Sunday, April 15, 2018

In the Flesh

The lesson is from Luke 24:38-49 in which Jesus, following his resurrection, appears to those assembled in a closed and locked-from-the-inside room.  They were terrified, thinking they were seeing a ghost.

Jesus made himself known to them.  They did not need more fear, they needed more faith.  He spoke to them, "Peace be with you."
Jesus shows up in their fear, in their disappointment, in their distress, and speaks peace!
Jesus brought them hope, and joy tagged along!  These followers were in dreadful fear that they would be arrested for being Jesus's friends.  The danger still existed, but now, Joy!

Jesus can handle the questions, the doubts; and He will handle them IN HIS TIME!
Following Jesus has its fair share of mysteries.
Of all the world's religious leaders, Jesus is the only one who defeated death in His own power.
Trusting Jesus is worth whatever risks are involved. 

The resurrected body of Christ was fitted for Glory.  Never had there been humanity on the other side of Glory.
We are meant to be here with Him and one day to be there with Him!  Christ had conquered death and in Him we live.
 Everything is dying, but in Christ we are set free from the law of sin and death!

The grave is no longer a destination, but only a doorway for those who are alive in Christ.


Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Monday, April 9, 2018

Telly Fone!

Had just finished the soup, two bites of sandwich left.  Phone rings.  *sigh*


"Mmf mff mmmfmf."

"What?  I can't hear you!"

"This is Greg from XYZ National Opinion poll."

"I have an opinion-- I'd rather finish my supper!"  *click*

To the wife, "I suppose if they hook one out of fifteen it's worth their time.  But most people are probably not as rude as I am.  Oh, well, I've earned the right.  Anyone who's lived 83 years is entitled to say what he thinks."

Wife:   "Mmmf, mf mmrmf."

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Burning Hearts

A few notes on Johnnie Blair's sermon this morning.

The scripture passage is Luke 24:13-35 in which two men, acquaintances of Jesus, were walking along the road to Emmaus, despondent over the death of Jesus.  A man overtakes them, walks with them, teaches them from the scriptures.  He stops to break bread with them and reveals that he is Jesus, then disappears from their view.  They run back to Jerusalem with this word.

The discussion:  Jesus is missing.

Their hope:  had died with Jesus.

Why did they not recognize Jesus?  It was not the glaring light in their eyes, but the darkness in their souls.

Knowing about Jesus does not mean we truly know Him.

These men had experienced it all, but they had missed everything.

Having information about Jesus does not mean you have faith in Jesus.
     All the information in the world will never make up for a  lack of faith!

Before their minds could comprehend their hearts had to be changed.
The world says, "Seeing is believing."  No!  Believing is seeing!
Two places Jesus reveals himself to us today:
1.  In the Word.
      Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.  --Romans 10:17 NIV)
 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. --Hebrews 4;12 (NIV)
Make your life available to the Word.  Faith is weak because we do not spend enough time in the Word.

2. In community. 
       For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. --Matthew 18:20 (NIV)

The body of Christ is the primary place for Christians to be known.
Jesus is missing.  We wonder who took Him.
     He is wanting to be found.  He has made every resource available to make Himself real in your life! 


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Because He Lives

I Can Face Tomorrow!

The scripture lesson is Luke 24:1-12 in which we see the women, followers of Jesus, go to the tomb to prepare the body of the crucified Jesus.  They find the tomb empty!

Snippets from the morning message:

1.  We have a hope that matters!

2.  Christ is enough!

3.  The Power of the Resurrection:  Jesus raises us from death to Life!
  “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim:  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  Romans 10:8-10 (NIV)
Pastor Johnnie Blair
Easter Sunday morning

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Purify Me, O God

Palm Sunday.  Scripture lesson Mark 11:1-11 in which Jesus is lauded by the people as he rides into Jerusalem on a colt.

The Jewish people anticipated that Jesus would save them from the Roman oppressor and reestablish David's kingdom.

Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: . . . 
 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee?. . .
I count them mine enemies. --Psalm 139:19-22

But He did not come to punish Rome, he came to purify the people.

Recall the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree.  Why?  He cursed the tree because it was not producing fruit.  Jesus cursed the Temple for the same reason.  The religious leaders were taking their cues from Roman culture rather than from Scripture.

Christ came not to save the people from something, but to do something to them.

Just so, God is more concerned with purging the sins of the Church than He is with punishing the sins of the world.

We are to take our cues from Jesus, not from the culture.

 Too often we go to our cultural war chest-- fighting Rome with Roman ways.  We are to follow Christ (see the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7) not the culture.
Then David concluded his prayer:
Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
and see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting. --Psalm 139:23-24

Pray not that God will destroy others but that he will do something to us:  Sanctify us, O God.

Lent is God's time for deep Spring cleaning of the Church.

Do something to us, Lord, so You can do something great through us!

 Lenny Luchetti, guest speaker
Sunday morning

Friday, March 9, 2018

The Country Jazz Singer

Quiet evening, the Missus and I are sitting in our recliners.  For no particular reason, I start singing to her.
 Take the ribbon from your hair,
Shake it loose and let it fall. 
 and so on until I finally sing the tag lines,
I don't want to be alone
Help me make it through the night.
 Then she looks at me and says, "You have such a beautiful tonal quality to your voice.  But you can't carry a tune."
(Follows then the jazz-improv rationalization.  Which she has heard before.)


Thursday, March 8, 2018

When you take your news from fb feed

"This happened in Australia Hailstones the size of tennis balls fell from the sky.. Many cars and animals killed..."

That's it.  No further information, as for example, how many and what kind of cars were killed, and so forth.

(I don't know about Australia, but around here all hailstones fall from the sky.)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Why, then, is the old man sitting up writing at 1:34 in the morning?

Logical explanations for happenings in this household often not required, and a good thing it is, too, because often there is no logical explanation for whatever is going on.

At any rate, following surgery in the afternoon I went to bed early, ten p.m.  Slept, too.  For a bit.  Then I didn't so much.  Thus I got up, the Mrs. made me a cup of tea, and here i sit.  Feel better now, too, and I think I'll drag myself to the bed.

Good morning!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Quote, End Quote

This statement is not original with me, but it so characterizes my place in the scheme of things that I wish I had thought of it first-- but I'm an idiot.

I've met enough people to know I'm a decent bit smarter than average, and enough really smart people to know that I'm still a total idiot."

Friday, February 23, 2018

Afternoon in the Lab

In hospital lab this afternoon to get an ekg.  Bared chest.  Technician while attaching electrodes said, "Oh, yes, I can see you've had this done before."

I laughed.  "Split me open two years ago last month."

"Where did you have that done?"

"Methodist Hospital.  Dr. Beckman."

"Oh, yes.  I have heard of him."

"Gave me a bovine valve."

"That," she said, "is the Cadillac of heart valves."

I chuckled.  "Very funny-- cattle- ack of valves."

"Oh!  she exclaimed.  "I made a pun and didn't even realize it.