Pastors' Blogs (Page 2)

Pastors' Blogs (Page 2)

1 Peter 1:3-5

Why do we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus? Scripture provides us numerous answers. We will zero in on three this Easter Sunday. Jesus was raised from the dead: 1) To forgive our sins (1Corinthians 15:17; Acts 13:37-38); 2) To give us living hope (1Peter 1:3-5) and; 3) To receive our worship (Matthew 28;9; 16-17). I encourage you to prayerfully read and think through these verses. Especially pray for those who need the forgiveness of the risen Lord to come to…

John 6:16-21

Agree or disagree? Obeying Jesus can get you into trouble. Jesus accepts the faith of disciples who are spiritually weak and fearful Jesus is never absent during life’s storms but he may delay his mighty actions. This Sunday, the Lord willing, we will think through the miracle of Jesus walking on the water to rescue his disciples caught in a storm at sea. We will see Jesus walking around like he owns the place. He does. Remember he’s the creator,…

John 6: 1-15

The passage for this Sunday is John 6:1-15. I hope providing the passage for Sunday’s sermon each Friday is helpful for you. Remember my purpose is two-fold. First, knowing the passage gives you the opportunity to meditate on it to the point of expectation of what will be preached. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will take your thoughts in a direction different from the theme of the sermon. This certainly means even more spiritual food for thought. Second, knowing the sermon…

John 5:1-15

The purpose of John’s gospel, as I’ve said numerous times in the pulpit, has to do with faith. In chapter 20 verses 30-31, after talking about the signs (miracles Jesus performed), John tells us he wants us to believe that that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He writes to bring us to faith, to create faith in us. Once we come to faith, he longs for our faith to mature, to deepen, to be strengthened. Let’s pray…

John 4:46-54

Faith means taking Jesus at His word. The story of Jesus healing the noble man’s son underscores this truth for us. Such faith has the ability to impact our entire family if we will talk about Jesus. Please read John 4:46-54 in preparation for Sunday. Ask the Lord to increase our faith in His word and especially his promises.

John 2:1-12

This week we begin a new series within the Gospel of John Project, called “Signs of the Savior.” This is a series about the miracles of Jesus. Perhaps you have thought about the various reasons that Jesus did the things He did. In our world today, no less than in Jesus’ time, people long for signs and miracles. Like many hungers of the soul, this longing in the end should point us back to Jesus only. And like many hungers…

John 1:29-34

In John’s gospel, we are told to “behold the Lamb of God.” We are promised in Revelation that someday we will sing “worthy is the Lamb.” Jesus, the eternal Word made flesh, is the Lamb of God also. His death on the cross secures our eternal redemption. If you ask Isaiah’s question, “Where is the Lamb?,” the answer is “the Lord Jesus.” Our study in John’s gospel this Sunday will focus on John 1:29-34. We will also be partaking of…

John 1:19-28

John the Baptist was a humble and bold witness for Christ. He is famous for saying, “He (Christ) must increase and I must decrease” and “I am not worthy to untie his sandals.” The virtue of humility is utterly necessary for bearing witness to Jesus. This Sunday I will preach from John 1:19-28 on the humility of John the Witness. Please read these verses and pray over the insights you glean as you prepare your heart to sing God’s praise…

Recognizing

Recognizing Around the time I was in high school and became a Christian, I used to go outside at night and stand in our driveway. We lived (and my mom still does) in a neighborhood that was near a lot of farm land and away from busy city lights. I would stand there, sometimes walk around, look up, and see thousands of beautiful little stars. This was one of my favorite settings to be in and talk to God, especially…

John 1:14-18

This week I will be preaching from John 1:14-18. Keep in mind these verses are the last paragraph in John’s Prologue (1:1-18). John tells us that Jesus is the eternal Word, the almighty Creator, and the Word made flesh. He has come to forgive us and make us the Father’s spiritual and eternal children (v12-13). I encourage you to read verses 14-18 several times and pray through these verses. Pray that we will be ready to hear the word of…

Don’t Start Worship Wars, Start War with Worship- The Importance of Unity in Worship

Ah yes, the infamous worship wars of the modern church. Some like hymns, some like contemporary, some like post-modern, etc. They have been dividing the church as far back as the first organs being brought out, to Bach’s musical cadences which “sounded like the devil,” to the introduction of hymns which were rejected by the exclusive psalmody church people as being too worldly, all the way to today. Bear in mind that this is not a comparison or contrast piece…

Giving What God Has Given Us

Pretty soon Christmas day will be here. Chances are, many of us are at times a little frantic with all of the plans and preparations we have to make. Some will be traveling, some will be home while welcoming family and friends, and there may be some who wish they were traveling or welcoming family and friends. While this day brings many joys and warm memories for many, the reality is that it can also bring sad and painful memories…

It Begins…

December is finally here. This month is by far my favorite time of the year, and I’m sure it is the same for many others. It is also one of the busiest times of the year for many. On top of all the regular errands and things to take care of, December brings Christmas shopping, traveling, parties, dinners, and much more. Also, along with the added busyness comes more temptations to neglect the things that truly matter. This is almost…

Being Available

Have you ever spent time with someone and, out of nowhere, they asked a question that you weren’t expecting? It wasn’t just any question – it was a hard question that you didn’t know the answer to and a question that you were struggling with yourself. How did you react? What did you say? Did you feel a need to provide an answer, even if you weren’t sure if the answer you were providing was the right one? We often…

Learning Styles

At times throughout my life, I have been known to be really hard on myself. When I saw certain things come easy for some but were hard for me, it was not uncommon for me to think the problem was my fault. But then I started learning about learning styles and how each person has a different way they learn best. Sometimes people can be a little skeptical of things like this, thinking that there is one best way for…

We’re Not Anything

I was reading a story yesterday about a little Filipino rock quarry worker in Iraq. This worker was apparently a follower of Jesus and one day he had decided to paint the words of John 3:16 on a rock. He painted them in English so his supervisors, who spoke Arabic, would not understand and be offended by it. The person who was guiding the project, however, was an English-speaking Chinese man who was also an atheist at the time. He read the…

Successful Sharing of the Gospel

The following outline is from Nick and Angela Corrova. They shared these points with our congregation over four different Sundays this spring. Taking the initiative to share Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and leaving the results to God. (Dr. Bill Bright, co-founder of Cru) Take the Initiative! Ask God for, and nurture a missional mindset. Pray for specific people and opportunities. Keep some margin in your life to ensure time for conversations when God opens doors for…

A Plan for Treasuring God’s Word in Your Heart

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16) I take “the word of Christ” to mean the whole Bible because Christ is the theme, promise, focus and hope of every book (John 5:39; Luke 24:27, 32, 45-46). Genesis to Revelation is Christ-exalting. The word “dwell” is a picture word. It means “to live in, to be at home.” We’re to make sure the word of Christ is at home in our hearts. It is to live in…