Navigating Life in a Broken World

By / November 30, 2017 / Uncategorized

Aren’t you glad and thankful to live in America? This is the land of the free! And yet in this current series of sermons, we have seen that true freedom only comes by way of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said,  “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth,… [read more]

Dealing with sin

When I was a boy, we had a car that leaked oil. In time, there was so much oil that it was a hazard. You could slip and kill yourself. One Saturday, Dad and I cleaned up the oil, scrubbed it with soap and water. The concrete was permanently stained, but the oil was gone…. [read more]

A Death Grip on Brokenness

We’ve talked a lot about brokenness and humility lately. Without total surrender to Jesus, we have no hope. Upon our realization that we are steeped in sin and that Satan’s claims about God are all lies, we abandon our personal pride and come to the Father for healing. As we sing, we come “broken to… [read more]

Breaking Free from Bad Thinking

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. You are of your father the devil. He does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a… [read more]

Living A Life of Illusion

By / October 26, 2017 / Christ-likeness, Humility, Hypocrisy, Sin, Truth

“Hey, don’t you know it’s a waste of your day Caught up in endless solutions That have no meaning Just another hunch, based upon jumping conclusions Backed up against a wall of confusion Caught up in endless solutions Living a life of illusion” —Joe Walsh Christian author Tony Campolo tells a story about criminals who… [read more]

Walking in Truth

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34). In the United States, almost two-thirds of prison parolees are rearrested within three years after their release. Billions of dollars have been spent to figure out why the rate of recidivism is so high. Experts cite poorly executed prison programs,… [read more]

Needful Things

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33) . When it comes… [read more]

Senseless Evil

“So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace” (Matthew 13.49-50). Government officials have spent the better part of three days trying to figure out the motive for last Sunday night’s horrible massacre in Las Vegas. Why did… [read more]

Consistent Messaging

By / September 28, 2017 / Uncategorized

“For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Corinthians 4:5). I love technology! God has allowed technology to advance at a rapid pace. I wonder how many Peter and Paul could’ve converted traveling by car, bus, train, and plane. How many in their day would’ve been saved… [read more]

Better Than Fair

By / September 22, 2017 / Uncategorized

Our sense of fairness develops early in life. Children sometimes carry it to an extreme, I think. When our 5-year-old grandson is told that it’s time to turn off The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and go to bed, more times than not he will declare, “That’s not fair!”  We carry some idea of fairness into… [read more]

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