“Getting Closer to God” Luke 15:11-24

Synopsis:  The farther away I get from God, the more my life is troubled.  The closer I get to God, the more my life is transformed.  This very familiar story of the Prodigal Son contains 4 ways to get closer to God and to discover how that transforms my spiritual health.

“Setting Personal Goals by Faith” Philippians 3:7-16

Synopsis:  I don’t want to wait until I stand, as all of us will, before the Great Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ and THEN realize God’s purposes for my life.  I want to know now what God’s goals are for me and how to achieve them.  It is never too late to begin this as long as I have breath.

Text: John 15:18 – 16:11

Synopsis: In the 1800s evangelists traveled throughout the prairie towns of America and saw whole communities come to Jesus Christ in a single night. I asked God whether I could live long enough to see a whole town or city transform to Jesus Christ. I haven’t gotten a definite “yes,” but I’ve seen amazing things. Read more …

Text: Luke 5:1-11 and John 21:15-19
Synopsis: The word “brainwashed” came to mind when I thought of discipleship, until years ago I read a book called “The Cost of Discipleship” written by a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany who refused to go along with most of his fellow pastors in following Hitler and turning a blind eye to justice. He was tortured and eventually killed in a concentration camp. Now, the word “brainwashed” comes to mind when I think of today’s society that has lost touch with righteousness and holiness, and doesn’t stand for much outside of ourselves.
Sermon Series: “Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”

Text: Mark 9:33-35, 38-41; 10:35-45

Sermon Series: “New Beginnings”

Synopsis: “I can skip this Sunday because I’m not a leader. Never have been. Never will be.” But the act of skipping church is itself an act of leadership that affects others. Since every person has leadership roles, we might as well polish them up.

Text: Luke 7:1-10
Synopsis: Did our church really make faith the #2 priority to focus on this year? Isn’t faith for weaklings to fall back on when they can’t do something themselves? Yet the greatest faith Jesus ever encountered was that of a Roman military officer who understood the power of authority. Hmmmm.
Sermon Series: “New Beginnings”

Text: John 15:1-8, 17:20-23
Synopsis: For many Christians, prayer is more of a guilt trip than an exciting adventure with God. Yet our church has made prayer the number one priority to focus on this year. Can we actually get really good at this?
Sermon Series: “New Beginnings”

Text: Luke 2:21-40
Synopsis: The Christmas story would not be complete without Simeon and Anna. Who?? Although they rarely appear in a Christmas play, their supporting roles are every bit as important as the shepherds and wise men. And so are our supporting roles in life.