Sermon: Pray for God’s Glory

  Pray for God’s GloryJohn 17:1-5January 15, 2023 Relationships are hard work.  Communication is hard work.  Listening carefully, thinking rightly, talking, and talking graciously are all hard work.  There are times it seems like it might just be easier or better to be silent.  (It’s not better.)  Unfortunately, we sometimes consider the hard work of […]

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Sermon: A Heart for the Word

  A Heart for the WordPsalm 119:161-168January 8, 2023 This morning, at the beginning of the new year, we want to remind ourselves about the importance of the Bible.  What do you know about the Bible? There are 66 books in the Bible (39 in the OT, 27 in the NT). There are 1189 chapters […]

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Sermon: The Fulfillment

  The FulfillmentTitus 3:7December 25, 2022 Almost a generation ago, Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman wrote an article entitled, “Being a Jew at Christmas Time,” in which he wrote, “There is nothing wrong with sleigh bells, Bing Crosby, and Christmas pudding, but I should hope Christians would want more than just that, and as Christmas becomes more […]

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Sermon: The Appearance

The AppearanceTitus 3:4-6December 18, 2022 NASA’s Apollo Missions program successfully sent 24 astronauts to the moon and 12 of those actually walked on the moon.  The last Apollo mission was sent up in 1975; since then, there have been numerous Space Shuttle flights as well as flights to the international space station.  But no one […]

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Consider Christ

Everyone has a Christmas dream. In another generation it was sugar plums.  Today it might be an iPhone 14.  Or an Xbox.  Or a new pickup truck.  Or a book (or a loaded Kindle).  Or maybe a family trip.  Or a family meal where all the children and their families gather together.  Or a stocking […]

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Sermon: The Promise

The PromiseTitus 1:2-3December 11, 2022 In 1974 George Roy Hill was awarded the Oscar for Best Director for The Sting, a film that starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Later that year, Hill received this letter from a 17-year-old aspiring actor: Dear Mr. Hill, Seeing that I am very close, dear, good, and long-lasting friends […]

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He is the King

Kevin Duckett is a metal detecting hobbyist, who went hunting with his tools in a field a dozen miles north of his home in Northamptonshire (UK) a few years ago.  When he spotted a gold glint, his first thought was that he had stumbled on an aluminum foil treasure.  He was wrong. He found a […]

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Introduction to the Christ-Child

We are familiar with the birth account of Jesus.  It’s hard not to know the story — even Charlie Brown’s friend Linus understands the advent of Christ.  But there are details to the story that are easy to overlook and miss.  One of the fascinating components to the birth accounts is how Jesus is addressed […]

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Sermon: The King’s Worshippers

The King’s WorshippersMatthew 2:1-12December 26, 2021 We are well familiar with the Christmas stories: the appearance of Gabriel to Zacharias and Elizabeth announcing the arrival of John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ — and Zacharias’ unbelief and silence. the appearance of Gabriel to Mary announcing her pregnancy with the Messiah and her willing […]

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The King’s Humility

Below is the text from the message I gave last night at our Christmas Eve service. A few years ago I listened to Walter Isaacson’s masterful biography of Albert Einstein. I am not really scientifically inclined, but I thought the story would be interesting. It was — Einstein was a fascinating character. Along with the […]

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Sermon: The King’s Arrival

The King’s ArrivalMatthew 1:18-25December 19, 2021 My parents and I were born in Canada (I got to Texas as quickly as I could, though); and I suppose it was the influence of being part of a British Colony that led my mom to always be more than a little intrigued by the British monarchy and […]

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The Father Who Sent His Son

The following is the manuscript of the message given at our Christmas Eve service this evening. In February 1942, the American war against the Japanese in the Philippines was not going well.  It was going so poorly that by March 12, 1942, President Roosevelt ordered General Douglas MacArthur, who was stationed in the Philippines, to […]

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Sermon: Christ is Coming

Christ is Coming Revelation 1:7 December 20, 2020 It was early in November that I saw my first sign of Christmas.  There on someone’s Facebook video was a Christmas tree in the background — two weeks before Thanksgiving!  It was shortly after that Raye Jeanne and I began noticing that Christmas lights started appearing on […]

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Sermon: Christ Has Come

Christ Has Come Revelation 1:4-6 December 6, 2020 A truck driver was driving across a town but something appeared to be wrong — every time he stopped at a red light or stop sign, he would jump out of his truck running around it and beating the side of it with a baseball bat.  Someone […]

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