Why Go to Church?

This is a very good question, especially when more and more people are choosing not to attend church. The statistics regarding church attendance are unfortunate. According to a Gallup poll, 32% of Pennsylvanians attend church services weekly. 20% attend monthly. 47% seldom or never. Could it be that we are transitioning from a time whenContinue reading “Why Go to Church?”

How to Show Love on a Sunday Morning

“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart… .” (1 Peter 1:22 ESV) “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.” (1 Peter 2:1 ESV) “But you are a chosen race, a royalContinue reading “How to Show Love on a Sunday Morning”

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?”

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”

“One Family”

The following message is based on Ephesians 3:1-11 and discusses what the Church is here for.  This message was delievered on January 13, 2013 Have you ever felt like you weren’t being heard?  I recently ran across a cartoon that depicts a couple sharing a moment at a coffee shop.  The man is engaged with his electronic device.  His attention isContinue reading ““One Family””