Keeping a Holy Day

Leviticus 19:1-2; Psalm 66:1-4; Luke 13:10-16Reverend Dr. Louise Barger A Sabbath, a day called Holy, a weekly day of rest had no parallel in any ancient civilization except among the Jews. In ancient times leisure was for the wealthy and the ruling classes only; never for the serving or laboring classes. The very idea of … More Keeping a Holy Day

Sisters of the Faith

Judges 4:1-5; Psalm 31:1-3; Romans 16:1-5Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Recently there has been a series of commercials built around the heritage that we have from our mothers and grandmothers. The commercials end by asking, “Who are the strong women in your life?” Today we salute the mothers of our nation, and I want to add … More Sisters of the Faith

In Remembrance of Me

Exodus 13:1-8; Psalm 136:1-4; Luke 22:14-20Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Grace Greater Than Our Sin is the hymn written by Julia H. Johnston in 1911. Listen to some of the words: Marvelous, infinite, matchless graceFreely bestowed on all who believe!You that are longing to see His faceWill you this moment His grace receive?Grace, grace, God’s graceGrace … More In Remembrance of Me

More Than a Meal

Micah 6:8; Psalm 130:1-4; John 21:1-14Rev. Dr. Louise Barger Having a meal has always been intended to be more than just eating food. In many eastern countries there is a very large dish of food prepared and set in the middle of the family group. All the members of the family and their guests use … More More Than a Meal

It’s a Hallelujah Morning

Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:1-10Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Jesus had died at three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact time of the sacrifice offering for sin at the Temple. Jesus had made the last and only sacrifice necessary for the sins of people throughout the ages. No other sacrifice would ever be necessary. It would only … More It’s a Hallelujah Morning

Lord, Save Us

Leviticus 23:4-8; Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 31:1-5; John 12:12-19Reverend Dr. Louise Barger The air was electrified with the events of recent days. If anyone was looking for a sign from Jesus, they could not have missed the miracle at Bethany. The drama had played itself out before the eyes of family and friends who had gathered … More Lord, Save Us

The Price of a Sacrifice

Exodus 12:21-28; Psalm 27:1-6; John 2:13-22Reverend Dr. Louise Barger We are now in the fifth week of Lent. Today we will reach Jerusalem with Jesus. Today we look at how easily we can prioritize other things over our true worship of Jesus. We find ourselves sometimes identifying with the people in our biblical accounts who … More The Price of a Sacrifice

Dying of Thirst

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:1-5; John 4:1-14Reverend Dr. Louise Barger We can live without many things, including food, for a long time, but we cannot live without water. We must have fluids to hydrate our body. We have the sensation of thirst to serve as a reminder that it is time for fluids. It has always … More Dying of Thirst

Blessed by Giving

Nehemiah 10:34-39; Psalm 89:1-2; Matthew 6:1-4Reverend Dr. Louise Barger In this third Sunday of Lent we are looking at almsgiving. In the scripture that was read from Nehemiah this morning, we find that God’s plan for caring for the needs of people was to require that each person give a tithe (10%) of their possessions … More Blessed by Giving