I recently had the honor of leading our chapel’s Ash Wednesday service. If you know me well, you probably realize how much of a stretch this was for me. No theological barriers–just something I’m not used to.



[confession: I had to do quite a bit of research about the litany of Christian holy days leading up to Easter. Coming from a guy who forever thought the Easter Bunny was the King of Spring, I’d say I’ve come a long way. Regardless…if you, too, need assistance sorting out the myriad duties Christians feel obliged to perform now that Jesus has freed us from the Law, feel free to check out the final 3 minutes of this video. It’s got a summary rundown of everything I now know on the topic.  I’m also working on a stand-alone video addressing Easter FAQs.  It’s certain to become an overnight sensation.]

Historic cross hanging at the front of our chapel

I don’t preach nearly as much as I used to–nor half as much as I’d like. But I think William (my 10-yr-old minion mastermind) and I devised a way to capture future messages with both video and sound.  So, to the both of you who haven’t yet grown tired of my voice…well, I’ll try to post more often.  Admittedly, today’s post is probably one of my more somber (perhaps even dry?) messages.  It’s hard to preach Psalm 51 on Ash Wednesday with a bounce in your step.

Going forward, I’d appreciate your feedback about this new video format. I’m experimenting with adding on-screen notes and Scripture references throughout the sermon’s entirety.

  • Is it worth it?
  • Does it pose more of a distraction?

Honest evaluations are cordially requested.

Audio-only version available below.

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The Gospel is Adoption. Adoption is the Gospel.
Lunch and Learn: World Religions

Back by popular demand: lunch and learn with the MXG Chaplain!

We’ll continue our study of world religions by giving an in-depth look toward Christianity.  You need not be a “believer” to attend.  Come out to get your questions answered, or just sit in the back and observe.  Lunch will be provided.

Note: Feel free to share this and invite friends, but know that this class is for active duty line badge-holders only.  I am offering another version for the general public on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Always Learning,
Chaplain Mesaeh

What Christianity 101: a lunch-time discussion class that will help you understand the foundational core of the Christian faith
Who ANYONE interested in learning basic Christianity: new believers, seasoned believers, or non-believers
When Every Friday in May & June
@1200 – 1300
Where Maintenance Hangar Complex (bldg. 230)
AMXS Conference Room
Why To celebrate the religious diversity of the US Air Force.
This class is part of Chaplain Mesaeh’s “Lunch & Learn: World Religions” series.
How Registration is not necessary.  Just show up.
Worth a Thousand Words

This a picture of milk–breast milk to be specific.  It was pumped and collected by moms across greater Oklahoma City.  An area mother passed away shortly after giving birth, so these women are working to ensure her infant son gets the milk he needs.  #goodPeopleExist

These are the complete slides for part 1 of 5 in Christianity 101.  In this section, we cover basic fundamental apologetics by tackling 3 crucial questions:

  1. Is it possible to prove God’s existence?
  2. Is the Bible reliable?
  3. Is Jesus God, or just a really nice guy?

Be sure to check the “notes” section of these slides.  They’re filled with additional material, source documents, and citation work.

Note: you can also download the slides directly here.

Always Learning,
bill

 

Take Home a 3-D Bible

Make the Bible Stand up Inside your Mind

It happens now whenever I read the Gospels. I see images. I picture the mountains, the lake, the land. I can walk it in my mind. I actually see The Story.  I see it in 3-D.

It happened again on Easter.  As I preached through Jesus’ decision to leave Galilee and walk south to Jerusalem (Luke 9.51, ff)…I WAS THERE!–seeing the countryside He saw and smelling the same aromas He smelled.

Having been to the Holy Land, the Gospel of Jesus takes on a deeply realistic, living-color, three-dimensional quality that is deeply profound. Studying his teaching where He taught…standing on loren-klein-quote_7029-0the beach of Galilee where He invited his disciples for breakfast…walking where he walked on ancient Roman roads…praying exactly where he prayed in the Garden.

This is an amazing set of experiences that will forever change you.

Many people have a trip to Israel on their bucket list.  Allow me to suggest you not wait any longer.  Once you live through this experience, the Bible will forever after “stand up” in your mind three-dimensionaly.  As a passionate teacher of God’s Word, I can’t wait to exchange my classroom of chairs, slideshows, and dry erase boards with the classroom of the Galilean countryside or a 1st Century Roman city!

  • January 24 – Feb 2 2017
  • $2997 from Chicago; $3297 from Dallas or Indianapolis (save $80/person if you sign up by 28 April 2016)
  • Link to Registration Site

 

Always learning,

Bill Mesaeh, Jr
Chaplain, USAF
MA, MRE, MDiv