Sermons

Just What is the Truth Anyway?

Text: John 16:12-16            Trinity          June 16, 2019

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.”

Dear Christians,

No one likes to be lied to. No one likes to be betrayed or deceived. Lies cause anger, sadness and distrust. Lies will tear relationships apart: friend to friend, child and parent, husband and wife, employee and employer.



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The Ascended Lord Who Leads Us Where He Needs Us

Text: Acts 16:6-10          Easter 7              June 2, 2019

Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us. “ After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.

Dear Christians,

During my first summer of my first call into the ministry, I went door to door trying to find possible prospects for evangelism. After 4 weeks I had zero prospects. A vast majority of people already belonged to other churches in town. The rookie pastor was of course frustrated. However on the Sunday following those 4 weeks, 2 young couples visited our church, one couple transferred in, while the other couple began a Bible Information Course. The question that arose in my mind at the time was: “Why did I spend the last 4 weeks wearing down the soles of my shoes, when the Lord was going to bring them to the front door?” After 35 years in the ministry I have learned that though I may faithfully make good plans, God’s plan will always supersede mine. Thank God!



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The Lord is Near You

Text: John 21:1-14           Easter 3               May 5, 2019

Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”



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God is Good to His Believers

Text: Psalm 73:1-8, 16-19, 23-24     Lent 5         April 7, 2019

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills. Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression…

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.



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Jesus is Keeping Our Appointment with the Cross

Text: Luke 13:31-35      Lent 2      March 17, 2019

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

He replied, “God tell that fox, ‘I will drive out demons and heal people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must keep going today and tomorrow and the next day –for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but were not willing! Look, hour house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”



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How Are the Dead to be Raised?

Text: 1 Corinthians 15:35-38; 42-49   Epiphany 7               February 24, 2019

But someone may ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body…

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being,” the last man, a life-giving spirit. The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven. As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.



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Excel in the Gifts That Build up the Church

Text: 1 Corinthians 14:12 – 20    Epiphany 5        February 10, 2019

So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.

For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. If you are praising God with your spirit, how can one who finds himself among those who do not understand say “Amen” to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying? You may be giving thanks well enough, but the other man is not edified.

  I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than then thousand words in a tongue.



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Who Do You Trust?

Text: John 2:1-11      Ephesians 2               January 20, 2019

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you. “



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The Matters of the Heart

Text: 1 Samuel 16:1-13      Epiphany 1           January 13, 2019

          The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

          But Samuel said, “How can I go? Saul will hear about it and kill me.’

The LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”



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"In A Christmas Manger"

Text: Hebrews 2:10-18   Christmas     December 30, 2018

In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. Both the one who make men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says,

“I will declare our name to my brothers;  in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”

And again, “I will put my trust in him.”



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