February 11, 2018 “The Family Foundation”

The two greatest commandments are love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). On a foundation of love for God, children, honor and obey your parents. Parents, use your God-given authority responsibly and lovingly. Also, parents, teach, by word and example, the next generation to love God. Home is foundational to all other loving relationships. Loving others starts where each of us lives.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:1-4

Sermon Length – 24:20

February 4, 2018 “A Necessary Break”

The two main points of the 4th Commandment are rest and worship. And, rest is not so complete that it eliminates acts of mercy and kindness (Mark 3:3). The exact day we do this no longer matters, but every week God’s maintenance plan for us is to have a day of God-centered rest. God has a reasonable claim on our time. Let’s enter into this purposeful rest, and let God run the universe.

Scripture Reading: Mark 2:23 – 3:6

Sermon Length – 21:09

 

January 28, 2018 “Dedicate, Set Apart, God’s Name”

Commandment 3 tells us to keep God’s name holy, to set apart, dedicate, all that God is, as sacred.  Reverence and honor God.  Jesus’ name is above every name.  One day everyone will bow to Jesus and His lordship (Philippians 2:9-11).  If you are a Christian you bear God’s name (2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 8:16-17).  Only a member of the family can honor or dishonor a family name.  Christian, does your life bring honor to the One who’s name we bear?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9

Sermon Length -21:38

January 21, 2018 “Don’t Settle for Counterfeits”

God wants what’s best for us, which is Himself.  Anything, absolutely anything or anyone, more important than God is an idol.  Idols are shadows and counterfeits of the One True God.  Counterfeits are worthless & get you in trouble.  Satan is a master counterfeiter, he can only counterfeit.  His goal is to keep you away from taking hold of God by distracting you with idols/counterfeits.  Don’t settle for a shadow, a counterfeit of the real thing.  Take hold of the One True God, and never let go.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 34:1-14

Sermon Length -29:17

January 14, 2018 “Exclusive Devotion”

Before God gave us any commandments, He introduced Himself.  He’s a personal, relational God who is “for you”, (Romans 8:31-32).  He delivered the Israelites from  slavery, and later sent Jesus to forgive us, (I John 4:10).  He is unique, one, unlike any other!  Because of this God can command our exclusive love, worship and loyalty.  Jews repeated Deuteronomy 6:5 twice a day as a way to stay vigilant in loving God above all else.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40

Sermon Length -22:30

January 7, 2018 “God’s Design for Your Life”

Sermon Summary

Only 13% of Americans believe all 10 commandments, yet they are so important and foundational that God engraved them on our heart, (Jeremiah 31:33). God’s commands are to: 1. Love God only-no other gods; 2. God is spirit-no images; 3. Honor God-don’t carelessly speak of Him; 4. We need weekly rest and worship; 5. Honor authority-it’s God given; 6. Human life is sacred, it’s from God; 7. Honor marriage- live a sexually pure life; 8. Respect property, protect it; 9. Tell the truth- respect people’s reputation; and 10. Be content with what you have.  Furthermore, these ten are summarized in two: 1. Love God; and 2. Love others, (Matthew 22:37-39)

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

Sermon Length -19:54

December 31, 2017 “Creating The Future”

Every choice in life – every thought, word, and action – brings a return of circumstances with it. The choices you make today affect your future. Good things result from the good we store up and treasure in our life, Matthew 12:35. What you are storing up and treasuring right now will be your future . . . unless you change.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 12:33-37

Sermon Length – 22:49

December 24, 2017 “God With Open Arms” Candlelight Service 8pm

What do animals teach us at Christmas? Jesus was born among stable animals, with a feeding trough for a crib, as a purposeful example of humility, (Philippians 2:5-8). Even though Jesus is God, and worthy of our highest esteem and worship, He modeled lowliness for us. May we be humble and lowly in our own esteem, and very high in our esteem, worship, awe and reverence of Christ Jesus.

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Sermon Length – 50:06

December 24, 2017 “God Provides What We Need”

People often say God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but, that’s not true. We often are faced with challenges too big for us, to remind us to depend on God. Mary and Joseph had to depend upon God for the impossible, (Luke 1:37). We’re more dependent on God that we might realize, (Acts 17:25). To keep us dependent and trusting, God provides for us one day at a time. This is hard to do because it requires us to let go of our need to control, our limited understanding, and our minimal strength. God want us to let go not just a little, but completely. Let go.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 1:18-25

Sermon Length – 24:17

December 17, 2017 “God Loves The Outsider”

God loves the outsider. Matthew records the first worshipers of Jesus being Magi from the East, perhaps Babylon. Matthew concludes his book with the challenge to make disciples of all nations, all ethnicities, (Matthew 28:19).

The Magi teach us about worship. Worship is giving Christ honor and dignity. worship is expressed with exceeding great joy. And, gifts given, in worship, intensify and express our love.

May the church love and welcome all to worship Christ.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Sermon Length – 25:40