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Maple Grove Christian Church
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
434-973-2066

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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  • She Is Mom

    Contributed on May 5, 2021
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    In this MSG we will unpack several strategies to will enable moms not only to survive but to thrive.

    She Is… Mom, NOW - we’ve come together this morning for 2 primary reasons. ONE - is to honor our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with our worship (and HE so deserves or praise and worship)... AND THE OTHER - is to honor our mothers. YOU KNOW – moms are amazing… I MEAN – when you really think ...read more

  • A Godly Mom In Desperate Times

    Contributed on May 4, 2021
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    Hannah provides a powerful example of being a mom in desperate times... and every mom experiences times of desperation.

    A Godly Mom In Desperate Times MothersDay2019 VIDEO – socialmedia moms WELL – today is Mother’s Day, happy Mother’s day to all the moms that are out there! QUESTION – does anyone out there think that moms are awesome – amazing – incredible – wonderful - special? Moms, please come up front… ...read more

  • Jesus Mom

    Contributed on May 4, 2021
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    God chose Mary to be Jesus' mom for some very specific reasons, and this reasons are a great guide and example for mothers today.

    Jesus’ Mom NOW - we’ve come together this morning for 2 primary reasons. ONE - is to honor our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ with our worship (and HE so deserves or praise and worship)... AND THE OTHER - is to honor our mothers. YOU KNOW – moms are amazing… I MEAN – when you really think ...read more

  • The Miracles Of Christ

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2021
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    In this message from the feeding of the 5000 we will talk about 4 principles for cooperating with God so He can do a mighty work in our lives.

    The Miracles of Christ THIS MORNING – is week 5 of our message series ‘I Want To Know Christ…’ A SERIES – where many of us in this room are desperately trying to know better THE ONE we have chosen to follow and have surrendered our lives to. AND WHY – are we so desperate to know Him… Because ...read more

  • Seeing Your Work As A Mission

    Contributed on Apr 14, 2021
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    In this message we will see that the key to living out your work as a mission is to be... 'N.I.C.E.R'

    Seeing Your Work As A Mission 20/20 Vision OKAY – welcome to week five in our series, ‘20/20 Vision’ A series about have visual acuity, about seeing things clearly in regards to 6 extremely important areas of your life and mine. Jesus, The Church, Ourselves, Our Relationships, Our Work and Our ...read 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 ...read 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 ...read 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, ...read 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. ...read more

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

    Contributed on Feb 3, 2005
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    "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 ...read more