Are You Listening?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the story about the blind men and an elephant.  In this story, none of these men knew what an elephant was, because they had never seen one.  And so, one by one, each man was led into a room, asked to find the elephant, and was told to describe the…

Jesus and the Pharisees

As we continue in our study of the gospel of Mark, I want to talk with you this morning about a movement that began a number of years ago.  This movement became necessary because, despite the fact that God has set forth certain guidelines in his word, over the years, people became unfaithful and weren’t…

Jesus Came to Change Things

          The story is told of a group of soldiers who had been out in the field for a couple of weeks when their sergeant announced, “I’ve got some good news and some bad news.  First of all, the good news: Today we’re going to change our underwear.  Now the bad…

The Amazing Jesus

In Bible class one Sunday morning, the children were studying some of the kings and the queens in Bible times.  After talking about a few of them, the teacher said, “The kings and the queens were powerful, but there is a higher power, though.  Can anybody tell me what it is?”             One…

The Undercover Messiah

Last week, I talked about the importance of developing a sense of awe and wonder as it relates to who God is and what God has done.  This morning, I want to begin a sermon series that I hope will create that same sense of awe and wonder as we look at the life of…

How Great is Our God

            One of the highlights of my sabbatical was the opportunity to attend ElderLink in Greensboro. It was a workshop for elders and ministers.  One of the speakers was Don Mclaughlin who is one of my favorite preachers.  He said something in one of his lessons about the importance of awe and wonder which got…

Selfish or Serving?

            You may have seen this in the news this past week.  There was a 17-year-old boy who became the youngest person ever to fly solo around the world.  He landed on Wednesday in Bulgaria, which is where his journey began five months ago.  Originally, the plan was for the trip to take about three…

A New Body

            A few years ago, there was a poll that asked people the question, “If you could change one thing about your life, what would you change?”  And the interesting thing is that almost everyone who responded to that poll gave an answer that related to their physical body.             I wish I was younger. …

Decently and in Order

I’ve learned over the years that most Christians have a favorite Bible verse.  If I were to go around the room this morning and ask you what your favorite verse is, some of you might say, Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Others might say, Romans 8:28, “We know…

Using Our Gifts to Edify

            This morning, in our study of I Corinthians, we finally get to chapter 14.  And our topic this morning is going to focus on spiritual gifts, especially as they relate to our time together in worship.  Back in chapter 12, Paul closed out that chapter by telling the Corinthians to “earnestly desire the best…