A Call to Follow, Not a Call to Lead

Mark 1:16-20 16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”Continue reading “A Call to Follow, Not a Call to Lead”

An Invitation to Change

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Introduction I learned soContinue reading “An Invitation to Change”

A Desperate Plea for Restoration

Psalm 80:1-3 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock. You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us. 3 Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Move 1 “Our world isContinue reading “A Desperate Plea for Restoration”

Equally Blessed

“So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew 20: 1-16) Here is a picture of “Extravagant Generosity.”  The land owner was a wealthy person with a generous heart. He used his resources to offer opportunity and aid to others. His lavish blessing to those who had worked only one hour became aContinue reading “Equally Blessed”

The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand

Introduction Back in the 1500s, people didn’t have a Bible they could read. The Catholic Church controlled the translating of Scripture and only offered it in Latin. But when Martin Luther rebelled against the abuses of the Church of his day he worked hard to make a translation available in German (the language of his people).Continue reading “The Investment Factor: Investing in the Jesus Brand”

Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation

“What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but heContinue reading “Repentance that Leads to Reconciliation”

The Courage to Be

“Whosoever shall find his life shall lose it; whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10 : 39) Introduction  Since the dawn of time mankind has struggled to find meaning in life.   Jesus posits a challenge in our text this morning.  Jesus challenges us to find not only the trueContinue reading “The Courage to Be”

God’s Pathway to Salvation

5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who willContinue reading “God’s Pathway to Salvation”

Why Kneeling Is Different When Praying!

Let us pray.  Some stood, others sat, and still others joined hands with the peson sitting next to them.  I looked throughout the congregation and to my surprise I saw someone stand, approach the front and kneel at the altar.  Stunned, I paused before beginning to pray.  I wanted so much to join that person atContinue reading “Why Kneeling Is Different When Praying!”

The Main Thesis of the Bible

The Bible reveals a mind boggling history between a people and their God. Stories abound that chronicle both the negative and positive interactions among a people, their God, and their neighbors. Some stories rise to epic heights and Hollywood creates movies to capture there grandeur, i.e. “The Ten Commandments.” Other stories depict the people atContinue reading “The Main Thesis of the Bible”