Contributing sermons since Feb 18, 2016
Contributed on Jan 12, 2019
In Jesus' baptism, we find him as Soverign, Servant, and Savior. As we accept his salvation, we discover God's same message to us: “You are my child, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Baptism by Fire Luke 3:15-17, 21-22 Today’s story is all about Jesus’ baptism. I could tell you some funny baptism stories. As a Baptist minister, I’ve done lots of baptisms. It’s in our name, you know! I remember one morning I checked the baptistery, and the water was too hot! Now that was a new ...read more
Contributed on Dec 23, 2018
Birth announcements can engage us. In Luke 2:11, God speaks through an angel to offer hope at Christmas. And Christmas is really all about Easter, that God loves us enough to offer salvation through his son Jesus.
Christmas Music 3: The Angels’ Song Luke 2:8-14 December 23, 2018 People have a lot of fun with birth announcements. I remember many years ago calling my wife's parents in Italy and telling them they had a little grandson. What joy! Now people even have gender reveals at ...read more
Contributed on Dec 16, 2018
As kids we can't wait for Christmas to arrive. As adults, it rushes up on us. God planned Christmas a long time ago, and for a very special reason. When Zechariah finally found his tongue, he sang a song of praise that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas Music 2: Zechariah’s Song Luke 1:67-79 12/16/18 When I was a little kid, I couldn’t wait for Christmas to get here. It seemed like the days dragged by, one by one, and the anticipation built to where I practically couldn’t stand it. Now...well, today, I thought, “Holy cow, ...read more
Contributed on Dec 9, 2018
Mary reacted with praise to Elizabeth's welcome of her and the Savior within her womb. In her praise, she teaches us to praise God for: 1. Doing great things for us. 2. Giving mercy to those who fear him, and 3. Keeping his promises.
Christmas Music 1: Mary’s Song Luke 1:46-55 December 9, 2018 What is it like to be a part of God’s over-arching plan? To be used for supernatural purposes? The Christmas story begins with a young peasant girl from a backwards village. Mary was probably a teenager when she found out she was ...read more
Contributed on Dec 5, 2018
The Advent season is all about Jesus coming to earth. And he's coming again! Jesus reminds us to watch for the signs of his return, to live with purpose, and to pray.
Luke 21:25-36 I’ll Be Back! Every year children from around the world eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas morning. Retailers push their sales upon us. Consumers invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring happiness in others. And the countdown begins: 23 days of shopping ‘til ...read more
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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
Contributed on Oct 8, 2017
Commentator Gordon Fee recalls the famous “miracle mile,” the first time two milers ran under four minutes in the same race. Roger Bannister and John Landy competed in Vancouver, B.C. in 1954. Landy had led all the way, but coming off the final turn toward the finish line he looked over his ...read more