State of Stephen 2019

STATE OF STEPHEN 2019 I generally struggle to celebrate what was gone well. As soon as I complete one project, I immediately want to dive into the next one. By Sunday afternoon I am already thinking about next Sunday. However, this leads me to spend a lot of time and energy focusing on where I…

Sermon: Upside Down for the Good

The story of Christ is a shocking story. A couple weeks ago I was in a discussion with a  couple friends about the conception and birth of Jesus. We were looking at what the Bible said and what we had been hearing, when one of my friends commented on just how stunning this story is.…

Sermon: Move Toward the Darkness

We have just heard the beautiful, amazing, and true story of Christmas. How God sent his son to be born in a humble manger for us. This evening, after hearing that story, we are going to set that story alongside another story of God’s coming to us. It is a story that shares surprising similarities.…

Sermon: Not You, but Y’all

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as we hear your word this morning, may we receive it as what it really is, not a human word, but God’s word. As we do, may it work in us and not return empty, but bear fruit for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Christians are always in Advent.…

Sermon: Wake Up!

It is always Advent season. I know that Advent does not technically start until next Sunday. I will be in the States celebrating American Thanksgiving and you will have the joy and privilege of hearing Jason Pluim sharing God’s Word. But while Advent is a season in the church, the four Sundays leading up to…

Sermon: Coveting v Contentment

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, speak to us by your word, draw us to yourself, and lead us from desiring the lives of others, to desiring you above all. In Jesus’ name, Amen. We have reached the end of the Ten Commandments. If you have been with us this fall, we have been making the…

Sermon: Candor

Lord, open our ears to your truth, open our eyes to your beauty, and open our lips to proclaim your praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to listen with me to the Word of the Lord. It is Exodus 20:16, which we said together just a few moments ago. But now hear it…