Sermon Archive

Heavenly Minded

10 days ago the Pastor’s Conference was over at Pastor Rick’s church – Immanuel in Englewood. We had our study in the room next to his office. As I looked ahead of me I saw two items on the same shelf – a cross and a First-Aid kit. I don’t know if someone did that on purpose, if they were getting ready for the Children’s Message, or if that is where things just ended up – but they do go together. Perfectly. The cross is the Christian’s First-Aid kit.

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Staying Strong

There are certain verses in Scripture that become the strength of Christians.  Sometimes they are the words that they use at their funeral, or put on their headstone, or ask that their funeral sermon speak those words.  Words like, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”  (Matthew 25:21)  Or Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  Recently, here at Ascension, these words were spoken at a funeral, “The time has come for my departure.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearing.”  (II Timothy 4:6b-8)

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Big Things with Small Stuff

I’ve got really bad news for you. You are not a super hero. And neither am I. We can’t fight our way out of our prison of sin. We can’t think our way out, buy our way out, educate our way out, vacation our way out, or blast our way out. We’re all stuck in sin—Heartbreak Hotel!

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Get Ready

  This is where Peter and Jesus had some words with one another.  Jesus talks about the Christ suffering, being rejected, being killed and then rising on the third day.  The suffering part didn’t sit well with Peter.  The Christ would do nothing at that sort.  The Christ is triumphant, glorious, victorious.  He always wins.  He never loses.  Peter got in the face of Jesus and told him not to talk like that anymore.   

            But Jesus told him that suffering comes before glory.  He called him “Satan” and told him to leave.  He then told them that this suffering wasn’t only going to be His but theirs.  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”  (Luke 9:23-24)

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Seeing God In The Dark

God was in the dark for Jesus. God is in the dark for us. And God continued to be present in the dark for Joseph, and his brothers. Jacob, their father died, and Joseph’s brothers feared that he was only showing kindness to them for his father’s sake. Now, they feared, all hell was going to break lose without their father’s protection.

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Black and White

Living without trust in God is foolishness. Trying to solve the curse of our sin, the question of our eternity, the dilemma of daily decisions, without God as the source of our strength and wisdom and hope is just plain dumb. Jesus is our Savior. Trust in Him. Give all your sins to Him.

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Higher Things

What we get to do, when God is working through us, is catching people for life – the life that God has in store for them. It is a life of cleansing and forgiveness. It is a life filled with hope and joy. God gives His new creation a higher purpose and a greater one – living in love for God and for everyone else. It is life that continues into eternity and lives for the final day – when our bodies will be raised in great power. God is catching them for life – abundant and full life.

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The All Powerful Word

All too often it is easy for us to focus our attention on the physical rather than upon the very Word of God given to us.  It is easy for us to be amazed at the Word and talk about the Word, but how well do we live our lives connected to that Word?  Instead of speaking about Jesus, do our lives speak Jesus?  Do they speak the Word of God, the all-powerful life giving Word of God now enfleshed within us?  Do people talk about us or do they talk about Jesus?

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A Word

Six hours of reading the Scriptures – one of the first five books of Moses.  And they stood the whole time.  (And you thought we did a lot of standing!!)  It was the lay people that had a thirst for the Word of God.  “Please tell us.”  Do you know why we say, “Thanks be to God” after we hear the readings from the Bible?  It is because God has given us His words.  He isn’t silent.  He has spoken and in His goodness has allowed us to read His very words.  Thanks be to God!!

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