Eric's church

Not Church
West Sacramento, California 95691

About Eric
  • Education: BA, Psychology, CSU Sacramento MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Experience: * Volunteer Jr Hi, Sr. Hi and College, FPC Roseville, CA * Volunteer, Westminster Woods, Occidental, CA * 89-90, Lead Counselor at Westminster Woods * 98+ Deacon, FPC Roseville (convalescent) * 01-02 High School Intern, Cornerstone UMC, Rocklin, CA * 02 Intern with Adult Ministries at FPC Roseville * 03 Intern with Adult Ministries at La Habra Hills PC, La Habra Hills, CA * 04-07 Solo Pastor, Clifton Heights PC, Des Moines, IA * 07 - Present, Solo Pastor, Bethany Church, Loves Park, IL
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I try to make my sermons relevant to our daily lives. I try to inspire and teach. All in that order. People say they like my jokes though I often don’t intentionally add one. So I guess I’m funny at times when I don’t even know it! I shy away from topical sermons (not series). I want to learn what God is saying from the written Word. I don’t pick a topic and find scripture to match. I often look up words in a Hebrew/Greek lexicon and I always refer to commentaries.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Sermon about fictitious character named Riley as part of a stewardship sermon. Told from the first person of a different character from Scripture. Very powerful for me. Still remember as a child, my pastor talking about God coming down as a light during his covenant with Abraham. Really personalized God for me and opened up the New Testament to me!
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The first Spiderman movie. Peter Parker is discovering his gifts and there is a great clip of him learning to shoot his web and sling himself from one building to another. Comical and very symbolic of us often learning how to use the spiritual gifts God has given us.
  • Family: I have a wife. We currently have no children. I have two sisters, one older and one younger. My wife has a younger sister. My older sister has two teenage sons and my wife’s sister has two girls under 6 years. Currently, my wife is trying to talk me into a cat and I’m thinking about a dog... but we just put in new hardwood floors!
  • What my parents think of my sermons: I don’t know. I live out of state from them. They don’t hear them often. When they do they seem to like them.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: They challenge her thinking sometimes. They make her think. She thinks I am a good preacher.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Write your theme/focus statement on the bottom of each page of your outline/manuscript. Everything on that page must tie into the theme/focus statement.
  • Books that have had an impact: CS Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia (Entire series but really enjoyed The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) The Once and Future Church Not Your Parents Offering Plate (A must read) Lessons from the Carpenter (Best devotional book ever... at least for me. :) )
  • Hobbies: Running (Big in high school and college, less so now.) Home Improvement Old Time Radio (Jack Benny my favorite) Wood Working
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God is looking for you. Stand up and say, here I am!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Instead of saying, "Everyone has the right to BE in the family of God" I boldly said, "Everyone has the right to PEE...." I immediately started laughing and couldn’t stop for about 30 seconds.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Do Not Disturb
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Newest Sermons

  • Acts Of Unity

    Contributed on Jan 31, 2011
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    God's people must be united and present God's Word in a practical way

    ACTS OF UNITY I. INTRODUCTION: SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 2:14-25, 36-41 II. UNITED FRONT A. Peter and the other 11 disciples address the crowd 1. Note it’s not just Peter alone 2. It is the disciples in unison 3. Peter speaks, but the disciples are the one’s presenting more

  • Faith Encouraged

    Contributed on Jan 19, 2011

    God will give you the encouragement your faith needs to grow

    I. SCRIPTURE READING A. Acts 1:3-11 II. FORTY DAYS A. Jesus spent 40 days with the disciples B. Why 40 days? C. 40 days was a common period of preparation in the Scripture D. God often used that time period to instruct people for their future work E. Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days and more

  • Introduction To Acts

    Contributed on Jan 10, 2011
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    The first sermon in a series through the book of Acts

    INTRODUCTION TO ACTS Acts 1:1-2 I. INTRODUCTION A. We all struggle to know what our purpose is B. The purpose God has for us here on earth C. The purpose of the church we call Bethany Church D. We are gathered together this morning as Christians E. But what are we really here more

  • You Gotta Get Up

    Contributed on Dec 27, 2010

    An exciting short message about getting up on Christmas morning!

    YOU GOTTA GET UP! Luke 2:8-16 VIDEO: Christmas Excitement Boy excitedly opening up Christmas present. I. GOTTA GET UP CHRISTMAS MORNING! A. How many of us remember eagerly waiting for Christmas morning? B. As kids we can’t sleep on Christmas Eve C. But we know when we wake up there’s more

  • God's Christmas Wish List

    Contributed on Dec 20, 2010
    based on 7 ratings

    What does God want from us this Christmas?

    GOD’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST My thanks to Melvin Newland and his sermon titled Three Christmas Gifts To God for being a starting point and an inspiration for this message. – Eric Keller I. LITTLE DRUMMER BOY VIDEO A. Show video of drummer boy playing for Jesus more

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Newest Sermon Illustrations

  • One Of Many Options

    Contributed on Jan 31, 2011

    ONE OF MANY OPTIONS Ask people to raise their hands if they remember a time when businesses were closed on Sunday morning. Note to the congregation that the younger ones (likely those under 40) do not have their hands raised. There is a difference in the generations. One generation more