Sermon Series
  • 1. Can The World Take Me Away?

    Contributed on May 12, 2003
    based on 14 ratings
     | 867 views

    So much in our lives seems temporary; but God can give us a fresh start, can transform our incompleteness, and can give us hope.

    Somebody asked me, when I was getting ready to take study leave, “Why are you doing this? Are you going for another degree? Are you preparing to take another job? And did the deacons make you do this?” Well, I said, I’m taking the study leave because I don’t get much reading time under normal ...read more

  • 2. Time Out, Time In

    Contributed on May 24, 2003
    based on 37 ratings
     | 3,180 views

    After vacation -- time out -- it would be ridiculous if there were no "time in", engagement. God calls us to full engagement with Himself, which in turn calls us to live in newness and not in old habits. There is no time for anything that is not a serio

    There are certain intense situations in which the best answer, maybe the only answer, is to take a “time out”. Time out, to get perspective; time out, to get emotions under control; time out to back off and take a better look. There are certain serious situations in which your instincts tell you ...read more

  • 3. Pain At The Threshold

    Contributed on May 24, 2003
    based on 45 ratings
     | 2,713 views

    Interactive sermon on the anxieties involved in sharing our faith and on the power of being prepared, both intellectually and emotionally.

    Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Closed doors intimidate me. If your door is closed, I want to leave it alone. I don’t like to knock and ask for admission. I want somebody to ...read more

  • 4. But Nails Hurt!

    Contributed on May 24, 2003
    based on 87 ratings
     | 6,157 views

    Nails were distributed to the congregation, so that they could test: if you wish to endure, you have to endure some pounding. Holes may be punched in you, too. But if you persist, ultimately you will be built up.

    If you really want to grow, it’s going to cost you. If you truly expect to be built up, there will be some pain involved. No growth ever takes place without pain. That’s a law of life. That’s not negotiable. No pain, no gain. No hurt, no growth. No rough edges, no building up. If you truly ...read more