Steve's church

Maple Grove Christian Church
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911

About Steve
  • Education: I spend 9 1/2 years in the submarine force of the United States Navy in the nuclear power field. At age 27 I enrolled at Florida Christian College and graduated with a BA in 1992. I graduted from Loch Raven Sr High in Baltimore Maryland in 1978. Home of the best seafood in the world. And the best beach - go O.C.!
  • Experience: I have been in full time ministry since December of 1991 serving in 3 churches in Florida and 1 in Georgia before coming to Virginia.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: If anything I have put down can help you - I think that is sooo awesome! Back in Kindergarten I was told to share and I can think of nothing better than sharing truths of God with fellow believers (but don’t ask me to share chocolate with you - that would be asking too much). Feel free to use all you can - nothing is ever 100% original. And sorry for all the typos.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: A message series that I did all of 2005 called, ’I Am Jesus!
  • Family: I am married to an incredible lady named Lauire who is not only a partner at home but a great partner in ministry, she teaches me much and keeps me on my toes. I have 5 children - Chelsea, John, Leila, Mei-Leigh, Jin-Tao (the two youngest were adopted from China) and I have 7 grandchildren
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My dad went home to be the Lord in Sept of 1999. My mom went home in August of 2013 but she loved my messages - you know how moms are.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I think, she thinks they rock... but that they could be a little shorter. I’m working on that.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Make sure that you are spending time with God as a first priority - you know what I mean Q.T.’s (quiet times) - it is hard to talk about a personal God if you don’t have a personal relationship to him. I find that when I have been ’hangin’ with God things flow naturally. ALSO when you preach make every effort to do so for God and not the applause of men (I find that to be hard at times). REMEMBER - your job is to put the beauty of the Christ on display not your own or even your churches’. A
  • Books that have had an impact: Waking The Dead, Signature of Jesus, Seizing Your Divine Moment, ME, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
  • Hobbies: Hanging with my wife & kids... Reading books, playing racketball and working out. Watching the NFL.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: There is nothing greater in life then KNOWING Christ. He is all we need.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Once when I was trying to rent out my house I forgot and left my pager on.. Right in the middle of my sermon it went off (I was talking about materailism) - I turned it off and then acted as though God had just given me a message - the people got a kick out of it.. Also I once preached an entire sermon with my zipper down (I’ve been paranoid about that ever since)
  • What I want on my tombstone: He saved nothing for the next life
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  • Jesus Came To Open Our Eyes

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2022
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    Just a few verses and his physical blindness is gone. But then Jesus takes the rest of the chapter (41 verses) to do something even more important – to heal his spiritual blindness, to help him to truly see God for the first time

    He Came To Open Our Eyes The Coming Of Christ What Jesus Came To Do – week 4 FOR – the last several few weeks we’ve been talking about what Jesus came to do. FRIENDS – 2000 years ago, God the Son – left all the glories of heaven, put on human flesh – and walked this earth… I love how the more

  • Encourage One Another

    Contributed on Mar 16, 2022

    The message is all about 'the why' and 'the how' in obeying God's command to encourage one another.

    Parakaleo, Encouraging One Another One Another week 4 OKAY – welcome to week 4 of our series, “One Another, Doing Church Together.” UNDERSTAND IN - Matthew chapter 16 Jesus made a very bold prediction… On this rock (on this truth that I am, the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God… on more

  • Repent, Change Your Allegiance

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2022
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    In this passage we see Jesus' baptism and John the Baptist preaching and we learn an extremely powerful and vital message about what repentance really is all about.

    Repent, Change Your Allegiance! Matthew 3:1-17 DISMISS GROVE KIDZ OKAY – welcome to week 5 of our series in ‘The King and His Kingdom.” IT’S – an in depth study of the Gospel of Matthew. AND TODAY – we are going to unpack Matthew 3:1-17, in a conversation that I am calling, “Repent, Change Your more

  • There Is Hope For Your Future

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2022
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    In Jesus' flight to Egypt and return from Egypt we see several powerful truths that let us know that there is indeed hope for our future.

    There Is Hope For Your Future Matthew 2:13-23 Good morning MGCC! HEY – as we begin I want to share some good news with you, in fact, it is great news. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by more

  • Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2022
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    Jesus teaches in the Sermon on the Mount that one of the ways that we experience Kingdom life and are blessed is when we embrace our brokenness and ask for HELP.

    Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Matthew -5:1-3 OKAY – let’s do this! Week 8, of our study in Matthew’s Gospel, “The King and His Kingdom.” Our Text today is Matthew 5:1-3… I am going to read it, and then pray us into our time of study. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, REMEMBER – Jesus is in more

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  • Forgiveness

    Contributed on Feb 3, 2021
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    It was in a church in Munich that I saw him, a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had just spoken, moving along the rows of wooden chairs to the door at the rear. It was 1947 and I had come from more

  • Giving

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2019
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    “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving more

  • No - I Don't Look As Good As When I Was Brand ...

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2005
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    NO - I don’t look as good as when I was brand new… AND - that’s why I need someone who will hold me and love me, like they don’t even notice the difference… ONE - of my favorite authors writes; There are 2 truths about human beings that matter deeply. We are all rag dolls. Flawed and wounded, more

  • There Is Such A Love That Creates Value In What ...

    Contributed on Mar 15, 2005
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    There is such a love that creates value in what is loved. There is a love that turns rag dolls into priceless treasures. There is a love that fastens itself onto ragged little creatures, for reasons that no one could ever quite figure out, and makes them precious and valued beyond calculation. more

  • I Am Trying To Prevent Anyone From Saying The ...

    Contributed on Feb 3, 2005

    "I am trying to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said more