Messages from 2021

Plant

With the New Year coming up this week, most of us are contemplating things to cut out of our lives.  Less junk food, less social media, less smoking, less drama, less debt, etc. This morning, I feel that God wants to challenge us to think about this differently.  What if instead of considering what to cut out of our lives, we consider what we should add to our lives? There is something psychological about us that makes it difficult to…

Merry & Bright (Cont.)

This morning, we’re once again going to go back to that day when Jesus was born.  I believe that this morning, God desires for us to better understand what makes this season “Merry & Bright.”  When God became flesh and dwelt among us as a baby, it was certainly a time of great joy.  When Jesus was born, a great light entered the world that brought hope. In today’s world, we need to keep in mind this same hope that…

Merry & Bright

With Thanksgiving now behind us, it’s now the most wonderful time of the year!  Christmas music everywhere, lights all aglow, girls falling for the wrong guy in so many Hallmark movies, snow soon on its way, and Santa preparing for his big night.  This time of the year, it’s so easy for us to get caught up in the way that the world celebrates Christmas and to lose sight of the true reason for the season; Jesus! In fact, it’s…

Power: Gratitude

This morning, we’re continuing on our message series about the power of God.  With Thanksgiving this coming week, it seemed appropriate to cover the topic of gratitude.  Obedience is the behavioral key to unlock the power of God in and through our lives, but gratitude is the key attitude to unlock the power of God in and through our lives. Over and over again throughout the Bible, we find that in the midst of lack, in the midst of betrayal,…

Power: Overcome

The past few weeks, we have been talking about the power and the authority available to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Last week, we learned that one of the keys to experiencing that power in and through our lives is simple obedience. We learn that this was the key to the incredible success of Jesus, God in the flesh, and so it still is for us today.  He said: John 5:19 … “Very truly I tell you,…

Power: Obedience

Last week, we learned about the incredible power accessible to us in the name of Jesus.  Jesus has been given the name above every name.  All power and all authority have been granted to Him.  Then, He chose to entrust it and His continued ministry to us, His church, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our lives! This morning, we’re learning about one of the keys to us unlocking the power of God in and through our lives. …

Power: The Name of Jesus

There is tremendous power in the name of Jesus! Joel 2:32 Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Quoted in Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13) There are some who argue that the appropriate name of Jesus is the Hebrew form Yeshua.  Others argue that only name that should be used for God is the one that He assigned to Himself; Yahweh.  The reality is that there are many names given to God mostly based on some…

Arise, Shine!

Worth Dying For – Destroy (Isaiah 59) Isaiah 60:1-2;17-20 1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,     and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. 2 See, darkness covers the earth     and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you     and his glory appears over you. He says: 17 …I will make peace your governor     and well-being your ruler. 18 No longer will violence be heard in your land,     nor…