Our Journey With Jesus (4) — Resting

This morning, get your pillows out. We’re going to be talking about the spiritual discipline of “resting”. And some of you are saying to yourself, “Finally! A discipline that I can get excited about!” Before we get started, though, I need to confess to you that I’m tired…

Our Journey With Jesus (3) — Friending

Darryl Tippens said that a young minister once told his father about an exciting new mentoring program that was being introduced in his congregation. After listening to this young man’s enthusiastic description of this new program, Darryl’s father said, “We used to have a program like that in my church when I was growing up…

A Mother’s Love

Let me begin this morning by wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers who are here! In just a moment, I want to do something special for all of you. My goal this morning is to honor our mothers. To honor the commitment of those women who love their husbands, who are…

Our Journey With Jesus (2) — Welcoming

I love the story I heard many years ago about the new preacher who loaded up his car with his large family and drove out to visit an old deacon on the farm. After everyone in the family had introduced themselves, there was an awkward pause as the unexpected guests looked for chairs to sit on…

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…