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  • Called

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Sep 17, 2018
     | 39 views

    God reveals himself to Abram and Sarai and calls them to follow him and become a great nation.

    Genesis 12:1-9 “Called” INTRODUCTION Have you ever experienced God speaking to you? I’ve seen some husbands nudge their wives during my sermons and say something like, “Myrtle, have you been talking to the pastor?” After the worship service, they will come up to me and compliment me by ...read more

  • Walking In The Light

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Jul 2, 2018
     | 178 views

    Experiencing God’s love and forgiveness we walk in the light with our brothers and sisters in Christ.

    INTRODUCTION What is the result of encountering the God of Light, the God in whom no darkness dwells? This was a burning question for those early followers of “The Way.” They realized that being a Christian involved more than merely giving intellectual accent to a theological doctrine. Loving ...read more

  • The Gift Of Rest

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Jun 11, 2018
     | 398 views

    We respond to God’s grace and nurture our relationship with God by observing a day of rest. The world can get along without our involvement (for a day).

    Exodus 20:3-11 “The Gift of Rest” INTRODUCTION We have a problem. A lack of sleep among the U.S. workforce is costing approximately $411 billion and losing 1.2 million working days per year, a new study has found. The study also found that that a person who sleeps on average less than ...read more

  • Something To Sing About

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 6, 2018
     | 1,263 views

    Paul and Silas are imprisoned because of their witness. Facing dire circumstances they break out in song and amazing things happen.

    Acts 16:16-34 “Something to Sing About” INTRODUCTION Power comes in many shapes and forms. There is the raw horrendous power of an atomic explosion. In contrast to such power is the group power of civil disobedience, which we witnessed in Gandhi’s fight for India’s independence, and Martin ...read more

  • May The Circle Be Unbroken

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on May 6, 2018
     | 1,289 views

    Paul is imprisoned, yet he is thankful. He doesn’t glory in his circumstances, but he does celebrate the relationship that he has with the Christians in Philippi and their partnership in the gospel with him. We too can celebrate this partnership.

    Philippians 1:1-18a. “May the Circle be Unbroken” INTRODUCTION The focus of our attention changes this week from the Book of Acts to Paul’s letter to the Philippians. With that change of focus comes a change of topics. In the Book of Acts we were focused on the work of the Holy Spirit in ...read more

  • The Answer Is No!

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Apr 17, 2018
     | 329 views

    Jesus is too much a threat to Rome, to the Jewish religious authorities, and to the crowds. They all reject his words of life and his invitation to walk in God’s kingdom.

    INTRODUCTION In the movie, “The Lion King” there is the classic plot of good versus evil. There is also a sub-plot of Simba learning what it is to be king. He has to answer the question, “Why will he be king?” Is it to have people do his will? Or, is being a king to serve people. A similar ...read more

  • Deceptive Looks

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Apr 17, 2018
     | 883 views

    Jesus enters Jerusalem as the Messiah—King of the Jews. Kings hate other kings coming onto their turf. The king is crucified—a messenger of love and a victim of hate. In the process, what looks good turns out bad and what appears to be bad becomes good.

    INTRODUCTION There is a Chinese story of a farmer who used an old horse to till his fields. One day, the horse escaped into the hills and when the farmer's neighbors sympathized with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, "Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?" A week later, the horse ...read more

  • From Words To Actions

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Mar 13, 2018
     | 1,900 views

    It is one thing for Jesus to say that he loves his disciples, but he puts these words into action when he washes their feet. At the same time, Jesus demonstrates to us that love needs to go beyond words and is seen in service.

    INTRODUCTION Love is in the air—or at least the airwaves. A majority of songs on the stations that I listen to are songs about love. I suspect that the same can be said about the songs and stations to which you listen. Love is a BIG force in our lives, yet as one song suggests, “There’s just too ...read more

  • What's The Truth

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Mar 13, 2018
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     | 1,565 views

    Jesus receives the title, “King of the Jews,” but he declares that his kingdom is not of this world and it is a kingdom of truth.. If it is not of this world, then where is it? And, where can we find the truth? Is God’s kingdom confined to heaven, or does

    INTRODUCTION Pilate’s question, “What is Truth?” was a hotly debated question centuries before he took his first breath and for millennia after he took his last. With so many religious purveyors of truth, we have come to question the reality of absolute truth. Relative truth is currently ...read more

  • Walking In The Light

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Feb 12, 2018
     | 470 views

    Jesus is the Light of the World. He brings light and sight into the life of a man born blind and in a similar manner brings light into our lives and enables us to see life through the eyes of faith.

    INTRODUCTION Today is Transfiguration Sunday. It is the Sunday between Epiphany, when Jesus reveals himself to us and Lent, which is a penitential time of preparation before Easter. Usually the text for the day leads up the mountain where Jesus is transfigured before his disciples and his ...read more

  • The Birth Of Hope Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 4, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 3,982 views

    The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The burst of light, God's presence, is the basis of our hope.

    Isaiah 9:1-7 “The Birth of Hope” INTRODUCTION Certain things in life are absolutely necessary. Air is one of them. We need air to breathe. We need water, also. Humans can only live about three days without water. We also need hope. Life without hope is difficult, if not ...read more

  • Antidote Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Dec 4, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,885 views

    As the Israelites enter Canaan, God warns them not to be so lost in their abundance that they forget that it is God who gives it to them.

    Deuteronomy 8:7-18 “Antidote” INTRODUCTION For those of us who have worked hard and put in long hours, it is easy to look at our accomplishments and our possessions and pat ourselves on the back. We discover, when we do so however, that our self-centered pride rears its ugly head and we ...read more

  • The Cry For Justice Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 14, 2017
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     | 2,125 views

    Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream is the Lord's cry through the prophet Amos. God desires that everyone experience the abundance of God's creation and the fullness of God's kingdom.

    Amos 1:1-2; 5:14-15, 21-24. “The Cry for Justice” INTRODUCTION What makes a good worship service? We all have our opinions. Some would say that great worship is when we sing familiar hymns and the worship band rocks. Others would argue that they need a sermon that they can understand and ...read more

  • People Whisperer Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 11, 2017
     | 2,134 views

    Elijah is at Mount Horeb. The prophet is in despair and God speaks to him in silence.

    1 Kings 19:1-18 INTRODUCTION Traditionally, one of the most special Sundays in the church year is the Sunday we are observing today, All Saints Sunday. It is a time when we view the Church from a broader perspective. We see how our Christian forefathers and foremothers have influenced ...read more

  • God's Presence Series

    Contributed by Kevin Ruffcorn on Nov 1, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 1,461 views

    Solomon built his temple. The worship at the temple by the people of God almost immediately needed to be reformed. Amos and other prophets called the people back to God. The reformation continued with Martin Luther and continues in the church today,

    1 Kings 5:1-5; 8:1-13 “God’s Presence” INTRODUCTION “Reformed and Always Reforming” is a phrase that catches the spirit of our Reformation commemoration. We remember that five hundred years ago the Church had strayed away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. It had become deformed and, as a ...read more