Rabboni (Poem)

“Oh woman, tell us why you weep,
and why this tearful vigil keep.”

“They came and took my Lord away!
I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”

“Dear woman, tell Me why you weep.
Who is the Man for whom you seek?”

“If you have carried Him away,
I want to come and get Him!”

“Mary, it is I.”

“Rabboni!”

-Wills Osborn (6/17/2017)
Based on John 20:11-16

The Imperfect Church (Sermon w/ Spanish Translation)

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother: To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” (‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭HCSB‬‬)

The following is a message I shared at a little assembly in Mexico on November 28, 2016.

Title: The Imperfect Church

Passage: Colossians 1:1-2

Theme: Living for the Lord

“Pablo, apóstol de Jesucristo por la voluntad de Dios, y el hermano Timoteo, a los santos y fieles hermanos en Cristo que están en Colosas: Gracia y paz sean a vosotros, de Dios nuestro Padre y del Señor Jesucristo.” (‭‭Colosenses‬ ‭1:1-2‬ ‭RVR1960‬‬)

A Living Sacrifice (Sermon w/ Spanish Translation)

“Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭HCSB‬‬)

The following is a message I shared at a little assembly in Mexico on November 26, 2016. It was the third message in a series on the subject of worship.

Title: A Living Sacrifice

Passage: Romans 12:1-2

Theme: Worship

“Así que, hermanos, os ruego por las misericordias de Dios, que presentéis vuestros cuerpos en sacrificio vivo, santo, agradable a Dios, que es vuestro culto racional. No os conforméis a este siglo, sino transformaos por medio de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento, para que comprobéis cuál sea la buena voluntad de Dios, agradable y perfecta.” (Romanos‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭RVR1960‬‬)

Woe! Really?

I cringe when I read the “woes” Jesus spoke to the Pharisees and lawyers in Luke 11. Take, for example, when He says, “But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass justice and love for God. These things you should have done without neglecting the other” (Luke‬ ‭11:42‬ ‭HCSB‬‬). These Pharisees did a good job of putting their religiosity on display. They faithfully obeyed the “tithing law” with their material possessions, but they did not provide justice to the downtrodden nor did they love God.

Jesus went to on to pronounce the following woe on the experts in the law, “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge! You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were going in” (Luke‬ ‭11:52‬). These men had everything necessary to help everyone know and practice true worship, but they distorted it (or kept it to themselves) so the people were kept in darkness. But why was Jesus so harsh on these leaders? It makes me uncomfortable to hear how sharply He rebuked them. Continue reading