The Unleavened Life (1 Corinthians 5:6-13)

Message Notes My favorite bread is Promise Bread from Costco – “everything free” bread / you’d think it would cost less! For some, the consequences of consuming gluten can severe. Rash. Swelling. Digestive complications. What Paul is showing us in 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 is that there is a spiritual form of gluten that will cause…

When the Right Thing is the Hard Thing (1 Corinthians 5:1-5)

2006 started off as a bad year for Charles Moore. He lost his job as a roofer in Toledo, Ohio, and decided to return to his hometown of Detroit in search of work. Sadly, Moore soon found himself living on the street. While homeless, he stumbled upon 31 U.S. Savings Bonds in a city trash…

What is Your TQ? (1 Corinthians 4:8-21)

In June of 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to his editor Stanley Unwin to explain why he was behind schedule finishing the final draft of The Hobbit. Instead of creating more material, he decided to start over and rewrite the entire first three chapters. His motivation was the feedback of a trusted friend and…

I Want to be Free, Too

After my first meeting with Terry, one characteristic stood out. Not a physical characteristic. It was nothing about how he dressed or looked on the outside. He wore ordinary shorts, a t-shirt, and running shoes. He ordered a normal breakfast and we engaged in non-spectacular conversation. But there was something about him that affected me…

Critics in the Crowd (1 Corinthians 4:1-7)

From 1975-1996, there was a popular TV show on public television called Sneak Previews. The program was hosted by two film critics in Chicago, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.[1] They are the duo that came up with the thumbs up or down system for evaluating movies. Their popularity launched a crowd of film critics, resulting…

Hello, I’m the Health Inspector (1 Corinthians 3:10-23)

Message Notes: If I were the owner of a restaurant, I’d think that the last person I would want to show up unannounced would be the local health inspector. Not because I would want to have a dirty kitchen. But because the health score is posted for every customer to see. That is what Paul…

Jesus is not Enough

Something unexpected happened this morning as I was driving home from making some returns at Wal-Mart. The sky was a bright blue. Not hazy at all. Incredibly clear. A CD was playing. Yes, a CD. I drive a 2005 Honda Pilot. The lyrics of the song followed the words of 1 Peter 1:3-9. 3 Praise be…

The Terrible Twos in Grown Up Shoes (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)

The terrible twos. It is the season every new parent fears—the season in a toddler’s life when he or she begins to manifest a very defined moral code. You know the code. You have lived the code. If I want it, it’s mine. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine. If it is within my…

The Hydraulic Log Splitter for the Win (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

In November of 1989, the Berlin Wall fell in Germany and the Velvet Revolution took place in what was then Czechoslovakia, which over the next two years led to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the demise of communism in Eastern Europe. With walls falling and doors opening, Christian mission groups began to send…

The Gospel of the Ugliest Dog (1 Corinthians 1:18-31)

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is held the fourth week of June in Petaluma, California, as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair. This year’s winner is a bulldog named, Zsa Zsa. Apparently, there is no relation to Uga X in Athens. Her extra-wide stance, teeth-exposing underbite, and tongue that hangs almost to the ground helped her…

What it Takes to Build a 45,000 lb. X-Wing (1 Cor. 1:10-17)

It took 32 “master builders” 17,336 man (and woman) hours to create a life-sized Star Wars X-Wing fighter out of 5,335,200 Lego pieces. Originally unveiled in New York in 2013, it now resides at Legoland in California, boasting a 44-foot wingspan and weighing in at over 45,000 pounds.[i] The Lego X-Wing is the extraordinary result…