June 19, 2022

The Powerful Influence of a FATHER The Powerful Influence of a FATHER is a sermon from Deuteronomy 6:1-9. Today is Father’s Day. We celebrate the influence of fathers. The word Father is used 352 times in the New Testament. 266 times it is used to describe God. Fathers are important to God, and they are important people. When you reflect on your family, you can see how good and how bad your father influenced you. What is our greatest legacy?... Read more

June 12, 2022

How to Respond to My Spiritual But Not Religious Friends How to Respond to My Spiritual But Not Religious Friends (James 1:26-27) is the third sermon I want to share with you in this series on “How to Engage My Spiritual Friends.” “If anyone thinks he is religious without controlling his tongue, his religion is useless and he deceives himself. Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and... Read more

June 5, 2022

How to Respond to My Pride-Loving Friends   How to Respond to My Pride-Loving Friends (Luke 6:27-36), is the second in a series of sermons on “How to Engage with My Spiritual Friends.” The point of these sermons is to identify different groups of people, whom you and I have a challenge to build relationships with. In this sermon, let us address our PRIDE-loving friends. June is considered PRIDE month. Introduction The world around us looks to this month as a... Read more

May 22, 2022

Sermon Preparation by Reflection I realize that people have their own methods for sermon preparation. Some will give you “7 Important Steps” (which are good steps by the way.) Others will share with you to remember the audience in your sermon preparation. Considering that most pastors spend much time preparing their sermons, it may be challenging to see how they source their sermons. I realize that you could preach somebody else’s sermon. Others have talked about this as the wrong... Read more

May 22, 2022

How to Respond to My Pro-Choice Friends How to Respond to My Pro-Choice Friends (Psalm 139:13-16), is the first in a series of sermons on “How to Engage with My Spiritual Friends.” This sermon will deal with how to respond to those who are pro-choice and pro-abortion. Over the next couple of months, I am going to share with you a series about how to respond to different groups of people, people who may be different than you and me.... Read more

January 9, 2022

How the Church Can Work Together Like a DREAM Rebuilding God’s People Part 2 Ezra 2:1-70 How the church can work together like a dream is the theme of the second chapter of Ezra. John Maxwell once said: “It takes teamwork to make the dream work.” This is true in any organization, and it is especially true in the church. Let’s repeat that phrase: “it takes teamwork to make the dream work.” I want to share with you how God... Read more

January 2, 2022

How God Stirs a Vision Among His People Rebuilding God’s People Part 1 Ezra 1:1-11 As this church begins a new calendar year, I usually give a sermon that casts a vision for the year. However, this time I decided to go through the book of Ezra. As I was studying to prepare for this series, two clear points came to me. First, the theme of the book is the same theme that this church is experiencing, rebuilding. Second, this... Read more

June 26, 2021

How to Relate to the Accuser Luke 4:1-13 Today is the first Sunday of Lent. Traditionally, Lent is a time when Christians around the world will deny themselves in order to grow spiritually. We are going to take the following Sundays in March and April to look at the ways that Jesus dealt with different people. Today, we will see how Jesus dealt with the Accuser, Satan. Later in this series, we will look at other people in the life... Read more

January 10, 2021

How to Move from Reluctance to Obedience to God’s Mission Jonah 1:1-2:10 How would you feel if you were told by God to minister to people you dislike? How would you respond? This is what Jonah was going through. Jonah had an extreme hatred for the Assyrians. God tells Jonah to go to the people of Nineveh. We don’t know exactly why, but it is possible that God knew Jonah had this problem of hating the people. Nineveh, the capital... Read more

January 5, 2021

HONOR God All Year Long Psalm 147:1-20 As we begin a new year, we should think as Christians how to HONOR God all year long. Here is a simple definition of honor: Respect given to a person for who they are. You respect the police officer because of the role they play to protect and serve the community. You respect a judge because they have the power to put you in jail or give you freedom. You respect the employer... Read more

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