What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is a… Continue reading What Makes a Church Great?
After being healed from demon possession, a man asked Jesus if he could follow Him. Jesus refused and instead instructed him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19). The man who had been a terror to… Continue reading Go and Tell (Mark 5:19)
According to the Bible, a Christian should have love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, great sorrow and unceasing anguish. No, those last two items are not a typo, but are vital characteristics of a Christian. How can this be? How can you have joy and sorrow and how can you have peace… Continue reading Great Sorrow & Unceasing Anguish (Rom 9)
Did you know there is a Christian way to fight? Many Christians don’t know, so they fight just as they did before they became Christian. Fighting like a non-Christian is sinful because it is according to self-interest and self-preservation. It involves deceit and manipulation of others and results in anger, bitterness, and resentment. This is… Continue reading 7 Blessings of Forgiveness
Did you know that—according to the Bible—Jesus displayed many different emotions during His time on earth? This is significant because it reminds us that Jesus is not only completely God but completely man. He is God the Son who entered into this world as a man so that He would redeem mankind to God. In… Continue reading Glad, Sad, and Mad (Luke 19:28-48)
Our sermon today concerns an encounter Jesus had with a man named Zacchaeus who was sitting in a sycamore tree. Zacchaeus is sort of an ironic fellow. Zacchaeus is a Hebrew name meaning “clean or pure” but he was a corrupt tax collector who worked for the Roman Government. Today, we shall read about this… Continue reading A Lesson from the Sycamore Tree (Luke 19:1-10)
In the “My3” Discipleship plan, you are asked to write out your three-part testimony and share it with the three people you circled on your prayer list. The goal of sharing your story is to testify to the grace and mercy of Jesus and to tell people how they can become a Christian. Ideally, the… Continue reading But, What If They Say…?
Only God can soften soil that has been beaten down underfoot. Only God can remove the rocks in the soil so that the seed can take root. Only God can remove the thorns in the soil so that the seed can produce mature fruit. Knowing this, we pray and we proclaim.
Last week’s sermon focused on the parable of the “Prodigal Son” from Luke 15:11-24. It was entitled “The Lost Son” because it dealt with the younger son who went to a far away country and “squandered his property in reckless living” (13). It was easy to identify this son as lost because his outward actions… Continue reading The Other Lost Son (Luke 15:25-32)
A Man Had Two Sons… I want to tell you a story about a man who had two sons: Jim and Tim. The youngest son, Tim, came to his dad one day and said, “Dad, I know that when you die I am going to get some money. Can I have the money now?” His… Continue reading The Lost Son (Luke 15:11-24)