Praise and Service please the Lord

00.159.182_PS2I’m preparing to teach during our AWANA program this evening at church and we are going to study the topic of praising the Lord in our daily lives. Our passage of study is Luke 19.

The context of Luke 19 helps us understand why Jesus wept over Jerusalem during the festive time. The Triumphal entry marks what we call Holy Week today in the Christian calendar. It was a time of praise and worship, Palm Sunday, and yet, during the height of the festivities, Jesus wept. Why? Luke 19 explains why. Continue reading

Belief, Signs, and Palm Sunday

While preparing to teach/preach a sermon on Palm Sunday a couple of years ago I had an “aha” moment in the Gospel of John. I was asked by a minister friend of mine to fill in for him on last minute’s notice. I was racking my brain in trying to figure out a message. I did not want to do the same old “Palm Sunday” sermon that I heard a million times (not that it is not interesting but just wanted a change of pace this time). Continue reading