Daniel’s Model Prayer | Message 7 | Daniel 9:1-19 | January 7, 2018 Introduction Background to the Passage. This event occurred shortly after chapter 5 and probably near the time of chapter 6 and the lion’s den. Daniel was around 80 years old and was reading from the book of Jeremiah. This whole land shall […]CONTINUE READING
Message 6 | Daniel 6:1-28 | December 31, 2017 Introduction This chapter seems to occur shortly after the events of chapter 5. There is no indication in the chapter that there was a lengthy period of time between the two chapters. Daniel has been in Babylon for nearly 70 years and is likely between 80 […]CONTINUE READING
December 24, 2017 | Christmas Eve AM Service Introduction Doug Wilson. I have often said that nativity sets should include a set of Herod’s soldiers—that is as much a part of the Christmas story as the shepherds, or the star, or the wise men. These traditional figures all glorified Christ in His coming, but the […]CONTINUE READING
Message 5 | Daniel 5:1-31 | December 3, 2017 Introduction One of the most interesting stories in the Bible is that described in Daniel 5 – Belshazzar’s feast. Let’s take a moment to paint the scene and then, following, we will look a little deeper at some of the details. Belshazzar was not the supreme […]CONTINUE READING
Message 4 | Daniel 4:1-37 | November 26, 2017 Introduction The light of the great cathedral was limited to one candle on the casket of King Louis XIV. This King, who ruled France for 72 years from 1643 to 1715, desired to be referred to as Louis the Great. King Louis had given specific instructions […]CONTINUE READING
Message 3 | Daniel 3:1-30 | November 19, 2017 Introduction A sad reality of which most of us would probably concur is that we too often cave to external pressure. As we consider Daniel 3, we will quickly see that the vast majority of people (including most, if not all, of the other Jews) yielded […]CONTINUE READING
Message 2 | Daniel 2:1-28 | November 12, 2017 Preface: The year is around 603 BC. It’s “in the second year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar” (Dan 2:1). Daniel is about 15 or 16 years old. It’s possible that he is done with his three years of training but we’re not certain. The following […]CONTINUE READING
Message 1 | Daniel 1:1-21 | November 5, 2017 Introduction Daniel offers moral examples. The book of Daniel is a good example of a book in which readers may often focus on the human characters in the book while potentially missing the emphasis on God in the book. To some degree it is good and […]CONTINUE READING
October 29, 2017 | Reformation Sunday Introduction On Tuesday, October 31, we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s pounding the 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Today is our gathered celebration of that event. Today is Reformation Sunday. But, why do we celebrate Reformation Sunday? If you’re like me […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 59 | 1 Corinthians 16:5-24 | October 15, 2017 Introduction “Man up and show affection for one another.” Well now, that’s a bit unusual. You’ve probably seen or heard of things that don’t typically go together, fire and water, orange juice and milk, orange juice and oreos ☹, chocolate and mustard, dogs and […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 58 | 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 | October 8, 2017 Introduction “As the offering plates were being passed during worship, a little boy seated with his father whispered loudly: “Don’t pay for me, daddy. I’m under five.” And with that, we enter into the last of Paul’s awkward conversations in this letter to the […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 57 | 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 | October 1, 2017 Introduction Given the miraculous circumstances of Christ’s resurrections, it is not hard to understand why there have always been skeptics who have rejected the resurrection – or any resurrection at all. Some of the most prominent religious leaders of Jesus’ day rejected the idea […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 56 | 1 Corinthians 15:20-34 | September 24, 2017 Introduction This week I found myself deep into the comment sections of a blog post written by Scot McKnight on patheos.com, titled “Women and the Public Reading of Scripture.” McKnight was responding to an article that was written by the popular, theologically conservative blogger, […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 55 | 1 Corinthians 15:5-19 | September 17, 2017 Pre-Sermonette: Paul’s Humility In a few moments, we’ll be looking a little deeper into 1 Corinthians 15:12-19. Last week we stopped in verse 4. I would like to take a moment, separate from the main message to acknowledge and be encouraged by a side […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 53 | 1 Corinthians 14:2-25 | August 27, 2017 Introduction Would you like to know the church’s most sinful blunder for the last 2,000 years? According to the group, Pentecostal Christian Evangelism, the early church’s rejection of tongues being the only evidence of Spirit Baptism “IS WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF CONTRADICTION, THE MOST MONUMENTAL, […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 52 | 1 Corinthians 14:1 | August 20, 2017 Introduction Charlotte’s Web. “With the right words you can change the world.” Profound words for a spider. Many of you likely recall the story of Charlotte’s Web. A runt pig is born and Papa Arable wants to kill it, but eight year old Fern […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 51 | 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 | June 25, 2017 Introduction Duncan McColl. Two towns, Calais, ME and St. Stephen, N.B. share an amazing history. There is one anecdote that most residents will happily share. During the war of 1812 we ran out of gunpowder for the fourth of July. Calais asked St.Stephen and […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 50 | 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 | June 18, 2017 Love rejoices when truth triumphs (13:6). Defining unrighteousness and truth. Unrighteousness is a general “disregard for what is right.” Our specific context establishes that it is a disregard for truth. Paul writes of this in Romans as well, “For the wrath of God […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 49 | 1 Corinthians 13:5-6 | June 11, 2017 Introduction Setting. We come to the seventh of eight anti-characteristics of love. We began by looking at “love is patient and kind” – then began to look at the 8 anti-characteristics of love – love is not arrogant. It is this arrogance that works […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 48 | 1 Corinthians 13:5 | June 4, 2017 Introduction We find ourselves in the midst of eight anti-characteristics of love. Last week we were able to consider envy, pride, and rudeness. Arrogance was that root issue that manifested itself in boasting, envy of others, and shameful behavior towards others. There is […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 47 | 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 | May 28, 2017 | Pastor Sturgill Introduction Definition of love. Love is a willful choice, not based in one’s emotions, the treatment of the one being loved, or the circumstances in which one finds themselves, to sacrifice themselves for the betterment or well-being of the other. Anti-characteristics […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 46 | 1 Corinthians 13:4 | May 21, 2017 Introduction This morning we have the opportunity to take a closer look at two of the characteristics of love – patience and kindness. I want you to know up front that I don’t intend to follow Henry Ward Beecher’s exhortation, “There is no such […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 45 | 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 | May 14, 2017 Tertullian, who was considered to be the father of Latin Christianity declared that the one thing that converted him to Christianity was not the arguments they gave him, because he could find a counterpoint for every argument they would present. “But they demonstrated something […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 43 | 1 Corinthians 12:28 | May 7, 2017 Introduction Last week we took some time to consider a couple of roles or people that were gifts to the church, namely apostles and prophets. This week we will consider, in a broad manner, the miraculous or supernatural gifts given to the church. Any […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 41 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 | April 23, 2017 Introduction Nearly 2,500 years ago, a slave and storyteller by the name of Aesop wrote the following: One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 40 | 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 | April 2, 2017 Introduction According to the Pew Research Center, over a quarter of Christianity consists of Pentecostals and Charismatics. Let me briefly make a distinction between Pentecostals and Charismatics. Pentecostals believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is always manifested by speaking in tongues. The […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 39 | 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 | March 26, 2017 Introduction When we come to the end of an all church fellowship and people begin to clean up, what is your natural inclination, help clean up or continue the conversation in which you are immersed? For those of you who tend to get up […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 38 | 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 | March 19, 2017 Introduction Believers dare not come to the table except with a repentant heart. “Whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner,” as Paul puts it, “drinks judgment to himself.” That should be a sobering warning, especially when […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 37 | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | March 12, 2017 Purpose Statement. Last week we were able to consider the fact that the proper observance of the Lord’s Supper promotes unity within the body of Christ, and next week we will look more closely at how the proper observance of the Lord’s Supper protects […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 36 | 1 Corinthians 11:17-22 | March 5, 2017 Purpose Statement. The ground at the foot of the cross is flat. It tolerates no socio-economic hierarchy or division in the family of God. [Everyone’s equal at the foot of the cross. Don’t get a big head!] The Lord’s Supper: A Fulfillment of the […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 34 | 1 Corinthians 11:4-16 | February 19, 2017 Purpose Statement. Beloved, don’t draw attention to yourself in church, instead promote unity and appropriateness in worship. Men, Be Appropriate in Church. Too often this passage becomes almost entirely about women and whether they should wear a head covering or not. One significant problem […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 33 | 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 | February 12, 2017 Introduction This morning, let’s start near the end. 1 Corinthians 10:31 outlines for us the primary goal. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This establishes our primary purpose at any point in our […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 32 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | February 5, 2017 This Sunday we come to the third question of a series of three questions we’ve asked of this text. (1) What are we commanded to do? Flee. We are to continually, aggressively, and dramatically flee. (2) What are we to flee from? Idolatry. While […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 31 | 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 | January 29, 2017 Nearly 2 ½ months ago we set aside our study in Corinthians to look at the Five Solas of the Reformation and then celebrate the Incarnation. We now make our way back to this insightful and convicting letter from Paul. To catch us back […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
January 1, 2017 | Various Passages I would imagine that most of us here understand the basic fundamentals of basketball. I want you to compare your knowledge of basketball to an experience I had. In high school, I was strongly encouraged to wrestle instead of play basketball. Ironically, we often began our wrestling practices with […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
December 25, 2016 | Advent Message 2 | Matthew 2:1-6, Micah 5:1-2 Introduction “What a humble birth! It is as though Christ slipped into the world—no fanfare, no king’s palace, no silk-lined cradle. Just humble swaddling clothes and a manger with straw for a bed! From Rome, Caesar spoke and the world obeyed, yet for […]CONTINUE READING
December 11, 2016 | Advent Message 1 | Colossians 1:15-17 Christ is still relevant for today. In the technologically advanced world in which we live, people often struggle to see scripture and Christ as relevant. As a child once asked, “If Jesus came back today, would He understand computers?” While the child very well may […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 5 | December 4, 2016 Why does a young child run into the kitchen with a torn and ragged piece of paper containing the drawing of – well, you never did figure that out. Why? Because they wanted you to see the evidence of their work and creativity. They want to hear, “Wow! […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 4 | November 27, 2016 | Pastor Sturgill There is a legend of Martin Luther, that, during a serious illness, the Evil One entered his sickroom and, looking at him with a triumphant smile, unrolled a big scroll which he carried in his arms. As the beast threw one end of it on […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 3 | November 20, 2016 | Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-7 Purpose. The deeper the valley of our sin, the more glorious is the mountain of God’s grace. Historical Overview Augustine and Pelagius Our historical overview begins nearly 1,000 years prior to the Reformation with Augustine (354-430 AD), the bishop of Hippo. He is […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 2 | November 13, 2016 Introduction As we move through the Five Solas of the Reformation, we come to the doctrine of sola fide. Martin Luther said of this doctrine, it is “the article by which the church stands or falls.” His pronouncement seems extreme, so for us to assess whether we agree […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 1 | The Five Solas of the Reformation | November 6, 2016 Introduction Last Sunday, many churches throughout the world, celebrated Reformation Sunday. The popular belief is that it was 499 years ago on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on the Wittenberg Castle church. With this quite normal […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 30 | 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 | October 23, 2016 Introduction We are a blessed people. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m sure many of us would admit to hardships in our lives, yet we would probably say that God has blessed us in a wonderful manner. Let’s continue with this line of thought. How […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
The Christian Race (9:24-27) Message # 29 | 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 | October 16, 2016 The Olympic Games in Ancient Greece.  The Olympic Games as we know them today have a long history which goes back to ancient times. Everything started in the Peloponnese, in Greece, some 3,000 years ago. Sports competitions were organized […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 28 | 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 | October 9, 2016 Abraham Bininger, a Swiss boy from Zurich, came with his parents to this country on the same ship that brought John Wesley. The father and mother of the lad both died on the voyage and were buried at sea, and he stepped alone […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 27 | 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 | October 2, 2016 Introduction Surrender your rights. That sounds counter-cultural. As we flip the page from 1 Corinthians chapter eight to chapter nine, we find the same dynamic that is true of any other page of Scripture. On each page of Scripture, we are called to live […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 26 | 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 | September 25, 2016 Introduction Gray areas in the Christian life. There are a lot of commandments in Scripture that are very clear. You probably never had to argue with someone over whether or not lying, stealing, cheating, or murder are wrong. In fact, even most unbelievers would […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 25 | 1 Corinthians 7:10-16 | September 18, 2016 Divorce is painful. It has often been said that a divorce is more emotionally painful than the death of a spouse. It often takes years to ever come and the divorce process can take years to settle. Everyone’s life is completely upset. There is […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 24 | 1 Corinthians 7:1-9, 17-40 | September 11, 2016 Celibacy is not spiritually superior (vs 1). The deliberate abstinence from marital or sexual intimacy. CELIBACY Abstention by vow from marriage. The practice of abstaining from marriage may be alluded to twice in the NT. Jesus said that some have made themselves eunuchs […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 23 | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 | September 4, 2016 Introduction: Principle of the Dynamic Heart How many of you have ever changed what you believe to fit how you feel or what you want to do? Have you ever changed your actions or how you feel about something because you came to think […]CONTINUE READING
Message # 22 | 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 | August 28, 2016 Introduction What are we as Americans afraid of? Alexandra Sifferlin of Time Magazine offers us a list which comes from a recent survey by researchers at Chapman University. The researchers asked a random sample of 1,541 adults to rate the level of fear in […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 21 | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 | August 21, 2016 Introduction John Wesley declared that the world would be Christian were it not for the Christians! Purpose Statement: Believers should not take each other to court; it underestimates the transforming work of Christ in their lives. Message Outline The Criticism (6:1) Does he dare! […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 5 | Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 | August 7, 2016 Introduction If God sovereign, all powerful, loving, and good why do bad things happen? Why does he allow evil? That is one of the most challenging questions many of us will face, and likely, many of us just avoid it. I wish I could offer […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 4 | Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 | July 31, 2016 Introduction Different Views of Work A man must work to provide for his family. A mentality that was once prominent in society seems to have waned in the last couple of generations, a mentality that demanded that a father work to provide for his […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 3 | Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 | July 24, 2016 Introduction Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He had this to say about happiness. All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 2 | Ecclesiastes 1:13-18 | July 17, 2016 Introduction What problem was presented last week? Life is hebel. It is brief, absurd and meaningless. Consider Juicy Fruit – A gum with a phenomenal taste that only last for a few seconds. The satisfaction found is quickly gone. How was that problem magnified in […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 1 | Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 | July 10, 20162 Introduction The liquidation of the Ghettos of Krakow. Beginning in September of 1939, the Germans occupied Krakow. At that time there were nearly 90,000 Jews living in Krakow. Forced labor, seizure of homes and possessions, curfews, and general maltreatment by the German soldiers and officers […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 20 | 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 | June 19, 2016 Introduction 1 Corinthians 5:9–13 (ESV) 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 19 | 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 | June 12, 2016 Introduction We all sin – regularly. Sometimes those sins are, from our perspective, quite dramatic and carry severe consequences. This reality shouldn’t shock us. After all, we realize that while we are believers we, we still have the flesh present within us and we […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!
Message # 18 | 1 Corinthians 4:16-21 | June 5, 2016 Purpose Statement: Our care of others should reflect God’s care for us. A Spiritual Father Offers a Model to Follow First, Let’s wrestle with the fact that Paul tells people to imitate him. He exhorts the believers to imitate him. How arrogant of him!? […]CONTINUE READING AUDIO VERSION AVAILABLE!