1 Corinthians 15:20-28 An Eternal Guarantee for More Than a Lifetime

1 Corinthians 15:20-28 An Eternal Guarantee for More Than a Lifetime Have you ever been offered a guarantee on something which you have committed – either with money or talents? You commit to something on the promise that the guarantee is true. For example: Buy this car, then you will receive free oil changes for [Read More…]

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Matters

1 Corinthians 15:12-19 Why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Matters Easter is our greatest celebration as Christians because it focuses our minds on the highlight of the Christian faith—the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, His rising physically, visibly, bodily from the tomb, His remarkable return to life following His torturous death. This isn’t just [Read More…]

5 Reasons Why the Resurrection Is Essential to the Christian Faith

5 Reasons Why the Resurrection Is Essential to the Christian Faith April 13, 2017 Year A The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a fact of history. It is also an essential reason for the Christian faith. Without it, the Christian faith fails. I want to share with you five reasons why the resurrection of Jesus [Read More…]

Matthew 21:1-11 My Commitment to God

Matthew 21:1-11 My Commitment to God In his book Concentric Circles of Concern, Dr. Oscar Thompson wrote that “the gospel moves on contiguous lines – on lines of relationship.”1 The key to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ he said is relationships. This passage addresses a pathway of relationships. First, I have my relationship [Read More…]

5 Circles of Commitment to God

5 Circles of Commitment to God April 7, 2017 Year A Matthew 21:1-11 As Jesus prepares to enter Jerusalem, we see five different decreasing levels of commitment to God. 1. Christ “When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives, Jesus then sent two disciples, telling them, “Go into the village [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Dollars and Sense

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Dollars and Sense CNN recently covered a story about a man with stomach pain. The report said, “French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for the patient’s sore and swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins: $650 worth.” The sixty-two-year-old man came to the emergency room of Cholet General [Read More…]

Romans 8:6-11 The Right Christian Mindset


Romans 8:6-11 The Right Christian Mindset
 Romans 8:6-11 The Right Christian Mindset In the 1990s, a group of Washington children participated in an eight-year antismoking-campaign program. The results were not impressive. Of the group that went through the program, 25.4 percent now smoke regularly. And of the control group—those who did not participate in the [Read More…]

With a Little Help From My God

With a Little Help From My God April 4, 2017 Year A Psalm 143:1-12 The Beatles had a hit song entitled “With a Little Help From My Friends.” The song is about the fact that when things go wrong, one can depend on friends for help. In this psalm, David is asking for help from [Read More…]

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series by Jessica Miller Kelly is a compilation of thematic plans for Years A, B, and C of the lectionary. The premise of the book is simple. Take the Scriptures that are used for sermons for each Sunday and group them into [Read More…]

4 Requests to Ask When Praying for Someone’s Spiritual Growth

  4 Requests to Ask When Praying for Someone’s Spiritual Growth March 28, 2017 Year A Colossians 1:9-14 Christians sometimes pray for spiritual growth for themselves. But there are times when it is important to pray for others, and especially that they will grow spiritually. Christians who are immature, don’t grow. If they don’t grow, [Read More…]