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.
My 1/8/17AM sermon from Crestview Bible Church entitled Meditate is now online. The sermon wrapped up our church’s Week of Prayer by encouraging people to be those who take in God’s Word. Specifically, I reminded my listeners that reading God’s Word doesn’t make you a believer in Jesus, you should probably slow down and meditate more, as well as showing how the Bible’s end game is equipping us for good works.
We had Small Group last night and used Paul Tripp’s article 5 Reasons to Read the Bible in 2017 in our discussion. I hope your Sunday was profitable.
Christmas Eve is always one of our highlights at Crestview as we gather for Carols and Candlelight. My short meditation on why Jesus was born is now online. I hope you are encouraged and still drawing hope and encouragement from the amazing good news that Christmas brings our way.
My 12/25/16AM sermon, Tidings of Comfort AND JOY from Luke 1:26-45 and Luke 2:1-20, is now online. This wrapped up a short series on how the Christmas message leads to tidings of comfort and joy. This week’s message focused in on JOY. I tried to define the concept of joy and help show how the Bible points us toward joy. I hope it encourages you this holiday season.
My 12/18/16AM sermon, Tidings of Comfort using Matthew 1:18-25 as a guide, is now online. My sermon is shorter than I typically preach. It wrapped up the Children’s Christmas Program we had at Crestview in the morning. Our children did an amazing job of centering us on the story of Christmas. My words simply helped bring a conclusion to what they said. Specifically, my message had to do with God coming near to save sinners. I hope it encourages you to look to Christ this Advent season.