My 3/26/17AM sermon in the 4 Gs series, God is Good, is now online. This sermon helped to unpack how if God really is good, then we should seek all the satisfaction for our lives in Him. I hope it encourages you and helps you grow in your love for Him.
My 3/19/17AM sermon, God is Glorious, is now online. It continues a series that we’re in called The 4 G’s. This series is about taking high theological realities (like some characteristic about God) and showing what the implications are for our lives. To put it another way, there’s a gap between what we profess to believe and how we live. This series is seeking to shorten that gap.
In the God is Glorious sermon, we were helped to see how because God is glorious we don’t have to fear others. It really got at why we should fear God. I’m hoping it serves you well. Enjoy.
My 3/12/17AM sermon, God Is Great, is now online. This sermon began a series on the 4 G’s (#t4gs) and will continue for four weeks. In the God is Great sermon, we explored that since God is great, we don’t have to be in control. I’m hoping it encourages you to relinquish your alleged “control” over life and trust in Him.
My 3/5/17AM sermon, Worship Expressed from various texts, is now online. This sermon wrapped up a short series on Worship I gave at Crestview Bible Church. In particular, this sermon helped flesh out what “bending our lives to the reality that the Lord, He is God; we’re not” would look like. Some truths that I engaged were: our focus in worship, how worship should be free, how worship relates to family, and how it will be forever.
I hope this sermon helps you grow as a worshipper of Jesus.
My 2/19/17AM sermon, Worship Defined, from various NT texts is now online. In this sermon, I sought to drive to a Biblical definition of worship, after all definitions matter. The definition that emerged as we looked at the Biblical evidence was: “worship is a bending our lives to the reality that the Lord, He is God; we’re not.” I hope this sermon encourages you and provokes you to live a certain way.
Ok…been a slow blogging season. Here’s a summary. I was dragging, had a health scare, and ended up getting a week of spontaneous vacation in Florida. Got back and preached. But, last week was especially loco. I wrapped up Youth Leadership Reno County, a program I help facilitate, which helps equip 7-8 graders learn something about leadership. On Thursday and Friday, as YLRC was ending, Leadership Reno County, another program I’m privileged to be a part of, launched. Got back on Friday night and Meg was really sick. Saturday, my oldest child had a band thing in Wichita. Then, Sunday, YLRC had it’s graduation ceremony in the afternoon.
Left for church with all 4 kids on Sunday morning (Meg stayed home sick) and I had a flat tire. We unloaded the car, got in the van. I was privileged to have Kole Farney preaching for me and helping us wrap the series on The Church: God’s Plan with a sermon on A Prayer for Christian Unity. Yesterday was lots of digging out from all of this and prepping for a big Elder/Deacon meeting in the evening. So, finally to Tuesday. Wanted you to know what’s been happening. Hoping this week is more “normal” and that I’m able to keep making progress on the challenge of my own life. Thanks for caring for me.
My 2/5/17AM sermon, God’s Manifold Wisdom from Ephesians 3:7-11, is now online. This sermon continued our series on the church being God’s plan (not some extra that we can dial in to if we feel like it). This was also a deep dive into Gospel realities that are ours. So, I hope it encourages you and helps you progress in your faith.
My 1/29/17AM sermon God’s Mysterious Plan out of Ephesians 3:1-6 is now online. This is the 2nd in a few sermons on the subject of the church. This message was particularly meaningful because of where it ended up: the Gospel. That’s right. Church isn’t about any matter of secondary issues. The church is what it is because of her Lord, who loved her and came after her to make her right with God. Dive into God’s mysterious plan and fall into the wonder that is yours in Christ.
We launched a new series on the church yesterday. My first sermon was The Church: God’s Plan from Ephesians 2:18-22. My hope through this series is that we’d have our eyes on the Gospel and all the corporate implications that are hard-wired into its realities. I hope this sermon encourages you.
So Winter Storm Jupiter has come and gone here in Central KS. It certainly affected a lot of things over the weekend. Power was lost in certain places, snow, and travel difficulties happened. We even cancelled services on Saturday so that our people wouldn’t feel compelled to get out in the middle of the mess. In some ways, the storm under-delivered. But, the storm brought all kinds of benefits to me:
- I enjoyed my first Sunday out since the middle of June. That’s right. It’s been a long stretch of ministry on Sundays happening. And, being able to step away for a weekend proved fairly refreshing.
- We had some good family time at home. Now, there was no big agenda. Kids played on devices, watched movies, and read. We got out in the afternoon a bit to drive around and see how things were. So, that was a fun family time.
- All things considered we made the best decision. I tend to beat myself up at times when a decision is made and can be second-guessed in hindsight, but the reality is that we were warned and asked to not travel unless it was necessary. The storm could have packed a wallop that would have been problematic for us. Using that data, we stepped into a decision with all the info we had to serve our people in the best way. And, it was good.
I hope you survived the weekend. And, I hope now that it’s ended, you can take time to consider ways that God extended kindness to you through it. Have a great week.