Pastors' Blogs (Page 3)

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Being Faithful vs. Making a Name for Ourselves

  We’re all familiar with the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. Humans wanted to make a name for themselves so they got together and conspired to build a tower that reached to the skies. In essence, they wanted to be like God and worship themselves instead of the one, true God. There is something about “making a name for ourselves” that tries to draw and steal away our hearts. What exactly is it? Maybe for some…

#MeToo

Revelations of sexual violence against women by powerful men in Hollywood and Washington, DC in recent years has given rise to a social media hashtag #MeToo. The text many have reposted goes: “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote “Me, too,” as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” (For less-internet-savvy people, a hashtag is the pound sign (#) before a set of words that indicate a theme…

By Serving Kids, We’re Serving Millennials

I recently read a book entitled Gospel Centered Kids Ministry. From the very beginning, the author makes an assertion that can be a little striking. He asserts that one of the main reasons millennials and young adults are leaving the church is not necessarily because the church is failing them, but rather, the church is failing children. According to him, the main way we do this is by teaching lessons to kids that focus more on behavior than they do…

Are Our Habits Consistent With What We Know?

Whenever I’m in my car driving somewhere, I usually have something playing other than the radio. Lately, it’s either been a sermon or a podcast of some sort. I love studying and learning about theology, the Bible, and culture; for all these things, you can find many different podcasts and sermons if you search hard enough. This is the reality of the world we are living in – a world of constant information everywhere we turn. Information is not the…

Walking in a Tour of Worship

History Buff or Nerd I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been fascinated with history. I still remember going to the Smithsonian in Kansas City, MO for the first time when I was ten years old. A year or two later, my family took a vacation out to Washington D.C. and I got to take a tour of the White House. I remember gazing in awe of those rooms that had been inhabited by the great presidents of the…

What Are Kids Seeing When They See The Bible?

We all used to be children at some point. Some of us grew up in homes where we learned about the Bible on a regular basis whether it was taught through our parents reading Bible stories to us or through Sunday School, Vacation Bible School or other means at church. However, many of us can also say that we did not have a strong foundation in the Scriptures growing up. Regardless of which place we fall into, there was probably…

Tuning into God’s Word

Once upon a time in 1992… It was a cool morning in September. My mom made French toast, one of my favorite things for breakfast to which I scarfed down with glee. As I put my plate in the sink, the aroma of maple syrup and bread continued to linger in the kitchen to which I went upstairs and got dressed and brushed my teeth. When I went back downstairs, she placed a daunting assignment in front of me. I…

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…