“Don’t Show Partiality”

            John Denver used to tell a story about a man who was invited to a fancy banquet. He arrived wearing simple clothing, and was told to leave the room and go to the kitchen for a handout.  The man left, went home, got dressed up in fancy clothes, and then came back to the…

Following Jesus is For Losers

            The story is told of a father who was driving down the road and his 5-year-old son was in the backseat.  And the boy says, “Dad, how do you spell God?”  And his father is thrilled.  Because he thinks to himself, “Finally!  After all those nights reading Bible stories, going to church, being a…

The Battle Belongs to the Lord

            This is our third Sunday here in this new building, and there are times when I wonder if the Israelites must have felt the same way when they entered the land of Canaan.  You may recall that when the children of Israel left the land of Egypt, God promised that he would give them…

Finding Our Worth

            Those of you who are mothers, I’m sure you can relate to the story of the mother who put her 5-year-old son to bed.  And, after a few minutes, she heard him call out, “Mom, can you please bring me a drink of water?”  And she said, “Now you had your chance when we…

When God Builds a Church

            This morning, I am absolutely overwhelmed as we gather together for the very first time in this building to worship God.  I am overwhelmed with God’s goodness, overwhelmed with God’s love, overwhelmed with God’s provision.             This part of our journey began in March of last year when we became aware of this two-acre…

Salvation Brings Change

For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at a couple of men whose lives were changed by an encounter they had with Jesus.  Two weeks ago, we looked at Jairus, the synagogue leader, and we saw that Jesus brings hope when voices around us tell us that there is no hope.              And…

“I Desire Mercy”

            Last week, we talked about Jairus, the father whose 12-year-old daughter passed away from an illness.  And we saw that Jesus brings hope when there is no hope.  We all have times in our lives when we hear this voice that says, “Why bother?”  But then we hear the voice of Jesus who says. …

Hope (Why Bother?)

I’m sure you all heard the story in the news recently about how billionaire Robert F. Smith spoke at the graduation ceremony at Morehouse College and in his speech, said he would pay off the loan debts for all 396 graduates. What an incredible display of grace and love. But Robert Smith was not the…

A Good Lesson From a Bad Example

This morning, I want us to look at one of the parables of Jesus in Luke chapter 16.  In scripture, we have recorded about 40 different parables of Jesus.  This particular parable has to do with money, which isn’t very surprising because over one-third of Jesus’ parables dealt with the topic of money.             In…

Something Good From Something Bad

Over the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about “fake news.” And without meaning to be political, I would simply make the observation that fake news is nothing new.  “Fake news” is simply what happens when something is reported that isn’t true.  Probably the most famous example of this happened in 1948 when the…