Sermons

The Impossible Births the Possible …

The Bible is a record of the supernatural. It records stories either contradicting or superceding the natural. The creation account, a world-wide flood, the sun-stopping, a sea parted, deaf made to hear, lame healed to walk, the dead given life. It’s a supernatural book of the God who cannot be bound by the natural laws. Today’s text, Luke 1:26-38, shows us four impossibilities demonstrating

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The Bridge to Jesus ….

Books of the Bible function like bridges. Individual books support a larger story line. Luke 1 serves as a bridge for skeptics and doubters invited to investigate the claims of Jesus. If you are on your a faith journey, then  Luke’s gospel is for you. For the believer, Luke’s gospel will confirm Jesus’ identity as the Son of God. Today’s text provides three bridges

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Walking Into the Unknown…

Faith and fear are not incompatible. It’s possible to have confidence in God and still be fearful of obeying His Word. Esther 5:1-8 shows that Esther is demonstrating faith, yet there is still great fear. She has just concluded a three day fast, no food or water. Here are three observations about fearful faith. Fearful faith is anchored and deepening Anchored to what or

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The Reliable Rescuer…

The account of Sir Nicholas Winton is a remarkable story of unselfish rescue. While in London, he learned that Nazis had invaded his country of Czechoslovakia. He knew the danger Jewish children were facing. During his visit to Prague, Winton single-handedly rescued Jewish children from mass genocide by creating ads for foster homes, manipulating paperwork to sidestep government red tape. From his home in

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The Drama of Divine Providence…

In Esther 2, it appears that Queen Esther uses her influence to place Mordecai sitting at the gate, an expression holding a position of authority within the Persian court. Mordecai overhears a plot by the king’s eunuchs, trusted men who have access to the king. Mordecai wisely gives the information to Esther, who relays the details to Ahasuerus.  What you would expect is to

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Living Between Two Worlds

Kingdoms collide in Esther 2. What happens when God’s kingdom and the world’s kingdom clash? Who wins in the hearts of God’s people? Not every child of God obeys fully, not every child of God is faithful; some compromise, some appear to sell out completely. Esther is the product of her culture. Beloved, we have much in common with Esther for we too are

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When God is Silent…

Barrow is the northernmost town in the state of Alaska. From late November until March, the sun is below the horizon. Though unseen, the people of Barrow continue to believe, while the sun is hidden. Esther teaches us that while God is unseen, he is not absent and works in the following ways: God thwarts the plans & schemes of power to establish His

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Give This Way…

In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth about an offering that the churches of Macedonia collected because of a regional famine and the care that the Jerusalem church gave to her teachers and widows. Paul uses the Macedonian churches generosity as an example to the wealthier Corinthian church. The Macedonian churches were not wealthy. They were being persecuted for

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Sacrificial Giving

In 2016, I preached an eight week series that kicked off a giving campaign to raise money for the construction of our new building. About 35 individuals/members participated by committing to this project. Since then, we have grown by 55% and some have expressed interest in how they can contribute. I want to encourage you this week to be considering and praying what the

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When Christians Fast

To seek God’s wisdom and direction in ministry.  Mathew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 4 teach that Jesus spent forty days and nights fasting and praying before He began the work that His Father gave him to do. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas fasted for the elders of the churches before commissioning them into their pastoral ministry. To seek deliverance or protection. With

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