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  • Affection Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Feb 10, 2018

    The cross displays God's universal affection for all of us; God's personal affection for each of us; and our affection for Jesus and one another.

    1. “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross.” 2. If we had been in Jerusalem on the Friday Jesus was crucified, how close to the cross would we have stood? a. Matthew 26.30-32 (cf. Zechariah 13.7) 30 And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31 Then Jesus said to them, “You will more

  • Forsaken Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Feb 10, 2018

    Jesus experienced being forsaken by God to unite us with Him.

    1. Matthew 27.45-49 45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 47 And some of the bystanders, hearing more

  • Salvation Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 28, 2018

    Following his prayer for forgiveness, Jesus speaks of salvation -- a restored relationship with God.

    1. Hunger for Forgiveness and Salvation Ernest Hemingway told the story of a father and his teenage son who had a relationship that had become strained to the point of breaking. Finally the son ran away from home. His father, however, began a journey in search of his rebellious son. Finally, in more

  • Funeral For Elderly Saint And Elder

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 19, 2018

    This sermon is a tribute to a godly elder and WWII veteran.

    Welcome John 14.1-6 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to more

  • Forgiveness Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 19, 2018

    The first word from the cross is for forgiveness. In it, Jesus makes some key declarations.

    1. Scripture Reading Before Sermon: Matthew 5.43-48 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun more

  • Never Quench The Spirit Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 12, 2018

    The Holy Spirit is our Guide today and we must be open to His direction. When we try to go our own way we quench His efforts.

    1. 1 Thessalonians 5.16-24 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of more

  • Unceasing Prayer Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 9, 2018

    How do we pray "unceasingly"? It seems like an insurmountable task, yet it is a command of God that can be fulfilled.

    1. We have been working to make our congregation a “house of prayer for the nations” as Jesus mentions in Mark 11.17, quoting Isaiah 56.7 • Prayer Pagers • Prayer Warriors • Prayer Room • Shepherd’s Prayer • More to come – Prayer Conference?? 2. We Know: a. Prayer is important to God’s more

  • Unceasing Thanks-Giving Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 9, 2018

    God's will is for us to be thankful in all situations.

    1. Seconds A soldier stationed on an island of the Philippines during WW II told this story: “Although the region was secure, sometimes the enemy tried to infiltrate our food storage area. One such adversary, dressed in GI clothing, once worked himself into the noontime chow line. Our camp cook more

  • Care In Caroling

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Dec 26, 2017

    Singing is a powerful tool for memory, especially at Christmas time.

    1. “Memories” Lyrics 2. This time of year brings a flood of memories. a. Some are positive, some negative b. Yet, they are powerful 3. One powerful Memory-Maker is Singing a. “Carols” = hymns; songs, choruses, chants b. Even non-Christians enjoy Christmas Carols [The Jewish composer, Irving more

  • Rejoice Always Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Dec 26, 2017

    Rejoicing is a powerful aid in our walk with Jesus.

    1. We are challenged on a number of levels almost daily. What if we could make these days of challenge good days in spite of the challenges? 2. Four things for my life that would make this day a good day; if able to do this daily – best year of life 1 Thessalonians 5.16-19 16 Rejoice always, more

  • A Gift For The New Year

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Dec 13, 2017

    Use the principles of John the Baptist preparing the way for Jesus in Christmas to prepare the way for the new year.

    1. I am not a big fan of Christmas – there are theological issues in which a pagan story of Mithras became the basis for the date of the celebration of the birth of Jesus. [Similar for Easter] a. Jesus’ birth is mentioned but not specifically when b. Jewish people tend not to celebrate more

  • Look Up! Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Dec 5, 2017

    Our congregational worship involves glory to God.

    1. There is an old French proverb that says, "A good meal ought to begin with hunger." It is hard to enjoy a good meal when you are not hungry, but when you are starving anything tastes good! The same is true with worship. When we approach worship with a hunger for God, starving for a spiritual more

  • Putting Unity In Community Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Nov 29, 2017

    The power of a community of believers is seen in its unity. That unity is evidence of God's power and purpose in Jesus.

    1. Religious Disunity Hartford Institute for Religious Research says that there were 217 denominations listed in the 2006 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. But there may well be other groups that function as a denomination but do not regard themselves as such. These denominational groups more

  • Gratitude Du Jour

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Nov 20, 2017

    Our expressions of gratitude depend on our level of maturity.

    1. All Circumstances The story is told of an only survivor of a wreck who was thrown on an uninhabited island. After a while he managed to build himself a hut, in which he placed the little all that he had saved from the ship. He prayed to God for deliverance and anxiously scanned the horizon each more

  • The Best For Both Worlds Series

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Nov 15, 2017

    part of our mission and vision involves "All-In Discipleship." This can only occur when we realize we are IN the world but not OF the world. In fact, the world is in a serious battle with God, His Son, His Spirit, and His people.

    1. A Challenge in Preaching Every Week – the Needs of Each Member a. “Feed me,” – I am hungering to hear from God. b. “Minister to Me,” – I am hurting because of: *Illness in my family *Illness I am facing *Death in my family or a friend *Employment Stresses *Bad Decisions c. “Help me feel more