Archive for January, 2011

Great blog on anger

January 25, 2011

Here’s a link to a great blog post by Ed Welch of CCEF (see the site for info on the organization) on the subject of anger, which we’ll be looking at on Sunday.



Sermon text

January 25, 2011

This Sunday we’ll be studying Ephesians 4:25-28:
“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. ‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.”

Title: “Living as a New Creation”


Excerpt from Philip Yancey’s latest book

January 19, 2011
I wanted to share an excerpt from Philip Yancey’s book, What Good is God? In Search of a Faith that Matters.
The Orange Revolution
“Like other parts of the Soviet Union, Ukraine moved toward democracy as the Soviet empire collapsed, though in Ukraine democracy advanced at a glacial pace. If you think our elections are dirty, consider that when the Ukrainian reformer Victor Yushchenko dared to challenge the entrenched party, he nearly died from a mysterious case of dioxin poisoning. Against all advice Yushchenko, his body weakened and his face permanently disfigured by the poison, remained in the race. On election day the exit polls showed him with a comfortable 10 percent lead; nevertheless, through outright fraud the government managed to reverse those results.
That evening the state run television station reported, “Ladies and gentlemen, we announce that the challenger Victor Yushchenko has been decisively defeated.” However, government authorities had not taken into account one feature of Ukrainian television, the translation it provides for the hearing impaired. On the small screen inset in the lower right hand corner of the screen a brave woman raised by deaf and mute parents gave a different message in sign language. “I am addressing all the deaf citizens of Ukraine. Don’t believe what they say. They are lying and I am ashamed to translate these lies. Yushchenko is our President!” No one in the studio understood her radical message.
Deaf people, inspired by their translator Natalya Dmitruk, led the Orange Revolution. They text-messaged their friends on mobile phones about the fraudulent elections, and soon other journalists took courage from Dmitruk’s act of defiance and likewise refused to broadcast the party line. Over the next few weeks as many as a million people wearing orange flooded the capital city of Kiev to demand new elections. The government finally buckled under the pressure, consenting to new elections, and this time Yushchenko emerged as the undisputed winner.”

Often those of us proclaiming the gospel feel like we are communicating a message that the world around us cannot understand. It is, in many ways, another language–the language of weakness in a world ruled by power. Never underestimate, however, the hidden power of the gospel. Like the mustard seed, it is the smallest as it is planted but grows in remarkable proportion to its size. Sow the seed. Water the seed.┬áPray for a harvest. It will come “in due time,” as Jesus said, if we do not give up.