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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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  • The Passions Of Christ

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2020
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    When you uncover the things that people are passionate about… and see the things that they ‘willingly’ give their – time, energy, resources and efforts too, you will learn a lot about that person. Same is true of Jesus.

    The PassionS Of Christ I Want To Know Christ!!! – week three THIS MORNING – I want to start off our time together by reading a several New Testament passages that are basically doxologies… NOW - the word doxology comes from a combination of the two Greek words, doxa meaning glory, honor or ...read more

  • The Person Of Christ

    Contributed on Oct 29, 2020
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    In the message we will look at the Person of Jesus by unpacking several of His names and also by describing how Jesus is in every book in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

    The Person Of Christ I Want To Know Christ! – week 2 THIS MORNING – I want to start out with a passage of Scripture from Colossians chapter one, I’m reading from the Message Bible. 15-18We look at Christ and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at Christ and see God's original purpose ...read more

  • Seeing Your Relationships As An Opportunity

    Contributed on Oct 20, 2020
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    God wants you and I to see our relationships as an opportunity to - Experience Community, Develop The Attitude Of Jesus, Grow In The Fruit Of The Spirit, Show The World That We Are His Disciples

    Seeing Relationships As An Opportunity 20/20 Vision OKAY – I want to start of with a passage from John 17… Jesus is in the garden praying. He know that in mere moments the Judas and the soldiers will come and the arrest, the beatings, the suffering and the march to the cross and His death will ...read more

  • What Are You Dong Here? (A Message About Depression)

    Contributed on Oct 20, 2020
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    This event in the life of the prophet Elijah will show us to both 'fall into' and 'climb out of' Depression,

    What Are You Doing Here? As the deer longs for streams of water so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him? Day and night I have only tears for food, while my enemies continually taunt me, saying, “Where is this God of yours?” My heart is ...read more

  • It's Not You; It's Me

    Contributed on Oct 20, 2020
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    In this message we will look at the break up that occurred among God's people in ~ 932 BC and see what God intends for us to learn. Some great truths of God for these deeply divided times in our nation.

    It’s Not You; It’s Me OKAY – we are in this series called, ‘Such Things Were Written’ our theme verse 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 AND LISTEN – here’s the deal, ...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