A Tangled Web (Genesis 26:34-28:5)

Over the past two weeks we have learned the important truth that God’s blessings are not tied to our performance, but on the finished work of Christ. God does not love us more on our good days or love us less on our bad days. God’s love is steadfast. But if God’s love is steadfastContinue reading “A Tangled Web (Genesis 26:34-28:5)”

3 Truths Pastors Must Remember When They Want to Quit (1 Timothy 3:1-7)

Most pastors will admit that they have considered quitting and doing something else. Some are led by God to do so, others just imagine doing so, and the rest realize that God has called them to this task and so they continue. For the pastors who know that God has called them into pastoral ministryContinue reading “3 Truths Pastors Must Remember When They Want to Quit (1 Timothy 3:1-7)”

Me, Myself, and I! (Mark 9:35)

Have you ever heard someone say: “There are too many chiefs and not enough Indians”? If so, they are saying that there are too many people who want to be leaders and not enough people who are willing to be followers. In Mark 9, Jesus’ followers were arguing about who was the greatest. Jesus toldContinue reading “Me, Myself, and I! (Mark 9:35)”

4 Hindrances to Revival and How to Overcome Them

Church, I hope you are excited about our revival services that will start next Sunday. While we advertise it as a “Revival”, we understand that true revival cannot be preplanned or scheduled because only God can bring true revival. As we pray for revival, let us pause to consider 4 hindrances to revival and howContinue reading “4 Hindrances to Revival and How to Overcome Them”

Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)

Conflict is unavoidable.  The sooner one accepts that fact the better.  Everyone, at some time or another, will be embroiled in conflict and hostility.  Conflict may mean anything from harsh words to loss of property or life.  Jesus was no stranger to conflict.  He experienced conflict and spoke on the subject on many occasions.  InContinue reading “Blessed are the Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)”

The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:15-30)

In today’s sermon, a ruler asked Jesus a very important question: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  Jesus’ answer reveals the foolishness of seeking to earn salvation and the wisdom of receiving it by grace through faith.  In other words, in regards to eternal life, we: Cannot Inherit as a Ruler The RichContinue reading “The Rich Young Ruler (Luke 18:15-30)”

The Pharisee, the Publican, and the Proverb (Luke 18:9-14)

In today’s sermon we come to a familiar parable commonly referred to as “The Pharisee and the Publican”.  In this parable Jesus speaks to those “who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt” (Luke 18:9). The Pharisee In Jesus’ parable, He mentioned that a Pharisee went into the temple toContinue reading “The Pharisee, the Publican, and the Proverb (Luke 18:9-14)”

Offended by Grace (Luke 14:15-24)

Our text this morning is found in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, in verses 15-24.  Jesus is in the home of a Pharisee (Jewish religious leader) eating a meal on the Sabbath.  This has been a tense meal thus far because Jesus offended the religious leaders by healing a disabled man (4)Continue reading “Offended by Grace (Luke 14:15-24)”

Humility or Humiliation? (Luke 14:1-11)

This morning we shall learn about a very important topic from a very important person.  We shall sit at the feet of Jesus and learn about humility.  Our passage is found in Luke 14:1-11.  We will briefly discuss the hypocrisy of the religious leaders in verses 1-6 before spending most of our time in versesContinue reading “Humility or Humiliation? (Luke 14:1-11)”

Pride (Luke 9:37-56)

This week we will continue our study of the Gospel of Luke by examining verses 37 through 56 of chapter 9.  In these verses we will learn from the failures of the disciples of Jesus about the dangers associated with pride.  Pride is the cause of all five failures because verses 46-48 show us aContinue reading “Pride (Luke 9:37-56)”