Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

To Love People

To Love People I Corinthians 13:4-6 Illustration: A Peanuts cartoon shows Lucy standing with her arms folded and a stern expression on her face. Charlie Brown pleads, “Lucy, you must be more loving. This world really needs love. You have to let yourself love to make this world a better place.” Lucy angrily whirls around and knocks Charlie Brown to the ground. She screams…

Forgiveness Healing the Hurt

Forgiveness Healing the Hurt Luke 6:37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Forgiveness is healing the hurt we never deserved Illustration: A pastor told a friend, also a pastor, of a time when someone very near and dear to him hurt him greatly. The anger that he felt overwhelmed him.…

Judge Me Not

Don’t Judge Me Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye, when…

Only God Can Make Me Better

Only God Can Make Me Better 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”   Here are some other translations for “sanctify you through and through.”: “Sanctify you completely.”…

What Am I Living For?

What Am I Living For? Mark 8:34-37 “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” A…

Be Holy Like Me

Be Holy Like Me “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (I…

Christmas Makes Me Rich

Christmas Makes Me Rich 2 Corinthians 8:9 Have you ever tried to explain the real meaning of Christmas to a child? It isn’t easy. There is so much tradition mixed up with spiritual truth that it’s sometimes hard to tell Jesus from Santa Claus and the Wise Men from the snowmen. There is a verse that for me sums up the real meaning of Christmas better than any…

Is Christmas Yours?

Is Christmas Yours? Matthew 11:1-3 Tom Flynn, as a secular humanist, in 1993, he urges other non-believers to ignore Christmas altogether. Here’s the key quote: “If Jesus is not your Savior, Christmas is not your holiday.” When I read those words, my mind started running in three or four directions at once. But after thinking about it, I decided Tom Flynn had a…

A Restaurant in the Wilderness

A Restaurant in the Wilderness Psalm 78:19 “They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a table in the desert?’” No, he can’t. God can’t set a table in the wilderness. This is the lesson I want to bring for the time of Black Friday between Thanksgiving and Christmas to remind us what life is. Can God spread a table in the desert? Foolish question. The wilderness is…

My Daily Living Lifestyle

My Daily Living Lifestyle Matthew 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.” Before we begin: Name three things you pray about most often. Healing, blessing, protection. But here in Matt. 6:11, why does God want us to ask him to provide “daily” bread? Why does God ask me o pray for bread or rice when I have plenty of it in my kitchen or barn? There are two words we need to…