Sermons

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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Praying for Boldness (Acts 4:23-30)

The American church feels the force of cultural winds that blow against her. Culturally, sexual expression and experimentation is embraced, encouraged and considered enlightened; preserving intimacy for marriage is seen as archaic. Religiously, the idea that there is only one way to God through Jesus in an age of pluralism appears uneducated, uninformed and arrogant. What does a church do when facing these external

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How to Pray

“If only God would tell me what I should do next?!” These are the words of every Christian (and some non-Christians) who are bewildered about the next step or stage of life. Single moms ask this question. Teenagers ask this question about choosing a major and college. Parents ask this question when frustrated with their parenting. Men and women ask this question when facing

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Motivations: Why We Pray?

A holy man sat on a prominent street corner of his city. He covered himself with ashes as a sign of humility. When tourists asked permission to take his picture, the mystic would rearrange his ashes to give the best image of destitution and humility. Many times, our practice of Christianity amounts to nothing more than rearranging religious “ashes” to impress one another. The

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When You Don’t Want To Pray

Sometimes, we Christians don’t feel like praying. Jesus addresses this in Luke 18. This  parable starts in a city with an unscrupulous judge. This judge has no morals, no ethics and no sense of justice. He does not fear God nor respect man.  A widow is taken advantage of and the judge refuses to help. Maybe he knew she didn’t have the resources to bribe

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Passing the Mantle

A Father’s Charge to His Son Passing the mantle is an expression of extending trust to the one who follows.  For instance, when a king or queen inherits the throne they receive the crown from their predecessor. That crown is a symbol of the authority and trust placed in the monarch. Men, we have a figurative mantle to pass on to our children as

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