Sermons from 2016

Sermons from 2016

Pastures of Plenty

TEXT: Psalm 23:1b-2a; Ezekiel 34:11-15 Today we continue in the second of seven weeks in Psalm 23. Last week, we looked at the image of God as Shepherd and talked about some of the characteristics of a shepherd as a provider, protector, and guide. Today we will focus specifically on two phrases: “I shall not want” and “He makes me lie down in green pastures.” On the…

Standing in the Gap

TEXT: Philemon 17-25; 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 This is our fourth and last week in Philemon, a short letter found in the New Testament, from the Apostle Paul to his friend and Christian leader, Philemon. In the past three weeks we have looked at several aspects of this letter. The first week we looked at the exemplary character of Philemon, whom Paul praised as a “good…

No Longer as a Slave

TEXT: Philemon 10-16; Galatians 3:24-29 We are continuing today in the short letter to Philemon, found near the end of the New Testament. It is a personal letter from the Apostle Paul to the head of an early Christian house church, a man named Philemon. The situation, which we really hear about in today’s text, is that Paul has met a man named Onesimus who is a…

An Appeal for Love’s Sake

TEXT: Philemon 8-9; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 Last week we began a four-week series on the letter to Philemon. Philemon was the leader of a house church and greatly esteemed by the Apostle Paul. Last week we looked at Paul’s words of appreciation and noted that even a “good man” or a “good Christian” can have a blind spot. While there is no evidence that Philemon mistreated…

A Good Man

TEXT: Philemon 1-7; Luke 6:39-45 For the month of August we will be looking at the short New Testament book of Philemon. Let me offer a short overview of the whole before we walk through it in parts and more slowly. What has apparently happened is that Onesimus, a bondservant to Philemon, has run away and come to Paul, who is in prison as an old man.  For…

Three Compassions

TEXT: Luke 7,10,15 4 Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember…

While the Nations Rage

TEXT: Acts 4:23-31; Psalm 2 It is wonderful to be back with you this morning! As I wrote in the church newsletter, I look forward to sharing bits and pieces of the sabbatical with you over the coming weeks and I hope the overall benefit of rest and renewal will be evident to you. Next week, in particular, I’m going to speak more about the God-designed benefits of Sabbath…