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A Special Anniversary   2 comments

October 11, 1972.  That was the day I knelt next to my father and invited Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord.  Today, October 11, 2010, I celebrate 38 years of knowing Jesus personally.  Have I been an ideal disciple or model believer?  Not even close.  Have I become the perfect Pastor having been in His service full-time for the past 11+ years?  Nope.  I’m still learning as I go on all accounts.

What strikes me about today’s anniversary is how this is the first one without the one who led me in that prayer.  Dad is gone, and reflection times seem so much deeper now.  I wish that wasn’t reality, but spiritual discernment is often a branch from the tree of retrospection. Read the rest of this entry »

Puzzle Pieces – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

1 Corinthians 12:1-12.

I love “working” a puzzle.  Diane and I will get one started once in a while and it won’t take long for Derek and Doug to join us.  While we may not be the speediest of puzzlists around the world, it is always a fun thing to do.  There is only one time when putting together a puzzle results in frustration and aggravation – when a piece is missing!

God puts the church together much like a puzzle.  There are pieces of various sizes and shapes.  They are mixed and matched and pieced together in such a way that we can see in time precisely how He formulates the portrait known as His church. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Without Friends – Always Say Never pt. 5   1 comment

Romans 12:4-8.

We will soon get to the subject of spiritual gifts and how to discern yours and such other topics that this text can also address.  But sometimes you just read a passage and a certain phrase just jumps off the page at you, commanding your attention.  As I was reading this, I had one of those phrases hit me; “…each member belongs to all the others.” Read the rest of this entry »

Set an Extra Plate – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Acts 10:1-11:18 (10:44-48 focal).

One of my favorite memories of grade school was what happened on our way home on the last day of school.  Our bus would always stop at The Golden Bear, a local ice cream stand typical in small communities where I grew up in Ohio.  I’d ask Mom for money or save pennies or whatever it took to have enough to get an ice cream cone – what a special treat.  I also remember my last day of school in 2nd grade.  Whether I forgot my money or we didn’t have any is not what I recall, but I do know that I did not have any money and I sat in the back of the bus crying while watching all of the other kids get off the bus to go get their treat, laughing and playing and not paying any attention to the one kid being left out. 

I know what it means to be left out of something of which I really wanted to be part. Read the rest of this entry »

King of Hearts – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

John 15:9-17.

I want the world to know that this message was inspired by my youngest son, Doug.  He placed the title in my mind and God took it from there.  Thank you, Doug, for being a great son, cool friend, and inspiration to me!

Who is God and how are we supposed to understand Him?  Is He the Almighty One on His throne, faithful friend and daily companion, or somehow both?  How are we supposed to relate to Him if we cannot truly understand Him? Read the rest of this entry »

Uncovered Dishes – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Hebrews 10:23-25.  Real Followers series part 5.

So far I have shared that real followers of Jesus Christ believe in Jesus, work at constant spiritual growth, immerse themselves in God’s word, and communicate with the Lord regularly if not frequently through prayer.

Today I focus on fellowship.  God calls the church to community.  There are great benefits in joining together for the Lord’s Kingdom work.  From today’s text, I see three things the church should do together. Read the rest of this entry »

On My Nightstand – Jim and Casper Go to Church   1 comment

Jim and Casper Go to Church, by Jim Henderson & Matt Casper. BarnaBooks, Tyndale House Publishers.

Actually, I finished this a couple of days ago.

I must admit, this book has been an eye opener into a topic I have harped upon for years.  What do atheists think of church?  What do they think of particular churches with various styles?  Read the rest of this entry »