Sermons on Church
Choosing Joy in Mistreatment
In Matthew 5 Jesus says people who experience mistreatment for his name are blessed. In fact, they choose joy in midst of it. How can we develop persecution-proof hearts?
When Burdens Are Too Heavy
All of us have or will have some heavy burdens. Living in Christian community means we help others with their burdens and we receive help with ours.
The Glue of Community
Human nature uses people to our own selfish advantages. Jesus flips our natural tendencies upside down and leads by example to show us how community should really function.
Community That Seems Incompatible
We naturally build community based on affinity. When Jesus builds his community, they seemed incompatible. Yet Jesus invited them to journey together.
Rest as Delight
The Sabbath in Jesus’ day had lots of rules. God’s heart for Sabbath wasn’t rule keeping, but restoration. It was a gift pointing to a person: Jesus.
Don’t Learn The Hard Way
We gather regularly for the praise of God on Sunday. But it’s easy to let life rob us of that joy. Can we still have that same spirit of praise on Wednesday? Psalm 95 is an invitation to worship, but also a warning not to learn the hard way.
Joy is a universally sought after emotion. As Christians, not only do we want it for ourselves, but we want the world to know it also. Psalm 66 & 67 are the invitation.
When My Soul Feels Dry
There are times when our soul feels parched. What do you do to find relief and hope again? Psalm 42 offers us guidance.
Jonah: The Reluctant Missionary
Thoughts from Psalm 23 and the book of Jonah. Hal Ward vnministry.com
Did God Choose Me or Did I Choose God?
How much of the world has God determined in advance? Do we really have free choice? Did God choose me or did I choose God? For Further Reading: hand in Hand:The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn
A Sigh of Relief
All the build up comes to this, the final events of the end time before the new earth. Part 8 of Victor’s Crown: Revelation
Finding Healing For Our Brokenness
Jesus desires his church to be healthy. Sometimes it knows it is sick and needs help. Other times it thinks it is healthy and in reality it is sick. In these letters to the last 4 churches, Jesus has both a diagnosis and prescription. For a deeper discussion on Revelation 3:10, we encourage you to visit our blog and share your perspective.