Christians do weird things… like eating crackers and drinking juice in church. What is Communion and why do we do it? In this message we dig into Scripture to uncover a precious gemstone of the Christian faith.
Hope, love, joy, and peace. In this fourth Advent message, we turn to the Book of Philippians to find out how we can have the peace of God and the God of peace this Christmas.
What is the best part of knowing Jesus? Some might say forgiveness. Others, freedom from addiction. Still others would say it’s the peace and joy they’ve found in Christ. And most would probably say the promise of eternal life is the best part of knowing Jesus. While all those things are true and good, Luke 10:38-42 shows us what the best part of knowing Jesus truly is.
We look at Mark 7:1-23, and discuss what is it that makes a person clean or unclean. Do you consider yourself to be presentable to God, or do you think of yourself as defiled and “unclean”? How do you know? And more importantly, if you are unclean, how do you become clean? These questions are answered in Mark 7:1-23.
Sermon delivered at LakeView Church on 2/11/2018.
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1a, NIV)
Hanging on the cross, dying, Jesus quoted the opening line of Psalm 22. This was no coincidence! Going back to read Psalm 22 is like reading a description of Jesus’s crucifixion, written before crucifixion had even been invented, and written hundreds of years before Jesus walked this earth. The Psalm mentions such details as Jesus being scorned and mocked (vv. 6-7), even foretelling what the religious leaders of the day would say as Jesus hung on the cross (v. 8)! It describes how His hands and feet would be pierced (v. 16), and how they would cast lots for his garment (v. 18).
I can’t begin to imagine the suffering Jesus experienced as He hung on the cross. As I read Psalm 22, lyrics from an older worship song come to mind: I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross. Jesus suffered for me, and as Psalm 22 promises, His suffering was not in vain. The Psalm goes on to say:
“For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly…” (Psalm 22:24–25, NIV)
My prayer for us this week is that we will remember the suffering of the Afflicted One, our Savior, and lift His praise in our lives each day. Thank You, God, for saving me.
This is the first sermon in a series called Christmas Songs, where we study the original music of Christmas. The first Christmas songs were composed a couple thousand years ago and written in Scripture. These songs from the Bible will help us make this Christmas season a time of worship, with family, friends, food, and shopping filling their appropriate roles under the Lord Jesus Christ.
Sermon delivered at LakeView Church on Dec 3, 2017.
Yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent, and I’m inviting all of you to join me in praying through Scripture during the Advent season. To do that, I will be sending out a passage of Scripture each Monday, along with a prayer I write based on the Scripture. Read the passage, think about what it means, and then pray from the Scripture. Feel free to use my prayer if it’s helpful. If you write your own prayer from the text, I’d love for you to send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) so you can pray my prayers, and I can pray yours as we both pray through God’s Word!
Below is the first passage, Mark 13:33-37, along with my prayer.
Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It’s like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with their assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: “Watch!” (Mark 13:33–37, NIV)
Lord, I believe You will return, just as you promised in Your Word. Yet, even while You are gone, You are present through Your Holy Spirit. You have called me and others to be Your servants and Your stewards while we await Your return. Thank You for the great honor and privilege of serving You! Thank You for having a plan and a purpose for me, for calling me, and for pursuing me even when I ran from You.
I ask now for Your grace and for the Holy Spirit’s power to live a life worthy of the calling I have received while I await Your second coming– the second Advent. May I never grow complacent in my mind or sleepy in my devotion. Stir up a fire in my heart to pursue Your glory and Your will. I long for Your return and for Your Kingdom! Knowing that it could happen at any time, help me to be prepared to meet You, God my Savior.
“Amen. Come, Lord Jesus!”
Mark 5:1-20. In this passage, Jesus invades the kingdom of darkness, binds the Strong Man, and destroys his legions with nothing more than a word of command! Jesus’s power is unlimited, and through our study of this text, we’ll learn how we can deal with demons in our own lives and our world.
Sermon delivered at LakeView Church on 11/12/2017.
In Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and the disciples head out across the Sea of Galilee in their boats, only to run into a dangerous storm that threatens their lives. What Jesus does is nothing short of miraculous, and we learn how we can follow Jesus even amidst the storms of life.
Sermon delivered at LakeView Church on 11/5/2017.
Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. Yet…” (John 7:21-22a, NIV).
In the passage I read this morning from John’s Gospel (John 7:14-9:12), the tension between Jesus and the Jewish people is palpable. They simply refused to acknowledge who He was, debating and arguing and reasoning their way out of faith in Jesus–even when He was performing miracles, teaching Scripture, calling them back to God, showing love and compassion without measure, and living without sin in every way. The Jews were amazed by Jesus’s miracles, yet angry with Him for healing a man on the Sabbath, and they were even accusing Him of being demon-possessed.
Jesus was incredulous, and rightly so! In spite of everything He’d done for them, they still refused to believe in Him. He does one miracle and the crowds are amazed by it… yet, not amazed enough to actually follow Jesus and receive Him as Lord.
How many times in my own life have I been amazed by God, but unmoved in my heart? Too many to count! I have often heard others say (and, I’ll confess, sometimes I’ve thought myself) these seven deadly words, “I know what the Bible says, but…” Oh, that those words would never escape our lips! May we never fail to be moved by the wonder, the grace, the Truth, and the beauty of God’s Word and the Savior it reveals to us. Be amazed and be moved this week.
In Mark 3:20-35, Jesus’s own family says He’s crazy and the religious leaders accuse Him of being demon-possessed. But Jesus points out that while some may think He’s a lunatic and others that He’s a diabolical liar, those who seek to do God’s will recognize Jesus for who He really is, the Lord.
In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus once again breaks the rules. This time, He calls Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him, and He even goes to Levi’s house to eat with other tax collectors and sinners. How could Jesus, a good moral teacher, a religious leader, a respectable man associate with “those kinds” of people?