Many of you saw the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves, who played the role of Neo. Neo discovers that his existence is not what he thought it was. He thought he was a regular guy with a normal job leading a normal life…free and independent. Neo meets an intense, compelling man named Morpheus, who offers him two pills. The red pill will answer the question “what is the Matrix?” (by removing him from it) and the blue pill allows for life to carry on as before. As Neo reaches for the red pill Morpheus warns Neo: “Remember, all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”Read More >
St. Paul was making a swing back through some of the areas in which he had preached and established churches. He encouraged them and said: “We must pass through many troubles to enter the Kingdom of God,” (Acts 14:22).
Some would have us think…or maybe we even want us to believe…that once we come to Christ and His atoning sacrifice on the Cross the road to heaven won’t be so rough. It doesn’t take too long for anyone who has bought into that to realize that it’s just as Paul said. The King James version uses the older word “tribulations” for “troubles.”
Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. –I Cor. 15:1-6 (NLT)Read More >
A little research on the origin of Valentine’s day reveals that Valentine’s Day, which we celebrate in February has a long history. Its roots have to do with a Christian Feast called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, which honors an early Christian saint named Valentinus. There is a legend that St. Valentine was imprisoned in Rome for performing marriages for soldiers forbidden to marry as well as for ministering to Christians persecuted by the Roman Empire. Further, a legend tells of Valentine restoring the sight to the blind daughter of his judge, and just before his execution in AD 269 he wrote her a farewell letter signing it “Your Valentine.”Read More >
Nobody talks much about sin anymore. If they do, it’s kind of in a joking, dismissive way. It’s almost as if sin is one of those terms left over from the Dark Ages, when people really believed in good and evil, God and Satan. Today we are “enlightened” and, as such, have moved beyond such primitive and superstitious notions.Read More >