• Tough Questions: How Can I Know God’s Will?
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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?
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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
    Preached on 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 …