Holy Week: Hearts on Fire
April 11, 2021

                                                               Holy Week:  Hearts on Fire                                                                              Luke 24:13-35 Those earliest disciples were:  Distraught     He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”   T …

Holy Week: His Resurrection
April 4, 2021

                                                     Holy Week: His Resurrection                                                               Luke 24:1-12                                                           What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, …

Holy Week: His Death
March 28, 2021

                                           Holy Week: His Death on the Cross                                                            Luke 23:32-43 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  Matthe …

Holy Week: His Trial
March 21, 2021

Holy Week: His Trial       Luke 23:13-25 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Matt 16:24   Sunday – a day of celebration                         Monday – a day of strong emotions Tuesday – a d …

Holy Week: His Last Supper
March 14, 2021

                                                 Holy Week – His Last Supper                                                              Luke 22:14-20 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today?      If anyone would come after me,  he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Ma …

Holy Week: His Teaching
March 7, 2021

                                                  Holy Week: His Teaching                                                              Matt 22:15-33 What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross,  and follow me”  Matt 16:24  …

Holy Week: His Cleansing the Temple
February 28, 2021

                                   Holy Week:  His Cleansing the Temple                                                          Luke 19:41-46    What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus today? If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me”  Matt 16:24 Sund …

Holy Week: His Triumphal Entry
February 21, 2021

                                                 Holy Week:  His Triumphal Entry                                                       Luke 19:28-40        During Lent Christ followers traditionally repent and reflect           If anyone would come after me,  he must deny himself, take up his cross, …

Remarkable Relationships: Awesome Friends
February 14, 2021

                                            Remarkable Relationships:   Awesome Friends                                                     Matthew 7:12   God has created you for remarkable relationships. Why You need awesome friends:        1  for spiritual growth        2  for emotional suppo …

Remarkable Relationships: Family Ties
February 7, 2021

                                                         Remarkable Relationships:  Family Ties                                                                    Nehemiah 4:14b God has created you for remarkable relationships!  Nehemiah:   sometimes you have to fight for your family            …

Remarkable Relationships: Different Gifts
January 31, 2021

                                                          Remarkable Relationships:   Different Gifts                                                                        I Cor 7:7 God has created you for remarkable relationships              Christ has come that we might have remarkable rela …

Steps to Victory: Avoid People Pleasing
January 24, 2021

                                                    Steps to Victory:  Avoid People Pleasing                                                                    Proverbs 29:25 Trying to please everyone is a frustrating way to live     “ It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, b …

Steps to Victory: Stress Busters
January 17, 2021

                                        Steps to Victory:  Stress Busters                                                                Phil 4:6-8 God has provided us steps to victory   Stress in America is at record levels   God promises you a more peaceful / less stressed mind   If …

Steps to Victory: Winning Choices
January 10, 2021

                                                                Steps to Victory:                                                              “Winning Choices”                                                                      Ps 139:14 God has provided you steps to victory.    I praise you becau …

Faithful Simeon
December 27, 2020

Faithful Simeon Luke 2:25-35     Simeon was a righteous and devout man   Simeon was waiting for the promised Messiah to come.   The meaning of Simeon’s name is “hearing.”   Luke 2:29-32   29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,     you may now dismiss[a] your servant …

The Glory of Christmas: A Star
December 24, 2020

                                                    The Glory of Christmas:  A Star   Everyone can be a star in pointing people to Jesus   When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down a …

The Glory of Christmas: Wise Men
December 20, 2020

                                     The Glory of Christmas:  Wise Men                                                 Matt 2:1-2; 9-11   There is a unique glory, weightiness, and importance that surrounds the Christmas story!   Mary chose to trust even when God radically changed her plans …

The Glory of Christmas: Shepherds
December 13, 2020

The Glory of Christmas:  Shepherds Luke 2:8-15 There is something glorious, weighty, important about Christmas!   Mary trusted even when God radically changed her plans   Joseph –  God often picks unlikely people to do incredible things   The Shepherds story reminds us that God’s glor …

The Glory of Christmas: Joseph
December 6, 2020

                                                  The Glory of Christmas:  Joseph                                                                Matt 1:18-25   Mary trusted even when God radically changed her plans   God often picks unlikely people to do incredible things   God uses i …

The Glory of Christmas: Mary
November 29, 2020

                                             The Glory of Christmas:  Mary                                                            Luke 1:26-38   The Good Shepherd is more than able to carry us this Christmas                    Hebrew    “Kavod”   =   Glory,   Weight,   Importance …

Give Thanks
November 22, 2020

                                                       “Give Thanks”                                                       Ephesians 5:20   always give thanks to God the Father for everything,  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”  Ephes 5:20 (NCV)   Thanksgiving is going to be different …

Jesus’ Prayer: Kingdom, Power, Glory
November 15, 2020

                                 Jesus’ Prayer:  Kingdom,  Power,  Glory                                                     Matthew 6:9-13  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive …

Jesus’ Prayer:   Temptation & Evil
November 8, 2020

                                             Jesus’ Prayer:   Temptation & Evil                                                             Matthew 6:9-13  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily …

Jesus’ Prayer: Forgive us our Debts
November 1, 2020

                                         Jesus’ Prayer:  Forgive us our Debts                                                            Matthew 6:9-13    Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily …

Jesus’ Prayer: Give us Daily Bread
October 25, 2020

                               Jesus’ Prayer:  “Give us this day our daily Bread”                                                 Matthew 6:9-13     Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10  Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread …

Jesus’ Prayer: Your Will be Done
October 18, 2020

                                                    Jesus’ Prayer    “Your Will be Done”                                                                   Matthew 6:9-13  ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us t …

Jesus’ Prayer: Your Kingdom Come
October 11, 2020

                                             Jesus’ Prayer       “Your Kingdom Come”                                                                       Matt 6:9-13 “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 11  Give us toda …

Jesus’ Prayer: Hallowed be Your Name
October 4, 2020

                                                  Jesus’ Prayer:   “Hallowed be Your Name”                                                                     Matt 6:9-13     This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10  your kingdom come, your will be done o …

Jesus’ Prayer: Our Father in Heaven
September 27, 2020

                                Jesus’ Prayer: “Our Father in Heaven”                                                                     Matt 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …

Ten Commandments
September 20, 2020

                                                       Ten Commandments                                                             Exodus 20:1-17 The Ten Commandments provide another anchor for our lives We need to take the Ten Commandments seriously – they guide our lives The Ten commandments fill …

God’s Workmanship
September 6, 2020

God’s Workmanship Ephesians 2:4-10 On this Labor Day weekend we honor and celebrate all workers In middle of this pandemic we also regularly look to God In the middle of a pandemic it’s helpful to answer two age old questions:                              Who are we?                              Why …

Kingdom Values: Gratitude
August 30, 2020

Kingdom Values:    Gratitude Luke 17:11-19 What to do in a crisis?           Stick close to Jesus                                                Hold onto Kingdom Values So far:    Honor, Loyalty, Integrity Today –   Gratitude:   the quality of being thankful                     Are you counting tri …

Kingdom Values: Integrity
August 23, 2020

                                             Kingdom Values:   Integrity                                                        Psalm 15:1-5 This Covid-19 crisis and everything related has been unsettling in many ways            Integrity:   When your behavior matches your beliefs   The integrity of …

Kingdom Values: Loyalty
August 16, 2020

                                              Kingdom Values:  Loyalty                                                        Matt 26:33-35   1 This Covid-19 crisis has brought change to many of our lives                A lot of us are hurting because of these changes   2  We need to …

Kingdom Values: Honor
August 9, 2020

Kingdom Values:  Honor Mark 6:1-6 1) We’ve been moving away from biblical values to a more secular approach   2) One Kingdom value:    Honor        Honor:  To value, respect, highly esteem; to treat as precious, valuable        Honor is often very prominent in other cultures 3) Jesus’ hometown was d …

Why Doesn’t God Seem Fair?
April 17, 2016

                                                           Why doesn’t God seem fair?                                                                      James 1:2-4   Throughout our journey of faith we have common questions   Why doesn’t God seem fair?   Why are these bad things happenin …

Fear of Losing Control
November 22, 2015

                                                            Fear of Losing Control                                                         Proverbs 12:25    Isaiah 26:3 Part of everyday life is facing our fears God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Ti …

Everyday Struggles: Defeating Depression
July 19, 2020

                                                             Everyday Struggles                                                         “Defeating Depression”                                                                                                                      Psalm 42:1-11   Ste …

Everyday Struggles: Dealing with Anger
July 12, 2020

 Everyday Struggles  “Dealing with Anger”                                   Ephesians 4:26-27                                         In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you’re still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.”  Eph 4:26-27  (NIV)          Four Principles in …

Pentecost People: Holy Boldness
July 5, 2020

                                          Pentecost People:  Holy Boldness                                                              Acts 5:27-42 Peter and the apostles practiced holy boldness “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your …

Pentecost People: Revolutionary Generosity
June 28, 2020

                                  Pentecost People:  Revolutionary Generosity                                                    Acts 4:29-35 God’s Pentecost people express revolutionary generosity The power of the Holy Spirit continued to be manifested in the early Church  Now, Lord, consider …

Pentecost People: Loving Witness
June 21, 2020

                                    Pentecost People:  Loving Witness                                                   Acts  4:1-21 God’s Pentecost people share a loving witness Peter and John were jailed because of their teaching and preaching about Jesus     They were greatly disturbed because th …

Pentecost People: Compassionate Care
June 14, 2020

                                Pentecost People:  Compassionate Care                                                     Acts 3:1-10   During this Pentecost season we are having a huge discussion about racial injustice   How do the stories and practices of these early Pentecost people inf …

Pentecost People: Dynamic Discipleship
June 7, 2020

                                    Pentecost People:  Dynamic Discipleship                                                       Acts 2:22-24; 36-42 When the day of Pentecost came, the disciples were filled with the promised Holy Spirit Peter Preached about:              1    the Lordship of Jesus …

Pentecost People: Spirit Filled
May 31, 2020

                                           Pentecost People:  Spirit Filled                                                        Acts 2:1-13 Today is Pentecost Sunday God values: timing  “When the day of Pentecost came…. “    Acts 2:1a (NIV)  community                  “….. they were all together …

Worship: Spirit & Truth
May 24, 2020

                                                Worship:  Spirit & Truth                                                               Psalm 150 Our motivation in worship:    Reverence, Wonder, Thanksgiving   Our focus in worship:    God – the Father our Creator                              …

Worship: Motive & Focus
May 17, 2020

                                                         Worship:  Motive & Focus                                                                        Psalm 95:6-7   Worship keeps us grounded in a crisis   To worship means to give worth, honor, respect   Postures of worship:   b …

Resurrection Impact: Restoration
May 10, 2020

                                Resurrection Impact:  Restoration                                        John 21:15-17 Another resurrection impact for our lives – restoration Peter was probably feeling guilty     Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” Matthew 26:3 …

Resurrection Impact: A Calling
May 3, 2020

                                           Resurrection Impact:  A Calling                                                      John 21:1-14 Another resurrection impact for our lives –  a calling from God  Some of the disciples decided to go fishing     “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them …

Resurrection Impact: Assurance
April 26, 2020

                                  Resurrection Impact:  Assurance                                               John 20:19-29        Jesus’ resurrection reminds us that we can have assurance Jesus made another appearance to his disciples    “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the dis …

Resurrection Impact: Hope
April 19, 2020

                          Resurrection Impact: Hope                                        Luke 24:13-35   Jesus’ resurrection reminds us we are never without hope.   The two disciples on the road to Emmaus were struggling.     “we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem …

God’s Glorious Story: Shockwaves of Joy
April 12, 2020

Shockwaves of Joy Luke 24:1-12 Jesus’ resurrection has caused shockwaves of joy   His Holy week journey began with triumphant expectations   Triumphant expectations turned into hopeless despair    From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many …

God’s Glorious Story: Hosanna! Please Save Us!
April 5, 2020

Hosanna!  Please Save Us! Luke 21:1-11 Hosanna means “Please save us” This Covid-19 crisis may be a time of new openness In Jesus’ day there were those who wouldn’t accept him By the end of the week “Hosanna! Hosanna!”    had become “Crucify him!  Crucify him!” Why then and now are some hostile to J …

God’s Glorious Story: You Have a Story to Tell
March 29, 2020

You Have a Story to Tell God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)   Time and again the people of God faced fearful circumstances     God called them to choose faith    By exercising faith, they had a story to tell   Josh …

God’s Glorious Story: The Gospel in Miniature
March 22, 2020

                                    God’s Glorious Story:  The Gospel in Miniature                                                                       John 3:16 Series Theme:   God has a glorious story  This week:   “The Gospel in Miniature”      “For God so loved the world that he gave his one an …

God’s Glorious Story: Trusting God’s Goodness
March 15, 2020

God’s Glorious Story:   Trusting God’s Goodness Psalm 23:1-6      Philippians 4:6-7   The Holy Land trip was time to focus on God’s glorious story   Recent events have given us all much to be concerned about How do we trust God’s goodness in the midst of uncertainty? Remind ourselves of wh …

Defeating Evil
March 8, 2020

Defeating Evil Stephen Luttenberg Ministry is rooted in Prayer and fasting   Luke 4:1-2   The enemy is trying to get us to rely on the physical instead of the spiritual   Luke: 4:3-4  Nothing Satan has to offer is worth giving up a relationship with the father   Luke 4:5-8 God’s plan is far greater …

    Marriage:  Agony or Ecstasy?
February 23, 2020

                                                          Marriage:  Agony or Ecstasy?                                                                     Mark 10:6-8                                                                           There has always been a high value placed on singlenes …

Making Relationships Work
February 16, 2020

                                              Making Relationships Work                                                                  Matt 5:21-24 Our personal relationships are tremendously important  Jesus was concerned about our personal relationships 21  “You have heard that our ancestors wer …

Tough Questions: How Can I Stop Worrying?
February 9, 2020

                                 Tough Questions:  How can I stop worrying?                                                      Matthew 6:25-34   What Jesus had to say about worry:   It’s unreasonable       “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or dri …

Tough Questions: How Long Should I Pray?
February 2, 2020

                                       Tough Questions:   How Long Should I Pray?                                                             Luke 18:1-8 Why keep praying? It focuses my attention     “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” Psalm 105:4 (NIV)  It clarifies my reques …

Tough Questions: Why Do I Do Those Things?
January 26, 2020

                                   Tough Questions:    “Why Do I Do Those Things?”                                                            Romans 7:15 – 25 The Problem: My sinful nature “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the …

Tough Questions: How Can I Know God’s Will?
January 19, 2020

“Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”   Ephes. 5:15-17 (NIV)  How can I know God’s will? Knowing God’s will begins with a relationship St …

Away in a Manger: Wise Men
December 24, 2019

                                     Away in a Manger:     Wise men – Gifts for a King                                                              Matt 2:1-12   (NKJV)   Wise men from the east came bearing gifts Sometimes our experience of Christmas is not what it could be From the attitudes o …

Away in a Manger: Joseph
December 22, 2019

                                          Away in a Manger:  Joseph – Joy                                                             Matthew 1:18-25   Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now Mary experienced and shared great love for her son Jesus The Shepherds were on the scene when angel …

Away in a Manger: Shepherds
December 15, 2019

                                                    Away in a Manger:  Shepherds – Peace                                                             Luke 2:4-14   Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now Mary experienced and shared great love for her son Jesus The Shepherds were on the scene …

Away in a Manger: Mary
December 8, 2019

                                             Away in a Manger:  Mary                                             Luke 2:16-35   Isaiah’s writings spoke prophetically of Jesus’ coming Isaiah’s words encouraged hope then and now The arrival of Jesus was an advent of God’s love    “For God so …

Away in a Manger: Isaiah
December 1, 2019

                                           Away in a Manger:    Isaiah – Hope                                                  Isaiah 9:2, 6-7   The Scriptures surrounding the Christmas story are many and profound The characters of Christmas provide us points of connection with the story  The m …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Living in Gratitude
November 24, 2019

                                        Sharing God’s Blessings:   Living in Gratitude                                                         Philippians 4:4-8 Paul learned the joy of sharing God’s blessings He was grateful for the saints God put in his life  Paul was also so grateful for his relat …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Giving our Gratitude
November 17, 2019

Sharing God’s Blessings:  Giving our Gratitude Philippians 4:10-20 There is great joy in sharing our blessings with others! God loves to see us share our blessings through the body of Christ We are grateful for the saints God has placed in our lives I thank my God every time I remember you. In all m …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Praising Our Savior
November 10, 2019

Sharing God’s Blessings:   Praising our Savior                                                 Philippians 3:4-11 Paul wrote with great joy in his heart for the Philippians I thank my God every time I remember you. 4  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5  because of your partne …

Sharing God’s Blessings: Rejoicing in God’s Saints
November 3, 2019

 Sharing God’s Blessings:   Rejoicing in God’s Saints Philippians 1:1-6 Real joy in life comes from sharing God’s blessings Paul was in captivity when writing Philippians Paul commended them for sharing God’s blessings    Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with …

Excel in Everything
October 27, 2019

                                                      Excel in Everything                                                      2 Corinthians 8:1-7 The Church is God’s Plan A     The Church of Jesus Christ is the most powerful force for redemptive transformation on earth Paul makes his appeal on the …

Stores that Transform: Talents
October 13, 2019

                                            Stories that Transform:   Talents                                                   Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus told stories to make a point Context:   At this time Jesus was in the final week of his earthly life              It was a strong teaching and p …

Stories that Transform: Good Samaritan
October 6, 2019

Stories that Transform:   Good Samaritan Luke 10:25-37 Jesus told stories to make a point Context:  An expert in the law sought to test Jesus      On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25 (NIV)  He answered …

Stories that Transform: Unmerciful Servant
September 29, 2019

                                      Stories that Transform:    Unmerciful Servant                                                      Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus told stories to make a point    Context –    “How often do I have to forgive?”     Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times …

Pharisee / Tax Man
September 22, 2019

                                    Stories that Transform:    Pharisee  & Tax Man                                                     Luke 18:9-14   Jesus told stories to make a point Context:   Some people were self-righteous and looked down on others To some who were confident of their o …

Stories that Transform: Lost Sheep
September 15, 2019

Stories that Transform:    Lost Sheep Luke 15:1-7 There are so many compelling things about Jesus He was a great teacher Jesus told stories to make a point Context:    Jesus’ ministry was appealing to sinners  Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. Luke 15:1 (NIV …

Work: Blessing or Curse?
September 1, 2019

By Dr. Robert Mansfield   To many, work is a curse, a necessary evil. To Christians, work is a blessing, a means of serving God and neighbor. In the beginning, work was given as a privilege and joy. After the fall, work viewed as a punitive curse. Christ has overcome sin and removed the curse. …

Challenging Timothy
August 25, 2019

Mentoring: Challenging Timothy II Timothy 1:3-7 Mentoring relationships have a tremendous impact Throughout his life, Paul had a mentoring relationship with Timothy As he was nearing the end of his life, Paul wrote Timothy again 1 Paul wrote to encourage Timothy For this reason I remind you to fan i …

Calling Timothy
August 11, 2019

Mentoring: Calling Timothy I Tim 4:6-12 Missional Leader – in time of discontinuity help cultivate “missional imagination” “Breaking the Cycle” article – the power of a mentoring relationship ACE’s – Adverse Childhood experiences – Oklahoma leads the nation in child trauma As ACE’s increase risk of …

Coaching Timothy
August 18, 2019

Mentoring: Coaching Timothy I Timothy 2:1-6 Mentoring relationships can have a tremendous impact Paul left Timothy in Ephesus to straighten out the Church 3  As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 …