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Archive for the ‘Good News’ Category

“By God’s Grace”

September 19, 2012

In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul presents one of the clearest expositions of the good news of Jesus Christ found in Scripture. In a few brief phrases, Paul declares what Jesus Christ has accomplished on behalf of a flawed, sinful humanity: 1 Brothers and sisters, I want to call your attention to the good […]

The Difference Between Religion And The Gospel

January 19, 2012

Over the last few years I have become more and more focused on the Gospel–the good news of Jesus Christ. The older I get, the more I realize that the Gospel is the heart and soul of the Christian life, not just for people who are unbelievers, but for faithful Christ followers. I have   […]

Thoughts On Marriage And Faith

June 26, 2010

[JFH: I married a special couple on June 26, 2010. Kevin is a newly minted police office. Katie is a school teacher. During their wedding I offered them some thoughts about the relationship between marriage, salvation, and faith. Here are those thoughts. God bless you, Kevin and Katie…today, and for many years to follow!]          […]

People Count

June 26, 2010

            I am a believer in the statement, “Count people because people count.”             I count people in the church because numbers represent living, breathing, human beings—individual souls who will live forever, either with God or apart from God.             People count. That’s why I think it is important to count […]

Isaiah’s Easter Message

March 22, 2010

          When we think of Easter, our focus is usually centered on the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rightly so.             But did you know that the entire Bible speaks about God’s saving plan for humanity?             Isaiah was an Old Testament prophet. His name means “The Salvation of the Lord.” Throughout his […]

The Church As First Responders

February 16, 2010

         The images on the news from the recent earthquakes in Haiti have been powerfully haunting. It is shocking to see such devastation and suffering in a country that deals with hardship on a daily basis.             It has been heartbreaking to watch those hundreds of thousands of people struggling, and at the same time […]

Lost And Found

February 14, 2010

Psalm 119:169-176 169 O Lord, listen to my cry; give me the discerning mind you promised. 170 Listen to my prayer; rescue me as you promised. 171 Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees. 172 Let my tongue sing about your word, for all your commands are right. 173 […]

Exchanging Gifts

December 24, 2009

Titus 2:11-14 says:  11 For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. 12 And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, 13 while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory […]

When God Turns Everything Right Side Up

December 23, 2009

Luke 1:46-55  [NRSV] 46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, […]

“The Lord IS Coming…To Do What?”

December 7, 2009

Malachi 3:1-4 (NLT) 1 “Look! I am sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then the Lord you are seeking will suddenly come to his Temple. The messenger of the covenant, whom you look for so eagerly, is surely coming,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 2 “But who will be able to […]