Contributed on Nov 19, 2017
The closeness of Christ’s coming should cause us to walk closely with Him today.
Play Video: If Jesus Returned Today. If Jesus came back today, would He find us faithful or faithless? The question is not when Jesus will return but what will we do before He gets here? A focus on the future will fortify our faith today. We come to Mark 13, which contains the longest ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2017
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing because only God is everything.
A week ago, after watching Wisconsin beat Nebraska in football, I was thrilled to hear that Michigan lost to Michigan State. During a commercial break, a promo for Michigan came on the screen. The voiceover described a wounded wolverine and then showed clips of players tackling, running, passing ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2017
Let’s live like we’re dying…because we are. But let’s also live like we’re going to live forever…because we will…either in heaven or in hell.
Living in Light of Eternity Mark 12:18-27 October 7-8, 2017 Rev. Brian Bill As we consider the massacre that took place in Las Vegas this past week, many emotions rise to the surface and numerous questions remain unanswered. Here are some that come to mind. • It bothers us that a motive ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2017
Are you ready for God to get the glory as you respond to His goodness and grace?
I wanted to apologize for something. I feel badly that I’ve let something slide. Many of you are no doubt wondering about it so I thought I better make it right. Pardon me for going a couple months without showing pictures of our grandson. Here’s a recent picture of Pip on a swing at a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 5, 2017
We owe the One who owns us.
Many years ago, when Ronald Reagan was President, a little boy wanted $50 very badly and prayed for a whole week. When nothing happened he decided to write God a letter. When the Post Office received the letter addressed to God they forwarded it to the White House. President Reagan was both ...read more
Contributed on Sep 8, 2017
God cares about prayer and all peoples.
The Primacy of Prayer Mark 11:12-25 Rev. Brian Bill September 9-10, 2017 Play clip from Jesus Video. Some struggle with this depiction of Jesus because He seems angry and harsh. After all, how does this line up with the Charles Wesley hymn: “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, look upon a little ...read more
Contributed on May 1, 2016
When you go and sow, the kingdom of God will grow.
Sowing the Seed Mark 4:1-20 Rev. Brian Bill April 30-May 1, 2016 How many of you plant a garden each year? Do you have seeds in the soil yet? I love that springtime is sowing time. I drove up to Madison on Tuesday afternoon for a speaking engagement and saw some farmers preparing their ...read more
Contributed on Aug 28, 2016
The phony Pharisees are settled in their unbelief and the forgetful followers are unsettled in their belief.
Beware of Unbelief Mark 8:11-21 Rev. Brian Bill August 27-28, 2016 Do you pay attention to signs when you see them? It depends, right? I like seeing signs that make me laugh [show funny signs]. It’s easy to ignore signs, especially when they’ve been there for a while. This ...read more
Contributed on May 18, 2016
What will it take for the concept of unreached people to become totally intolerable for us in the church?
Unstoppable Growth Mark 4:21-34 Rev. Brian Bill May 14-15, 2016 David Platt, author of several books, including Radical, is now the president of the Southern Baptist’s International Foreign Mission Board. Beth and I heard him preach a sermon about a month ago that crushed me. ...read more
Contributed on Sep 20, 2015
John settled the fact that Jesus is number one.
I Am Second Mark 1:2-11 Rev. Brian Bill September 19-20, 2015 Prayer Transition: “Bless the Lord O my soul, worship His holy name” Last week we camped in the very first verse of Mark’s manuscript and established the importance of being gospel-centric and mission-focused. ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2016
Jesus came for those who have fame and for those who live in shame.
The Power of Touch Mark 5:21-43 Rev. Brian Bill June 4-5, 2016 Ed Stetzer recently tweeted: “In 5 days: 700 refugees drowned off Greece, 9000 babies were aborted in the U.S., 68 were shot in Chicago…and a gorilla dominated the news.” Last Saturday a young boy climbed a ...read more
Contributed on Sep 28, 2015
It's costly to follow Christ, but the price is worth paying.
Gospel-Centered Living Mark 1:12-20 Rev. Brian Bill September 26-27, 2015 Song: “Holy Spirit” Holy Spirit, you are welcome here Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere Your glory God is what our hearts long for To be overcome by Your Presence Lord I sensed the power ...read more
Contributed on Oct 3, 2015
A response is expected when Jesus is encountered.
Power Encounters Mark 1:21-28 Rev. Brian Bill October 3-4, 2015 A recent article in the New York Times entitled, “Googling for God,” begins this way: “It has been a bad decade for God, at least so far.” Google searches for churches are down 15 percent over the last ...read more
Contributed on Aug 19, 2016
Many times we want to hear something new but God wants us to live out what we already know to be true.
Finding Satisfaction for Your Soul Mark 8:1-10 Rev. Brian Bill August 20-21, 2016 How many of you like watching reruns? Most of us don’t like reruns when they appear in the middle of the NCIS season but they’re OK when we choose to catch an old show like Everybody Loves Raymond ...read more
Contributed on Oct 9, 2015
When you bring Jesus to your home, your home will become headquarters for ministry.
Healing the Hurting Mark 1:29-34 Rev. Brian Bill October 10-11, 2015 Have you noticed how many mother-in-law jokes are out there? Mothers-in-law have been the brunt of jokes since the beginning of time, well maybe not because Adam and Eve didn’t have any in-laws. When I did a Google ...read more
Contributed on Jul 17, 2016
Jesus prays for you when you can’t pray for yourself Jesus puts you where you don’t always want to be Jesus sees you when you can’t see Him
The Drawing Power of Jesus Mark 6:45-56 Rev. Brian Bill July 16-17, 2016 Have you ever noticed that grandparents love to show pictures of their grandchildren to every one they meet? It’s like they can’t help it. I’ve never understood that so now that Beth and I are ...read more
Contributed on Aug 2, 2016
The heart of the problem is the problem of the heart.
Where Bad Stuff Comes From Mark 7:14-23 Rev. Brian Bill July 30-31, 2016 Haddon Robinson, who arguably has written the best book on preaching called, Biblical Preaching, once told a group of young preachers, “When you stand up to preach, people are bored…and they expect you to ...read more
Contributed on Sep 11, 2015
Mark is encouraging a minority group of people to live on mission just like our Master did, no matter how difficult it becomes.
The Message of Mark Mark 1:1 Rev. Brian Bill September 12-13, 2015 Recently I shared a very interesting article that led to some great discussion during our staff team time called, “Is Your Church a Cruise Ship or Aircraft Carrier?” You can find the post on the sermon extras tab ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2016
We must first recognize the destruction of our lives before we can be delivered. Once we're delivered, Jesus deploys us to live on mission for Him.
Breaking the Chains that Bind Mark 5:1-20 Rev. Brian Bill May 27-28, 2016 Nate Weaver Testimony – Part 1 My Name is Nate, I’m an unashamed believer in Jesus Christ and I struggle with sin. When I was 16-years-old, my worst nightmare and biggest fear came true. My parents ...read more
Contributed on Oct 19, 2015
Prioritize a place for prayer and preach in all places.
Praying and Preaching Mark 1:35-39 Rev. Brian Bill October 17-18, 2015 Introduction. Hold up a clear jar and say, “This jar represents our day.” [Pour sand into jar to depict the various things we fill our days with – eating, work, school, watching TV, time on Facebook, ...read more
Contributed on Nov 8, 2015
The best help you can give is to remove any hindrances so people can come to Christ.
The Best Help You Can Give Mark 2:1-12 Rev. Brian Bill November 7-8, 2015 Have you ever been in a place that was so crowded you could barely move? Where was that for you? For me it was every time I rode the Metro (subway) in Mexico City when we lived there for three years. I never thought ...read more
Contributed on Apr 25, 2016
Family is foundational but following Christ must come first.
Joining the Right Family Mark 3:31-34 Rev. Brian Bill April 23-24, 2016 The Bridger Wilderness Area in Wyoming is one of the most pristine areas for hiking in the United States. A number of years ago hikers were asked to fill out comment cards. Here are some of their actual ...read more
Contributed on Sep 5, 2016
The message of the gospel always remains the same but God uses different methods to reach different people.
Seeing Clearly Mark 8:22-26 Rev. Brian Bill September 3-4, 2016 I love hearing how people come to Christ, don’t you? Here’s the main point of our passage today: The message of the gospel always remains the same but God uses different methods to reach different people. ...read more
Contributed on Nov 14, 2015
We're called to follow the Savior and focus on sinners.
Eating Supper with Sinners Mark 2:13-17 Rev. Brian Bill November 14-15, 2015 I’ve been a bit quiet about the Green Bay Packers lately. I’m sure you’ve noticed. It may or may not be because they’ve lost their last two games. I actually have a solid theory about why ...read more
Contributed on Jun 25, 2016
When we go with the gospel, some will receive it and others will reject it.
Going with the Gospel Mark 6:7-13 Rev. Brian Bill June 25-26, 2016 On January 23rd of this year, after $1 beer night at a hockey game at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Jake Strotman and his drinking buddies approached a band of Baptist street preachers. Strotman felt like these preachers ...read more
Contributed on Apr 18, 2016
In short, the unforgivable sin is attributing the mighty miracle working power of Jesus to Satan.
The Unforgivable Sin Mark 3:20-30 Rev. Brian Bill April 16-17, 2016 A couple weeks ago when the pastoral team was out for our Tuesday lunch, I jokingly told Pastor Tim that I thought I was going to take a sick day today because our preaching text is a tough one. When I asked him if he would ...read more
Contributed on Aug 15, 2016
Jesus goes to an out of the way place in order to reach someone who felt out of place because He has a special place in His heart for those who have special needs!
Open Ears and Unleashed Tongues Mark 7:31-37 Rev. Brian Bill August 13-14, 2016 Sermon Part 1 Thanks for gathering with us this weekend as we worship through music and dive into the Word through the message. There are sure a lot of activities and events going on right now like the Rio ...read more
Contributed on Jul 23, 2016
Legalistic list makers focus on having clean hands; the Lord gives us clean hearts.
Holiness Without Hypocrisy Mark 7:1-13 Rev. Brian Bill July 23-24, 2016 More than 200 years ago, Edward Gibbon wrote a six-volume series called, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He spent 20 years studying the Roman Empire to find out how a nation that was so great suddenly ...read more
Contributed on Apr 9, 2016
God wants to move you from being a fickle fan to become a faithful follower.
From Fans to Followers Mark 3:7-19 Rev. Brian Bill April 9-10, 2016 What do you think of large crowds? • A record crowd of 170,000 watched the Kentucky Derby in 2015. • Over 115,000 fans gathered to watch Michigan play Notre Dame in 2013. • 3.5 million attended the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 30, 2015
Compassion trumps man-made commandments.
Liberty or Legalism Mark 2:23-28 Rev. Brian Bill November 28-29, 2015 Almost every state has surprising laws on their books. • In Florida, a woman may be fined for falling asleep under a hair dryer. • In Indiana, citizens are not allowed to attend a movie within four hours ...read more