Author: Michael Milton

How God’s Garden Grows: Do You Hear Jesus’ Parable of the Sower?

How God’s Garden Grows Somewhere in the crowd sat a sower. There was likely carpenter. We know that there were religious leaders. There may have been an older woman who had spent her girlhood helping her father in the fields. Perhaps, there was a boy of ten years old or so, whose young tender skin was already deeply bronzed by the midday sun, his back hurting from the hours of work in the fields (and, maybe, hours of running through the rows with a dog). They were all there. They were sitting on the ground: look there, you might...

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Unto the Hills: How God Defends His Saints

Unto the Hills (Psalm 121) As the ancient Hebrew children of God made their way up to Jerusalem, they sang the Psalms of Ascent. One of those, Psalm 121, remains one of the most beloved selections from the sacred Psalter. Perhaps, it is because the Psalmist is enabled to paint a picture with mere words which we all can relate to. For as the Psalmist begins with the unforgettable phrase, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help,” the reader must face the juxtaposition of the serene vista of God’s creation, in their...

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Five Necessary Steps in a Call of God

Introduction to the Reading In risky times, God is getting our attention. Sometimes we think of surprises in our lives as the interruptions of life. But there can be no journey of Biblical faith without a divine interruption in our lives. And there can be no beginning without a divine interruption of our lives. We call that interruption “The call.” Will you turn with me to Exodus 3:1-10 chapter three and the calling of Moses? Introduction to the Sermon I could not look him in the eye when he asked me. “Are you called?” Dr. Eckley was a retired...

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Somewhere between our role models for manhood—like basketball stars who cross dress, baseball players addicted to drugs, and college football players who beat up females in dorm rooms—and our contorted view of manhood as seen on TV shows—where Dad is pictured as a harmless idiot who must be guided by either his wiser children or more sophisticated feminist wife—we’ve become more than a little confused. Now, how does that bother me? It bothers me as a father of a son because I don’t want my boy to think that those role models in this present evil age represent what...

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