Sermon Series
  • 1. Is Jesus Enough?

    Contributed on Sep 1, 2011
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    In order to inherit the blessings of the kingdom of heaven we must humble ourselves and admit our spiritual poverty.

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Most of us have heard these words from the Declaration of Independence since we more

  • 2. No Man Is An Island

    Contributed on Sep 13, 2011
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    Jesus’ metaphors of salt and light reveal how His followers are to be positive influences in the world.

    You’ve probably all heard the old adage “No man is an island.” Since that was the thought that first came to mind as I read the passage that we’ll look at this morning, this week I did some research to find out where that saying originated. It comes from Meditation XVII more

  • 3. Why God’s Word Matters

    Contributed on Sep 13, 2011

    Because God’s Word mattered to Jesus, it should matter to us and we should do everything we can to live according to the principles we find there.

    Over the years, I’ve found that one of the issues that Christ followers struggle with the most is how we are to apply the Old Testament in our lives. In fact, five years ago when I preached a series of messages based on questions submitted to me by all of you, that was the most common question that more

  • 4. The Trouble Lies Deeper

    Contributed on Sep 27, 2011

    We give glory to God by living a life that is consistent with the heart of the law and not just the letter of the law.

    The great preacher of many years ago, Henry Ward Beecher, had a clock in this church that didn't keep good time. It was always too fast or too slow. And he fiddled with it month after month after month trying to get it right and it became kind of a standard topic of conversation in the church. more

  • 5. Praying With The Right Heart

    Contributed on Sep 27, 2011

    The Sermon on the Mount reveals that prayer is more about the heart than the words.

    This week I read about two churches who had decided to hold a joint worship service. As part of that service they were going to recite the “Lord’s Prayer”. But when it came to the fourth petition in the prayer, they couldn’t agree whether to say “forgive us our debts more

  • 6. Hungering For Jesus

    Contributed on Oct 4, 2011
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    The purpose of Biblical fasting is to satisfy our hunger for God.

    This morning we’re going to address a topic that frankly doesn’t get as much attention in the church as it does in the outside world around us. Fasting has actually become quite popular in our culture, primarily for physical reasons like weight loss and health. In fact, this week I went more

  • 7. Asking, Seeking And Knocking God’s Way

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011
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    Genuine prayer focuses on those things that are on God’s heart, not on our personal needs and desires.

    [“O Lord, Won’t You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz” video] The way that we pray says a lot about what we think about God. Unfortunately, Janis Joplin, and a lot of other people for that matter, view God as someone who exists to do their bidding and give them what they want – kind more

  • 8. Building A Foundation For Kingdom Stewardship

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011

    The proper foundation for Kingdom Stewardship requires that we view God as the owner of all who has entrusted those things to us as His stewards.

    If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that I’ve skipped over some passages as we’ve made our way through the Sermon on the Mount. As I mentioned at the time, I wanted to come back and deal with all those passages together since they all deal with our stewardship in more

  • 9. Investing In The Kingdom

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011
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    We invest in the kingdom of heaven by investing in the lives of people.

    In the movie, “The Pirates of the Caribbean,” Captain Jack Sparrow has a compass. It is no ordinary compass. Rather than pointing north, it points toward whatever the person holding it wants most. It might be treasure, or a person, or a location. But it only works if the person holding more

  • 10. Culitvating Contentment In The Kingdom

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011

    Jesus’ followers overcome worry by focusing on God’s faithfulness and cultivating a life of contentment.

    In his book, Jesus’ Spiritual Journey and Ours, Thomas Kepler records the account of a lady who realized that her worrying was running and ruining her life. So she made for herself a "worry table" in which she tabulated all her anxieties. After a period of time, she discovered that her more

  • 11. Giving In The Kingdom

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011
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    Giving in the kingdom of God is an act of worship that demonstrates how much we value God and His kingdom.

    Two men were marooned on an Island. One man paced back and forth worried and scared while the other man sat back and was sunning himself. The first man said to the second man, "aren’t you afraid we are about to die." "No," said the second man, "I make $100,000 a week and tithe faithfully to more

  • 12. Making My Stewardship Practical

    Contributed on Nov 18, 2011
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    Being good stewards in the kingdom of heaven requires implementing some practices that promote our stewardship.

    This morning we’re going to wrap up our five week series on stewardship in the kingdom of heaven. We began five weeks ago by establishing four foundational principles. Since these are so important, let’s review them one more time: Foundational principle #1: • God owns more

  • 13. The "Golden Rule"

    Contributed on Nov 29, 2011
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    The "Golden Rule" summarizes Jesus' teaching on how citizens of the kingdom of heaven are to live.

    Nearly every adherent of every religion throughout history as well as those who claim to have no religion at all, hold to some form of what has come to be known as the “Golden Rule.” But as we’ll see this morning, the words of Jesus which form the basis for that belief are more

  • 14. Narrow Minded Christ Followers

    Contributed on Jan 30, 2012

    Being a genuine Christ follower requires more than just our words or actions – it requires a heart to know Jesus.

    When I first began to prepare the message this week, I had a nice attention catching illustration that I was going to use to open the sermon. But the more that I worked on the message this week, the more I became convinced that this is such an important message that I don’t want to waste even more

  • 15. Spiritual Fruit Inspectors

    Contributed on Jan 30, 2012
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    We are to discern false teaching within the church by examining the fruit produced by our teachers.

    I know that several of you have recently driven to California. I was wondering if they still have the Agricultural Inspection Stations when you cross the border into California. I know they still had them when Mary and I vacationed there a couple of years ago. Those inspectors are tasked with more

  • 16. Weathering The Storms Of Life

    Contributed on Jan 30, 2012
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    We prepare to weather the storms of life by applying the words of Jesus in our everyday lives.

    In 1174 the Italian architect Bonnano Pisano began work on what would become his most famous project - a bell tower for the Cathedral of the city of Pisa. But after construction had progressed to the second floor several years later, the tower began to sink and tilt due to the fact that the more