A Fortune of Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35 It is a sad but true fact that the people you love the most you sin against the most, and they sin against you the most. Relationships are filled with hopes, expectations, needs, and when those are not met or distorted then offenses occur. Offenses need to be dealt with. Either we forgive offenses…
A Rested Family Matt 11:28-12:8 Happy Fourth of July to you. I hope you had a refreshing day or two off. Summer is normally a time we slow down a little bit from the business of life. Some of you may still be going strong. But generally we have a little more rest and relaxation. I want to talk about…
The Cause and Way Out of Fights and Quarrels James 4:1-10 If you have a family I can promise you… you have been made fun of, you’ve been given a nickname, your feelings have been hurt, you have had your stuff stolen or broken or simply turned up missing and no one admits anything, and you have been in a…
Grace and Correction Matt 7:1-6 In preparation for this series I was at a coffee shop and got to talking to a lady there and asked her what she struggles most with family. She said, “How do you know when you should say something to someone when they are doing something that is wrong or that you don’t like.” She…
A Godward Love to All Matt 5:43-48 When we think of family we probably think of a close group of people, connected by blood, bonded together, laughing together, aggravating each other, and through thick and thin there for each other. The Bible speaks highly of the family unit. God designed people to be together. God speaks to Abraham and says…
There is a show some of you may know called undercover boss. The theme of it is bosses of big organizations dress up like ordinary people and go to work with the employees of their organization. The millionaire bosses would get to know the ground level employees. It typically ends with them doing something extraordinarily kind to one of the…
We have been in the book of Ephesians for a few weeks now and covered a variety of topics, going from the first three chapters and the great promises we have in Christ. Chapter 4 started a barrage of commands that fill out what it means to believe. This there is a transition to the Spirit filled life and what…
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. 3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk…
I like new stuff. I played tennis last week with my neighbor. He busted out a brand new can of tennis balls and I brought one from Roscoe’s bed. The new ones were brighter and bounced better. Smelt better. Anyone else?   Sometimes it can feel like we need a new life. We feel dinged, scuffed, tarnished, broken, used up,…
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit--just…