Contributing sermons since Feb 18, 2016
Contributed on May 25, 2020
Pentecost showed a God whose power comes upon us, whose presence rests gently upon us, and whose power manifests through us, to help a world in much need of a loving and forgiving Christ.
Acts 2:1-21 When God Moves Through Us A few days after Thanksgiving of 2016, Eric Heffelmire was working on his GMC truck at his family home in Vienna, Virginia. As he recalls, “I was on my back, face up, and I was trying to get some corroded brake lines when apparently the jack slipped and fell ...read more
Contributed on May 7, 2020
God, through the Apostle Peter, gives us several images of what it means to be a Christian rightly connected to Christ and to each other. Holding onto these images can help us weather the storms of life.
1 Peter 2:2-10 Who You Are in God’s Eyes Happy Mother’s Day, church! If you are able to join us for our 11:00 Zoom call today (that is, Sunday), mothers, we’d like you to show us a picture of you and your kids, maybe when they were young, if you have one handy. Mothers often are the glue that ...read more
Contributed on Apr 21, 2020
The two folks on the Emmaus Walk point to our own relationship with God: sometimes we grow disappointed with him. Then we need to re-orient our life on his word, and discover a whole new joy as we walk again in concert with him and his plans.
Luke 24:13-35 Running into Jesus The Bible records ten different resurrection appearances of Jesus. Today we look at one of the most captivating, a story only found in the gospel of Luke. The setting is a round trip hike between Jerusalem and Emmaus. A couple of Jewish believers are heading home ...read more
Contributed on Apr 16, 2020
Everyone has doubts, especially in trying times like these. Thomas shows us to guard in your low times, draw strength from others, and meet the risen Lord.
John 20:19-20, 24-29 Defeating Doubt In this terrible time of pandemic, you might be tempted to think, “Where are you, God? Why don’t you stop this? Are you really there?” Everyone goes through doubts in their faith, even Mother Teresa. She once wrote her spiritual director, “Where I try to raise ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2020
The Easter story shows that God keeps his promises, that God offers a fresh start, and that God speaks to those who listen.
Matthew 28:1-10 A Fresh Start Today over a billion people will celebrate Easter, even in the midst of a worldwide pandemic! People all over the globe will remember with excitement the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Why all the attention for an event that happened some 2,000 years ago? Why is Easter ...read more
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Contributed on Feb 23, 2020
Consider Bill, who was just a young man at the time. He had tried preaching, but didn’t always feel the power of God or see any results. One of his contemporaries, Charles Templeton, got into academia and started to believe scripture as flawed and outdated. Bill wondered about all of this. A ...read more
Contributed on Dec 15, 2019
Joy (used in "Joy Born at Christmas" sermon - 12/11/2019) From Isaiah 35:8-10 (verses below) Someone once said, “The difference beween happiness and joy is that happiness comes from happenings and joy comes from Jesus.” A few years ago Michael Bublé wrote a song that became very ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2019
I just finished reading a book called, “The Shack.” I read it about ten years ago, and something made me read it again, and I’m so glad I did. I commend it to you as a book that captures the very essence of a God who wants nothing more than to have a loving relationship with you. What an incredible ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2018
Christians of all people should lead the way in forgiveness. And some do. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof entered a Bible study group at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Even though he was white, he received a warm welcome from the all-black congregation. When the group closed ...read more
Contributed on May 6, 2018
When I think of drawing on love’s source, I think of Corrie ten Boom. Her family had all died in the Nazi concentration camps. Their crime? Hiding Jews in their home. Somehow Corrie survived. The war had ended, the camps had been liberated, and Corrie was speaking in various churches, sharing about ...read more