Contributed on Sep 26, 2017
for what has God called us? Or are we content to sit and do nothing? Do we have "Short-timers disease?" Call God is for us to be more like Jesus every day.
Philippians 3:12–14 Opening Illustration: When I was in the military, we had disease that was rampant among those that was nearing the completion of their military service. It was called “short-timers disease." I have seen this over and over again throughout my life. You could always tell ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2017
God calls us to many things, but it always include the call to be holy. God is holy and He calls us to be holy.
1 Peter 1:13–16 One man described his observations of the concept of holiness like this: There is a simple yet profound word which occurs nine hundred times in the Bible. You see it first in Genesis, as we are told how God created heaven and earth. You see it last in the closing chapter of ...read more
Contributed on Nov 4, 2017
Peace and Unity is what identifies a church that is truly following Jesus.
Colossians 3:12–17 (NKJV) The May 1987 edition of National Geographic included a feature about the arctic wolf. Author L. David Mech described how a seven-member pack had targeted several musk-oxen calves who were guarded by eleven adults. As the wolves approached their quarry, the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 7, 2017
We are called by god to be free from sin and the ways of the world, not to be caught up in legalism or keeping score of good deed. what Christ did for us was to free us up to do His will.
Galatians 5:1–6 (NKJV) We’re talking about freedom today. The freedom we have in Christ. But many misunderstand that freedom. Galatians 5:1 (NKJV) Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. When I study a ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2017
Why has God called called us? What is His purpose for us?
2 Timothy 1:8–12 (NKJV) According to Julie Iovine in the New York Times, in the 1990s many owners of small farms in America began to reduce their wholesale farming to a mere sideline and instead started using their property for another purpose: entertainment farming. Other terms for this ...read more
Contributed on Nov 27, 2017
God calls us all to be Jesus' witness to a lost and dying world. It is a command of Jesus. Will we "deliver the mail" or stash it away?
Acts 1:4–8 (NKJV) OPENING ILL: In 1994 Congress investigates the mail system after millions of undelivered letters are uncovered in Washington. During a surprise audit, the U.S. Postal Service discovered that some local managers had temporarily stashed unprocessed mail in parked trailers ...read more
Contributed on Nov 19, 2017
A little different look at thanksgiving. If we are thankful for God's blessing, what we doing to be a blessing to others, thereby increasing the thanksgiving, glory and praise being returned to God?
2 Corinthians 9:10–15 (NKJV) Ever wonder how family fights begin on Thanksgiving? (show picture of pie with slice out of the middle). In fact we often think of Thanksgiving as a day of excesses. You Know You Overdid Thanksgiving When.... Paramedics bring in the Jaws of Life to pry you ...read more
Contributed on Nov 13, 2017
Message for a Deacon Ordination Service - Why deacons?
Acts 6:1–4 (NKJV) Brother Sharber, our former pastor, a number of years ago was explaining to me the difference between the pastor and the deacon. Both are charged with doing good. Doing good for the church and doing good for the community. Whereas the pastor was paid for doing good, the ...read more