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  • Locked Up For Good (January 2009)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 9, 2023

    Our point of view determines our perception for better or worse.

    LOCKED UP FOR GOOD Text: Ephesians 3:1 - 13 Our point of view determines our perception for better or worse. There is a house in New England where the owner designed a unique feature. The owner of the house often took visitors to the tower and would ask them to look through one of more

  • Dedicated

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 9, 2023

    You don’t take an oath and sign your name on the dotted line without realizing the price and sacrifice.

    DEDICATED Text: Matthew 16:24 -27 Matthew 16:24-27  Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  (25)  For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will more

  • Breaking The Silence (Advent 2 2023)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 8, 2023

    All four of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John speak of the ministry of the John the Baptizer who is the messenger who prepares the way for Jesus. A second reason that John’s arrival is such a big deal is because there had not been any prophets for 400 years.

    BREAKING THE SILENCE Text: Mark 1:1 - 8 Mark 1:1-11 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (2) As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, "See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; (3) the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: more

  • Is Isaiah Crying Marantha? (Advent 1 December 2020)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 5, 2023

    Though we are not a post-exilic community, like the one in today’s text we too, want relief from our disasters of this tumultuous year. The one thing that quarantine has in common with being exiled is isolation. ... We too, want God to act and fix things.

    IS ISAIAH CRYING MARANTHA? (Advent 1 December 2020) Text: Isaiah 64:1 - 9 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence— 2 as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil— to make your name known to your more

  • Two Kings (January 5, 2020)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 5, 2023

    In today’s text we have the story of two kings who are poles apart. One is ruthless and his kingdom is fleeting and the other is God’s only begotten Son whose kingdom is forever (Luke 1:32- 33).

    Matthew 2:1-12  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,  (2)  saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” more

  • Comforting God’s People

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 4, 2023

    Today’s text echoes what we see throughout scripture about how the Lord disciplines His children. God disciplines us because He loves us.

    COMFORTING GOD’S PEOPLE (December 6, 2020) Text: Isaiah 40: 1 - 11 Isaiah 40:1 -11: Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand more

  • The Vineyard Went Wild (March 25, 2015)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 4, 2023

    Isaiah points out how God became disappointed with those to whom He gave a great privilege. God gave them all that they would ever need so that they could take it, invest it, cultivate it and make it prosperous in a way that God had intended.

    Isaiah 5 Now let me sing to my Well-beloved A song of my Beloved regarding His vineyard: My Well-beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. 2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, and also made a winepress in it; so He more

  • Altering Our Course (2012)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 4, 2023

    Having unclean lips goes beyond speech because of the origin of our speech is the content of our hearts.

    ALTERING OUR COURSE Text: Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev. Dan R. Dick has a sermon on this text. In his sermon he said that unclean lips he mentioned that “unclean lips” is an evocative phrase that covers a wide range of behaviors”. (David N. Mosser. ed. more

  • Light For Our Path (January 23, 2011).

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 4, 2023

    In the Bible, light is often associated with salvation, and hope life. Darkness is often associated with evil, sin and even death. God sent us His light----Jesus Christ who is the light of the world

    LIGHT FOR OUR PATH Text: Isaiah 9:1 – 4 Have you ever wondered where Hank Williams, Sr. got the idea for his song entitled “I Saw The Light”? It is an interesting story as his wife Audrey Williams pointed out. … “According to Audrey Williams, Hank wrote the song, "I Saw more

  • In The Last Days (September 17, 2023)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 3, 2023

    Paul is making a point. ... His point is for the congregation of the church at Rome then and the church today is to be loving to our neighbors. Two things we want to talk about today are distractions and love.

    IN THE LAST DAYS Text: Romans 13:8 -14 Romans 13:8-14  Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  (9)  The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not more

  • Is This A Curve Ball? (Advent 2009)

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 1, 2023

    This sermon is about being surprised by tbd unexpected things much like Jesus seems to have surprised John the Baptist.

    IS THIS A CURVE BALL? Text: Matthew 11:2-11 I read about someone’s recollection of a performance that he (Tom Wright) had been rehearsing for on stage at an earlier time in his life. He mentions that all had been going according to plan most of the time. “We had all rehearsed more

  • Wrestling With God October 2023

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 1, 2023

    We might think of It as odd that Jacob was involved in a wrestling match with an unspecified person. ….. Was it an another human, his brother Esau, an angel or even God appearing in the form of this wrestling opponent?

    WRESTLING WITH GOD Text: Genesis 32:22-32 Gen 32:22-32 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. (23) He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. (24) Jacob was left more

  • To Rescue And Redeem December 3, 2023 Advent

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Dec 1, 2023

    In today's text, we see God’s chosen people and their hunger for salvation and how God is always in the picture. .

    TO RESCUE AND REDEEM December 3, 2023 Text: Isaiah 64:1 - 9 Isaiah 64:1-9  Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!  (2)  As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to more

  • You Cannot Keep A Good Man Down (August 13, 2023 Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost).

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Aug 10, 2023

    Joseph’s favoritism caused friction among the other sons and how they treated Joseph.

    YOU CANNOT KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN (2023 version). Text: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Genesis 37:1-4 Jacob settled in the land where his father had lived as an alien, the land of Canaan.  (2)  This is the story of the family of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was shepherding the flock more

  • Is Your Foundation Sure?

    Contributed by John Williams Iii on Jul 27, 2023

    There is a huge difference between knowing the Name of Jesus and knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

    IS YOUR FOUNDATION SURE? (July 30 2023) Text: Matthew 7:21-29 Matthew 7:21-29  "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.  (22)  On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, more