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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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  • No Battle, No Victory

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
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    In this message we will look at a period of history of God's people in the OT known as 'The Conquest Period.' And in this period we will uncover 5 battles that we must face if we want to see a victory in our life.

    No Battle, No Victory O God, we have heard it with our own ears— our ancestors have told us of all you did in their day, in days long ago: You drove out the pagan nations by your power and gave all the land to our ancestors. You crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free. They did not ...read more

  • How To Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
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    In this message as we look at the life of the prophet Jeremiah we will learn some powerful truths that will help us to keep going when we feel like giving up.

    How To Keep Going When You Feel Like Giving Up OKAY… I want to start off with 2 passages of Scripture that have been some of my favorites for years. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9 Therefore, my dear ...read more

  • This Is The Lord's Battle

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
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    In this message we will look at the very familiar story of David and Goliath and in the process grab 3 takeaways that will help us to defeat the giants in our life.

    “This Is The Lord’s Battle…” OKAY, WELCOME – to week 2 of our series, ‘Such Things were written, the theme verse for this series is… ‘Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises. – Romans 15:4 THIS ...read more

  • As It Turned Out

    Contributed on Sep 15, 2020
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    The story of Naomi and Ruth teach us that even when things are not looking so good at the 6 foot level, 'as it turns out' God is still at work causing all things to work together for our good and His glory.

    “As It Turned Out…” (Note when I type B/S = brothers and sisters) Good morning Church! NOW - I want to begin by reading what is probably one of the most popular, most well-known, and the all- time go to passages whenever anyone is facing difficult times… It was written 2000 years ago by the ...read more

  • I Want To Know Christ

    Contributed on Jul 23, 2020
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    The introductory message to the series I want to know Jesus. A series designed to help us take Jesus out of the box of our current understanding so that He can become all that He really is in our lives.

    I Want To Know Christ Video – Who Is Jesus? Luke writes in the 9th chapter of his gospel; Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one ...read more

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  • 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

  • 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