Year: 2013

The Sword of Goliath

1.  If you read biographies or watch the television program “Biography” you notice a pattern that is frequent in the lives of many great leaders. Early success and then years of obscurity and hardship – even rejection and exile. Two good examples are Winston Churchill and Abraham Lincoln. Child stars and prodigies often experience the same. Writers and artists may show promise &# ...[Read More]

Created To Work

1.  There are few topics that occupy our mind as much as work.  It’s where many of us spend most of our lives.  Some of us spend more of our lives working than we should.  Some of us have found work that doesn’t seem like work at all.  My Dad had a phrase that described it for him.  “Work is the glue that holds life together” and that seems to be true.  What would life be w ...[Read More]

Dust and Stars

Let’s look at the story of creation this morning – but perhaps in a different way than usual. How does it all begin?  It begins with a light and then over the course of six days He speaks the world into existence – sometimes forming creatures out of the ground and sometimes simply speaking them into existence.  But however He does it, the world is almost complete – but not ...[Read More]

The God Who Speaks

1.  Some of the first words in the Bible are God’s speaking creation into existence. “God said, “Let there be light.” From that moment on Scripture is filled with God’s words to creation. And it is not a single voice in creation, is it? Creation is more the result of a conversation – especially in the account of the creation of mankind. What does it say? “ ...[Read More]

The Trinity

“Augustine said that anyone who denies the Trinity is in danger of losing his salvation, and anyone who tries to understand it is in danger of losing his mind.” The Kingdom of God is like There are none of the metaphors and similes about the Trinity that we see in the teaching of Jesus about the Kingdom. There are just statements that are to be taken as both facts and mysteries. He never takes the ...[Read More]

The Work of The Church: Ephesians 4:1-16

1.  Last week we looked at Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit. We looked at the ten days between the Ascension and Pentecost and saw the nature of the church without the power of the Holy Spirit. What was it like? It was a praying church. All of them prayed. There was not Wednesday night prayer meeting. There were no prayer warriors. The whole meeting was prayer and the prayer room was th ...[Read More]

Isaiah 30:20-21

Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” 1. The Lord makes and takes us through hard times. Not just as punishment – although hard times are sometimes His ...[Read More]

Jesus Is Divine

1.  Colossians 1:15-20: The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church ...[Read More]

Holy and Jealous God

Psalm 99 1 The Lord reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. 2 Great is the Lord in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. 3 Let them praise your great and awesome name— he is holy. 4 The King is mighty, he loves justice— you have established equity; in Jacob you have done what is just and right. 5 Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his fo ...[Read More]

Good God

“‘Is he – quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…’Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver; ‘don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.'” 1.  That’s the issue this morning. What is the nature of God’s goo ...[Read More]