Sunday Sermon: The Last Words of Jesus – Father, Forgive Them

This morning, and for the next five weeks, we are going to be at the cross on Golgatha’s hillside. We are going to immerse ourselves in a moment that has changed the world and continues to change it today. We are going to experience Jesus’ final moments before his death.

The way we are going to do it is by looking at the seven phrases that were said by Jesus in the hours that he was on the cross. Each of these phrases are powerful and express what was on Jesus’ heart and soul in those final moments. They are also words that would have been extremely difficult for Jesus to say. Continue reading

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Some Thoughts as We Embrak on Lent

As we enter the season of Lent on this Ash Wednesday, here are some thoughts to consider on this snowy day:

Fast From the Things that Truly Prevent You From Seeing God’s Grace

One of the typical elements of Lent is giving up something. It is a great practice that reminds us of the importance of fasting. Yet, the practice of fasting should be a time of not simply giving up something just to give up something, but a time where we are earnestly seeking the Lord in our lives.

Thus, my encouragement would be to give up things that truly prevent you from spending time with God or trusting in God’s grace. Ask yourself what prevents you from hearing God’s voice and then give that up.

This year, I am giving up something that has prevented me from experiencing God’s grace and trusting in the Lord. My hope is that in this time of Lent I will be able to grow closer to God.

Don’t Rush to Easter

There is a temptation in Lent, much like during Advent, to rush immediately to Easter morning. When we do we miss the importance of Lent and the season of preparation and renewal that it offers.

It is important to experience the 40-days of Lent and to find ourselves waiting and preparing for the celebrations. It is important to mourn with the disciples on Good Friday and to ponder the absence of Jesus on Holy Saturday. To miss those aspects of this season is to miss some crucial aspects of the Lenten practice.

In a culture that wants to rush to the end and get there yesterday, Lent forces us to slow down and to get ready for the Resurrection and seeing the Lord.

Remember Who You Are and Whose You Are

Lent is a great time to reconnect with God. It is a time where we can reflect on our lives and where we are in our relationship with God. This can be hard, but it can be truly a fruitful act that can bring us closer to God’s love.

Be intentional in this season to hear God’s love and to remember that there is nothing that God cannot forgive. We are never too far removed from God’s love.

Sunday Sermon: What Will God Show You?

One of most important things about life is having a group of friends that you can depend upon. That is because no one can go through life alone. We need the support of a group of people, friends, who will love us unconditionally, be there with us no matter the situation, and will always find a way to make us laugh or to see the brighter side of life.

All of us need a group of friends who are there for us. That includes Jesus. Now, that might seem like an odd suggestion to make. Why would the Son of the Living God, the Messiah, the Savior, need people to support him? No one can do life alone or in a vacuum, and that includes Jesus who experienced all life has to offer including its challenges, difficulties, and obstacles. Jesus was very well aware that he could not do what was asked of him alone. He needed people to walk with him. He needed people who would support him.   Continue reading

Sunday Sermon: God is at Work

Those of us who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s enjoyed a bit of nostalgia this week. Some of the cast from “Saved by the Bell” reunited and performed their iconic roles on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

It was a hilarious modern skit of a show that transformed Saturday morning entertainment and provided pre-teens and teens with a relevant and engaging show of their own. There was Zach, Slater, Kelly, and Jessie. Even Mr. Belding made an appearance as the group tossed out their classic lines and even sang about how they would always be “friends forever.” Continue reading

Sunday Sermon: A Prophetic Voice

There is a lot of noise in society today. There is a lot of talking in our world today. 

Just turn on the cable news networks and this becomes apparent. There is a lot of noise in our world today. Our news presentations feature a steady stream of people constantly talking at each other. This talking is presented to us as debates, when we know that it is far from it. 

What we are given is a form of loud talking that is often more about selling a point than entering into a discussion. Those who spend a lot of time talking on television often are simply wanting to defeat their opponent, give out a few talking points, and get retweeted or posted instantly. The process makes it hard to understand what is being discussed and difficult to discern the truth in the topic.  Continue reading