This blog is primarily a platform to share my sermons and speaking notes, as many people have been asking me for these and I found a bit of time to comply…. Here they are, and as time gives me, I will be posting more.
A “caveat,” these are “rough drafts” and “notes,” these are my notes that were meant for my dyslexic eyes and not prime time, thus, not polished and edited works. So, if you want “polished” see our ministry sites for what you need, and use the search functions…
Here are some of my recent sermons. Most of them..are handwritten and will only post if there is ever time to transcribe or a need—good luck with that-lol I will soon be adding the audio mp3’s when …I get to it…
My Comfort in My Suffering (Audio)
Prayer leaders Suffering (Audio)
Got Discipline? Psalm 25; Hebrews 12:4-13
Jesus Helps in our Struggle of Faith!
To illustrate this point, there is a popular mindset floating around in the church today, mostly among the young people, that all we have to do to live out the Christian life and faith is receive Christ and we then have all that we need. There is no need to be disciplined or be discipled because …
Let us read James 1:5-8 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one … Continue reading →
The Character of Joy “Church of the Foothills” 010112
What is Joy? Most think that Joy is happiness, in actuality it is a ‘perspective.’ It is about our focus on Christ as Lord; this is a declaration,like an explorer declaring a newly discovered land for the Queen and planting the flag. In Christianity, its meaning isto declare our situation for Christ as happy and fulfilling, even when it may not be so. It is to change our mindset and focus. It is realizing the sovereignty of God and that He is indeed in control, even when life seems to be turned upside down and inside out!
A Bible Study in Gratitude, Ten Healed of Leprosy
As Jesus traveled toward Jerusalem, He taught about faith as a seed that grows when we put in the efforts of cultivation. Then, a living demonstration of what Jesus was teaching arrived-ten people with a terrible disease, leprosy, where parts of their body literally would fall off. They came up to Jesus, closer than the law and culture would allow and, in a daring bid, cried out and asked for mercy.
God’s love must be our model for life! 1 John 4:7-12
Love confirms the authenticity of Jesus! Love confirms the authenticity of Jesus’ followers! The Question for us all is, how is love displayed in you? How can it be more so? The love that Christ has for us is demonstrated by His ultimate sacrifice. All He asks of us is to receive Him and His love so we can play it forward to others, to show His love by our display of love so we succeed at His will.
Love is a Spiritual Fruit Colossians 3:12-14
God, through His Word, is pronouncing to us that the effects and results of love will live far beyond the moments of our life. When we pass on into eternity, and our frail, mortal bodies are laid into the grave to rot, what we have done on this earth, and who we were, will still echo to all those whom we have touched.
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’]
Purpose, or otherwise said with adjectives is our reason for being, the point of our existence, the general idea of what do I do now with my life, our principle function, our rationale of why we exist (existential), our chief function (confessional), our intention and what use are we for anyway.
God is our refuge and strength!
As a pastor I hear this lament all of the time, sometimes it even comes from my own lips, “Why doesn’t God help me in my troubles?”
Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17
The bottom line of why we are to study the Bible is so we may know God, His Way, and grow in our knowledge and faith in Him so we can then be better used by Him. We are called to spiritual growth—that is
Leaning what it means to be a Slave for Christ!
Are you devoted to Jesus? If so, how so? Are you truly devoted to Jesus as LORD? Have you ever considered that if you are a mature believer or desire to be a mature believer you must be a slave to Jesus too? If not, we will be a slave to our misguided will and to the manipulations of Satan and others?
Leaning what it means to be a “Love Servant” for Christ!
The theme of “doulos”is submission, a far cry from the American ideals of personal freedom, liberation, and choice. Rather this is an act of mutual love~
Apathy or Indifference or Laziness is the opposite of God’s call for you. Apathy is thinking the greatness is in the past.
John 3:16; Romans 5:5-11; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8; 1 John 4: 7-12
The answer to this is quite simple yet so complicated. It is simple in that God plainly and clearly tells us what Love is.
God’s Love is Defining
God, through His Word, is pronouncing to us that the effects and results of love will live far beyond the moments of our life.
God’s Love is Defining
John 13:34-35; The distinguishing characteristic of Christ’s followers, Our standard is Christ’s love for us.
So much poetry and beautiful prose have been written over the millennia of human experience to try to capture its purpose and meaning. All of humanity in all cultures, places and time has sought out the meaning of love. They have done this through experience, emotionalism, experimentation, seeking desires, trying to add logic and reasoning to it, and seeking a higher being to name a few.
This passage contains the quintessential slogan, catchphrase or motto to what it means to be an evangelical Christian. These precious words of Jesus in the 16th verse contain the heart of the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” and also the controversy. This is a passage that tells us of ultimate love, yet is the focal point for contention and strife.
Our Christian faith is different than any other religion because it is the story of God seeking us, His mighty hand choosing to save us. In contrast, every other religion is about people trying to find God. How comforting that our God cares to seek us, so we do not have to seek Him, because we are unable too. We are the object of His love and compassion; as John 13:1 says, “Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end.”
This is one of the most magnificent passages in the Bible, it is telling us that that Christ’s love is inviolable and invokable. He died for us. He gave Himself for us, and even to us in the form of the Holy Sprit. So that if we are truly His child, then, nothing can take that fact away from us! If we are His then no power can on heaven or earth can prevent it or stop it.
Do we want to be healed, do we want to grow deeper in the precepts of the Word and character of Christ. Do we want to go through the barrier that stops us dead in our tracks? Jesus asks that question just as if you are in a 12 step program, you have to admit your need and the higher power before you can go anywhere out of your drunken state!
We are here to celebrate the life of ___ Mother, Wife, Grandmother friend and Child of God __.
Developing your Walk with God: A disciple is willing to grow in Christ! What does it mean to be a mature Christian? What are you willing to do about it?
The First Mission Matthew 10: 1-15
Have you ever gone on a great adventure, such as traveling to a strange place, a missions trip, camping in the wilderness, or a big hike, something you would not normally do? If so, what did it take to motivate you? Now think about this, what would motivate you to do this for the Lord?
To Serve God’s Purpose MARK 12:28-31
In our generation through loving relationships with God, His church, and His world. (Acts 13:36a; Mark 12:28-31; Luke 2:52)f the greatest theologians of our century, Frances Shafer (Yea, I know that guy=lol) said “So, Then how do we live”
The Call of Forgiveness Matthew 18:21-35
Leadership is the big catchphrase for the church in America in the last dozen or so years, but what is real leadership? Many books and resources are available on this subject, and to be honest with you, most of them are fluff and nonsense from business paradigms, and ignoring of the truths of Scripture!