Contributing sermons since Sep 23, 2008
Contributed on Jun 20, 2018
If you want to defeat discouragement, remember Jesus and pray in faith, because you are forgiven; persevere with hope, because God is faithful; and provoke one another to love, because Jesus is coming soon!
On April 24, 1997, Alec Holden of Great Britain turned 90. On that day, he placed the equivalent of a $200 bet in British pounds that he would live to be a hundred. A betting company had placed Holden’s odds at 250 to 1; so on April 24, 2007, when he turned a hundred, he collected on his bet the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 13, 2018
If you want to take care of the sin problem in your life, don’t depend on religion. Instead, enter into a real relationship with Jesus Christ, and let Him make you holy, whole, and free.
Pastor and author John Ortberg talks about a time early in his marriage when he and his wife sold their Volkswagen Beetle to buy their first really nice piece of furniture. It was a sofa. It was a pink sofa, but for that kind of money, Ortberg says, “It was called a mauve sofa.” The man at the sofa ...read more
Contributed on Jun 7, 2018
If you want to overcome sin and its devastating effects on your life, depend on the blood of Christ, which is essential and effective for your redemption.
During the last presidential election (2016), we heard a lot about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the two primary candidates. We heard less about Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and other third-party candidates. However, the most interesting candidate, which I doubt any of us heard about, was Zoltan ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2018
Trust Christ with your life and let Him set you free forever from guilt and sin.
I enjoy reading Mikey’s Funnies at times. It is a humorous, daily, blog post from Mike Atkinson. Some time ago, he posted this: If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist ...read more
Contributed on May 9, 2018
If you want to raise godly children in an ungodly age, just pray and then give your children to the Lord.
Jean Johnson’s 5-year-old grandson was sitting with his parents at a prayer meeting in Fremont, MI. His mother gave him paper and pencil, and he was busily printing words. Then he poked his mother and whispered, “How do you spell ‘sex’?” Shocked, she replied, “What did you say?” The boy ...read more
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Contributed on Jan 2, 2013
JESUS CARED Henri Nouwen once said, "What we see, and like to see, is cure and change. But what we do not see and do not want to see is care: the participation in the pain, the solidarity in the suffering, the sharing in the experience of brokenness. And still, cure without care is as ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2011
JEALOUS HORSES When we lived in a small town in central Kansas (Ellsworth), we made many trips to the nearest big town, Salina, Kansas on old Kansas Route 140. On one of those trips in the spring (March 12, 1990), we saw a horse at the edge of a luscious, green pasture with his head stuck ...read more
Contributed on Sep 23, 2010
In the story of Pollyanna, there is a woman who runs the town. She’s not the mayor and doesn’t even sit on the city council. It’s just that she has inherited a tremendous amount of money from her father, and she has a controlling interest in all the major businesses in town. As a result, no one ...read more
Contributed on Sep 18, 2010
Many years ago, when I was planting churches, someone in one of those churches asked me if I would consider opening another church if they paid me $30,000 a year, plus housing and benefits. It was more than I was making at the time, but I told that person, “No, God called me here and now is ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2010
Last week, I was at Moody Pastor’s Conference in Chicago; and there, I won a drawing for a brand new Garmin GPS. It’s a nifty little device! Sandy and I had to make several stops in Milwaukee this last weekend – the airport, a Best Western Motel, Office Depot, a GNC store, and other places – so ...read more