My 6/16/19AM sermon, God With Us (1 Samuel 18), is now online. I had been in vacation in the earlier parts of June (and been sick one week), so I was just getting back in the saddle with this sermon. The thing that stood out to me is how often we go at life alone, wondering where God is in the midst of our mess. But, God is with us. We can expect certain things as He is with us. And, this is what I try to unpack in this sermon. I hope it encourages you.
My 5/19/19AM sermon, God Sees (1 Samuel 16), is now online. This sermon served to transition us from a section in which we saw the decline of King Saul and the rise of David. There were numerous instances of this idea of God seeing things, culminating in that encouragement to not look at the outward appearance for the Lord looks at the heart.
From David’s anointing to his service in Saul’s court, there are many pointers to Jesus as well as applications for our lives. I hope this sermon encourages and challenges you.
My 5/12/19AM sermon, God Desires Obedience (1 Samuel 15), is now online. This sermon was a difficult one. It certainly didn’t prove to be a flowery Mother’s Day sermon (although it did highlight what makes all believers strong: their obedience to the Lord). In this sermon, God relented, Samuel said God doesn’t relented and we were told God relented, so there was that. I hope my explanation proved helpful.
In this chapter, I’ve always been puzzled about how obedience is better than sacrifice. I’ve thought worship was the highest aim. So, how could obedience be better. My explanation would go this way: sacrifice is easy because any of us can offer something else in worship. But, in obedience, I become the sacrifice. I die to all my wishes, desires, and authority and put myself under the One who has all authority. Therefore, worship of God is showcased more in obedience than in some outward show.
There was much in this sermon and I hope it encourages you.
My 5/5/19AM sermon, The God Who Saves (1 Samuel 14), is now online. This sermon dug into another failure in King Saul’s leadership, especially as he was contrasted with his son, Jonathan. Jonathan’s confidence in God was amazing: “Who knows? God may help us. He doesn’t need many or few.” I hope this sermon gives you a sense of how God works to save His people. Whether its working through those who have a strong trust in God or overcoming the work of fools, God is at work to save His people. This is good news and I hope it encourages you.
My 4/28/19AM sermon, More Power More Problems (1 Samuel 13), is now online. The sermon got into a 3 chapter episode that will help show why Saul isn’t a king that has confidence in God. Specifically, we saw how circumstances of life and fear can overwhelm us and cause us to view God as unnecessary. It’s in the midst of this seemingly hopeless situation that God will show what He’s up to. I hope this sermon enourages you.
My Easter 2019 sermon, The Sign of Jonah (Matthew 12:38-41), is now online. Easter really is one message: Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the 3rd day, according to the Scriptures. This Easter, I chose these words from Jesus as He interacted with the religious leaders to guide our people into enjoyment of resurrection truth. This sermon was able to discuss signs, the obvious work that Jesus did, as well as point to how glorious Jesus is as the Ultimate Prophet. I hope it encourages you.
When Jesus was on the cross, there are seven sayings that came from His mouth. In my sermon on 4/14, I sought to prep our people for Holy Week by walking through these Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross. I hope this sermon helps give an awareness of who Jesus is and what He came to do.
My 4/7/19AM sermon, Covenant Renewal (1 Samuel 12), is now online. We don’t think in terms of covenant as much in our society today, but we have all kinds of non-verbal agreements with people, so the concept readily applies. We tend to grossly underestimate the God of the Universe, thinking that our offending Him or sinning against Him isn’t that big of a deal, after all, He’s a God of love and grace. But, this passage helps call us back to center in how we think of Him. He is a God of love and grace and Samuel presses this to show how we should pursue a way of living in light of this. I hope these words encourage you to live and have a renewed relationship with the God who made you for Himself.
My 3/24/19AM sermon, Anointed and Acclaimed, which explored Saul’s anointing and acclamation in 1 Samuel 10, is now online. The sermon really got into God’s actions, that is, what He was up to through these events. And, God was working to give us confidence and hope even in this days we live here. I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 3/17/19AM sermon, Hand of Providence, from 1 Samuel 9, is now online. In this sermon, I was curious about all the ordinary things, the perfect coordinated timing, and simplicity of a meal as they related to Saul’s connection with Samuel. And, this served to be a good example of God’s providence, His ordering of ordinary things to accomplish His will. I hope the sermon encourages you. Further, I hope the reality of God’s providence causes you to trust Him in deeper ways. Have a great week.