Our Journey With Jesus (Intro)

This morning, I want to begin a new sermon series and I want to do something I don’t normally do. I want to share with you some of my thought process that led me to this series. I’m reminded of the story of the little boy whose father was a preacher. And, in amazement, the…

A Living Hope

I heard once about a young man who was very sick. In fact, he was terminally ill. He went to the medical clinic for his usual treatment and there was a new doctor on duty. Without really thinking, the doctor said to this young man, “You know, don’t you, that you won’t live out the…

Water is Thicker Than Blood

We sometimes hear it said that “blood is thicker than water”. What we mean by that is that we consider our family relationship to be the most important relationship in the world. And there is something special about family. Have you ever seen a brother and sister who fight like cats and dogs…

Is Our Work Worth the Effort?

You may have heard the story about a kindergarten teacher who was helping one of her students put his boots on. He was having a hard time and even with her helping, the boots still didn’t want to go on. She pulled and tugged, and by the time the second boot was on, she was…

The Family of God

Several months ago, I preached a sermon where I quoted an article from a church bulletin. I thought today might be a good time to read it again. “All are welcome here. But we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We…

Knowing God

You may be familiar with a little book entitled Children’s Letters to God.  It’s a delightful book because it gives us a glimpse into what children think God is like.  Here are a few samples:   “Dear God, In Sunday School they told us what You do. Who does it when You are on vacation?”…

Rest For the Weary

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay…