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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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  • 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

  • Extreme Living In Your Work

    Contributed on Jul 31, 2018
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    In this message I want us to consider two reasons why your work (what you do 40+ hours every week) matters to God... reasons that will send you out to your work place with a renewed vigor, passion and purpose.

    Extreme Living In Your Work TODAY – is our first message in our new series EXTREME living… AND – as we begin I want to give you our definition of Extreme. Extreme; ‘existing in a very high degree, going to great lengths, exceeding the ordinary, the usual or the expected…’ The apostle Paul ...read more

  • A God Worthy Of Our Love

    Contributed on Jul 30, 2018
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    In this conversation we talked about how because God is great and God is good that He is worthy of our love.

    A God Worthy Of Your Love #GettingBetter The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their ...read more

  • We Are What We Eat

    Contributed on Jul 30, 2018
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    In this message we will talk about 9 reasons why we should study the bible and why we should lean in and care about the subject of Hermeneutics.

    We Are What We Eat OKAY… This morning we are jumping back into our messages series ‘Understanding The Bible…’ NOW – we jumped out of it 3 weeks ago… SO – I think it is important for us to do a quick review of where we have been so far in these conversations. FIRST – let me remind you of ...read more

  • Gideon - An Unlikely Hero, An Unlikely Vicotry

    Contributed on Jul 27, 2018
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    In this message we will see the power of God show up in the life of a very unlikely hero bringing about an even more unlikely victory.Numbers are irrelevant to victory when God is own your side and you follow His plan and directions.

    Gideon – An Unlikely Hero, An Unlikely Victory #heroes OKAY - I want to begin with several passages of Scripture to both set up and to lay a foundation for our conversation this morning…. All Scripture is God breathed and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what ...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