Sep 5, 2021
“I am right here Joe” Psalm 23
Joe reflects on his journey through the dark valley of clinical depression. Psalm 23 and John 16:33 are key passages in this deeply personal reflection.
  • Sep 5, 2021“I am right here Joe” Psalm 23
    Sep 5, 2021
    “I am right here Joe” Psalm 23
    Joe reflects on his journey through the dark valley of clinical depression. Psalm 23 and John 16:33 are key passages in this deeply personal reflection.
  • Nov 26, 2017The Disturbing Results of Ingratitude
    Nov 26, 2017
    The Disturbing Results of Ingratitude
    We have just completed a Thanksgiving Holiday. It seems that even a holiday centered around giving thanks has morphed into a time of self-indulgence in many quarters. What happens when we grow ungrateful? How can we safeguard ourselves so that we practice being thankful on a regular basis?  In this sermon we discover 3 traits of ingratitude and learn 3 safeguards that each can apply.
  • Nov 19, 2017Following Jesus: Making Disciples
    Nov 19, 2017
    Following Jesus: Making Disciples
    Here is the difficult thing about commands. We only have two options. To obey or to disobey. Today we look at a command that for many of us is hard to obey because we haven’t learned how. Today we will lay a foundation for what it looks like to be a disciple maker and give you some illustrations from God’s Word. Here is the first tip: First be an engaged follower of Jesus. You will be amazed what God will do as you simply follow Jesus
  • Nov 12, 2017Living as Disciples (Colossians 3:1-17)
    Nov 12, 2017
    Living as Disciples (Colossians 3:1-17)
    Once you commit to following Jesus, it becomes a daily endeavor. No matter what you do, no matter who you are with, you are to be first and foremost a Christ follower. You and I are to reflect Christ when we are alone when we are with our family when we are at work  and every other waking moment. Have my decisions, my actions, and my thoughts reflected Jesus this past week?
  • Nov 5, 2017Following Jesus: Foundational Realities (John 15:1-17)
    Nov 5, 2017
    Following Jesus: Foundational Realities (John 15:1-17)
    When we think about it, Jesus does so much to give us very basic instructions to help us follow him. In this passage we are told to stay actively connected to him and live in obedience by loving each other. Those are foundational realities that have major implications for daily living.
  • Oct 29, 2017Destined for Transformation: The Hope of Discipleship (Romans 12:2)
    Oct 29, 2017
    Destined for Transformation: The Hope of Discipleship (Romans 12:2)
    What would it look like to embark on a journey of following Jesus every day? What are some outcomes that we could expect so we know we are on the right path. As we look at the whole of Scripture we find two outcomes that can give us perspective. A disciple is obedient. A disciple undergoes transformation as he/she becomes more like Jesus.
  • Oct 22, 2017Discipleship Basics (Luke 9:23-25)
    Oct 22, 2017
    Discipleship Basics (Luke 9:23-25)
    How does one live out what they say they believe?  A word that has been sometimes misused and misunderstood is the term “disciple.” For the next few weeks we are going to explore this term. Since the term "disciple" is used to describe followers of Jesus over 200 times in the New Testament it seems that we should understand what it describes and how it applies to us.  In this sermon we will arrive at a working definition and some examples.
  • Oct 15, 2017Baptism & Communion: Why are these practices so important?
    Oct 15, 2017
    Baptism & Communion: Why are these practices so important?
    Baptism and communion are common practices for faith systems that claim to follow Jesus. Different meanings are attached to these practices and sometimes we can get confused. Today we will look briefly at these two ordinances and learn why they are important and what they mean to us.
  • Oct 8, 2017In a Broken World Jesus is still the Answer
    Oct 8, 2017
    In a Broken World Jesus is still the Answer
    This has been yet a another difficult week.  The tragedy in Las Vegas left us reeling.  No motivation, justifies that kind of slaughter.  We live in a broken world.  We live in a world where we see people do many good and kind things.  And yet in the midst of anything good there are just as many who are living angry, lonely, violent, and broken lives.  In a broken world, Jesus is still the answer.
  • Oct 1, 2017We Believe the Bible is God’s Word
    Oct 1, 2017
    We Believe the Bible is God’s Word
    It is one thing to say, “I believe the Bible is God’s Word.” That is the easy part. If we believe God can do anything, then he can give us the Bible. But what about doing what the Bible says? How is that going for you on a daily basis? What about reading the Bible for yourself to learn to discover God’s love and his commands? If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, we should want to be certain we live the principles of the Bible.
  • Sep 24, 2017We Believe in the Trinity
    Sep 24, 2017
    We Believe in the Trinity
    “In the name of  The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.” We have heard this formula at the end of prayers. It has been invoked at baptisms and weddings. And yet we often are confused. How can there be one God and yet three distinct persons? It is important that we have a basic understanding of this important teaching called the Trinity.  We also find that there are some practical realities that come from understanding the Trinity.
  • Sep 17, 2017God In Us (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:8-13)
    Sep 17, 2017
    God In Us (John 14:16-17, 26; 16:8-13)
    Why do I feel guilty when I have done something wrong? How did I know to send that person a note? How can I learn from God’s Word? What can I contribute to church life? All these questions can be answered by understanding the work of the Holy Spirit. He convicts us, guides us, teaches us, and empowers us to serve God by serving one another in the church.
  • Sep 10, 2017God With Us (John 1:1-18; 1 Cor 15:3-4)
    Sep 10, 2017
    God With Us (John 1:1-18; 1 Cor 15:3-4)
    How can we know what God is really like? How can we know how God would respond to situations in which we sometimes find ourselves? Look at Jesus. Jesus is God with us (Matt. 1:23). Jesus is fully human (Hebrews 2:17) and yet Jesus is fully God (John 14:3). He is the atonement for our sins, who has reconciled us to God. It is not enough to just believe in God. The key is what do we believe about Jesus?
  • Sep 3, 2017God Above Us (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:6)
    Sep 3, 2017
    God Above Us (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:6)
    What we believe about God matters. What we believe about God determines what we value, how we live our lives, and how we plan our future. If we believe that God is the source of all that exists, the authority over heaven and earth, and yet also our Heavenly Father, it should make a profound difference in our daily choices. How does what you believe in God affect you?