Skeletons

Scott Nichols

Read: Matthew 1:2-11 . . . And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah. (v. 6) You see it sometimes in a movie. In the course of the story one of the characters learns about an uncle—a brother of his father—he had never heard about. “Why didn’t you ever mention Uncle Winston?” he asks his father. “Because we don’t talk about him” is the stern reply. Turns out Uncle Winston had been a bad man, jailed …

Fruit

Scott Nichols

Read: Galatians 5:22-24 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . . (v. 22) Apples grow on the branches of a tree that is well rooted in soil. Water from the ground sustains the tree’s leaves, which convert light energy into sugars that help pollinated blossoms grow into juicy pieces of fruit. The character traits we bear as Christians are described by Paul as fruit. These dispositions are not the cause of our salvation but the …

When He Comes

Scott Nichols

READ : 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Thousands of curious stone boxes litter the slope of the Mount of Olives. What are they? Grave markers. Since the time of the patriarchs, the Mount of Olives has served as a massive cemetery. And not just for Jews either. There are sections for Muslims, as well as Christians. Some proponents of all three major religions agree that when the Messiah comes, or comes again, He will stand upon that hillside and call the dead …

Testify

Scott Nichols

READ : Acts 1:1-14 I’m once again looking at the group photo taken on the Mount of Olives. I see the faces of friends old and new, bound together by a unique shared experience. As I look, I think how much like those first disciples all of us are. Like them we have followed in the footsteps of Jesus. We have caught a glimpse of what it was like when Jesus walked with us. Now we are empowered to go …

Do You Love Me?

Scott Nichols

READ : John 21:1-19 On the shore of the Sea of Galilee is the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy. Outside stands a large statue of Christ reaching out to a kneeling Simon Peter and putting a shepherd’s staff into his hands. As I consider the picture of that statue again, I find a special comfort. How often, like Peter, I have turned away and denied my Lord. How often I have neglected to do what He wanted me to do. …

Foretaste

Scott Nichols

READ : Matthew 26:17-29 I am standing at the center of the Christian faith. That was what I thought as I turned to offer a brief message before the communion service. Our group was seated in the middle of the garden that housed the empty tomb. Just a few hundred feet away I could glimpse the top of Calvary. I could look over my shoulder and stare into the site of Christ’s resurrection the most important place in salvation history, …