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- 170813 – Finding Peace in Jesus
- 171112 – Pleasing God Rather than Men
- 151115 – Pain and Suffering in Our World
- 200315 – God’s Amazing Love
- 200119 – Vital Resources for the Believer
- 161211 – Patient Endurance
- 170514 – Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled
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Reading: Romans 5:1-11
Especially in times of uncertainty it is vital for us to know that God loves us and what that mean. But it is also vital for us to understand that we have been called to share something absolutely breathtaking and have been charged with the responsibility to express the love of God to everyone around us.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
In the introduction of the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians we can find hidden gems that are particular important to all of us. From how we should approach a problem that needs to be corrected to how we are called to use the gifts that the Lord has bestowed upon us, this is a message that should not be missed, as it sets the pace for the whole letter and makes an important difference in the way we interact with one another.
Reading: Luke 1:46-55
There is so much we can learn from a young woman, Mary, and how she responded to God. We learn about the amazing privilege we have to be part of His plan and His work. We learn about the power of humility and of God’s love expressed through us. We learn about the significance of little moments and of the choices we make on a daily basis. But we also learn about God’s amazing grace and how committed He is to fulfill His promises.
Reading: Acts 11:1-18
More than just an historical event, Peter’s meeting with Cornelius marked a turning point in the life of the early church, and carries many teachings even for us today. It speaks to prejudice, to gossip, to conflict, and calls us to live the amazing renewal that the Lord has freely offered to us. It calls us to be true Christians at the core, rather than just playing the role. It is a vital message for all of us.
Reading: John 13:31-35
Is the love we so often talk about nothing more than syrupy sentimentalism? Or is there much more to it? What does it really mean to be disciples of Jesus Christ? What really is that love He commanded us to express? Where does it come from? And what does it have to do with our daily living?
Reading: Luke 9:28-36
What was the purpose of the transfiguration? Why did Peter not understand it at first? What does the example of Jesus teach us about service and faith? Do we trust God enough to surrender our life to Him? These and other important questions are answered in this short passage of the Gospel of Luke in a way that resonates with us today as well.
Reading: Luke 6:27-38
It’s not fair! So many times unfairness strikes us. How should we respond? Should we “make it right?” Should we get even? Jesus was quite clear in teaching us how to respond.
Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21
Do you ever feel weak, limited, incapable of fulfilling the work that the Lord has given you to do? Then you absolutely need to listen to Paul’s words from Ephesians 3! You need to realize the depth, the breadth, the width and the height of the love of God in Christ and in you, and Who is in you.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Wherever we may happen to be, we are called to share the Gospel and make disciples. But do we really have a passion for the Word of God? A passion to share the good news? What does it mean to share the Gospel? Who is called to do that? When, and how?
Reading: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
What does it mean to glorify God in our bodies? There are many ways in which the body can be abused and misused. We are called to liberty in Christ, not to sin. We are one with the Lord and as such we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Just like it was wrong to defile the ancient temple in Jerusalem, so it is wrong to defile our bodies. Find out how important the proper use of the body is.
Reading: Ephesians 3:1-12
Paul’s message in this passage is so important that he interrupted his sentence to stress it and remind the Ephesians about it. What is of such importance, and do we really appreciate it? All too often we seem to take God’s Word for granted, as if it is a matter of fact. Paul reminds us of the amazement, the gratitude, the honor and the worship that should be part of our response to the Lord’s amazing purpose.
Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Are we comfortable in sharing that we are Christians? Would we suffer for the Gospel, and sing praises to God while we are suffering? We are not called to share error, but truth, not as part of an agenda, but with pure motives. We are called to be straight forward and truthful. Have we been approved by God? What is our heart about, would it stand the test Paul and Silas faced? We do not speak to please men. We are not greedy, not here to get something out of it. We are not here for the glory or to boast. Christians are here to nurture, like a mother tenderly feeding a newborn, not to overwhelm with our knowledge.
Reading: Matthew 16:22-33
Life can be overwhelming at times. Everyday we, and everyone else in the world, experience events that affect the life we live. Some are short and transitory, others may be prolonged. Both can be profound and change lives forever. How we react depends largely on where the focus in our lives is. Both, peace in the storm and shelter from the storm, are found in Jesus Christ. Those who do not know this need to be told. It is a life changing message that we have been entrusted to deliver.
Reading: Romans 8:12-25
We know we are justified and stand in God’s grace. Yet, we often see ourselves being influenced by this world. If we think we have an obligation to the flesh, we are like an elephant thinking he’s a dog. But how do we understand our struggle within? Are good and evil really battling inside us? Are they two equal powers at war against each other? The answer is a resounding no, but find out why….
Reading: Romans 7:14-25
We are all in a lifelong journey to actually become who we are already declared to be in Christ. We are not sanctified by our own efforts, but rather in Christ by the work of the Holy Spirit. That work is accomplished at God’s own pace, not our own. Find out how this transformation occurs and what our role in it is.
Reading: John 14:1-14
Life can be very difficult, and life as a Christian is no exception. Yet, it is when the going gets really tough that the Lord strengthens our hearts with hope. It is a hope that reassures us as He offers us a sure way to God and points us toward a glorious time of celebration and an eternity of fellowship with Him and with one another. This sermon offers answers we all desperately need, especially when we experience the sorrows of this life.
Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23
All too many people today feel that their life is futile and meaningless. How or where can we find meaning? Why do we have so much conflict, and so many broken relationships? The answers are available, and were provided through the apostle Peter. It is a matter of the heart, a matter we cannot afford to ignore.
Reading: John 20:19-31
In the middle of the fear, the stress and the grief of the recent events, the apostles were presented with a truth that was hard to grasp: the resurrection. One of them like many of us had doubts, and he stands before Christ to represent us and our questions. Thanks to him, we have real answers, as well as important lessons about our faith.
Reading: John 20:1-21
Through the experience of Mary Magdalene, the Lord invites us to come to the tomb to realize the implications of His resurrection for our life. Have you come to the tomb? Is He alive in you? These are vital questions that can make a radical difference in our life. The answers will change the way we face life and growth in the Lord.
Reading: Romans 6:1-13
Are we some sort of spiritual zombies, spiritual walking dead? Or are we very much alive? Can we be in Christ and still need to die to sin? Find out the vital answers from Romans 6.
Reading: Romans 8:1-11
What does it mean to walk in the spirit? Is it something we have to do on our own, in order to be in the Spirit? Something we are to condition ourselves to do? Is it something that the law needs to do in us? Or is it something much more and deeper than that?
Reading: Ephesians 5:6-17
As we are called to live as lights in the Lord, we are also encouraged to no longer partake of the deeds of darkness. Why? Not for the reasons many teach, but so that we can understand and show the perfect will of God: a will to bless you beyond your wildest imagination. God is calling to take a stance, to actually be who we are in Christ.
Reading: Exodus 17:1-7
What God commanded Moses to do was of great significance not only for Israel, but for us today. The Lord is your Rock of salvation, and how you look at that Rock will affect your future — an amazing future that the Lord wants to share with you. Come to Him, not by your own means, but by His calling and His work in and through you!
Reading: Matthew 17:1-9
The meaning of the transfiguration offers great hope and comfort, but it needs to be understood in the light of its background, and in particular of Jesus’ statements that call us to deny ourselves and to be willing to pick up our cross in order to follow Him.
Reading: Matthew 7:21-29
An amazing journey that only begins to show us our inheritance in Christ, an inheritance that really takes eternity and infinity to actually grasp. This sermon will give you a new profound, amazing, breathtaking reason for which you can fully trust God even in the midst of the worst times.
Reading: Matthew 6:24-34
For decades, anxiety has been recorded to be the number one emotional problem in the US. Regarding worry, a study has revealed that 40% of the people worry about things that never happen, 30% worry about things of the past which are beyond the control of the individual, 12% worry about their health, even though their only illness is in their imagination, and 10% worry about family and friends who are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Only 8% of the people had genuine concerns for things that required their attention. Worry and anxiety, however, are certainly not a new problem. This passage helps us understand the foundational nature of this common problem, and what can be done about it.
Reading: Matthew 5:38-48
Very few words have been ridiculed, misunderstood, distorted and misinterpreted more than Jesus’ statement to “turn the other cheek.” What did Jesus mean with those words? Are we really called to be weak? Have we been commanded to let evil run wild while we just stand by passively? What is a correct understanding of the words of Jesus? The answers are clear and will amaze you!
Reading: Matthew 5:13-20
What is the value of a beautiful cathedral that has no light in it, and is kept in darkness? Through the metaphor of salt and light Jesus points out who we are in Him and what our role in the body of Christ is. We have an amazing calling, and a beautiful opportunity to shine in and for Him. It is a call to reality our reality in Him, that will make a great difference not only for us, but for many others through us as well.
Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18
In order to grow, the Body of Christ needs to be united and harmonious. The only way for us to find that unity, however, is to be at one with Christ. Dissensions and divisions tear apart that oneness and show that our hearts are drifting away from Christ. The solution to this problem does not rest in our abilities or ideas, nor in rituals, but in Christ Himself.
Reading: John 1:29-42
What does it mean to be a Christian, a follower of Christ? We know we are called to serve, but what is our motive for doing so? What really is Christian service?
Reading: Matthew 3:13-17
John the Baptist preached a baptism of repentance. He announced that God was about to offer forgiveness of sin, and called everyone to a radical change of heart. His baptism required a confession of sin, an acknowledgment of the need for God’s forgiveness. Yet, Jesus went to him and insisted to participate in that baptism of repentance. But why?
Reading: Matthew 7:15-23
Can we “work” for the Lord in vain? Is our security found in our works, in what we do or don’t do, or is it in Christ? This sermon addresses an often misunderstood passage, explaining why Jesus stated that some people who claimed to have done great works in His name were actually practicing lawlessness.
Reading: Romans 1:1-7
Do we really understand the meaning of the incarnation? It affects the way we look at the gospel, at the mission the Lord has called us to be part of, and even our very lives. It gives meaning to our humanity, to our very existence, and a purpose we can all look forward to. It reveals the nature of our communion with God, and the amazing hope we have been given in Christ.
Reading: James 5:7-11
We all experience trials and difficulties in life. But have you ever noticed that the advent of Jesus was and will be in times of crisis? Can that be the same for us today? And if so, what difference does that make, especially when we hurt? Can we really rejoice in our trials?
Reading: Galatians 6:1-16
We can approach religion with the wrong motives, focusing on the physical and seeking appearances rather than the substances and losing heart in doing what is right and good. But as we walk by the Spirit, we can be moved by the love of God, which will manifest itself in gentleness and mutual service, clinging to Christ rather than material and physical things.
Reading: Revelation 21:4
Until it strikes home, we tend to ignore it and close an eye to it, but the world around us is riddled with sin and the suffering that sin unleashes on us all. Is there any hope? Are we destined to succumb to the presence of evil and pain in our world? Or does God actually have a plan for it all?
Reading: Mark 12:38-44
Who do we honor with our choices? Discover the difference between the self-love of the Pharisees and the devotion of a poor widow. Find out why what she did was so important that Jesus wanted it to be shared everywhere the gospel is taught.
Reading: Mark 12:28-34
Why is it that Jesus clearly stated that loving God and our neighbor are the greatest possible commandments? Isn’t all this talking about love just sentimentalism? This message will help you understand the love of God as the basis of our conversion and of our entire life, and it will bring a much needed hope and reassurance to our Christian life.
Reading: John 6:24-35
Are you spiritually hungry, or thirsty? Do you go through your life dissatisfied, longing for something but not quite knowing what? Do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you do, it is never enough, or never right? If so, then you may want to listen to what Jesus said to the crowds who were seeking Him. Discover the reassuring meaning of His statement that the work of God is to believe in the One whom He has sent.
Reading: Psalm 23
It is certainly the best known and the most beloved psalm, and it evokes images of beautiful pastoral scenes, but what is the actual meaning of Psalm 23? What does its imagery point to? Most importantly, what does it tell us about our heavenly Shepherd?
Reading: John 20:19-31
The Spring season is often a season of trials and tests. Interestingly, it is also the season when we remember the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection. Looking at the experience of the disciples as the Lord appeared to them we can learn to appreciate the blessing we have received: His peace, a peace that transcends all things, including the hardships, the sorrow and the pain of life. His peace is truly with us!
Reading: John 3:14-21
Are we really under judgment like many people seem to say? Are we afraid of God because of the way we think He is going to judge us? A conversation with Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, led to the sharing of the gospel by the very One who made it all possible: Jesus. The famous statement that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that anyone who believes in Him will be saved was also part of that conversation. It was a powerful statement uttered by Jesus about the love of God, but it was also the prelude to His comments about judgment: comments that are vital for us to understand.
Reading: Mark 1:40-45
How do we look at God in our times of need? Do we regard Him as unwilling, needing to be coerced into coming to help us? Do we expect Him to do our bid, and fulfill every desire of ours? Or do we see Him for who He really is, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who loves us and gives Himself for us, even now? His words, “I am willing” will challenge your perspective of our Lord and of what Christianity really means.
Reading: John 14:15-21
Jesus clearly stated that if we love Him we keep His commandments. Is this a legalistic statement, implying that we must first keep His commandments in order to demonstrate our love for the Lord? How does this statement reconcile with the two great commandments, upon which rests the whole law? The issue at hand is not merely academic but profoundly practical and important. A correct understanding of this key statement guides us to the depth of God’s love, and how His love is at work in us.
Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14
All too often we hear people questioning the purpose of their lives because what they expected did not happen. Our modern culture seems to have conditioned us to think in terms of material purposes which are destined to disappoint us. What is the real purpose of life? Are we a cosmic accident or the product of a will that has chosen us to share with us an eternal future?
Reading: Hebrews 4:13; Ephesians 4:15
We all know what it is like. We are late, so we pick up the phone and find some excuse so we would not come across as being lazy. We want some attention, so we dramatize our situation to buy some pity from others. We really want to make a sale, so we inflate the merits of the product we sell. Our society seems to even reward lying, it regards it as funny, or smart. But is it really? What does it mean to lie? What are the real consequences?
Reading: Luke 16:13; Romans 13:14
Did you now that your habits show what your true character is like? They are the result of repeated decisions and reinforced beliefs. They can be good or sinful, but they can be changed as well. So, how can we be sure we will be able to overcome our bad or sinful habits?
Reading: 2 Peter 3:3-18
Far for providing yet another key to unveil the mysteries of prophecy, 2 Peter 3:3-18 warns us against becoming attached to this world, which is destined to pass away. Rather, we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Reading: 2 Kings 5:10-15; James 1:19-20
Anger is something we all share. It is a powerful emotion all too often unleashed in destructive ways. Now that we understand the nature of anger, we need to learn how to process our anger biblically and constructively, for the glory of God, rather than in sinful and destructive ways. Scripture guides us in this process.
Reading: Proverbs 29:22; Ephesians 4:26-32
Anger is something we all all familiar with. It is a powerful emotion with a great deal of potential for good as well as for harm. Unfortunately, this powerful emotion is just as misunderstood as it is common. It is vital, then, that we shed light on this important topic, and understand our anger.
Reading: Acts 26:19-32
At times, much happens in people’s lives that could cause them to question the Lord’s faithfulness. Certainly, being under arrest in front of a king, as Paul was, could be one of those situations. Yet, rather than questioning the Lord’s faithfulness, Paul saw the opportunity that the Lord had given him and seized it for the sake of the gospel. What could have been misunderstood as a tragedy was seen by Paul for what it turned out to be: a unique opportunity.
120916 – Faith Empowers Endurance
Reading: Hebrews 12:1-11
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to burn out easily, while others seem to be able to endure all sorts of challenges and difficulties? Of course, there are many reasons, but one principal factor may just be one’s faith. Faith can empower our endurance — not passive, but active, conquering endurance.
120909 – Faith Gives Assurance
Reading: Hebrews 11:1-6; Psalm 46
When we talk about faith, one question is often raised in our hearts: why trust? Who is this God that we should trust Him rather than our own ways and our senses? It is when we understand God better that we see how faith indeed gives us full assurance.
120826 – Teaching the Heart
Reading: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Those who challenge Scripture often attempt to make it seem boring, uninteresting and irrelevant for us today. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth. Scripture is not only relevant, but much more. It is essential, accurate, profitable, interesting, fascinating and quite sufficient for its intended purpose: reaching out to the depths of our hearts to bring healing and purpose.
Reading: Job 1; Jeremiah 32:27
Many are the ways in which we are exposed to pain and trials in life: a serious illness that shatters a family’s hopes, financial reversals that take away a family’s security, a problem son or daughter who brings sadness and disgrace. All around us we find hearts aching, in need of comfort and understanding. But why does this happen? Why would God allow all this? Is it really fair?
120805 – Motives: Why We Act the Way We Do
Reading: Luke 6:43-45; Proverbs 4:23
Doing the right things is obviously important. But what about doing the “right” things for the wrong reasons? What is the impact and importance of our motives? What difference do our motives make in the eyes of God?
Reading: Galatians 3:15-18; 4:1-7
Where do we find our identity? Do we define who we are by what we do, or rather what we do based on who we are? Scripture shows us that we are heirs of the promises of God. We are His children and as such we are called to behave accordingly.
Reading: Romans 12:9-21
We are created for relationships: yet, since the very beginning of human history we find that our relationships are broken or altered by sin. It is sin, ultimately, that is the enemy of every relationship. But what happens when a relationship is disturbed or broken by our sinful nature? Where do we go from there? Although the entire Bible can be said to be a book about relationships, this passage gives us important clues into what it takes to restore relationships that have been distorted or altered.
Reading: Philippians 4:1-13
In a world riddled with anxiety we can find true peace. It is a peace that transcends even our own understanding.
Reading: Proverbs 7:1-27
It’s like sweet honey, glittering, inviting, promising, and appealing, but as soon as you welcome it in, it will kill you! That is the nature of temptation, a nature that Scripture does not ignore but warns us about, giving us important clues to come out of temptation’s deadly grip and resist it. Embedded in the ageless wisdom of Proverbs we can find exposed the five great triggers of temptation, as well as tips to effectively defuse them.
Reading: Matthew 4:1-11
Why do we do the things we do? What are our deepest motives? These questions are just as important as they are difficult to answer, because we tend to have a distorted view of ourselves. A look at Jesus’ temptations will reveal much about His motives and His heart, and through Him we can learn a great deal about our own hearts and our deepest motives. Are you willing to take a look?
Reading: Psalm 50:14-15
Time and time again, in the Old Testament, we read of people who cried out to the Lord in their distress, and He brought them out. God is in the business of teaching us to rely on Him, rather than on ourselves.
Reading: Ephesians 4:25-32
We live in an amazing paradox: in an age of communication explosion, most people are unsatisfied with their interpersonal communication. What is the origin of communication problems? What kinds of problems are most typical, and what does the Word of God tell us about it? How can we use sound communication to establish God honoring relationships?
Reading: James 3:1-12
Imagine having a razor sharp sword in your hands. Would you wield it wildly, blindly, everywhere around you? Of course not! Such a sword is dangerous, potentially lethal, and its use requires serious thought and consideration. Whether it is used for good or for harm will largely depend on the state of the heart of the individual using it. Now, take the “S” out of the “SWORD” … what do you have? Our words are potentially just as dangerous, and need to be used with the same care and thoughtfulness as a very sharp tool.
Reading: Luke 2:1-20
Loneliness is a very difficult aspect of human suffering, and makes coping with the challenges and pain of life all the more difficult. Yet, even loneliness has solutions. Jesus Christ, who enjoyed perfect fellowship and companionship for all eternity, came to this world in a lonely night and died a lonely death to redeem us and give us freedom even from loneliness.
Reading: 2 Timothy 1:3-7
We have all experienced some fear, and in fact there is a fear that is quite good to have. But what about the fear that cripples and enslaves us? Scripture tells us that God has not given us a spirit of cowardice and fear, but of power and love and discipline. God has given us the resources we need, and Scripture can indeed help us understand the nature of our fears and what we can do to tame this enemy that attacks us from within.We have all experienced some fear, and in fact there is a fear that is quite good to have. But what about the fear that cripples and enslaves us? Scripture tells us that God has not given us a spirit of cowardice and fear, but of power and love and discipline. God has given us the resources we need, and Scripture can indeed help us understand the nature of our fears and what we can do to tame this enemy that attacks us from within.
Reading: Matthew 5:43-48
What do you do if someone always rubs you the wrong way? Is there anything in the Bible that tells us how we should handle difficult people? How should we respond? Should we be assertive, defensive, avoiding? Jesus gave us some very simple, yet profound instructions which are general enough to embrace just about every situation.
Reading: John 4:1-26
It’s unmistakably familiar: we are tired, drained, desperately looking for something that may satisfy. It’s like being in the middle of a desert, begging for something that may quench our thirst. Then, someone comes to us, and offers us crystal, clean, fresh and life-giving water.…
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