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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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  • Breaking The Cycle

    Contributed on Jun 20, 2018
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    Chapter 8 of The Story is about the book of Judges. A book full of relevant issues and powerful 'reveals' about God.

    Breaking The Cycle The Story Chapter 8 HEY – so how, is losing that hour of sleep working for everyone this morning…? Feeling awake? Feeling ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed?’ “excited and attentive… to be wide awake, not tired.” Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed comes direct and intact from ...read more

  • Practices The Necessary Choices - Part 2

    Contributed on Jun 18, 2018
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    Final Message in our Money Matters Series - in this message we talk about the practice of giving.

    Practices, The Necessary Actions Giving, Do I Have To? #MoneyMatters5 When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground.3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the LORD. Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the ...read more

  • Practices The Necessary Choices (Part 1)

    Contributed on Jun 18, 2018
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    The 4th message in our Money Matters series where we will talk about the practices of - debt free living - planned spending and intentional savings.

    Practices, The Necessary Actions #moneymatters4 Good morning MGCC! Welcome to week 4 of our 5 week series of conversations called, ‘Money Matters.’ Money what? Money matters…! And it really does right? AND HEY – do you what or who else matters you! I matter to God! And that’s ...read more

  • Noah, A Dad Who Saved His Family

    Contributed on Jun 13, 2018
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    In this message we will unpack 5 characteristics that enabled Noah to save his family. First message in the series, 'Heroes, Amazing Stories of Faith.'

    Noah, A Dad That Saved His Family #biblicalheroes OKAY – this morning we are kicking off a new series for Summer 2016 called, ‘Heroes, Amazing Stories Of Faith…’ AND – what we will be doing from now until the end of Summer is looking at a different biblical hero each week to see what they can ...read more

  • How We Got The Bible

    Contributed on Jun 12, 2018
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    A message about canonization... how do we know that we have the correct books in our bible?

    How We Got The Bible… #Canonization Okay Maple Grove, welcome to week three in our series understanding the Bible. And man, it is been a fun ride so far. NOW – in week one of this series, we talked about… HOW – if a non-contingent, uncaused by anything else, self-sufficient, self-reliant, ...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