Sermons from 2006 (Page 3)

Sermons from 2006 (Page 3)

A Pastor’s Concerns

No one can serve God powerfully who does not love Jesus’ church fervently. This may be shocking to some because such love keeps us from merely accomplishing tasks in place of true ministry. Love for God always joins us with a love for His church and this becomes the driving motivation and the power within us to serve in such a way as to be fruitful. This truth is especially vital for leaders in the church to embrace so that…

Ministry in the Local Church

Being a part of God’s work in this world is a glorious honor. Some years ago a woman in Africa became a Christian and being filled with gratitude and joy she decided to do something for God. She was at a bit of a disadvantage, however, because she was blind, uneducated, and seventy-years of age when she came to know Jesus. She came to a missionary, with her French Bible, and asked her to underline John 3:16 in red ink.…

Jesus Brings Reconciliation

Almost everyone desires peace in this world. Have you seen the bumper which reads, “Visualize World Peace!” The idea presented is peace throughout the world could be attained if only we could get enough people to simply imagine it. No long ago I saw another bumper sticker which was perhaps more cynical. This one said, “Visualize World Peas!” I suppose neither idea is harmful in and of themselves, but I find this latter an image which is more difficult to…

Jesus is Supreme in Everything

In 1893, the world’s Colombian Exposition was in Chicago, Illinois. Over twenty-one million people flocked to Chicago to see the exhibit. Among the exhibits was the “World’s Parliament of Religions” representing the world’s various faith groups. They met together at that “world’s fair” to share their best truths with the hopes of bringing the religions of the world together in unity. Dwight L. Moody was living in Chicago at that time and he saw the fair as a great opportunity…

The Foundation of Our Joy

Christians, of all people, have every reason to always give thanks. We have just cause to hold onto our joy regardless of the other powerful and painful circumstances which may assault our lives. The foundation for joy and for our gratitude rests upon solid, immovable stone, a rock, which cannot be moved. What is the foundation of our joy in our life? We discover the foundation of our joy is certainly not the temporal successes which bounce unpredictably like waves…

Knowing and Growing

A lack of proper knowledge often leads to frustration and to failure. When my oldest son turned three years of age, that next Christmas time I decided to buy him a little bicycle with training wheels. I was so excited to give my first child his first bicycle. It came in a box partially assembled. Being confident I possessed the necessary knowledge to complete the assembly, I waited until ten o’clock on Christmas Eve to begin this project. How hard…