Messages by Steve Kromer

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…

Hope

Last week, we were hopefully encouraged by this truth about God: Psalm 119:68 You are good, and what you do is good God’s goodness is so good that even when we face things that are not in and of themselves good, God can work them together for good.  Only God can bring life from death, beauty from ashes, comfort in mourning, and joy for despair. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of…

Goodness of God

Psalm 119:68 You are good, and what you do is good;     teach me your decrees. Oh the goodness of God!  He is good and what He does is good.  It’s all good! Our understanding of goodness doesn’t even come close to the goodness of God, though.  We’ve honestly cheapened and decreased the meaning of the word good.  That was some good pizza. They played a good game. Pumpkin spice is good. (Blach!) That song is really good. God is…

Truth

Last week, we learned about trusting God from Hezekiah.  I love that even when we lose some battles, even when we give in to fear and doubt and begin to compromise, even if we give to our enemy that which belongs to God, there is still hope for us! If we lay everything out before the Lord and surrender it into His hands, no matter how much of a mess it may be, He is able to redeem our situation. …

Trust

Trust.  Merriam-Webster defines it as one in which confidence is placed as a noun or to place confidence within as a verb.  Trust is such a fragile thing in the days which we are living.  Who and what can we trust? Can we trust our government?  Do they really have our best interests in mind?  Our employers?  Our spouse?  Like, are they really working late and how close are they really to that coworker?  Our friends?  Our pets?  Will my…

Correction

Last week, we were challenged to expand our mindset and view of worship.  We were challenged to see it as God sees it; not just a genre of music, but a lifestyle of laying down ourselves to exalt God.  It’s kind of like looking at an acorn not seeing it not just for what it is, but for the potential within it.  Worship is not a silly-hatted little nut, it’s a vast, dense forest of mighty oaks producing acorns and…