Cheer Up! (aka, Don’t Be a Sore Loser)

By: Keith Olbricht

Things do not always go as we envision them.  We make plans that end up having to be altered.  We take wrong turns and get to hear those words, “Route recalculating.”  We think we have the solution to a problem, only to discover that someone else has a better solution.  In those cases we may argue passionately, but are brought to the abrupt realization that we were wrong.  And then comes the hard part, when we have to admit that we were wrong. Continue reading “Cheer Up! (aka, Don’t Be a Sore Loser)”

Do the Clothes Make the Christian?

By: Keith Olbricht

This past Sunday coming home from CYC, I wore my customary khakis and a polo.  When we got back here to the building at about 5:00, I realized I was not going to have time to go home and change before our evening worship here.  It would be highly unusual for me to preach without a jacket and tie, but I wasn’t too worried about it on this occasion.  However, one of our young people made a comment to the effect that dressed as I was, I looked more beachy than preachy.  I know she was not criticizing, but based on her comment, I managed to find time to change into a dress shirt and tie before time for worship. Continue reading “Do the Clothes Make the Christian?”

Um, That’s MY Charger

By: Keith Olbricht

As it usually seems to go, I thought of the perfect illustration for a lesson…a few days after I taught it. I had taught from Matthew 25 and the parable of the ten virgins about the need for preparedness, and a couple of days later, the modern equivalent of the oil-in-the-lamps hit me. I was driving the bus to Pigeon Forge to CYC, and at some point along the way we stopped at a rest area. (I won’t insult your intelligence by telling you why. Lots of teenagers drinking lots of soda.) As we got ready to get back on the road (again), I was torn between amusement and annoyance to find that someone had taken the liberty of plugging their phone into my charger. MY charger. That I had plugged into the outlet on the dash. That I had the foresight to bring. “Foolish kids,” I thought to myself, “they should have known they were going to need a charger.” Continue reading “Um, That’s MY Charger”

The Beauty of the Cross

By: Keith Olbricht

I ran out of time before I could finish my lesson Wednesday night, so I want to put it into writing here and now.

The cross today is one of the most cherished emblems in the world—to those who believe.  But in the 1st Century, it was an object of scorn and shame.  As Jesus began introducing this idea to His disciples, it is no surprise that they were not immediately accepting.  Reading the three times that Jesus tells this to His disciples in Matthew (16:21-23; 17:22-23; and 20:17-19), you will notice some similarities and differences. Continue reading “The Beauty of the Cross”

Could I Be…Royalty?

It seems that there is much fascination in the world today with genealogies.  The Jews began it, Joseph Smith rejuvenated it, and the modern online businesses are exploiting it.  Now, for only $79, you can send your spit in a jar to a company who will supposedly tell you your heritage from your DNA.   Based on the results, people have occasionally claimed royal lineage from their ancestry!  Can you imagine?  You might be royalty and not even know it! Continue reading “Could I Be…Royalty?”