Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

No More Bitterness

NO MORE BITTERNESS Ephesians 4:31-32 I invite you to open your Bible to Ephesians 4:31-32. As we conclude our Spring Cleaning series, I hope your soul is sparkling a little more than it did when we began.  I hope the smudges are off the glass, the dirt you tried to sweep under the rug has been vacuumed and disposed of, and that if Jesus were to give your soul the white…

I Am Responsible

I AM RESPONSIBLE Genesis 3:1-13 Will Rogers once said, “The history of America can be written in three phases: the passing of the Indian, the passing of the Buffalo, and the passing of the buck!”  I’m afraid that third phase is a little older than American history.  How about human history? As we continue our series, Spring Cleaning, we’re taking a look…

Get off the Couch

GET OFF THE COUCH Matthew 25:14-30 I invite you to open your Bible this morning to Matthew 25:14-30.  After focusing on Holy Week for a couple of Sundays, we are back to our Spring Cleaning series.  Taking a good look at the state of our souls seems a good parenthesis around Holy Week.  Jesus died for the forgiveness of our sins.  He was raised from the dead and is a…

No Lie

No Lie Psalm 120:1-2 As we continue our series, Spring Cleaning, we’re going to take the scrub brush to another sin in our soul that easily besets so many.  I invite you to open your Bible to Psalm 120:1-2. Have you ever heard of the Burlington Liars Club?  It’s been around for 85 years.  The club, based in Burlington, Wisconsin, invites people from all over the world to…

Get Off the Lust Train

GET OFF THE LUST TRAIN 2 Samuel 11:1-17, 26-27 We’re in the second week of our series, Spring Cleaning.  We’re trying to spend time in this holy season learning how live holier lives.  So we’re doing a little self-examination for the purpose of owning, confessing, and repenting of the sins that can wreck our lives.  Last week we looked at pride.  We’re on to another sin…

Swallow Your Pride

SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE Proverbs 29:23 One Monday afternoon some years ago as I was working out at a local gym, the owner’s son, Andrew, a second-grader at the time, I think, asked, “John, are you Catholic?”  Andrew is Catholic.  And he knows I am a pastor. “No,” I said, “I’m Baptist.” “What are you giving up?” he asked. “Giving up?” “Yeah, for Lent.” We are in the holy season…