My 8/18/19AM sermon, Into Enemy Land (1 Samuel 27:1-28:2), is now online. This sermon used 27:1 with David talking to himself and acting as a springboard to dissecting the results that come with discouragement. We underestimate how powerful discouragement can be in our lives. So, I’m hoping this sermon gives you some comfort as you navigate these things in your life.
My 8/11/19AM sermon at Crestview, God’s Plan God’s Way 3 from 1 Samuel 26, is now online. This was the third trial of David in the wilderness. And, this one showed some outcomes of what we can expect as we trust in the Lord and go about living out God’s plan in God’s way. The big takeaway for me here got at trust issues. If I trust God, then I will willingly yield to His bigness, see my faith emboldened, and have hope. So, I hope this sermon encourages you in this regard.
My 8/4/19AM sermon, God’s Plan God’s Way 2 from 1 Samuel 25, is now online at Crestview’s website. This chapter is notoriously famous for introducing a few new characters into David’s world: Nabal and Abigail. Following the events of chapter 24, another temptation emerges in the wilderness as David is given the choice to take matters into his own hands and work his own salvation or to trust in the Lord. He chooses the former and needs a rescuer from God Himself to restrain him from foolish action. I hope this sermon encourages you and helps you to trust God and not take matters into your own hands.
My 7/28/19AM sermon, God’s Plan God’s Way from 1 Samuel 24, is now online. This sermon got into that story of David cutting off the corner of Saul’s robe and the speeches that flowed out of it. Doing God’s plan God’s way seemed to be driving David at this point. Related to this, was the idea of loving “enemies.” It’s difficult to wrap our minds around this because, honestly, most of us aren’t good at love in general, let alone loving our enemies. So, I hope this sermon provokes actions in keeping with love that lead to progress as we engage the world. I hope it
As I’ve been out at Youth Camp last week, I didn’t get a chance to post the recaps of my sermons.
On Sunday, July 14, I preached 1 Samuel 22 discussing the Contrasting Kingdoms that seem to emerge in that chapter. It seems that the way Saul rules his people is contrasted pretty clearly with the way it seems David may rule. And, as we see this, we’re given some insight into how the rule of Christ will be.
Then, this past Sunday, July 21, I preached 1 Samuel 23 in a sermon entitled God, Our Helper. The need of your heart is to be strengthened by grace and
I hope these sermons encourage you and help you move forward in your living life to God’s glory.
My good friend, Vivek, brought the thunder yesterday with a strong word from Acts 16:6-40 to Follow God’s Spirit. Vivek in a friend and an international partner we support. The sermon was challenging as Vivek’s aim was to encourage us to “prayerfully follow Jesus’ Spirit to see God’s kingdom break into your daily reality.” It was a call to live life on mission. And, I was convicted and encouraged. What a great word. Check out the sermon and hear the challenge for yourself.
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.