Contributing sermons since Mar 31, 2013
Contributed on Feb 8, 2014
While we try to please God on our own terms, God wants us to live for Him. We call it a "fast" when we do without a self-serving behavior for a limited period of time, but what God calls a "fast" is a life dedicated to serving others.
Abou ben Adhem had a dream. He awakened with a start to find an angel in his room, writing in a golden book. He said to the angel, “What writest thou?” and the angel replied, “The names of those who love the Lord.” “And is mine one?” he inquired. “Nay, not ...read more
Contributed on Jan 18, 2014
Come and see. It's a powerful invitation that will change lives and build churches. Jesus is the answer and there are so many people who we know who need to come and see.
Have you heard the song, "Come and See?" It's a good song... that taps into the theme of my message today, and it begins like this: To all who are tortured and ravished by sin; the frail and the wounded about to give in; there's news of release and captivity's end; we've been set free... come and ...read more
Contributed on Oct 12, 2013
People give for many different reasons, but the key to joyful giving is love.
It was in the fall of 1968... I interviewed for a job with the Iowa Commission for the Blind. I was sitting across the desk from Kenneth Jernigan, Director of the Commision and President of the National Federation of the Blind. "How much do you want?" he asked, and I said, "$6800." It was strange ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2013
if we live for "Christ" the world will call us a fool. If we don't, we will truly be a fool. There is no in-bewteen because those who lose their lives for his sake will find them and live with Him forever.
In the fall of 1976, Lu Ratmeyer led me in the "sinner's prayer," and in the spring of 1977, I joined a church for the first time in my life. Actually, I threw myself into as if my life depended on it. There were Sunday morning services, Sunday evening services, midweek services, adult education ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2013
There's nothing more important to a Christian than forgiveness. It is the basis of our salvation, and we can't love one another as He loved us without forgiving one another. Therefore, we need to understand what forgiveness is and what it is not.
"When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord doesn't work that way... so I stole a bicycle... and asked him to forgive me." Well, there are 100s of jokes about forgiveness- the one I read is by Emo Phillips- and there are legions of people who ...read more