Sermon Archives

April 19, 2013

FIVE PRACTICES: 2. Passionate Worship- God is with us

FIVE PRACTICES: 2. Passionate Worship- God is with us

4/21/13 Passionate Worship- God is with us Isaiah 6:1-8 “Worship describes those times we gather deliberately seeking to encounter God in Christ. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion and bind people to one another . . . . Passionate worship, whether traditional or contemporary, means an […]

April 18, 2013

FIVE PRACTICES: 1. Radical Hospitality – Opening the Circle

FIVE PRACTICES: 1. Radical Hospitality - Opening the Circle

4/14/13 Radical Hospitality — Opening the Circle Romans 5:6-11 July 2008 I arrived in Pana to provide pastoral leadership. As a congregation, we entered a time of prayerful discernment. We wanted as much as humanly possible to assure that we would align the ministry with God’s Will so that we would be effective in making […]

April 17, 2013

Easter Sunrise: Hope in a Lonely Graveyard

Easter Sunrise: Hope in a Lonely Graveyard

Luke 24:1-12 HOPE IN A LONELY GRAVEYARD 3/31/12   Today I want to focus on hope. The English usage of the word “hope” covers a wide range of meaning and nowhere is this more apparent than in the Bible. In the Old Testament, many Hebrew words, each with its own diverse associations, are translated into […]

April 17, 2013

Easter: “Life Unbound”

Easter: "Life Unbound"

3/31/12 LIFE UNBOUND 1 Corinthians 15:1-20   Lost causes drain us of life’s spirit and energy. They are shackles that keep us from discovering the freedom of possibility and miracle. Look at the record. < The players felt the game was unwinnable, so they just played out the match. < The couple believed their relationship […]

April 17, 2013

MEANS OF GRACE: ACTS OF MERCY

MEANS OF GRACE: ACTS OF MERCY

Matthew 25:31-46 Means of Grace: Acts of Mercy 3/24/13 Today we finish our study of the Means of Grace but hopefully not our application of them in our lives. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, identified from Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience six primary contact points with God for Christian growth. Let=s review them […]

March 17, 2013

Means of Grace: Fasting

Means of Grace: Fasting

Matthew 6:16 – 21 MEANS OF GRACE: FASTING 3/17/13   John Wesley identified six spiritual disciplines for increased contact with God and called them the “Means of Grace.” Those six are: + reading and applying Scripture, + seeking God’s Will through prayer, + Christian conversation to provoke one another to love and good works, + […]

March 10, 2013

Means of Grace: Christian Conversation

Means of Grace: Christian Conversation

Hebrews 10:19-31 Means of Grace: Christian Conversation 3/10/13 When teaching youth about the Means of Grace, I put it this way. “If you want to get struck by lightening, the best way to do it is find the highest ground during a storm and lift up a metal pipe. Zap!!! So it is with the […]

March 3, 2013

Rockin’ It

Rockin' It

Joshua 4:1-7 Rockin’ It 3/3/13   My task today is a simple one. I want to retell a great Old Testament story- a story of obedience and gratitude – for the purpose of drawing some life lessons from it. This Biblical story reminds us to live in and with gratitude to and for God – […]

February 20, 2013

MEANS OF GRACE: PRAYER

MEANS OF GRACE: PRAYER

Matthew 6:5-13 MEANS OF GRACE: PRAYER 2/24/13   John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, identified six primary contact points with God that he called “the Means of Grace” that I would encourage you to take up during Lent, the six weeks leading up to Easter. These six Means of Grace are like lightening rods […]

February 13, 2013

Means of Grace: Reading Scripture

Means of Grace: Reading Scripture

2 Timothy 3:10-17 MEANS OF GRACE: READING SCRIPTURE 2/17/13   Vince Lombardi went to coach the Green Bay Packers whose program was in disarray. They were chasing after wrong things. He gathered the team around him. He said, “We need to get back to the basics.” Then holding up a football he said, “Men, this […]

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