Sermons from 2020

A New Perspective for a New Year

[ILLUS]  While in USAF… Led a team to Nevada (Nellis AFB) on a TDY…Las Vegas! Several young guys who’d never had $500 dollars in their pocket… (it was their per diem to live on for several weeks) Told them to STAY OUT of the casinos….”You’re not going to win” I had a knock on my door at 3am…  one young guy was crying – LOST ALL MONEY!!! (pulling a handle) WHY in the world would you RISK all you have…

The Gift Of Jesus

2020 has caused us to expect the worst but things have turned out much better than we feared. We have all experienced many wonderful things this year and seen the best in others.We have been inspired by the goodness of others towards us. The Bible says Jesus arrived in the fullness of time.Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.God…

Unwrapping Christmas – Part 4

Now That I Have Seen Him “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.” (Luke 2:14) …and…

Unwrapping Christmas – Part 3

Joseph took the path of courageous obedience, and took Mary as his bride. “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:2) “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (Micah 5:2) Here’s what…

Unwrapping Christmas – Part 2

Today we are going to take a closer look at Mary and Joseph and their elderly relatives, Zachariah and Elizabeth.  We are going to learn from each of these how God is at work in our lives today preparing us for where he will guide us too tomorrow. LET’S START WITH MARY’S STORY One afternoon Mary was spending some time alone, when suddenly, she realized she was not alone. She could see what first appeared to be a man, but…

Unwrapping Christmas – Part 1

2020 has been a year of great temptation, temptation to be distracted from what is important to God. How things that appear random are actually in perfect alignment and each is absolutely necessary in God’s plan for the world. The messages in this Christmas series follow the events of the Christmas story as they unfold, from the Old Testament prophecies to the miraculous birth of Christ.  In this series we witness God’s plan for his people — all people everywhere…

Some Things Are Worth the Wait

Most of our questions for God can be summarized into two questions:  God Why? God When? Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming.James 5:7  The ultimate solution to pain and suffering in this life, isn’t found in this life.  The ultimate solution to pain and suffering in the world, won’t be found in this world as we know it.  See how the farmer?  the Farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is…

One Day When I am Rich

Now listen you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. James 5:1  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. James 5:2 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion…. will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. James 5:3 You have hoarded wealth in the last days.James 5:3 Look! The wages you failed to pay the work man who mowed your fields are crying out against…

Faith and Action

Faith and ActionJames 2:14-26 1. Faith AND Action – It is the exercise of our faith that benefits us James 2: 14-17 There is a seamless relationship between faith and works.  What we do is not only a benefit to others, but significantly to us 2. Faith BEFORE Action  – Action takes faith.  James 2:18-19 Do you really believe that God answers prayer? Then what are you going to do about it? Take action even when you aren’t sure of…

Why We Fight

Why We FightJames 4:1-3. 1. WHY WE FIGHT we fight to get what we want. If pleasure is the policy of life, nothing but strife and hatred and division can possibly follow. 2. THE REAL ENEMY The real enemy isn’t who or what blocks us from having what we want.  The real enemy is my readiness to fight to the end for what I want. The problem between you and another person isn’t what’s going on among you, the real…

Dangerous Inflection

“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that those of us who teach are going to be judged more strictly.” James 3:1  We all stumble in many ways If anyone is never at fault for what he says, he is a perfect man. Able to keep his whole body in check.” James 3:2 Our mouths direct the whole course of our lives When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey…

Unfair Judgement

“My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus, don’t show favoritism. James 2:1  You Christians have a higher standard than God!  “Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. James 2:2 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or sit on the floor by…