Sermons

Jesus is in the Business of Dividing (Luke 12:49-53)

What is your definition of peace? What’s the happy place you want to go to? Is it God’s responsibility to make your life peaceful? Jesus says some hard things to hear. He came to bring division, not peace. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 12.

Set Your Mind on Things Above (Colossians 3:1-11)

What pulls your mind away from heaven? It could be good things like family and friends. Paul encourages us to think through everything with a heavenly filter. Listen to this sermon based on Colossians 3:1-11

Answers to Prayer Depend on Who You Know (Luke 11:1-13)

How do you know that God will answer your prayer? Is it a hope and a wish? Is it a chance? We know God listens because Jesus has given us access. Listen and be encouraged by this sermon based on Luke 11.

Putting First Things First (Luke 10:38-42)

What are the important things in your life? How often do you put God’s Word first? It can feel like something can go to the back burner. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 10 where Jesus reminds a woman who wanted to serve him that the best way to serve is to listen to him.

With Jesus There Is No Excuse (Luke 10:25-37)

What excuse do you offer to God to defend your failure? A man thought he loved God and didn’t need to love all people. Jesus, through a famous parable, removes the excuses and directs us to him alone. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 10:25-37.

Practical Stewardship (Philippians 4:10-20)

God calls you to be a steward with all your possessions: your life, your time, your talents, your treasure. He wants you to operate in contentment, generosity, and trust in him. All this comes from the generosity that our God has given to us in Jesus Christ. Listen to this sermon based on Philippians 4:10-20.

Jesus’s Followers are Focused (Luke 9:51-62)

Distractions are everywhere. Advertisements, notifications, work, and relaxation all want your attention. Jesus wants your attention, too. He shows you what it looks like to follow him. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 9.

What do you say about Jesus? (Luke 9:18-24)

What do you say about Jesus? If someone were to ask you that question, how would you respond? Listen to this sermon based on Luke 9 to find answers and comfort in your Savior Jesus.

Living in Repentance (2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15)

King David committed adultery with Bathsheba. He murdered her husband and tried to cover his sins up. God sent a prophet to confront David’s sin. Through this account God teaches us what it means to live in repentance: Confessing sin, trusting forgiveness. Listen to this sermon based on 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-15.

Christians Know About Life and Death (Philippians 1:18b-26):

What do you know about life or death? For most of us, death is scary. We want to avoid it at all costs. As Christians, we know that our death is not the end. We have heaven waiting. The Apostle Paul teaches us how Christ changes our view of life and of death. Listen to this sermon based on Philippians […]

The Battle is the Lord’s (Joshua 5:13-6:5, 20)

God gave to Joshua an interesting battle plan. March around the city and shout. Joshua took God at his Word and won because the Battle is the Lord’s. God gives you interesting instructions, but take him at his Word because the battle is the Lord’s.

The Trinity: A Doctrine of Comfort with with Real Life Application (John 16:12-15)

God is Triune – three persons but one God. We can’t understand this truth, but God’s Word tells us so. Jesus tells his disciples this same truth and shows them what it means for their life.

Pentecost Power (Acts 2:36-41)

What is Pentecost? What gives Pentecost the power? Today’s sermon answers these questions. The Power of Pentecost saves sinners by the gospel of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Listen to this sermon based on Acts 2:36-41

Jesus is your Bright Morning Star

Where do you look for hope? Look to your Savior who is rises like the morning star and shows you that the New Eternal Day is almost near. Jesus is coming soon! Come, Lord Jesus! Listen to this sermon based on Revelation 22:12-17, 20.

Hold On to Your Savior (Revelation 3:14-22)

Our Savior is the most important person we know. He’s your true hope of eternal life and and he is your identity. Listen to this sermon based on Revelation 3:14-22.

Love is a Big Word (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

Love is everywhere in our world. Movies, books, and songs talk about love. What is love? What does love look like? Listen to this sermon based on 1 Corinthians 13.

The Lord is My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Who guides you in life? How do they guide and lead you? Where can you find direction? The Lord is your shepherd. He strengthens you with his Word. He leads you to eternal life. Listen to this sermon based on Psalm 23

Keep Building the Body of Christ! (1 Corinthians 12:12-27)

Where do I fit in with my church? What gifts do I have? How do I know what to do? How can I serve Christians around me or those who are in other countries? We all belong to the body of Christ. We all have different and unique gifts. Listen to the sermon based on 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 from Pastor […]

Follow God’s Pattern of Humility (Philippians 2:5-11)

What’s our Christian life of faith to look like? Do we brag? Are we doormats? How do we serve? What’s humility really look like? We watch our Savior leave the highest heavens to serve us. We see his pattern of humility. And through his powerful Gospel he works that pattern into us. Listen to this sermon based on Philippians 2:5-11

Press On Toward the Prize (Philippians 3:8-14)

Where do we find our value? Is it in ourselves? And when we do know the value our God gives us, do we find ourselves distracted? The Apostle Paul had a past worth bragging about. But he considered his past accolades as trash compared to Christ. He urges you to forget the past and press on toward the prize that […]

Jesus Urgently Calls Us To Repent

Why do bad things happen to people? What should we make of the tragic events in the world? These questions come up when something tragic happens in the world. What should our response be to such bad things? To find out the response our Savior wants, listen to this sermon based on Luke 13:1-9.

Fighting Temptation (Luke 4:1-13)

What do we do to beat temptation? Will temptation ever stop? How do we fight? Maybe you’ve had these questions in your mind. Maybe you’ve wondered what happens when you lose the fight. When temptation confronts us, we run to our Savior who defeated temptation and the devil for us. Listen to this sermon from Luke 4:1-13.

Jesus Transforms Our Views on Ministry (Luke 9:28-36)

What is our ministry about? Where do we want to go? Is it good where we are? Jesus’ transfiguration revealed his glory as the true Son of God.  It is good for us to be where we are. It is good for us to bring the message of Christ Crucified and Resurrected to those who need to hear it. Listen […]

No News is Good News (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)

Waiting is hard. We want to know everything instantaneously. We want God to say, “Yes.” to our requests. But what about when God says, “No”? What then? To find out, listen to this sermon based on 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

The Lord Prepares Workers For His Kingdom (Isaiah 6:1-8)

Through an incredible vision, God called his prophet Isaiah to go and preach to the people of Israel. Through the incredible gospel message, God calls you to be his worker. Listen to this sermon based on Isaiah 6:1-8

Fastened Eyes, Fixated Hearts

Familiarity breeds contempt. Jesus’ hometown couldn’t believe he was the Savior. Their hearts were fixated on seeing a miracle.  We can be fixated on other things besides our Savior. Do you listen to what he really says? Are you fixated on your Savior? Often, it isn’t. But we learn that even when we don’t listen that well, God is fastened […]

Today the Gospel Comes To You

We want our needs met. When we read the Word or go to church, we can leave feeling unsatisfied. We can fall into the temptation that the Word, the sermon, or the songs weren’t what we needed. When we encounter God’s Word in personal study or church, we have a unique experience. The Gospel comes to you. The reality that […]

Jesus’ Glory Brings Us Joy

Can Jesus help with your problems? Do you feel like it might be too little to even attract Jesus’ attention? John shows us who Jesus is: The All-Powerful Son of God who loves to help his people. Listen to this sermon based on John 2:1-11

In Search of Jesus

Jesus’ parents had a scare. They had lost their son. They searched for him everywhere. We, too, can find ourselves searching for Jesus. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 2:42-51 as we search and find our Savior.

Revelation 12:1-6 – A Great Sign Shows the Greatest Love

God revealed a sign to the Apostle John in a vision. He reveals a sign to you as well: a Savior was born for you. Jesus is the greatest sign of God’s love for you. Listen to this great truth in the sermon based on Revelation 12:1-6

The Joy of Repentance

What does it mean “to repent”? Does repentance seem happy? How is it joyful? Faith in Jesus changes your mind about sin and salvation. You find Joy in the One who saved you from sin and death!

Jesus Comes to Bring Peace an Purity

God’s Old Testament people wanted peace and purity. They wanted justice. They cried out for God to help. God promised to send a messenger, one who would make all things right. Jesus is that messenger and through his death and resurrection makes all things right. Listen to this sermon based on Malachi 3:1-4.

Wait Hopefully for Your Savior

Waiting can be hard. We don’t like it. Waiting is even harder when there is no hope. In faith, we wait for our Savior’s return. We have hope as we wait. We live waiting for our Savior’s return knowing he will bring us to be with him in heaven. Listen to this sermon based on Luke 21:25-36.

Look at your King! (Revelation 1:4-8)

On Christ the King Sunday, we honor Jesus as our King. We see his victory over sin, death, and the devil. We look at him as he sends us out to the ends of the earth. Listen to this sermon from Revelation 1:4-8.

God’s Vision For Your Future (Daniel 12:1-3)

Do you have a vision for your future? Do you have a plan that you hope to follow? Come and listen to God’s vision for you future in this sermon from Daniel 12:1-3.

We Are Ready for Judgment Day

What will the end of the world be like? What will happen when Jesus comes back? Are you ready to face Jesus the Judge? God’s Word tells us we are because of what Jesus did. Listen to this sermon from John 5:19-24.

Waiting Patiently in God’s Hand

Waiting for something can be extremely difficult. We struggle with patience especially as we go through troubles in life. As we look at the world, we can cry out, “How long, Lord?” Through the prophet Isaiah, God teaches us to wait by reminding us that we are forgiven. It’s in this forgiveness that we can wait. Listen to the sermon based on Isaiah 64:1-8.

Leaders talk about giving offerings to the Glory of God

Sermon – 1 Chronicles 29:1-20 Then King David said to the whole assembly: “My son Solomon, the one whom God has chosen, is young and inexperienced. The task is great, because this palatial structure is not for man but for the Lord God. With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God-gold for the gold work, silver […]

The King Who Fights For You!

Matthew 27:27-31  Never was pagan mockery more prophetic! Jesus is indeed the King of the Jews. He is the King of kings. Unlike other kings, our Savior is a King who conquers by allowing himself to be conquered.  27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.  28 They stripped […]

When Death Comes, We are Not Ignorant. We are equipped to give encouragement.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18  Jesus’ resurrection is the sure foundation of our confidence that those who have “fallen asleep in him” will participate in the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. The saints who are still living on earth will join the resurrected in a grand reunion with each other and an eternal communion with the Lord. “Therefore encour­age […]

Living Like There’s No Tomorrow

Matthew 25:31-46  Jesus will separate believers from unbelievers when he returns on the Last Day. Fruits of love for Christ can be seen in the compassion believers have for Christ’s brothers. Faithlessness is evidenced by the unbelievers’ willingness to let Christ’s brother linger in his misery.  31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels […]

Jesus is a Great Big Stone!

Matthew 21:  33-44 33″Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. 34When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. […]

Do You Past the Test of Faith?

2 Corinthians 13:5-8 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people […]

God, That’s Not Fair!

God’s kingdom comes to different people at different times. The reward is the same for all because it is a reward of grace, not personal accomplishment. Work in God’s kingdom, be it short or long, is the privilege of grace. Those who take issue with God’s grace will find themselves “last,” that is, outside of his grace. 

How can I Ever Forgive You?

It is impossible for an unforgiving person to live in fellowship with a God who has unconditionally forgiven him. Those who rejoice in the Master’s grace will “forgive from the heart and gladly do good” to those who sin against them.

JESUS GIVES YOU THE KEYS TO THE HEART

Gospel – Matthew 18:15-20  Since Jesus, the Good Shepherd, spared no pain to find the lost sheep, so Christ’s Church will diligently use God’s law and gospel to call the erring brother to repentance. The object is always to win the brother over. The church speaks with Christ’s full authority when it declares God’s judgment upon the impenitent sinner and pronounces full forgiveness to the penitent sinner.

The Construction of the Christian Church

Matthew 16: 21-26

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

Lord Help Us Understand your Mission

Isaiah 55: 8-11

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord . “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

A Treasure Unlike Any Other

A Treasure Unlike Any Other

Matthew 13: 44-52
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked. “Yes,” they replied. He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

A GOOD SHEPHERD IS, AS A GOOD SHEPHERD DOES

John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

How are you Growing?

Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore.  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.”  “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart.  This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.  The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

GOD IS THRILLED TO GIVE US REST

Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The Prince of Peace Brings Division

Matthew 10:34-42

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ”‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in- law against her mother-in- law— a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’  “Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”

God is For Us!

Matthew 10:24-33

“A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household! “So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny ? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

HOW DO WE REACH OUT TO THE LOST SHEEP

Matthew 9:35-10:8

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.  These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;  Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus;  Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.  These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.  Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.  As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

AGAINST ALL HOPE

Romans 4: 18-25

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead–since he was about a hundred years old–and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

BUILD DAILY ON YOUR SAVIOR

Deuteronomy 11:18-21, 26-28
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the LORD swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.

The Trinity is Power and Love

Matthew 28: 16-20
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

PENTECOST IS ALWAYS NEEDED!

John 16:5-11

“Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ Because I have said these things, you are filled with grief. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

God is Interested in You

1 Peter 4:12-17, 5:6-11

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name. For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

GOD HAS CONFIRMATION GIFTS FOR YOU

John 14:15-21

“If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Do Not Be Troubled, You Know the Way!

John 14: 1-12

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Jesus, The Good Shepherd

John 10: 10-17

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11″I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14″I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me– 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father–and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again.

WALK WITH JESUS

Luke 24:13-35

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognizing him. 17He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” 18They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19″What things?” he asked. 20″About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. 29But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” 33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

YOU CAN’T CORRUPT EASTER

1 Peter 1: 3-9

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

“WHAT IS WAITING FOR YOU AT THE TOMB?”

Matthew 28: 1-10

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

“ENJOY YOUR SAVIOR’S PARADE”

Zechariah 9:9, 10
Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.

THIS IS YOUR LIFE

Matthew 20:17-28
Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!” Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.” “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

“EVERY DAY, DARKNESS AND LIGHT”

Ephesians 5:8-14

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

“JESUS BREAKS DOWN BARRIERS”

John 4:5-26

So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. ) Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I who speak to you am he.”

“A LESSON ON TEMPTATION”

Genesis 3:1-15
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ ” “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me-she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”

LORD, IT IS GOOD TO BE HERE

Matthew 17:1-9

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them.His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

“GOD’S LOVE IS A HIGHER CALL”

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

MAKE SURE WHAT YOU HAVE HEARD IS WHAT JESUS SAID

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

LET’S BE WHO WE ARE

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

JESUS’ TEACHING ON TRUE HAPPINESS

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Follow your Savior!

They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen.“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.

Jesus is the Lamb of God

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BAPTISM SAYS A LOT

At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

ASK YOUR GOD FOR ANYTHING

Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.

Christmas Gives Us Perspective On Our Path to Heaven

Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

The Messiah’s Kingdom Works

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

God’s Vision for His Church

1. See the Savior 2. See the message go out 3. See the nations come in

THE CRIMINAL SEES THE KING

“I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

We Enter God’s Presence with Rejoicing

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,” says the Lord

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JESUS’ DISCIPLES ARE FREE

JESUS’ DISCIPLES ARE FREE
I. Because of the truth
II. Free from real bondage
III. Free indeed!

Salvation is Impossible!

SALVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE: 1. For us to earn, 2. For Jesus not to accomplish

We Pray because We Know!

The LORD watches over you,*the LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The LORD will keep you from all harm,* he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going* both now and forevermore.

Worship and Praise Jesus with your whole life

Only one of the ten lepers returned with a word of thanks for the miraculous healing of his disease. When we realize the tremendous blessings Christ has earned for us, may thankfulness always be our response.

Faith Needs God’s Word!!

Christ promises that faith can do great things, like offer forgiveness to someone who has sinned against us.

Jesus Christ is Lord

The story of the rich man and Lazarus is a powerful reminder that putting out trust in anything but Jesus for eternity will result in a life spent in hell.

Make Someone Eternally Grateful; Give Them Jesus!

Christ’s parable of the shrewd manager teaches us to use our earthly treasures to build heavenly friendships – to support the spread of the gospel message that gives eternal life.

Where is God when I feel like a loser

If you noticed, God is constantly using those whom the world would call “losers” to do magnificent things for him. Paul with his aching thorn! Gideon with his tiny army of 300! David with a little slingshot! You with your handicap or disability or lack-of-whatever!