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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  • Jeremiah... Never, Never Give Up

    Contributed on Nov 25, 2019

    Chapter 17 of The Story (The Kingdom Falls)... in this message my focus is on Jeremiah and how even when the nation falls, he never gives up. Jeremiah serves as a great source of encouragement to each of us to not give up regardless of the hardships we face.

    Jeremiah.... Never, Never Give Up (The Kingdom Falls) The Story Chapter 17 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. - Gal 6:9 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully more

  • Engage (Compassion, From Careless To Caremore)

    Contributed on Nov 25, 2019

    In this message we talk about how if we want to become the church HE intended that we need to ENGAGE our lost and hurting world with acts of compassion.

    ENGAGE – Compassion From Careless To Caremore Jesus (your Savior King) spoke the following words in what many refer to as His inaugural address on the mountainside by the Sea of Galilee. Letting people know who they could be and who they really are in Him. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But more

  • Love Does Not Envy

    Contributed on Nov 25, 2019

    In this message we will talk about the reasons why envy is so destructive and also about 3 things we can do to put out the flames of envy in our lives (stop comparing, start enjoying, keep trusting) so that we can begin to live out God's kind of love.

    Love Does Not Envy #LoveIs GOOD MORNING MGCC – AND - welcome to week 4 in our series ‘Love Is…’ AND LISTEN – if there ever was a series that we need to make every effort to live out when we walk out those doors, it is this one. LIKE – the truths we will discuss have the power to change more

  • The Unrelenting Love Of God

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2019
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    In this message we will be talking about how - deep, powerful and unrelenting God's love for us really is. It's beyond all reason!

    The Unrelenting Love Of God #LoveIs HEY – anybody out there excited, pumped, grateful for the ‘Reckless Love Of God?’ I would like to begin today by reading some words that God breathed and the Apostle Paul put to paper 2000 years ago to the church in Corinth. NOW – there is a good chance that more

  • Serve

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2019
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    In this message we will see that in order to live our live on mission we must SERVE, using our unique talents and gifts to make the body stronger.

    SERVE Good morning MGCC!... Welcome to His Church! Welcome to the family of God, the body and bride of Christ! Welcome to the temple of God, the promised messianic Kingdom and the hope of the not only the world but the hope of every single person drawing breath in this room this more

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  • Giving

    Contributed on Oct 2, 2019

    “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

  • 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 more