The Blessed Life Psalm 1 We are beginning a series on the Psalms. The word psalm is greek in origin and simply means song, and one usually accompanied with musical instruments. It translates the Hebrew title tillihim, which means “Praises".  It's the book of praises. These are sacred songs written for the gathering of believers. These songs were compiled in…
Shepherding and being Shepherded 1 Peter 5:1-11 Today I want to talk more about our church community, and what we want it to be like. I want to get into the topic of community in an unusual way. I have pastored in two very different cities over the past decade, and I have noticed two very different reactions to people…
Gifted to Make a Difference Rom 12:1-8 Many of you have heard about the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. It was a reawakening of the church. The church of the middle ages lost the primacy of Scripture and then the gospel. Reformation teachers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli were huge figures in the church regaining a biblical…
Revival Acts 2 A while back I watched a documentary on the decade of the 1980’s. It was full of Ronald Reagan, Russian cold war, parachute pants, big hair, Michael Jackson and so much more. At one point in the documentary it talked about the worst business decision of the decade. It wasn’t ABC saying no to the Cosby show.…
Life on the Rock Matt 7:24-27 About five years ago, I was in Maryland walking down the hall of the church I worked at and stopped to chat with a coworker at his cubicle. It was a normal event on a normal afternoon. As we talked I felt a little funny. I seemed to have a dizzy flash. It seemed…
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…