read More]