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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 1992 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! I know God is going to use it to help us see Christ like never before and I also know that when we see HIM we WILL be changed.
  • 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.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My dad went home to be the Lord in Sept of 1999. My mom is went home in August 0f 2013 but she loved my messages - you know how moms are - she thinks Billy Graham should be worried with me on the horizon.
  • 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: Some of the books that have had the greatest Impact have been: No Wonder They Call Him Savior; Waking The Dead, Signature of Jesus As of December 2002 - 2 new books have really impacted my life; Your God Is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan and Seizing Your Divine Moment by Erwin Mcmanus - they are must reads... In 2004 my book reading went to a new level. It started w
  • 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: For Steve To Live Was Christ (I’m not there yet...)
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  • David, A Hero Who Really Messed Up

    Contributed on Sep 25, 2018
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    As we unpack the story of David's Sin with Bathsheba we will uncover the path that we need to take when we really mess up.

    David, A Hero Who Really Messed Up #heroes OKAY… Maple Grove are you ready to open up and dig into the Word of God? NOW - we are in this Summer of 2016 series, ‘Heroes, Amazing Stories Of Faith…’ SO FAR – in this series we have talked about • Noah – a dad who saved His family • Moses – a guy who ...read more

  • Elijah, A Hero Who Did Not Waiver

    Contributed on Sep 25, 2018
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    As we unpack the story of Elijah and the false prophets on Mount Carmel we will be challenged to ensure that we are developing a faith that will not waiver.

    Elijah, A Hero Who Did Not Waver #heroes OKAY THIS MORNING – is week 7 of our Summer 2016 series, ‘Heroes, Amazing Stories Of Faith’ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us ...read more

  • David, A Hero Who Defeated His Giant

    Contributed on Sep 25, 2018
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    As we unpack the very familiar story of David defeating the giant Goliath - we will uncover several keys that will enable us to defeat the giants in our life as well.

    David, A Hero Who Defeated His Giant #heroes Hebrews 12:1 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. UNDERSTAND – that is ...read more

  • Funeral For A Baby Who Died Shortly After Birth

    Contributed on Sep 24, 2018
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    This is a funeral message for a precious girl who had serious issues in the womb, but her mom choose life. She died 1 hour and 1 minute after birth.

    Lorelai Faith Welcome On behalf of Kyle and Kelly and the family - I would like to both welcome you and thank you for being here to honor the life of LORELAI FAITH. And let me say, that you have no idea how much your presence today, means to them. UNDERSTAND - the family will never forget ...read more

  • Going All In, In Loving Him

    Contributed on Aug 7, 2018
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    In this message we will talk how to begin loving God with our heart, mind, soul and strength. God has offered us an incredible invitation to enter into intimate relationship with himself.

    Going All In, In Loving Him OKAY… I don’t know about you, but I am never going back! NOW – I would like to start out this morning with a brief devotional thought that comes from one of the chapters some of us read this week in our FCFH… Matthew 8, I read it on Friday what an amazing ...read more

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  • 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

  • Bill Broadhurst Was A Great Runner And He Entered ...

    Contributed on Jan 26, 2005
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    Bill Broadhurst was a great runner and he entered a 10k race in Omahu, a race that Bill Rodgers would win in less than 30 minutes. Bill Broadhurst had a handicap, he was paralyzed on his entire left side from an aneurism early in life. But he still loved to run and for him to be in the same race ...read more

  • In An Article Called, ‘the Energy Of Money,' ...

    Contributed on Dec 15, 2004
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    In an article called, ‘The Energy Of Money,’ Maria Nemeth writes; Money is an uncomfortable subject for most of us. Many people would rather talk about their sex lives than about their bank balance. We love money, and we hate it. We can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it. Money can be ...read more