Living a Good News Life in a Bad News World (Page 2)

The Hard Work of Peacemaking, Part 1

2 Corinthians 5:18 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: Dear Friends in Christ, I’m going to start my sermon this morning with a video from the Skit Guys that is much more serious than most of the ones they make. It’s entitled…

Why You Need a Church Family

Ephesians 2:19-20 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. Dear Friends in Christ, What do you think of when you hear the word “togetherness”?  That…

There’s a War Going On

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Dear Friends in Christ, There’s a war going on in America’s churches today.  Now a statement like that probably doesn’t surprise you.  But when I tell you what the…

Going Deeper with God

James 4:8 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Dear Friends in Christ, I’d like to begin this morning by seeing how well you listen to my sermons.  In a sermon I preached earlier this year I stated that of…

A Surrendered Life, Part 2

Luke 22:39-44 Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives 39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you…

A Surrendered Life, Part 1

Romans 12:1-2 A Living Sacrifice 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then…

Never Alone

Matthew 26:36-44 Gethsemane 36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul…

Putting a Smile on the Face of God, Part 2

Genesis 8:20-9:3 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lordsmelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though[a] every inclination of the human heart…

Putting a Smile on the Face of God, Part 1

Genesis 6:5-8 5 The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7 So the Lord…

Bringing Pleasure to the Heart of God

Revelation 4:11 (NLT) 11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God,     to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things,     and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Dear Friends in Christ, We’ve all had them at some time or another – those experiences or events that stand out in our minds and…