September 12, 2018

How God’s Love Helps Me With My Fears Matthew 10:26-31 Jesus encourages us here with these words. He tells us THREE times to not be afraid. The word fear comes from the Greek word “phobia.” You have probably seen this word used when describing medical terms that describe people’s fears. There are many different fears. Here are some examples: Arachnophobia – fear of spiders Hemophobia – fear of blood Globophobia – fear of balloons Paraskevidekatriaphobia – fear of Friday the… Read more

September 4, 2018

God’s Family Is Always Growing Mark 4:21-34 God’s family is always growing. That is the truth that these three parables teach. First, let’s address the idea of parables. The parable is a short story, not an allegory, and as such, it is told to convey one basic point. The parable is a story to be heard; it is not a manuscript to be studied, and hearing it we discern the punch line of the story more readily. Jesus’ stories were… Read more

August 30, 2018

How God’s Love Can Help Me With My Emotions John 11:28-44 God’s love is designed to help us with our emotions. The reason is that emotions reveal and amplify the character of a Christian. Most psychologists agree that there are four major emotions: fear, grief, anger, and joy. These four basic emotions may express themselves in different ways, forms, and varieties. This is the reason why some psychologists will say that there are eight, or sixteen emotions. They are just expressions… Read more

August 30, 2018

The Process of Following Jesus Mark 4:1-20 The Parable of the Sower was one of the first parables that Jesus spoke. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus would tell a story, and then He would sometimes reveal its meaning. Many times, he left the people to themselves to see if they would try to understand. The teachers of the Law had problems with the parables. But the people who were ready to listen to Jesus… Read more

August 14, 2018

How to Find Fulfillment in Jesus Christ Mark 2:13-22 As we continue our series through the Gospel of Mark, we look today at the second of three themes in this chapter. First, we looked at forgiveness. Today we will look at the idea of fulfillment. Here we have three different scenes of fulfillment. THREE WAYS ONE FINDS FULFILLMENT IN JESUS 

 1. To Follow (Mark 2:13-14) “Jesus went out again beside the sea. The whole crowd was coming to him,… Read more

August 9, 2018

The Power of Healing Through Forgiveness Mark 2:1-12 The Power of Healing Through Forgiveness is a sermon from Mark 2:1-12 about the role of forgiveness in healing. The sermon shows three obstacles to healing and how a Christian can help provide healing through forgiveness. In Windows on the Word, D. H. DeHaan tells the story of a little nine-year-old boy who was struggling to practice the piano. Having found out that Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the great pianist, was coming into… Read more

August 9, 2018

How the Church Is My Forever Family Mark 3:13-35 Introduction:

In the foster care and adoption community, we discuss the idea of a “forever family.” The children who go into the system are always looking for security and stability. They become foster children in the hopes of being adopted. This goal is called becoming part of a “forever family.” The idea is that once a child is adopted, they will stay with this family forever. Today, when I looked for the… Read more

August 9, 2018

Freedom in Christ Mark 2:23-3:12 In order to warn consumers of potential dangers, many products may include warning labels. But efforts to avoid potential liability can sometimes result in ridiculous-sounding warnings. Here are a few examples found on actual products or in the related manual: • Ammoniated window cleaner: Do not spray in eyes. • Electric woodworking drill: This product not intended for use as a dental drill. • Hair coloring: Do not use as an ice cream topping. •… Read more

July 27, 2018

5 Coping Skills to Help With Trump Derangement Syndrome Trump Derangement Syndrome has infected various people since the most recent presidential election. It has been defined in the following ways by various people. Fareed Zakaria said that it is a “hatred of President Trump so intense that it impairs people’s judgment.” Senator Ted Cruz claimed: “where all they can do is attack the president all day long on the scandal of the day” Even President Trump tweeted about this phenomenon… Read more

July 26, 2018

7 Sermons on a Christian’s Response to Influence the Culture Below are links to seven sermons on a Christian’s response to influence the culture, in a series on “Counter Culture Christianity.” The sermon series was inspired by the book Counter Culture Christianity, by David Platt. Using a variety of texts from both the Old and New Testaments, the series explores a Christian’s response to a variety of issues. These include culture (Matthew 5:13-16), poverty (Deuteronomy 15a:7-11), children (Proverbs 24:10-12), religious liberty… Read more

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