Sermon: Stand Firm

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Philippians, chapter 4. Philippians 4:1-9. Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi is a letter of joy to a church he loves. Many of his letters come to church with deep disfunction in their life and theology. Paul can be blunt. Yet, in Philippi the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Greetings From Prison

If you have a Bible with you, I invite you to turn or scroll with me to the book of Philippians. Philippians, chapter 1. If you do not have a Bible, don’t fret, but simply open your ears and prepare your heart to hear God’s Word. We are beginning a new series this morning through... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Begin with Prayer

Turn in your Bibles with me to Acts, chapter 1, verses 1 through 14. Acts 1:1-14. Acts is the fifth book in the New Testament, right after the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Acts was written by Luke as a companion to his account of the gospel. It picks up right where the... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Altar of Incense

I recently heard a story about two college students in Nashville. There had been a Christian revival going on in the high schools for a couple years, but had recently died down and been replaced with a growing number of rave parties being put on by a pair of guys in the city. If you... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Praying from the Belly

Lord, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, our rock and our redeemer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  What happens when you have to stop running? What does it look like to pray when you have no other choice, there is nothing else to... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Praying for Mission

Father, may your Word be our rule, your holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. This winter, we are fixing our focus on the call of God upon the congregation here at Bethel. We are called to “Share Christ in Community.” What does that look like? How are... Continue Reading →

Sermon: Learning to Pray

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew, chapter 6, beginning in verse 5. Matthew is in the New Testament - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If you are in Zechariah or Malachi, you haven’t gone quite far enough. If you are in any of the other... Continue Reading →

Sermon: God’s Will, My Way

As we have journeyed through the story of Abram, we have seen some amazing promises from God. But the story of Abram and Sarai is largely the story of the long wait for these promises to be fulfilled. In this way it foreshadows the long wait of Israel for the messiah and the long wait... Continue Reading →

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