Do Not Quench the Spirit 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 I want you to know I had my sermon finished in record time this week. I usually plan messages out weeks in advance, there may be some tweaks to the schedule, but it generally works. I start on the next week’s message on Thursday. So last Thursday I started looking at today’s…
Faith that Ignites Acts 4 If you ever took a physics class you know Newton’s law of motion that for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. In high school we used potato guns to demonstrate this. You put hairspray in a pvc pipe and ignite and it would launch the potato. A little hair spray, a little…
Responding to the Call Mark 1 Have you ever screened someone’s call? Raise your hand. You know you have done it. You're busy and got things to do. Have you ever had someone screen your call? You are trying to get hold of them, see how they are doing, but you call and call and no answer. I found some…
Entering the Salvation of God John 3:1-20 Accepted into Life Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God…
Hallelujah Chorus Psalm 150 Arguably one of the most popular works in Western Music is Handle’s Messiah. There are many opportunities to hear it around the Christmas holidays. Composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, it is largely a commentary on Jesus Nativity, Passion, Resurrection and Ascension. In Part I, the Messiah's coming and the virgin birth are predicted by…
What Child is this? Psalm 110 Christmas time is here. Many are scurrying to buy presents, decorate houses, travel. Some are gathering around manger scenes to praise God for sending his Son into the world. Some are not. This season is special in many ways but in some ways it is an overflow of how we live every other day.…
Joy for the World Psalm 98 We are in a series on the psalms. For December we are going to be looking at some psalms that connect with the coming of Jesus. I hope this gives us a deeper understanding of the book of psalms and helps us see some unique aspects of Christmas. I also hope that it is…
The Blessed Family Psalm 128 We are looking at a psalm of ascent. There are fifteen psalms with this inscription and most scholars believe that ascent refers to the pilgrimage to worship at the temple in Jerusalem (120-134). These psalms were sung on that pilgrimage. The psalm we are looking at today is a psalm about the blessed person, and…
The Treasure of God’s Word Psalm 119 I remember growing up with great movies and shows about hunting for treasure. Indiana Jones and his incredible explorations. Rafting down rivers, running away from boulders, falling into snake pits, and of course eating monkey brains, all in hopes of gaining incredible treasures from the past. Or The Goonies, a group of teenagers…
Prayer of the Oppressed Psalm 109 We are in a series on the book of Psalms. This book of the Bible is a collection of songs, and these are the songs that would be sung in the temple service. We have seen several different types of psalms. If you are confused by the different ones we have looked at just…