My 9/27/2020 sermon, Pentecost (Acts 2), is now online. This sermon continued my series on the book of Acts. Specifically, in chapter 2, we see how the sending of the Holy Spirit relates to Jesus building His church. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 9/20/2020 sermon, Ascension Outcomes (Acts 1:6-26), is now online. This sermon dug into the Ascension of Jesus, when He rose and took His place at the right hand of God the Father. In the midst of this, Jesus gave His followers focus, clarified their mission, and helped guide them from heaven. I hope this sermon encourages you.
What a day at Crestview on 9/13. We began new Sunday School classes, resumed Nursery and Children’s Church services, and I was able to kick off a new series on the book of Acts. My opening sermon, Introducing Acts (Acts 1:1-5), is now online.
The point of the sermon was to direct people to some big, over-arching themes of the book. We saw some things about how Jesus will build His church: Jesus is alive, He’s gathering people together, and equipping us for mission.
I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 9/6/20 sermon, Praiseworthy and Praised (Psalm 145), is now online. My goal was unpack a psalm that is relentless in focusing our attention on God, who He is, what He does, and how He’s praiseworthy and worthy of praise. Part of my application at the end of the sermon included the 4 G’s…
What we believe about God is fairly practical when it comes to living. So, I hope this encourages you to be freed to through love serve others in this season of pandemic worries, presidential politicking, and uneasiness over schools reopening.
Further, we used Psalm 145 to springboard us into a Week of Prayer, casting our cares on our Father in these days. Here’s a link to that prayer guide.
I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend.
My 8/30/20 sermon, Bless The Lord (Psalm 134), is now online. This sermon wrapped up Crestview’s Psalms of Ascent series, diving into Psalm 120-134 and all the truth communicated to pilgrims on their journey. Specifically, Psalm 134 grabs us and directs our gaze to that which lasts forever. And, we need it in this day and age that is doing everything possible to keep us rooted in the here and now at the expense of what is eternal. I hope this sermon proves encouraging to you.
My August 16, 2020 sermon at Crestview Bible Church, Marching To Zion (Psalm 132), is now online. This was my first sermon back in the pulpit since the four-week break to celebrate my 20 years of service to the congregation. Psalm 132 gives us some backbone to help us live when we wonder if God’s promises may not come true. Specifically, for pilgrims in this world, this psalm helps remind us of the joys of obedience and the hope we have in the future. And, I hope my service to everyone was accomplished in these words. Blessings.
My church family has honored me in my 20 years of service at the church for the past four weeks by having four of my friends in to preach for me. On August 9, 2020, the guest was Jared Wilson. He preached on 1 John 1:5-7 a sermon entitled Hope For Those Who Hide. This sermon dug into all the ways we tend to hide and encouraged us to come to the light and find the liberation and freedom the Gospel provides for us. I hope it encourages you.
This weekend was the 2nd of 4 weeks of guest speakers at Crestview Bible Church to celebrate my 20 years of service at the church. The thought was that I’d get time out of the pulpit and good time with friends of mine. On Sunday, July 26, we showed a sermon that Ray Ortlund recorded for us, as he was unable to travel due to COVID concerns. The sermon was Joy of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13), which Ray described as… “the sacred joy that sets a church apart as truly Christian, the spiritual joy that the gospel itself continually inspires.”
Also, this weekend the church continued working through 10 Days of Praise to God for me and my family. I don’t have the words to say what these devotionals mean to me and us. I link to them here in this place so that I can have a record of these gracious encouragements.
Have a good week wrapping up July. We have every reason to be encouraged these days because of God’s love for us.
This weekend, Crestview began celebrating my 20 years of serving here as a pastor. I was grateful to get some time with Dale Baker, a former student of mine, who currently pastors in Maryville, MO. Dale gave our body a great charge to be Investing (2 Timothy 2:1-2) in the lives of others.
It’s very humbling to see how God’s allowed me to be here for 20 years. And, the celebration has just begun as this will continue for a few weeks. Hope you’ve had a great weekend and ready for this Monday.
My 7/12/20 sermon at Crestview, Out of the Depths (Psalm 130), is now online. This was my first sermon in a few weeks. And, it was an encouraging word to my heart: that God is the One who can bring us out of the depths into a relationship with Him, which gives us rest in this world. I hope it encourages you.
So, where have I been? I had a major rotator cuff tear repair and shoulder surgery about 4 weeks ago. We threw in some family vacation (meeting my brother and sister) and now are prepping for a few weeks celebrating 20 years at Crestview. I hope you’re doing well.