Sermon: When You are Hated, Pt. 2

When You are Hated…, Part 2 Romans 12:17-21 November 15, 2020 We all have expectations for relationships.  We have desires for how they will work and what we will receive through those relationships.  However, we live in a fallen world, so… Our relationships will never work completely according to our plan Our relationships will never […]

Read More Sermon: When You are Hated, Pt. 2

Sermon: When You are Hated

When You are Hated… Romans 12:14-16 November 8, 2020 Like you, I’ve had relationships where I’ve known the other person didn’t like me.  Those are hard relationships.  You know that and have experienced that.  But I don’t know that I’ve had anyone ever really hate me — hate me to the point of working against […]

Read More Sermon: When You are Hated

Sermon: When Life is Hard

When Life is Hard… Romans 12:12-13 November 1, 2020 I am what you might call a “fair-weather exerciser.”  I prefer to get my exercise outdoors, but I prefer to get it within certain parameters.  I don’t like it (and generally won’t go) when it’s over 80° and I definitely won’t go when it’s below 40° […]

Read More Sermon: When Life is Hard

Sermon: What About Prophecy?

What About Prophecy? Romans 12:6 October 11, 2020 One of the questions I am asked most often is about the charismatic sign gifts (tongues, miracles, and prophecy primarily) — what is GBC’s position and my position on those gifts?  It’s an important question to ask because it affirms where we receive power for ministry and […]

Read More Sermon: What About Prophecy?

Sermon: Because of God’s Mercy

Because of God’s Mercy… Romans 12:1 August 30, 2020 A few weeks ago, Americans received an unexpected COVID-gift from the United States government.  And the topic quickly became, “what are you going to do with your money?”  Some paid bills.  Some paid down debt.  Some made purchases for which they had been saving.  Some gave […]

Read More Sermon: Because of God’s Mercy

Sermon: In Praise of God, Pt 2

In Praise of God, Pt. 2 Romans 11:36 August 2, 2020 In an article entitled, “How Big is God?” David Coppedge, a scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory writes that a manned flight to Pluto going at the maximum speed of Apollo astronauts, would take 17 years before it could park in a hangar at […]

Read More Sermon: In Praise of God, Pt 2

Sermon: In Praise of God

In Praise of God Romans 11:33-36 July 26, 2020 John Wesley Powell was a government explorer who led a boat expedition through the Grand Canyon in 1869.  He wrote a description of his impressions of that trip entitled, “The Most Sublime Spectacle on Earth” in his book, Canyons of the Colorado (1895): The Grand Canyon […]

Read More Sermon: In Praise of God

Sermon: God’s People? Saved! (Pt 2)

God’s People? Saved! (Pt 2) Romans 11:28-32 July 19, 2020 I like a good “who dunnit?”  Sunday evenings, our family has enjoyed many hours of watching Masterpiece Mystery — Foyle’s War, Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, Miss Marple, Poirot, and Endeavour among them.  I have read quite a few Agatha Christie mysteries, and other similar fare. In […]

Read More Sermon: God’s People? Saved! (Pt 2)

Promises, Promises

We are used to people breaking promises.  We assume politicians — Presidents, Senators, Representatives, State legislators, city councilmen and more — will break their promises.  We know that some marriage vows being given in earnest this year will be broken in years to come.  Promises to children for vacations and days away (“Six Flags!” and […]

Read More Promises, Promises