Are You a Praying Church Member?

Consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore be shrewd as serpents, and innocent as doves.” This was a statement to equip the disciples for the work that they had ahead of them. It was to prepare them for what was ahead as theyContinue reading “Are You a Praying Church Member?”

Am I a Serving Church Member?

Being a servant is not glamorous. It’s not our first choice. It is not for the faint of heart. I remember as a young man, I left my hometown for the University of Missouri. It was the Fall of 1988 and I was encouraged to pledge a fraternity. I had friends and family members thatContinue reading “Am I a Serving Church Member?”

Am I a Functioning Church Member?

Responsibility. It is something that we are taught from an early age. Responsibility usually was cultivated through the carrying out of chores. These were things you and I did around the house that were opportunities to care for the home. What were yours? Whether it was making your bed, cleaning your room, feeding the dogContinue reading “Am I a Functioning Church Member?”

Empowerment for Purpose

The following message is based on Acts 1:1-11 and addresses the source of the Christian’s power as witnesses for Christ in the world, which is the Holy Spirit. It was shared on November 17, 2013 Recently, I read of a most strange religious movement sweeping the country, or so the article led you to believe.Continue reading “Empowerment for Purpose”

The Difference Between Famine and Feast

The following message is taken from 1 Corinthians 11:17-34, and addresses the Lord’s Supper, otherwise known as communion. The Lord’s Supper is a meal, reminding us of Jesus’ sacrifice and spurring our devotion to Him. It was preached on October 6, 2013, World Communion Sunday. A few years ago, our family and some guests traveledContinue reading “The Difference Between Famine and Feast”

How are You Spending the Summer?

The following message deals with that which Christians must remember, the basics of our faith found in the Apostles’ Creed, The Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer.  It was preached on Memorial Day, May 26, 2013 This weekend marks a highly anticipated time in the life of Americans, the Memorial Day weekend.  Memorial Day is aContinue reading “How are You Spending the Summer?”

Reshaping Our Lives

The following message is based on Galatians 6:1-10 and deals with the subject of church health.  It was preached on the occasion of receiving new members on February 24, 2013 For the last several weeks, we have been considering relationships within the church and how those connections contribute to the overall health of our church. Continue reading “Reshaping Our Lives”

Setting Life Priorities

The following message is based on Ephesians 5:15-21.  It was preached on February 17, 2013 INTRODUCTION One of the keys to being a successful person, in life, at work, with family, etc. is setting priorities.  It is the focus upon what really matters, amidst manifold distractions.  As it was put to me quite some timeContinue reading “Setting Life Priorities”

Qualities of a Sound Church

The following message is based on Titus 2:1-15.  It was delivered on February 3, 2013 Etiquette is important.  “How to’s” are necessary.  I remember eating dinner with a friend from England.  My father in-law reminded me to eat slowly, enjoy the experience etc.  If I failed to follow his instructions, I would look like a fool. WhenContinue reading “Qualities of a Sound Church”

The Church as a Family of Families

The following message is based on 1 Timothy 3:14-16 and deals with the nature of relationships within the church.  It was preached on January 20, 2013. Over the past 20 years, there seems to have been a change in the cultural climate.  Life appears to be faster than ever.  Information is limited to sound bytes andContinue reading “The Church as a Family of Families”