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  • Sheep Do Sheepy Things, Goats Do Goaty Things

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Aug 12, 2018
    based on 2 ratings
     | 2,485 views

    Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. How then, can Jesus link our eternal destinies as "sheep" or "goats" to what we have done; i.e., whether we have served one another?

    All right. Everybody buckled up? Good. We may get jostled about a bit this morning, but our destination will be worth the drive. Let’s start with a question. It’s an important question, one of the most important questions that we are confronted with. The good news is that the gospel of Jesus ...read more

  • Do We Really Want God To Forgive Our Debts As We Forgive Our Debtors?

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 29, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 6,187 views

    If we want to be forgiven, we must forgive the sins of others against us.

    This morning, we will be hiking through some challenging spiritual terrain, but I promise that the destination will be worth the journey. I’d like to talk about one thing, one critical thing, that if done or not done can make or break a marriage, make or break a family, make or break a friendship, ...read more

  • Differently Gifted

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 22, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,639 views

    What you think you know about spiritual gifts, is probably wrong, in ways that actually inhibit ministry rather than encouraging it.

    This morning I would like us to think about spiritual gifts: skills and abilities given by God the Holy Spirit to followers of Christ for the purpose of ministry. And my hypothesis is that what you probably believe about spiritual gifts is wrong. Wrong in a way that’s diminishing your joy in ...read more

  • Investing For The Long Term

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Mar 25, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,070 views

    Unlike the crowds on Palm Sunday, who hailed Jesus as king but only days later demanded that he be crucified, we need to hold on to our faith and hope in Christ. Here's why and how.

    I’d like to begin this morning with a story. It involves these men [photo of Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs]. You probably recognize them: Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. The two men who founded Apple Computer. Right? Well, no, actually that’s not accurate. Here is a photo of the original partnership ...read more

  • The Freedom To Disappoint Series

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Feb 18, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,334 views

    If we are to be faithful disciples of Christ, and follow His example, we must be willing to disappoint others.

    Good morning! I’d like to jump right in, and begin this morning with a precious promise, one that comes directly from Christ: “28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you ...read more

  • Pulling Back The Curtain

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jan 1, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,280 views

    A New Year's sermon to encourage us that God is in control of the year that is past, and the year that is to come.

    Intro: In the classic film, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, Jimmy Stewart plays George Bailey, a small town banker who is driven to the brink of suicide by the prospect of financial ruin and disgrace. He is convinced that his life has been a failure, and that it would have been better if he had never ...read more

  • The Priest We Need

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Mar 15, 2016
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,814 views

    Jesus is our eternal high priest, superior to the Levitical priests of the Old Covenant.

    In the recent Oscar-nominated film, “Bridge of Spies,” Tom Hanks portrays James Donovan, an American lawyer who is recruited during the Cold War to defend accused Soviet spy Rudolf Abel on charges of espionage, and who was later approached to negotiate with the Soviet Union over the ...read more

  • The Greatest Of These

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Feb 16, 2014
    based on 1 rating
     | 5,266 views

    Unless done in love, all of our work and sacrifice will be for nothing. How can we maintain a motivation of love?

    When you heard today’s text being read, you could be forgiven for wondering if you had inadvertently wandered into a wedding. Because the reading of chapter thirteen of Saint Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians has become as much a fixture of marriage ceremonies as unity candles, ...read more

  • Nullification

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Apr 10, 2011
    based on 3 ratings
     | 3,116 views

    Seek a genuine heart relationship with God, and not the superficial religion of the Pharisees.

    Nullification – Mark 7:1-23 This morning, I’d like to invite you to look into chapter seven of Mark’s gospel with me, and to consider what God may want to say to you from this portion of his word. But before I begin, I’d like to explain something. You may have noticed that I’m wearing jeans this ...read more

  • Entertaining Angels (Hospitality)

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jul 6, 2003
    based on 116 ratings
     | 16,938 views

    Hospitality isn’t just an admirable social skill; It’s essential for anyone who follows Christ. When we show kindness to outsiders, we reflect the character of God.

    This morning, I’d like to talk about hospitality. Now, I realize that, being the Fourth of July weekend, you might have been expecting a sermon on a patriotic theme, something like "freedom", or "sacrifice", or "the faith of our founding fathers". So, to connect my topic with the holiday, I’ll ...read more

  • Grow Up And Be Like A Child!

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 30, 2003
    based on 89 ratings
     | 14,989 views

    As we mature in Christ, we will necessarily become more like little children.

    Several mornings this week, I stationed myself on the sidewalk in front of the church to welcome the children as they arrived for Vacation Bible School. I loved seeing them troop up the front steps, clutching their dimes and quarters for the offering. Sometimes, I would sneak up in the balcony ...read more

  • Spring Cleaning

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 24, 2003
    based on 98 ratings
     | 22,039 views

    Over time, our lives tend to fill up with the clutter and debris of sin. How to prevent that from happening, and how to conduct "spring cleaning" when it does.

    All physical systems, over time, accumulate debris. It’s an unfortunate fact of life. They get cluttered, and clogged, and congested, and that hinders the operation of the system. Let me give you some random examples. As we age, plaque tends to build up in our veins and arteries, which gradually ...read more

  • Honoring Fathers

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 16, 2003
    based on 60 ratings
     | 9,364 views

    What children owe their fathers. What children need from their fathers.

    Today, as you know, is Father’s Day. It may surprise you to learn that Father’s Day is not a Christian holiday. By that, I mean it’s not recognized as one of the special days of the Christian Year which have been celebrated by the church for centuries, such as Christmas, or Easter, or Pentecost. ...read more

  • Praying At Midnight

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 10, 2003
    based on 90 ratings
     | 13,216 views

    We must pray as those who are desperate for bread.

    Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to call someone for help in the middle of the night, at a time when you knew they would be fast asleep in bed? Perhaps a medical emergency of some kind – your wife is going into labor, or your husband is having chest pains and you need to drive ...read more

  • Spiritual Renewal

    Contributed by Alan Perkins on Jun 1, 2003
    based on 118 ratings
     | 28,746 views

    We all need spiritual renewal from time to time. Where does it come from?

    My text this morning comes from the book of Isaiah, chapter forty, verses 28 through 31: "Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength ...read more