May 31, 2015
An After Pentecost Grammar Lesson

This first sermon of this series called:  “Living Like Jesus:  What It Means to Be The Church”  is a  follow-up  of the sermon  preached on May 10th,   focusing  again on having  faith  IN THE NAME  of Jesus.  There is power and life, forgiveness and hope  in that name.  Real faith is not believing  ABOUT Jesus but  believing  IN  Jesus….in His Name! 

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  • May 31, 2015An After Pentecost Grammar Lesson
    May 31, 2015
    An After Pentecost Grammar Lesson

    This first sermon of this series called:  “Living Like Jesus:  What It Means to Be The Church”  is a  follow-up  of the sermon  preached on May 10th,   focusing  again on having  faith  IN THE NAME  of Jesus.  There is power and life, forgiveness and hope  in that name.  Real faith is not believing  ABOUT Jesus but  believing  IN  Jesus….in His Name! 

  • May 26, 2015Altogether Together
    May 26, 2015
    Altogether Together

    Can you be a Christian by yourself?  No.  There is no such thing as  a “Lone Ranger”  Christian. A crucial part of what it means to ‘believe in Jesus” is to commit one’s life to being  altogether together,  to being part of the “community”  of faith. 

  • May 12, 2015What’s in a Name?
    May 12, 2015
    What’s in a Name?

    It’s not until we learn to love in a truly distinctive way that we really begin to follow Jesus.  What is that truly distinctive way of love?  1 John tells us it is to “Believe in the NAME of Jesus Christ,  and to love one another.”

  • May 5, 2015What About the Children?
    May 5, 2015
    What About the Children?

    Sometimes it is amazing how children will think and ponder about an issueor a question that has them perplexed. Perhaps we can learn from that. Our scripture from the very first Psalm (Psalm 1) urges us to  “meditate”  or “think” on the things of God because when we do,  the scripture goes on to tell us, we become  “like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in season, and it’s leaves do not wither.”

  • Apr 28, 2015Becoming Followers Who Follow
    Apr 28, 2015
    Becoming Followers Who Follow

    In today’s scripture,  Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.”  If we are serious about being  followers  of Jesus  who really follow, then….we must become a community of faith that is not afraid to think and ask questions, and explore doubt, and experiment with faithful living. Sheep follow their Shepherd,  and our Shepherd leads us into depths of life we’ve never experienced before.

  • Apr 20, 2015See There!
    Apr 20, 2015
    See There!

    Easter is about the resurrection of Christ.  On that we all agree.  However, according to the Gospel writers,  Easter is about what the disciples SAW  when the risen Christ appeared to them.  What do you  think would happen if we as a church dedicated itself to helping people SEE the risen Christ at work in this world?  In us?  After all, isn’t that really what Easter is all about?  Working toward the  day when “every eye will see him!”

  • Apr 13, 2015Opening Closed Doors
    Apr 13, 2015
    Opening Closed Doors
    Those first followers of Jesus,  cowering behind locked doors even after news of Jesus’ resurrection had reached them,  represented the first Church of the Christian faith.  Granted, soon the Holy Spirit (Pentecost) would come upon them and things would change, but until then what?  What did they have going for them?   They had the PRESENCE of the living Christ!   Here is a serious truth: without the presence of Christ,  we ARE NOT the church!
  • Mar 22, 2015“The Super-Sized You: A Battle with Pride
    Mar 22, 2015
    “The Super-Sized You: A Battle with Pride

    Often we super-size our self-perception.  By comparing ourselves to  others, we make room for pride….either real or false…to take hold of our lives and control. Truth is, the only comparison we should ever make with our lives  is over and against our Lord Jesus Christ.  To quote the Apostle Paul,  “let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”   Many, if not most, of us would benefit from allowing the Holy Spirit to peel back the many layers of our super-sized pride so that God can bring healing to us and change us to become to the  “real” people He wants us to be.

  • Mar 8, 2015“How Depressing Is It?”
    Mar 8, 2015
    “How Depressing Is It?”

    It is a documented fact that  Depression affects some 14 million adults each year in America.  Some depression can come from sin, but not all depression.  Depression can often be attributed to damaged emotions that run deep and are quite complicated, relating to many aspects of our lives including our temperament, physical makeup, body chemistry, glandular functions, emotional patterns and learned behavioral feelings and concepts.  Depression can lead us to God…or away from God.

  • Mar 1, 2015The Cure for Perfectionism: A Clearer Understanding of the Cross
    Mar 1, 2015
    The Cure for Perfectionism: A Clearer Understanding of the Cross
    Today we focus on the cure for Perfectionism.  The running of THIS cure will be to Jesus and His marvelous grace upon the cross.  The clear truth is….the one truly perfect person was crucified on the cross with the weight of our  sins on his shoulders.   It is only in his grace and love that we are “made” perfect.