Contributing sermons since Feb 18, 2016
Contributed on Mar 22, 2020
When have you faced an obstacle that seemed impossible? Jesus raising Lazarus back to life teaches us to 1) Trust God's timing, 2) Trust God's heart, and 3) Trust God's might.
Dead Man Walking John 11:1-45 March 29, 2020 I got my sermon title from that phrase used to describe someone from Death Row heading to their execution. They are called “Dead Man Walking.” It’s an eerie title for someone who is moving invariably toward their death. However, in today’s ...read more
Contributed on Mar 12, 2020
In his encounter with the woman at the well, Jesus calls us to confess our guilt and shame, to receive eternal, abundant life, and to share that life with others, inviting them, too, to know the Savior.
John 4:5-42 Found Out and Fulfilled What if God set up a video projector right here in the foyer and began to show all of your greatest sins on the screen, for everyone to see? Would you be embarrassed? Full of guilt and shame? Or what if God set up the projector and started the reel, and all that ...read more
Contributed on Mar 5, 2020
Like the early Israelites, we can sing with confidence, because God watches over us, God protects us, and God is with us. We have nothing to fear.
Psalm 121 Help is on the Way! We live in a time of great uncertainty, of fear of what the future may hold. If you asked me a couple of months ago, I never would have predicted that the world would be caught up in a deadly new strand of coronavirus. We have had great scares before: the Spanish flu, ...read more
Contributed on Feb 21, 2020
Peter reminds us that we can trust scripture because: 1) It was written by eyewitnesses in risk of their lives. 2) It reflects God’s single message through a variety of human writers. And 3) It will change your life as you read it.
2 Peter 1:16-21 Why You Can Trust Scripture Our church gave some money the last couple of years for our VA’s Reboot Combat Recovery groups. Reboot is a Christian-based approach to healing from the spiritual wounding of war. Groups are held in the evening, and Veterans may bring a spouse or other ...read more
Contributed on Feb 10, 2020
Jesus believed in hate crimes, because God knows the heart. Jesus urges us to resolve our murderous thoughts, make it right when we can, and settle out of court, all so that a watching world will take note of how Christian brothers and sisters get along.
Matthew 5:21-26 Hate Crimes The FBI defines a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property, motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.” A hate crime is not the same as hate ...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