Sermon: The Hoshanna of Holy Week

Today is the first Sunday of the season of Lent, a season where we join our steps with the Lord Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem. It is a season where we head the words of John the Baptist to ‘prepare the way of the LORD’ and join our stories with the truest…

Sermon: The Glory of God in the Face of Jesus

Come with me to the mountaintop. A short while ago, Jesus gathered his disciples at Caesarea Philippi and asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter has confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus begins to explain that this will mean suffering and death before the…

Sermon: Stepping Out of the Boat

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Matthew. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 14, beginning in verse 22. If you don’t have a bible with you this morning, feel free to grab one from the pew in front of you and…

Sermon: In the Boat and On the Shore

The Bible often prefers to show rather than tell. It is the difference between telling you I have a great jump shot and beating you one-on-one. One is telling, the other is showing. In our passage this morning, Jesus does a little telling and a little showing about what it means to be a disciple.…

Sermon: Trading Good For Better

If you were with us last week, we heard God call us to repentance through the words of John the Baptist. We learned that to repent is to turn from all that leads us in disobedience to God and to turn in faith to trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. This…

Sermon: The Kingdom of Heaven Has Come Near

Say these words after me: All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. Again, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness. In this passage, 2 Timothy 3:16, God proclaims that every word of Scripture is breathed of God and all…

Sermon: Christmas for Outsiders

The children and the choir did an excellent job of telling the Christmas story. Briefly, I want us to zoom in on one part of the story, the story of the magi and Herod in search for Jesus. It’s Matthew 2:1-12, but before we hear God’s Word, please take a moment to pray with me.…

Sermon: A Father’s Love

In Luke 2:52, we learn “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Jesus grew up. He learned. Though he always had a special relationship with his heavenly father, Jesus, being fully human like us, learned from Mary and Joseph. Luke rightly focuses his telling of the birth of…

Sermon: The Genealogy of the Messiah

How many days until Christmas? Anybody counting? That is a long time to wait. If you were cool like the Dutch, you could celebrate Sinterklaas this coming Tuesday and open your presents then. It is probably different depending on where you are in life, but as a kid Christmas seemed to take forever to get…