"The older son in the parable represents the Pharisees who were muttering under their breath at the beginning of the chapter. But he also represents the Pharisee in all of us. You see, there are still lots of people—in church and out—who think they are somehow good enough to be acceptable to God. ‘I follow the rules.’ ‘I don’t hurt anyone.’ ‘I go to church…’ You get the idea."
Sunday Morning Second Service
July 21, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
Sunday Morning First Service • January 12, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus would certainly be thinking of David here. Israel’s greatest king would have crossed the very same brook when he fled Absalom in Jerusalem. He would be met by a man named Shimei who would curse him and throw rocks at him. Both kings— David and Jesus—were kings without thrones suffering through what seemed at the time to be the worst defeats of their lives."
Sunday Morning Second Service • January 5, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Be careful of overconfidence!...We often overestimate our own strength and underestimate the power of the devil. When Satan is asking for you by name, the only way to insure that you will be OK is to admit that you cannot be OK without Jesus."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 29, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"What we call communion provides a wonderful opportunity to look back and look forward. You see, the body broken and the life given makes us remember the cross, the price paid for our sins. We remember that Jesus was treated like a common criminal even though He was, by Judas’ own words, innocent! We are reminded via His punishment how seriously we are to take our own sin and about how grateful we should be because He took punishment in your place."