Cross and Flame - Christ (cross) and the Holy Spirit (flame).

Saturated in Christ

Saturated in Christ

Psalm 133:1-3 Introduction There is a story told by Pastor E.V. Hill that some eggs were hatching and one little chick stuck its head out, looked around and said “Nope, I am not coming out.” As other eggs cracked and the other little chicks stuck their heads out, they pecked until the eggs shell was…

One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

1 Corinthians 10:16-18 (Read Psalm 107) Introduction We are privileged to read a portion of this first letter written to the church at Corinth by the Apostle Paul. The preface to this passage speaks of the children of Israel who had a history of taking on the ways of the world around them and forgetting…

Broke but not Empty

Broke But Not Empty

Introduction We find ourselves at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple.  It is 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon and Jewish community is gathering for prayer service.  As is his custom, a lame man lies at the gate begging for money. This day his life will change because of two men of God with no money…

Rise up and stand firm

Rise up and Stand firm

Introduction We assume Paul wrote this letter to the church at Ephesus but there is scholarship that has sought to prove otherwise.  It is not a letter written to correct some wrong that was done or to defend himself or his teaching.  It is a letter of encouragement on how to live in an alien…

God Gives the Increase

God Gives the Increase

Introduction We are called to be co-laborers with Christ. This relationship requires us to know and trust God through Christ.  We die to ourselves as we take on more of Christ.  We learn of his ways in order the carry out our charge the way he wants.  Sometimes get in the way and try to…

Kingdom Investment

Kingdom Investment

Matthew is one of the synoptic gospels meaning this book is like Mark and Luke but he writes about kingdom matters.  This chapter contains 3 parables about various aspects of the gifts and talents given for the uplifting of the kingdom on earth.  Sometimes people lost sight of the fact that all is given to…

God, Our Provider

God, Our Provider

Our daily news is full of descriptions that describe our current economic state.  You are hearing conversations about the Food Desert in South Dallas; the unemployment rate; food pantries, clothes closets, and people standing on the street with “will work for food” signs.  Three thrift stores opened on Hampton Road in the past few months. …

Called to be a Witness

Called to be a Witness

Our theme for the past 7 ½ months has been “Knowing God”.  The theme has kept us on target as we have explored the Scriptures, sang hymns and worshipped together.  We have sought to hear, see, and experience God in our lives.  Today we discover God’s purpose for us as we live out our soul…

Out with the Bad; In with the Good

Out with the Bad; In with the Good

This letter is written to Jews, Greeks and non-Greeks, wise and the foolish.  This letter comes as a result to the wickedness and godlessness of God’s people.  This Word speaks to the wrath of God.  The wrath of God is when God pulls out all the stops; when God withdraws His protection and allows humankind…

Hearing God

Hearing God in the Darkness

  The Lord’s Covenant With Abram 1After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,a your very great reward.b ” 2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inheritc my estate…