Contributing sermons since Mar 30, 2004
Contributed on Aug 11, 2018
This is a brief summary of the biblical foundations for an effective shepherding ministry.
Introduction This past spring the elders and deacons of this church held a one-day Officers’ Retreat. For several months prior to that retreat the elders and deacons had been reading and discussing a book by Timothy Z. Witmer titled, The Shepherd Leader. The subtitle of that book really ...read more
Contributed on Aug 10, 2018
Joel 2:18-27 teaches us that God restores all who return to him in wholehearted repentance.
Scripture We are currently in a sermon series that I am calling, “Lessons from a Minor Prophet: Joel.” The Prophet Joel was perhaps the earliest of the Old Testament’s writing prophets (writing in the eighth, or perhaps even in the ninth century BC). The people in Joel’s day had just ...read more
Contributed on Jul 13, 2018
Joel 2:1-17 teaches us that God's impending judgment may yet be averted by a wholehearted repentance.
Scripture We are currently in a sermon series that I am calling, “Lessons from a Minor Prophet: Joel.” The Prophet Joel was perhaps the earliest of the Old Testament’s writing prophets. My own view is that Joel wrote his prophecy in the eighth (or perhaps even in the ninth) century BC. The ...read more
Contributed on Jul 7, 2018
In this lesson we examine how and why Christians put on the new self.
Scripture In preparation for last Sunday’s morning message on Ephesians 4:25-32, that I called “Living the Christian Life,” I read several commentaries, including one by Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones titled, Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17. In that commentary he has a ...read more
Contributed on Jul 6, 2018
Joel 1:1-20 teaches us to pay attention to what God is saying to us through contemporary circumstances.
Scripture Today I am starting a new sermon series that I am calling, “Lessons from a Minor Prophet: Joel.” The reason I picked Joel is because it is a relatively short book so that we should finish it this summer. I also picked Joel because I believe that we will find the lessons from Joel ...read more
Newest Sermon Series
Newest Sermon Illustrations
Contributed on Dec 19, 2009
Receiving confirmation for a significant event or activity is often important. When I was in the South African Air Force serving as an Air Traffic Controller, I used to tease the permanent force guys mercilessly. At a certain time each year they would receive news of promotions and new assignments. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 10, 2009
JOY IS BLACK I recently read the following letter that was sent to Dr. Michael Youssef, pastor of The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta. The letter was sent by Mrs. Lane, who has been a primary school teacher for 38 years: Dear Michael, One day I was trying to teach my students the ...read more
Contributed on Jul 22, 2005
When I was in the South African Air Force I had the opportunity to march in a military tattoo. There were about 120 Air Force marchers lined up in rows of three. We drilled several hours a day for many weeks. Finally, we got to the military tattoo. It was marvelous to watch 120 Airmen dressed in ...read more
Contributed on Jan 28, 2005
I remember a speaker at one of the chapel services at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where I went to seminary. Having being introduced as our main Missions Conference speaker for the week, he asked us to pray with him. We all bowed in prayer and, after a pregnant pause, John Stensether ...read more