September 24th Worship: 9 AM & 11 AM Services | Philippians 1:12-14, 19-26 “To live is ____, to die is____.”
Discover Your Second Family

Sermons on Matthew

Loaves & Fishes

Digging Deep When it Counts

    Now when Jesus heard this, [of the beheading of John the Baptist], he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for…

Jesus at Supper at Emmaus

The Ripple Effect

The fact is that people want more than just to see the Christ, but also to somehow reflect in their own lives the truth and goodness of the Messiah. (Don’t you think?)

scales

Making Amends

There is an old Cherokee story about a grandfather who is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he says to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil –filled with anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, inferiority, false pride, superiority, ego. The other wolf is good – full of joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith. The same fight is going on- inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thinks about this for a minute and then asks his grandfather, “Well, which wolf will win?”

The old Chief simply replies, “The one you feed.”

Flowers in sidewalk crack

The Humility of Jeb

As part of this years’ Summer Sermon series, I’ve been doing a little background work. This past week I’ve spent some time in conversation with two different addiction counselors; one a private clinical counselor, the other who now heads a pretty good sized recovery center in the county.

With both of them, we talked about 12-Step Programs, their strengths and weaknesses, and what about them that makes them work.

They both agreed, independently, that they don’t know what it is that ‘clicks’ with people, how it is that recovery truly begins. They acknowledged the reality of relapse; but also again, independently, used the same three words that are part of Step 7, and that all nearly universally come into play when recovery takes place and holds fast. These three words are the focus of our message for today… HUMBLY. ASK. GOD.