Most of the world runs on the principle of reciprocity, but God is a god who practices generosity.
The devil showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and told him he would give all their authority and glory to him if he would worship him. Jesus answered,
“It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” Luke 4:8 [ESV]
Where was it written? What does it mean? How did Jesus teach this lesson others? How do we apply to our own lives?
Sermon on the Temptation of Christ.
Isaiah and Peter had a common problem. They were good and faithful men, but when they encountered God they were terrified by their own lack of holiness. Find out what happened next and what it means for you and I in this sermon on Isaiah 6 and Luke 5:1-11.
I doubt Mary was expecting Jesus to turn water into wine, but she was expecting him to do SOMETHING, even if it was inconvenient. What she asked and what Jesus did can teach us a lot about prayer and the character of God.
Everyone likes new things for Christmas. How about a new and better life?
In the third chapter of his letter to the Colossians, Paul urges them to put on a new life. But what’s it like and where do we we get it? In this sermon, Pastor Hinkle warns that such a life isn’t a do-it-yourself project and points us to the true source for a better life.
The Gospel Lesson for the Fourth Sunday in Advent recounts the Blessed Virgin Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth, her relative and the mother of John the Baptist. The actions and words of the two women have much to teach everyone about faith, worship, and service to God. For those facing an unexpected pregnancy the same lesson provides the “hows and whys” of a godly way forward.
Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
Text: Luke 1:39-56
Christians are often troubled when they see God help others, but not them. Why some are miraculously healed and others are not is difficult to understand.
Luke records a time when John the Baptist sent two disciples to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or shall we expect another.” They had heard what Jesus was doing, but what he wasn’t doing concerned them and they were struggling. Jesus answered gently and with great respect for John, referring to what the prophet Isaiah had foretold and saying in effect, “trust me.”