Sermon Notes

  • Blessed Assurance
    The human need for assurance that everything will be alright begins very early in life. In our transparency we must admit the desire for it never really passes. I remember that as dad lay on his death bed, what he wanted most was the reassurance of heaven and eternal life. From cradle to grave assurance is essential. That’s what this passage is about, blessed assurance.
  • Coming to Christ: Resurrection Sunday
    I love to hear testimonies of how people came to Christ; how they became a believer. Some share stories of dramatic life-altering transformations. While others quietly find their faith under the influence of a Sunday school teacher, close relative or friend. What’s important is that you’ve had the experience.
  • The Sovereign Celebration: Palm Sunday
    The sovereignty of God means there is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that’s outside of God’s influence and authority. God is above all things and before all things. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. (Rev. 21:6)
  • Last Words to Lost People
    It’s hard to believe how fast this year is going. Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, then Easter, and Resurrection Sunday April 4. So, next week we cover Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the empty tomb the following week. The events of this morning’s passage takes place between those two. Jesus’ return to Jerusalem the final week of His earthly ministry and His resurrection. Here, John captures a portion of Jesus’ last words to lost people.
  • Believe, Because, Belong
    The greatest lack in our church is discipleship. This was never made clearer to me than over the past twelve months of the pandemic. What I learned about our church is that we weren’t as discipled as we (I) thought we were. We aren’t as committed to discipleship as we need to be. By discipleship I simply mean gaining a solid, working grasp of God’s word and applying it to our lives; leading to Kingdom growth.
  • Righteous Anger
    The church is not immune to angry attitudes, words, and actions either. Any long-standing member of virtually any church can attest to the outbursts at a business meeting. What Christians must understand is that wrongly placed anger is destructive. Righteous anger is corrective, it actually can lead to positive outcomes.
  • Essentials of an Effective Christian Life
    It was six weeks ago we looked at the ministry of John the Baptist using a portion of this passage, “Today we return to the scene for a different purpose.” Rather than centering in John’s activity we’ll see the fundamental, the essential practices of Jesus as he began His public ministry.
  • The Son Shines
    I remember driving the 762 miles throughout the night, praying, asking God for strength. I also asked Him (and I think this is the only time I’d ever done this) I asked the Lord for a sign that my wife and mother would be alright.
  • Disease, Demons and Divinity
    By this time of our Lord’s ministry, His status as God’s Son had been publicly proclaimed in dramatic fashion by several reputable sources. Human, divine and demonic people and forces who would know.
  • For the Kingdoms Sake
    If I asked, “What would you be willing to do for the sake of your family?” Many, if not most of you, would say anything or whatever I can. And that’s the right answer. And you do. You work hard; invest yourself and make sacrifices for the good of your family.
  • How to Testify
    This moment, this season, in the history of the church is a time for the church to make great strides in kingdom building. Because if church history teaches us anything, it is when the culture is darkest that the light of Christ shines brightest.
  • Digging New Wells
    Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.
  • Social Security: Commandments Six through Ten
    You shall not murder. 18 ‘You shall not commit adultery. 19 You shall not steal. 20 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 21 You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field or his male servant or his female servant, his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
  • The Fifth Commandment
    Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the Lord your God gives you.
  • The Third Commandment
    You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
  • The Trouble with Idols
    You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
  • No Other Gods
    None of us has ever been here before. This pandemic has brought us into a new land…A place that’s unfamiliar to us all.
  • Love Your Neighbor as Yourself
    Your church is mightily blessed.  Surely you know this.  I have the privilege of experiencing this more than most members, […]