Our Ultimate Authority

If you listen to the news, regardless of which source you may prefer, it would be easy to conclude that the world is about to collapse; that the sky really is about to fall. The noise and the chatter are ceaseless in this age of 24 hour "news". One maxim in the news business is "If it bleeds, it leads." The point, of course, is that the more dramatic and sensational the story is (or can be made to appear), the more attention the viewer or listener will give it. It's incredible that just about … [Read more...]

Resolved to….

It's that time of year, again, where people make promises to themselves and others that they will do things differently than they have done in the past. I will exercise more I will eat better I will manage my time more carefully I will treat others better I will manage my finances I will get out of debt I will finish ____________ These are all worthwhile and lofty goals, but we all know that many of them will not survive past the end of January. And the reason this is true rests with … [Read more...]

Worshiping with Purpose

Luke 10:25-28 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” One of the easy traps we fall … [Read more...]

Washing One Another’s Feet

John 13:2-17 2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 … [Read more...]

This Is Where It All Began: Part 3 – Holy, Just, Wise, Good and Unchanging

This is the conclusion for this series designed to help us gain a better understanding of God in order to provide us with a solid basis for our faith. Today we'll touch on several attributes of God which demonstrate the character of God. So far we've considered God's supremacy and sovereignty as well as His Omniscience (knowledge), Omnipresence (nearness) and Omnipotence (power). Today we'll touch on God's holiness, justice, wisdom, goodness and unchangeability. Holiness We tend to … [Read more...]

This Is Where It All Began: Part 2 – Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent

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We continue a series of sermons focused on helping us gain a better understanding of God. The purpose for this series is to establish a solid basis to which we can confidently anchor our faith. Last week we began by addressing God's supremacy and sovereignty. Today I want to talk about God's limitless knowledge, presence and power. We often use three adjectives to describe the limitlessness of God: omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. The prefix "omni" in this instance means all. However, … [Read more...]

This Is Where It All Began: Part 1 – Supreme and Sovereign

Today I'm beginning a series of sermons focused on helping us gain a better understanding of God. My intent, however, is not to simply provide information about God (which is what often happens), but to establish a solid and coherent basis on which we can confidently anchor our faith. For our faith to be strong, our understanding of God must move from perceiving Him as a nebulous, indefinable entity to knowing Him as the personal, engaged, interactive God of the Bible. So for the next few weeks … [Read more...]

Sing A New Song (And Some Old Ones, too)

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The most prominent song writer of the Bible must be David. You know, the same David who killed the giant, Goliath, and who later became the king over Israel. The book of the Old Testament known to us as Psalms (a Psalm is a sacred song or poem used in worship) is his compilation of songs and poems written by him and others. And like virtually every songwriter and poet he wrote about what he had experienced, his emotions, his thoughts and musings. David understood the power of music and words set … [Read more...]

Embracing New Adventures

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The Apostle Paul wrote this concerning his pursuit of maturity as a follower of Jesus: Philippians 3:13-14 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Following Jesus is a pursuit; it is a perpetual process of adding to what we have already attained in terms of being and … [Read more...]

When Truth Collides with Culture

Increasingly the church is being confronted by our culture for embracing what the Bible tells us is true. But in the face of such opposition followers of Jesus must be prepared to take clear and unambiguous positions which align with the scriptures. This is not always easy in the face of widespread propaganda which promotes choices which directly contradict what the Bible teaches. Pressure is intense to conform to a cultural bias which discounts absolute truth and promotes the tolerance and … [Read more...]

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