LOVE THEM ANYWAY

Romans 5:1-11

In this sermon, we will see the most important ingredient needed for the church to thrive and survive.

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“AGAINST ALL HOPE”

Romans 4

This sermon is about having hope, against all hope. 

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A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Romans 3:21-24

Our Christian walk may seem like an up hill battle at times, but as we see in this sermon from Romans chapter 3, there are two things that actually make it a level playing field.

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OUR HERITAGE RIGHT OR WRONG

Romans 2:17-29

In this sermon, we see the apostle Paul expose the root of the problem that we looked at in last week’s sermon.

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WHO DO YOU SEE?

Romans 2:1-16

This sermon is about who we see when we look at others and ourselves.  But the more important question is who does God see when He looks at others and at you.  

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NO EXCUSE

Romans 1:18-32

This sermon is about accountability but my guess is that you have a good excuse for not listening to it.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WHAT IS FAITH?

Romans 1:8-17

As you can probably guess, this sermon is about faith.

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THERE IS A CALL FOR YOU

Romans 1:1-7

This is the first of a series of sermons from the letter to the Romans. God has your number but so does Satan. Life can be like sitting at a switch board with multiple calls coming in at once. We can only handle one at a time, so which call do I take. God has dialed your number, but so have hundreds of others and they all seem important. There is only one of those calls that leads to eternal life. God has called and is calling. There is a call for you that you need to take. Are you ready to take that call?

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“IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST”

2 Thessalonians 3:1-15

This is the last sermon in this series. My prayer is that what I have shared over the past weeks about the “model” church has been of some benefit to you as you strive to live according to the will of God.

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JESUS WINS! PASS IT ON!

2 Thessalonians 2:1-17

There are things in life that are important and demand our attention. But there are also things in life that get our attention only to keep us from focusing on what is really important. In this sermon, we will see what we need to be focusing on to keep our life on the right path.

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AM I DOING THIS RIGHT?

2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

During our Christian walk, we often wonder if we are doing this right? Am I truly doing what I should as a disciple of Christ? In this sermon, we see what the apostle Paul has to say to the “model” church in Thessalonica and get some insight as to the questions we should be asking ourselves to see if we are doing this right.

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A SPIRITUALLY FIT CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

We have come to the end of Paul’s letter to the “model” church. In this sermon, we will see what a church needs to do to stay “Spiritually Fit”.

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A HOPE FILLED CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11

In this sermon, we look at two encouraging ways believers in Jesus are different from everyone else. The way we face death and the way we face life.

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A SANCTIFIED CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

We have already talked about the outside forces that Satan uses to derail the church. In this sermon we will see, what can destroy the church from the inside.

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A FAITHFUL CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 3:1-13

When you read 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13, you can almost feel Paul’s anguish from being separated from his church family in Thessalonica. Paul described that separation as an “intense longing” like a child who has been “orphaned” from his parents. In this sermon we learn what he did about it.

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STANDING STRONG AGAINST OPPOSITION

1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

The fact is that the church has always faced opposition. In this lesson, we will follow the Apostle Paul’s example on how we can stand strong against opposition.

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AN ENCOURAGING CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

The church is called to be encouragers. Although the Apostle Paul was extremely pleased with the “model” church in Thessalonica, he was also a realist. He knew the kind of pressures and resistance the church faced. So, he writes this letter to encourage them, so that they don’t fall into the same kinds of traps that other congregations have fallen into. In this sermon, we look at Paul’s example in how to be an encourager.

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A PROGRESSIVE CHURCH

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

This sermon begins a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to the church in Thessalonica. Paul describes the church there as “a model to all believers”, giving us some insight as to how we too can be a model church.

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“THE CRUX OF THE MATTER”

Galatians 6:11-18

You have most likely heard the phrase “The crux of the matter”. The word “crux” comes from old Latin, and simply means cross. And so that term has become associated with a critical juncture or point in time. The cross of Christ is that critical juncture. A time in history where everything changed. In this sermon, we will see that as the apostle Paul ends his letter, he too gets down to “the crux of the matter” and that is the cross of Christ.

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A HOLY SPIRIT HARVEST

Galatians 6:7-10

When you read, “a man reaps what he sows”, often what comes to mind is the proverbial saying, “what goes around comes around” or “you get what you deserve”. But the question is whether that is worldly thinking or spiritual thinking. In this sermon, we will explore what the apostle Paul has to say on the subject.

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FOR THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUAL

Galatians 6:1-5

This is the eighth time Paul has referred to them as “brethren”. This tells me a couple of things. First that no matter how many mistakes and wrong turns the church makes in its Christian walk, they are still family. It also tells me why Paul is so upset with what has been going on in the congregations in Galatia. Paul was there at their conception and their rebirth and now “these people” are messing with his family and he is not happy about it. In this sermon, we will see what Paul has to say to his “brethren” to help them to deal with problems and conflicts that arise.

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FOR THOSE WHO BELONG TO CHRIST JESUS

Galatians 5:13-26

In this sermon, we will explore what the apostle Paul tells the church what it needs to survive.

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GETTING BACK ON COURSE

Galatians 5:1-12

The congregations in Galatia have veered off course. They started out well but along the way they have received some bad directions. In the first 4 chapters, Paul has been expounding on the wonder of salvation by grace through faith and being set free from the Law. He has repeatedly expressed his bewilderment as to why they would ever buy into this idea that the gospel of grace wasn’t enough and they now needed to add the act of circumcision. And that when you add anything to the gospel of grace you make it no gospel at all. In this sermon, we will see what Paul has to say about the consequences of following the wrong course.

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A TALE OF TWO MOTHERS

Galatians 4:21-31

In chapters 3 and 4, Paul has been explaining to the church why they wouldn’t want to add anything to the gospel of grace. Now in the last section of chapter 4, he tells the tale of two mothers to illustrate two different paths that people take in trying to find salvation.

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DISCIPLES MAKING DISCIPLES

Matthew 28:18-20

This Sunday I decided not to preach from Paul’s letter to the congregations in the region of Galatia but instead to talk about something that is always on my heart and mind, discipleship. What it means to be a disciple of Christ and the command for disciples to make disciples. For those who choose to listen to this sermon, it is my prayer that you will be strengthened and encouraged in your resolve as a disciple of Christ and a disciple maker.

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THE CHILDREN OF GOD

Galatians 4:1-20

In this sermon we will be looking at the next passage in Paul’s letter to the congregations in the region of Galatia.  Paul wants them to understand who they were before Christ, what God has done for them through Christ and who they are now in Christ.

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PROMISES, PROMISES

Galatians 3:15-29 

So which is greater, the Law or the Promise? How are we saved by one and not the other? In this sermon, few will see what the apostle Paul answers those questions.

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JUMPING ON THE BANDWAGON

Galatians 3:1-14

Fellow Christians have come into the area of Galatia and have attempted to convince the congregations there that being saved by grace through faith isn’t sufficient. So starting in chapter three, Paul will present his arguments against this kind of teaching, which is what is being looked at in this sermon.

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“IN STEP WITH THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL”

Galatians 2:11-21 

In this sermon we will explore what it means to be “in step with the truth of the gospel.”

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“I WANTED TO BE SURE”

Galatians 2:1-10

This sermon is about wanting to be sure that what we have put our faith and hope in is the right thing.

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“THE LIFE THAT I LIVE”

Galatians 2:1-10

In Paul’s mission to share the gospel of grace, he did so through teaching and reasoning, but he also did it by sharing his story. We too can accomplish our mission of sharing the gospel through telling our story. But what should I should I share? How can I share? What should I focus on? By following Paul’s example we can get some help in telling others why the good news is truly good news. Which is what we will be looking at in this sermon.

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“GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU”

Galatians 1:1-10

In Paul’s letter “to the churches in Galatia”, he is writing to a church in crisis. There are those who are teaching a gospel that advocates adding something to Christ’s “gospel of grace”. This sermon begins a series of sermons from this letter.

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SEEING JESUS

Luke 2:8-18

Over the past couple of weeks, I have been thinking a lot about seeing Jesus. I think it’s because a good friend of mine has gone to be with Jesus. He was one of those Christians, that you knew was a Christian because you could see Jesus in him and through the example of his life. I am sad because I no longer get to see my friend but am filled with joy that he finally gets to see Jesus. This sermon is about seeing Jesus, those who did and some things we can see through them.

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DO NOT LOSE HEART

Hebrews 12:1-3

There have most likely been things in your life that you haven’t finished. Some of those things just aren’t that important and may not to be finished. With Jesus as our example we can know that there are those things that need to be finished. In this sermon, we will look at how we can finish without “growing weary and losing heart.”

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A REASON TO CELEBRATE

Luke 15

We can all think of reasons to celebrate, but in Luke chapter fifteen, Jesus gives us the best reason to celebrate. In this sermon, we will see what that reason is.

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SEEING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Matthew 26:36-56

It happens to all of us. Dark times come and we can be so overwhelmed with sorrow and the troubles of life that it can become all consuming to the point of exhaustion. Jesus had a time like that and in this sermon we will learn from Him how to get through those times and see light in the darkness.

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CULTIVATING A PURE HEART

Luke 11:14-28

Have you ever wondered why some seem to be able to resist negativism and remain patient, optimistic and forgiving, while others have a sour outlook and a gloomy attitude? In this sermon we will see how to cultivate a pure heart.

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“MY TESTIMONY IS TRUE”

John 8:12-18

The premise behind this sermon is simple. Jesus always told the truth. We are supposed to be just like Jesus, so we need to always tell the truth. So if it is so simple, why do we struggle with the truth? If you should have the inclination to listen to this sermon, I believe you won’t be disappointed. Honest.

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STAYING ON TRACK

Matthew 9:9-13

One of the incredible abilities of Jesus was to stay on track. There were plenty of distractions and lots of things that would have derailed us, but Jesus never lost His way. He was completely focused on His purpose in life. In this sermon, we explore how we too can stay on track.

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REFLECTING THE GLORY OF GOD

Matthew 17:1-8

In this sermon, we will look at what happens when we come into the presence of the Lord.

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IN THE UNENDING PRESENCE OF GOD

Matthew 5:16-24

How do you see your relationship with God? Do you think of God up in heaven doing His thing and you down here doing your thing? Have you ever wondered where God is at certain moments of your life? In this lesson, we will be looking to answer those questions.

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DO YOU HEAR ME?

Matthew 13:1-9

In this sermon, we will be looking to answer three questions. The three questions each of us need to answer as they relate to the teachings of Christ are; “Do you hear Me?”, “Do you understand what you are hearing?” and “What are you going to do about what you have heard?”

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“IF YOU ARE WILLING”

Mark 1:40-45

In Mark 1:40-45, a man with leprosy approaches Jesus, falls to his knees and says to Him, If you are willing, you can make me clean.” The question I had was why would the leper wonder if Jesus would be willing to heal him? So in this sermon, we will examine why the leper wondered if Jesus would be willing and what Jesus was willing to do and what all of this has to do with us today.

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FLEE, FIGHT, OR FORGIVE?

John 13:1-35

There are those people who are in our lives that can make it a real challenge to be just like Jesus. Just being in the same room with this person puts you on edge. Without them saying a word you find yourself on the defensive, irritable, annoyed and uncomfortable. And here’s the kicker, it’s someone you are stuck with, being family, co-workers, or even members of the church. The challenge we face as Christians is that we are called to love them even though we may not even like them. In this sermon, we will see how Jesus handles this kind of a situation.

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A CHANGE OF HEART

Matthew 7:24-29

As Jesus ends the sermon on the mount, He makes it clear that the things he has talked about are not optional. He defines the wise person as the one who not only listens to Him but does what He says and the foolish person is the one who doesn’t listen to Him and does not do what He says. In this sermon we will examine what we need to do and what needs to change for us to be like Jesus.  

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WE ARE ON “THE PROVING TRAIL”

Matthew 7:13-23

In my opinion, this section of the Sermon on the Mount is the scariest passage in the whole Bible. It’s not the wolves in sheep’s clothing that scare me. We all know there are people doing things in the name of Jesus that do not truly represent Christ. Everyone knows hypocrites that say one thing and do another. The scary part is believing I am doing all the right things only to find out I wasn’t really doing what’s important to Jesus. Imagine standing before Jesus and Him saying, “I never knew you.” But thankfully Jesus tells us how to avoid such a response and that’s what we will explore in this sermon.

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WE ARE ON THE NARROW WAY

Matthew 7:13-14

This is my first sermon since having open heart surgery. My recovery has been slow but it is at least heading in the right direction. I am feeling a little better every day. Thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers. In this sermon from the sermon on the mount, we are picking up where I left off 5 weeks ago. Thanks again, Dana

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WE ARE GENEROUS JUDGES

Matthew 7:1-12

I read somewhere that the best know verse in the Bible is Matthew 7:1, “Judge not lest ye be judged”. People who have never darkened the door of a church building or read a Bible are familiar with that particular verse. And let’s face it, none of us likes to be judged, but this passage is about more than that and is what we will discover in this sermon.

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WE ARE SEEKERS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Matthew 6:19-34

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) This is a familiar passage to many Christians and we all tend to have a fundamental idea of what it means. But what I attempt to do in this sermon is to help us see what it looks like to be seekers of the kingdom of God. Note: I began this sermon with a you tube video titled, “Domino Chain Reaction” with Stephen Morris. 

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WE ARE SEEN BY THE FATHER

Matthew 6:1-18

In this sermon, we will see that Jesus challenges us to think about how we present ourselves as God’s people. Do we put on a mask to fit the group we are with at the time or are we able to be genuine in all situations.

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WE ARE GRACE FILLED LAW LOVERS

Matthew 5:17-20

There are really two ways that Christians view God’s law.  They may see Christianity as nothing more than keeping certain rules and regulations. While others so experience God’s grace that they think there are no rules (grace without discipleship).  In this next section of the sermon on the mount, Jesus shows us how we can balance the two. 

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WE ARE SALT AND LIGHT

Matthew 5:13-16 

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus said that you ARE salt and that you ARE light. Not something that you are becoming or will be someday but that you already ARE as His disciples. The question is, do we really understand what it means to be a “city on a hill” or to be salt that changes the nature of the world. In this sermon, we will strive for a more practical understanding of how it is to be salt and light.

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WE ARE THE BLESSED

Matthew 5:1-12

In this sermon, we will see what it means to live under the powerful blessing of God, even in those times when we may think of ourselves as being anything but blessed.

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WE ARE THE IMPERFECT FAITHFUL

Hebrews 11:32-12:3

Perfection is unattainable. No matter how hard we try we will never be perfect, but we also know that striving for perfection is what we are called to do. We also know that God loves us and can use us in spite of our imperfections. In this sermon, we will see how God does great things through His “Imperfect faithful”.

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WE ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT

Galatians 5:13-26 

As one of God’s children, His Spirit dwells in you and you are then to be led by His Spirit. In this lesson, we will see what that means to us as children of God.

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WE ARE CHILDREN OF GOD

Romans 8:9-17

When you hear the term, “child of God”, what does that mean to you and how do you know if you are one or not? That is the focus of this sermon from Romans 8:9-17.

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“WE ARE OUT OF OUR MIND”

2 Corinthians 5:11-21

The message of the cross was a fundamental truth for the early church. But to many on the outside it seemed extremely foolish. It’s message was counter to everything those in society believed to be true and right and for many, then and now, it is a message they just can’t swallow.

In this sermon, we will be exploring that message and what it means to those who are “saved” through it but also seeing why those who are “perishing” believe “we are out of our mind.”

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WE ARE SANCTIFIED

1 Peter 2:9-12

To be sanctified, set apart, sounds good but what does it mean? The other question we should be asking ourselves is “as a sanctified person, what is it that I have been set apart to do?” In this sermon, we will explore both of those questions.

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WE ARE FAMILY

John 17:13-26

I once read an editorial that claimed there were 34,000 different identifiable groups calling themselves Christian. Recently I read that someone else claims there are 1517 different recognizable denominations in the United States. Whether it is 34,000 or 1517 or some other number the problem is that, according to the Bible there is only supposed to be one. In John 17, Jesus isn’t predicting unity, He is praying for it. He prays for unity because He knew that would be the one main difficulty for His church. In this sermon, I did not claim that we are the ones who have it right and everyone else has it wrong but that maybe we all need to examine ourselves by God’s truth and strive to be one as the Father and the Son are One.

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WE ARE LOVED

John 15:9-17

As the title of this sermon implies, it is about love. And I can imagine what you are thinking, “I’ve heard it all before”; “I get it”; “yada, yada, yada, whatever, let’s move on”. But I would like to suggest that maybe we have heard it all before but do we really get it? Do we truly comprehend how great God’s love is for us and how our love for God and others should be just as great?

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WE ARE SHEEP

John 10:1-16

We’re sheep? Really? I don’t want to be a sheep. Why can’t we be something cool like lions or tigers or bears? Like Max Lucado once wrote, “Couldn’t God have thought of something better than sheep? Of all God’s animals, the sheep is the least able to take of himself and sheep are dumb!” But here is the deal, you may not want to be a sheep but you really don’t have much of a choice. God says you are a sheep whether you want to be or not. He created us to be followers and if we are truly honest with ourselves everybody is a sheep. We all follow someone or something. In this sermon, we will be looking at the church as sheep.

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WE ARE CHURCH


Romans 16:1-16

Jesus didn’t die for a building. He died for you and for me. He died for people, those who accept His forgiveness on His terms are the church. In this sermon, we will be looking at how God sees His people, the church.

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SOMETHING WORTH FIGHTING FOR

Jude 3-4; Philippians 1:27-28

Jude wanted to write to fellow Christians about the greatest thing they have in common, their salvation.  Instead, he felt the need to urge them to “contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered.” In other words, there is something worth fighting for and in this sermon we will see what that is, what it isn’t and even how we are to fight.

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HOW TO BUILD A CHURCH

Acts 2:36-47; Ephesians 2:19-22

I recently asked a group of people what comes to mind when they hear the word, church. There answers were “a place to go and worship”, “a place to give your money”, “a place to fellowship”, and so on. Those answers reflect the common perception that a church is someone place where you go. Unfortunately, that definition has nothing to do with the Bible’s description of the church. When Jesus said, “I will build my church”, it had nothing to do with a building but with people. Beginning with this sermon, we will be taking a look at what the early church was and what it looked like.

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A WALK TO THE CROSS/AT THE CROSS

John 19:16-42

There were lots of people that were at the cross but they were there for different reasons.  In this sermon, we will be looking at those people, their reasons for being there and then asking ourselves why we are there.

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A WALK TO THE CROSS/SEIZE THE DAY

Luke 9:57-62

When we think about Jesus walk to the cross it can and does elicit from us an emotional response, but as we step across the line and commit to being a follower of Jesus, it’s important to understand and think through the personal and practical implications. At the end of Luke chapter nine, after Jesus offers an invitation to deny yourself and to take up your cross daily and follow Him, we are introduced to three people who initially seem eager to be followers of Jesus.  In this sermon, we will see what Jesus expects from those who would desire to be His followers.

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A WALK TO THE CROSS/GETTING STARTED

Matthew 16:13-28

This sermon is the first in a short series that I am calling “A Walk to the Cross”. We all know about Jesus walk to the cross but what we’ll be focusing on in these sermons is the walk to the cross that you and I have been called to make. And as it is with all journeys there needs to be a starting point, so let’s get started.

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“GIT ‘R DONE”

Colossians 4:7-18

This sermon concludes the series I have been doing from the book of Colossians.  I hope that it has helped you to be strengthened in your faith and your walk with God.  As for the content of this sermon, I believe the title says it all.  God loves you and so do I, Dana 

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SHINE JESUS SHINE

Colossians 4:2-6

The church is the body of Christ and therefore we should be thinking like Jesus and be motivated by the same goals and objectives. When people look at the church, they should see Jesus. In this sermon, we will be looking at what we should be doing so that Jesus shines through us.

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AS IF FOR THE LORD

Colossians 3:22-4:1

If we, the church, ever hope to be able to do the will of God, one thing must be foremost in our minds, and that is that Jesus is in charge not us. Paul’s emphasis throughout this letter is that Jesus is Lord, Jesus has all authority and that if we have any hope of accomplishing what we have been called to do, we have got to get it straight in our minds and in our lives. In this sermon, we will explore that very idea.

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A HAPPY, HEALTHY HOME

Colossians 3:17-21

In this sermon, we will learn the key to having “A Happy, Healthy Home.”

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DOING IT CHRIST’S WAY

Colossians 3:1-17

A church is often defined by the rites, rituals, rules and traditions that various groups have set up for themselves, those things that they have determined make them acceptable to God. In this sermon from Colossians 3:1-17, we will be looking at what the apostle Paul has to say on that subject.

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THE CHRIST-POWERED/CHRIST-CENTERED CHURCH

Colossians 2:6-23

In chapter three of Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, he exposes those who are leading the church astray.  These false teachers are attempting to convince the church that there are things they need to be doing to be acceptable to God. In this sermon, we will be looking at what the apostle Paul has to say to the church about these folks that are imposing on them rules, rites and rituals that have nothing to do with being the church that Christ built.

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“COMPLETE IN CHRIST”

Colossians 1:21-2:7

Paul writes the church in Colossae and tells them that his purpose, as a minister of the gospel, is to present everyone “complete in Christ”. In this sermon, we explore what that actually means.

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THE BUCK STOPS HERE

Colossians 1:15-23

In life in general but especially in the religious world, we are often faced with the dilemma of who should I listen to and who has authority to tell me what is right and what is wrong? In this sermon, we see how the apostle Paul answers those questions.

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TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Colossians 1:1-14

Often times when we study the New Testament epistles, we tend to look on them as something written to impart good doctrine. But we need to remember these letters were written to a specific group of Christians to help them with their Christian walk. Paul begins his letter to the church in Colossae by describing what seems to be a fundamentally sound church, but it becomes evident that something is missing. They’ve got a good foundation but Paul wants them to take their faith to the next level. Beginning with this sermon, we will be looking at how we as Christians can take our faith to the next level.

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STRENGTHENING THE CHURCH THROUGH CELEBRATION

Philippians 4:1-9 

In this sermon, we will be looking at the last of the spiritual disciplines, celebration. Celebration may be the most difficult discipline because life isn’t perfect. In those imperfect times, we can lost sight of all that God is and what He is doing in our lives each and every day. Celebration is the culmination of all other disciplines as we bring our lives into submission to God and fully integrate our faith with our lives.

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“THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”

Matthew 10:34-39

If you ask people what they think is “The reason for the season?”, you will probably hear things like, “It’s a special time for kids” or “It’s a time to give and receive gifts” or “It’s a time for family and to renew relationships” and of course that “Jesus is the reason for the season”. But is Jesus the reason for the season or is there a deeper reason for the arrival of God on earth. In this sermon we will see what Jesus Himself has to say on the subject.

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STRENGTHENING THE CHURCH THROUGH GUIDANCE

Ephesians 5:21-32

In this sermon, we move on to the spiritual discipline of guidance. This discipline begins with the recognition that each of us is an integral part of God’s plan for the church. It requires us to value God’s plan for the church above all other plans we may make for ourselves.

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ENGAGING THE WORLD THROUGH WORSHIP

John 4:19-26

When we think about worship, we often limit it to what we do on a Sunday morning. In actuality, there is nowhere in the New Testament that defines worship as those rites and rituals that folks do when we they gather at a building on a Sunday. In this sermon, we will be examining what the Bible does say about worship and how as a spiritual discipline we can engage the world through worship.

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STRENGTHENING THE CHURCH THROUGH CONFESSION

Matthew 5:21-26

In this sermon, we will be looking at the spiritual discipline of confession. Confession, as a spiritual discipline, is not about our need for the forgiveness of sins. Although necessary, that form of confession is between you and God through Christ. Instead, it addresses the damage caused by conflict, especially to the body of Christ and interpersonal relationships.

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ENGAGING THE WORLD AS A SERVANT

Matthew 25:31-46

We need to keep in mind that unless we develop an attitude of total submission, like Jesus demonstrated, making others more important than yourselves, we will never be the servants God has called us to be. In this sermon we will see that the discipline of service must be something that can be routinely practiced, not occasional works of greatness. As Jesus teaches in Matthew 25:31-46, it is the little things that count.

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ENGAGING THE WORLD THROUGH SUBMISSION

Philippians 2:1-8 

In this sermon, we will begin looking at the spiritual disciplines of engagement. The first one being submission. The first six were to prepare us for engaging the world, so now it is time to engage it.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH SILENCE AND SOLITUDE

I Kings 19:9-14

Last week we looked at the spiritual discipline of simplicity. Through the practice of simplicity we learn to remove those things from our lives that we are putting before God. Through the discipline of silence and solitude we will be able to eliminate the one final obstacle, noise. In this sermon, we will see how we can quiet the noise so that we can hear God.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH SIMPLICITY

Matthew 6:19-34

Another key practice for integrating our faith with our lives is to simplify. We often times over complicate our lives to the point there is no room for God. In this sermon, we will see the importance of simplification and what we need to do to uncomplicate our lives.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH FASTING

Isaiah 58

Before you listen to this sermon, I highly recommend reading Isaiah 58. In that passage of scripture, God, through the prophet Isaiah lets His people know what He thinks about their practice of fasting. The next discipline we will be looking at to help us better integrate our faith with our lives is fasting.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH MEDITATION

Matthew 12:43-45

In this sermon, we will be looking at the spiritual discipline of meditation. Eastern meditation seeks to empty one’s mind and center one’s life on one’s self. On the other hand, Christian meditation seeks to fill one’s mind with the things of God and center one’s life in the middle of God’s will.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH STUDY

Ephesians 4:11-16

People study the Bible for different reasons. Some simply to gain knowledge. Others seek to validate what they have already come to believe or to prove someone else wrong. Still others search the Bible when they get themselves into difficult situations and want God’s word to fix things for them. If you are one of these people, I would suggest that you may want to reexamine your motives. In this sermon, we will examine what the goal of Bible study should be.

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PREPARING TO ENGAGE THE WORLD THROUGH PRAYER

Acts 4:23-31

When we think of spiritual disciplines, we may think of those exercises that have been used to escape the world. But as disciples of Christ we are to be moving our spiritual lives from cloisters, closets and church buildings into the world around us. As in all things, we can study something to death but if we are not going to put what we learn into practice there will be no growth.

Spiritual growth is a product of spiritual exercise. Depending where you are in your spiritual growth or health will determine what areas you need to work on, remembering that they are all important. In this sermon, we will begin by looking at the first and I believe the most important spiritual discipline and that is prayer.

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“IT’S ALL HEART FROM HERE”

I Timothy 4:6-16

The Christian walk is not always easy. It seems like the more we walk by faith the greater the obstacles to overcome. As Peter said, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (2 Peter 5:8) As Paul instructed Timothy, it is imperative for us to, “discipline (train) yourself for the purpose of godliness.” It’s easy for us to be “good Christians” when we are sitting on our padded pews, surrounded by fellow believers, shut off from the outside world in our air conditioned church buildings. But, as disciples of Christ, we are to be engaging the world not seeking to escape it. Spiritual fitness is necessary for us to be turning the world upside down as the first century church did. If spiritual disciplines are the exercises by which faith and life are reintegrated to produce our wholeness with and in God, they cannot be optional. Spiritual discipline is the heart of spiritual transformation, and spiritual disciplines are the cardiovascular exercises that make transformation possible and our spiritual lives healthy ones. If you are content with keeping your Christianity a spectator sport, then you will probably not want to listen to this sermon. But it you are ready to make a difference in the world around you and start living your faith then maybe this is the sermon you should be listening to.  

Note:  I began this sermon by showing a clip from the movie “Facing the Giants”.  You can find it by going to youtube and typing in facing the giants death crawl.  

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LIVING A WORRY FREE LIFE

Matthew 6:25-34

In this sermon, we will examine what Jesus has to say about living a worry-free life in a troubled world.

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“SING AND BE HAPPY”

John 16:16-22

In John 16:22, Jesus said to His disciples, “…but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you.” He didn’t present this as a suggestion but as a fact, “NO ONE WILL TAKE YOUR JOY AWAY FROM YOU.” So, how is that going for you? Do you feel so blessed because of what Christ did for you that joy and happiness is constantly bubbling out of you? Well, is it? If you are like me it hasn’t always been easy to keep your happy on. In this lesson, we will be looking at twelve things that happy people do.

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A TRANSFORMED MAN

Acts 4:1-22

In the previous sermon, I focused on how important it is for us to be “craving the word of God”. If we are to grow as disciples/disciple makers and help other disciples grow so that they can fulfill Christ’s calling to make disciples, we need to know the teachings and commands of Jesus.  We should always be approaching the word of God with humility. Too often we search the Bible to validate things we have been fed and the views we already hold. God gave us His word so that we can know Him and His will, to better understand ourselves and the world around us and most importantly to be transformed. In this lesson, we will be looking at the transformation of Peter and hopefully see why he was “turning the world upside down.”

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CRAVING THE WORD OF GOD

1 Peter 1:22-2:3

An important part in disciple making is to teach them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us to do (Matthew 28:20). This makes it imperative that all disciple/disciple makers know Jesus’ teachings and commands. We may not be able to sit at the feet of Jesus as the first disciples had but we do have His teachings written down for us in His book. So, in this sermon, we will be asking ourselves why we are reading the Bible, why God gave us His word, and will suggest the best way to approach the word of God.

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“RENEW MY SPIRIT”

2 Corinthians 5:10-6:2

As disciples of Christ, we are to join together with other believers, helping one another to overcome what ever may be holding us back and to challenge one another to grow into more effective disciple makers. In this sermon, we will look at what it is that may be keeping us from doing what we have been called to do and how we can overcome that obstacle.  

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Five Minute Focus: A Mighty God

Last night I was reading Noah’s story, and of course, it felt much more realistic with the storms raging outside at the same time. The thunder shook the house, the lights flickered and at that moment I was awed by the awesome power and magnificence of our God. God can take many roles in our lives—friend, savior, father, but in all, He is Lord: King. Many writers in the Bible talk about fearing the Lord, and in looking at Noah’s story and countless other examples in the Bible, it is clear to see that we do need to have a healthy fear and respect our God. As the storms continue to rage on today, take five minutes to reflect on our God as leader, Lord, who is mighty and all-powerful. Do you fear and respect Him?

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“LET THE LOWER LIGHTS BE BURNING”

Matthew 5:13-16

The church is to be letting its light shine, as Jesus said, “so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” I think we all get that and see why that can be important, but what does that look like in a practical sense. In this sermon, we will be looking at how we can be the lights Jesus is calling us to be.

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Five Minute Focus: A Lesson From Sarah

Trusting God to fulfill what He says He will complete in your life: do you struggle with this, because oftentimes I do. Sarah, Abraham’s wife did also, even to the point where she laughed when God promised her the gift of a child. She didn’t have the capacity to understand the great plan that God had both for her and her unborn son, and was filled with skepticism. How often do we laugh at God’s promises because we doubt His ability to perform even the smallest miracles in our lives? Take five minutes today to put your faith and trust back into the power of the Lord, because He will do exactly what He says He will do. Even though both Sarah and Abraham doubted God, Isaac was born to them and became the father of many nations–just as God promised.

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Five Minute Focus: Heavenly Father

I’m getting my first dose of parenting–well–with being ‘mom’ to three exchange students in their early twenties that stay with me in my house. There isn’t too much of an age difference between us, but as we go through life’s events together, there are moments when I am proud of their accomplishments, where I give them important life advice, and would sincerely sacrifice whatever needed to ensure their safety. In reflecting on my instincts to parent these young women, I have come to realize that these sentiments are exactly what our heavenly Father feels towards us as His children. He rejoices when we turn to Him for His counsel, is proud of us when we accomplish a gain for His kingdom, and has already sacrificed His one and only Son so that we may have an eternal life and relationship with Him. Take five minutes today to focus on God as your heavenly Father who cares and loves you more than you are capable of loving and caring for your own children. In knowing that, how can your relationship with your heavenly Father grow deeper today?

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YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

Galatians 6:1-10

The focus of this sermon is on another key element in understanding how we can better fulfill Christ’s command to make disciples.

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