Pathways

Pathways – Made in the image of God.

As we think about our vision for the church I want to establish some fundamental truths from Scripture.  The first of these is found in Genesis 1:27 where we read, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  Scholars have debated…

Pathways – Blessing to be a blessing

This Sunday we begin a new series focusing on our vision together at SCBC.  The foundation of our thinking is God’s word to Abraham in Genesis 12 where he calls Abraham to leave his father’s household and promises to bless him.  Abraham in turn would bless all peoples on earth.  (Genesis 12:1-3) It is the same for you and me….

Pathways – What’s the offering all about?

Have you ever heard of Hobby Lobby? Felix Tam was telling me about it last week – I found what he said to be amazing – so amazing I immediately verified what he told me through a google search! I discovered that Hobby Lobby was started by a devout Christian by the name of David…

Pathways – What’s the Sabbath all about?

One of my favorite articles I have tucked away tells the story of the small town of Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Apparently, the parents of the town discovered that they were not spending enough quality time with their families because they were over-scheduling their children.   After a series of meetings with community leaders and school…

Pathways – Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me”

On the second Sunday of each month we hear these words from I Corinthians 11, “The Lord Jesus, on the night when he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Very clearly the…

Fishers of Men (Mt. 4: 18-22)

The story how Jesus called his first disciples along the shore of the Sea of Galilee is always inspiring and heart touching. Peter and Andrew, James and John were fishermen by trade. It was obviously their “family business”. No doubt they must have heard of Jesus and were also exposed to John the Baptist’s message…

Pathways – Be An Encourager

Acts ch.11 – 13 marks the pivotal point of the church of Jesus Christ moving from Jerusalem to Antioch as the major center of world mission in the first century. As John Stott said, “It is not that the evangelization of the Jews must stop, but that the evangelization of the Gentiles must begin”. It…

Pathways – Responding to Good News with Bad Choice

Good news or good offer may not be always accepted. In 1829 George Wilson, in Pennsylvania, was sentenced to be hanged for robbery and murder by the court. For some reason President Andrew Jackson chose to pardon him and for unimaginable reason Wilson chose to reject the pardon! Chief Justice John Marshall gave the final…

Pathways – I’m looking at the man in the mirror

I have found the book of Jonah to be amazingly convicting. It’s a story that cuts close to home and has made me see myself as I am. Many scholars suggest that, that is the point of the book. It is a mirror image of God’s people, Israel, and of how they were relating (or…

Pathways – The God of second chances

Perhaps one of the most interesting references to Jonah in the New Testament is found in Matthew 16:17. Here we see Jesus call Peter “son of Jonah”. We aren’t certain what Jesus had in mind when he used this name, some scholars think it’s an abbreviated form of “John” the name of Peter’s biological father….