My 2/10/19AM sermon, God Cares (1 Samuel 1-2), is now online. Last week, I did an overview of the books of 1 and 2 Samuel and this sermon got us in to the actual text. The sermon was challenging with their being so many verses to deal with, the reality of Hannah’s hurt, and the outrageous abuses of power by Hophni and Phinehas. But, it was an encouraging sermon to see how God cares, what He’s up to, and how we can draw near to Him. I hope it encourages you.
My 2/3/19AM sermon, Overview of 1 and 2 Samuel, is now online. This sermon kicked off a lot of work I’ve done for months. In the Fall of 2018, I determined that I’d be preaching in these books. After a couple of study breaks, work to gather the big picture, and working to break it down, I was glad for Sunday to finally get here. So, this sermon is my attempt to introduce the people of Crestview to the books of 1 and 2 Samuel. I hope it encourages you.
My 1/27/19AM sermon, Wisely Living in Life’s Brevity from Psalm 90, is now online. I’ve wanted to preach on this Psalm for some time. I also was reminded of its message when preaching through Ecclesiastes this past Fall. To put it simply, this psalm (of Moses), shows how God is eternal, what that means for us, and how we live in light of these things.
I really hope you can find some encouragement in these ancient words.
My 1/20/19AM sermon, Loving Our Neighbors (Social Justice) – James 2:1-13, is now online. The sermon really got a progression when we seek to live out our faith (and follow a Biblical paradigm like not showing partiality to others). As we hold firm in our faith, we’re able to love our neighbors (as ourselves), and it’s then that we’re able to speak and act in mercy. This weekend, many churches across the country we’re thinking about the sanctity of human life as well as racial reconciliation. This sermon was my attempt to envision how the Bible might propel our thinking forward in these areas. I hope it serves you.
I’ve enjoyed a great start to 2019 by being helped by fellow elders at Crestview.
On Sunday, January 6, Tom Dixon preached on Prayer: Simple, Difficult, Complex to kick off Crestview’s 2019 Week of Prayer. This past year was one of pretty amazing growth for Tom in this area. I asked him to share this with the congregation and there were many points of help he gave. We spent a good part of the week coming together in prayer.
On Sunday, January 13, Bob Guthrie preached on being With the Word in the Word. Simply put, Bob was sharing wisdom with the body about how having a daily quiet time is helpful for our long term growth.
I know many at Crestview have communicated with me about how meaningful these talks were. I hope they’re encouraging to you, too.
As we turn our attention to the New Year, I wanted to do a post to wrap up what we studied as a church in the most recent Advent season. Beginning November 25, I did a short series looking at Luke 1-2. The theme was Possible With God. Here are links to all the sermons:
November 25 – Humility: Possible with God
December 2 – Maturity: Possible with God
December 9 – Jesus’ Birth: Possible with God
December 16 – Forever King: Possible with God
December 23 – Good News: Possible with God
On Decmeber 30, I did a sermon Reviewing 2018, which summarized all the sermons I’ve done in 2018. I hope you enjoy these sermons and they help kindle a desire to pursue God in 2019. Blessings.
I had a quick opportunity to wrap yesterday’s amazing children’s program at Crestview. In this short talk, entitled Forever King: Possible with God, I tried to show how the storyline of the Bible points to Jesus being a King forever. It’s only 7 minutes long, but I hope it helps you make sense of how your Bible fits together.
But, the real highlight was our 2018 Children’s Program. Here’s the livestream for you to enjoy.
My 12/9/18AM sermon, Jesus’ Birth: Possible with God from Luke 2:1-7, is now online. The Advent series is With God All Things Are Possible. This series is digging into Luke 1-2. (By the way, I didn’t post last week’s sermon — Maturity: Possible with God, which looked at Zechariah’s maturity from Luke 1. Feel free to check that sermon out, as well.) We tend to easily forget that God made Jesus’ birth possible. In this sermon, I’m hoping to provoke belief and worship through this familiar story. I hope it encourages you.
You may well know that I love Christmas over all other holidays. Most of my year is buiding in excitement for Advent being here. On Sunday, November 25, we launched a new series at Crestview Bible Church. For Advent this year, I’m plowing through Luke 1-2 and considering all the events that were possible with God.
The first sermon from Luke 1:36-56 was Humility: Possible with God. We looked at Mary’s visiting her cousin Elizabeth and her song of praise (popularly known as The Magnificat). I hope this sermon and this series encourages you.
This past Sunday, 11/18, I wrapped up a short 6 week series on the book of Ecclesiastes:
10/7 – Our Toil Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
10/14 – Investigating Your Toil – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
10/21 – God’s Wisdom for Time and Life – Ecclesiastes 3:1-4:16
10/28 – God’s Sovereignty and Life Under the Sun – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7:29
11/11 – Fearing God With Joy – Ecclesiastes 8:1-9:18
11/18 – The End of the Matter – Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14
Many spoke of how this series affected them. It was quite a challenge to condense the content to this short of a time frame, but it was enjoyable I hope you were able to take advantage of these sermons.