Messages by Steve Kromer

Filled to Follow

As we move from Thanksgiving into the Christmas season, we’re reminded of the name of Jesus both prophesied by Isaiah and also the name which the angel instructed Joseph to give to Mary’s child; Immanuel – God with us. This is a tremendous name that helps describe and understand more fully who God is.  He is the God who is with us.  This name for Jesus perfectly explains who Jesus truly was – God in the flesh.  However, that name…

Root of Gratitude

This Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  It’s important for us to take time to reflect on our lives and to give thanks for the many blessings that we have.  No matter what season of life we may find ourselves in, no matter how challenging our circumstances, there is always something to be thankful for. This is especially true when we shift our focus from our circumstances to Christ and see more clearly who He is and all that He has done…

The Fallen Risen

So this morning, hopefully we all remembered to fall back one hour.  We were reminded last week of how important it is to keep moving forward in life.  After all, there’s no turning back! However, there is a risk in moving forward.  It’s far more of a risk for some of us than it is for others.  How many here have a tendency to be a bit clumsy? Moving forward presents a fall risk.  Usually falling is a downward motion,…

No Turning Back

Next week, we turn our clocks back one hour.  We fall back and get an extra hour of sleep before coming back to church. According to our clocks it may look like we get to go back and live that hour all over again, however, we know the reality.  None of us can ever do such a thing.  Daylight savings time is a man-made event and time hasn’t really started over.  Whatever was done during that hour is done and…

Treasure (Part 2)

This morning, we’re continuing where we left off last week.  Jesus shared in Matthew 13 that He spoke to people in parables to essentially hide the secrets about the Kingdom of Heaven in plain sight.  Those who were seeking the kingdom found it through His parables.  Those who weren’t really seeking, or even seeking to oppose Jesus, wouldn’t understand them at all. Jesus also shared in Matthew 13 the reality that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a house containing…

Treasure

It seems that God has us on a journey the past month or so learning how to better discern and perceive Him and what He is doing in our lives.  Last week, Annette brought us a fresh and new perspective on the significance and the power of the blood of Jesus. She provided historical and cultural context that helped bring a new level of depth of understanding that helped us to more fully perceive why Jesus shed His blood to…

Perception

Today begins the Jewish New Year; the feast or festival of trumpets found in Leviticus 23.  Modern Jews call it Rosh Hashanah.  Today begins the year 5783 in the Lord!  It is celebrated as a Sabbath day of celebration where no work is to be done, a food offering is to be brought to the Lord, and with several blasts on the shofar, or trumpet. Though I don’t think that any of us here this morning are Jewish by birth,…

Discerning Jesus

Before getting started this morning, I need to add an important correction to last week’s message. Although Jesus was resurrected from death to life on the third day, He did not ascend back into Heaven until at least 40 days after His death.  I had wrongfully taught that Jesus resurrected, ascended to Heaven, was seated at the right hand of the Heavenly Father, and then decided to return to hang out with His buddies.  This is not a Biblically accurate…

Together With Jesus

This morning, Jesus is renewing His call to us to follow Him.  He’s calling us not only to continue His mission and to do the works that He did (and even greater things), but He’s also reminding us just how much He values just being with us and living life together with us. Luke 5:1-11 Jesus Calls His First Disciples 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening…

Glory to Glory

God is so awesome!  He meets us and accepts us right where we are at, but always desires to grow and mature us and to take us to a better place.  He wants to do a work in and through us so that we can obtain the full potential for which we were created. There’s a lot that we can learn from our past mistakes, but there is a far better way of doing it.  Learning from the mistakes and…