Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sunday Morning 12/26/10

The final Sunday of 2010 was a good one.  We had a wonderful time in the Lord singing and sharing last week as well.  I will post the audio from the short message I gave last week as a “bonus clip” below the sermon from this week for those who are interested in hearing it.  It is about 9 minutes long.  This week’s sermon focuses on why Jesus became a man.  I invite you to listen along and pray that God would bless you through His Word made flesh.  Notes for this week’s sermon are below the two audio files.

One other note to explain the “cryptic” comment to start the sermon audio this week.  We had one of our families bring a special number as a group and the little helpers (four toddler-age kids) pretty much stole the scene.  It was cute beyond words, so I won’t try to describe it any more than that.

Oh, the Humanity

John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:1-18

Sermon notes 12/26/10

  1. The Light of the World – John 1:1-18; 8:12
    1. Shines in the darkness and not overcome
    2. True light – but not everyone sees it
    3. Men of God’s favor – Luke 2:14
      1. Revealed
      2. Received
  2. Humility and Obedience – Philippians 2:1-18
    1. God became man – v. 6-7
    2. Learned obedience – Hebrews 5:7-9; Romans 5:19
      1. His obedience is faith itself
      2. His faith is to be our faith – Hebrews 12:1-3
    3. A pattern for us as well – Philippians 2:5, 12-18
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Column from Last Week

Editor’s note: This was the Pastor’s Desk column from last week.  I kept it short for space issues as a backup for the previous week’s column and then let it run last week because I had writer’s block and couldn’t think of anything else to write.

There is an old saying, “ignorance is bliss.” The Bible says something similar, “Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense, but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.”(Proverbs 15:21)

While ignorance may provide bliss, it also prohibits growth. If we chose to remain ignorant, in any area, we close off the path to growing and cannot walk ahead. The cure for ignorance is wisdom or understanding. Wisdom is available to us through those who have walked the path ahead of us. Paul talks about the difference between the two in Ephesians 4:17-32 as he encourages us not to walk in ignorance, as we did before coming to know Christ; but rather we are to be renewed in our minds and put on the new self, that is created after the likeness of God. Elsewhere Paul says it like this, “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:9-10). Who wants bliss based on ignorance instead of blessings based on understanding?

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From the Pastor’s Desk 12-20-2010

Editor’s note: I like to post these up after they appear in the paper, but I am behind on doing it and the other one is on my laptop, so I will get it tomorrow or the next dayThis is the one from this past Monday.

Many years ago, I heard an evangelical pastor reflecting on the consumer culture of the United States, which also is manifest in many other corners of the modern world and its obsession with stuff. At this season of the year, as many seek to focus on the birth of Christ, there is also a steady undercurrent of this “stuff fixation” all around us. Lots of people are out in stores the day after Thanksgiving after waiting for hours in the cold in some cases, just to get the perfect thing for someone in particular. And those who aren’t foolhardy or brave enough to have hit the stores that day will undoubtedly spend plenty of other days wandering the aisles of a store pondering that very American question, “what do you get for the person who has everything?” The answer is marvelously simple, but I must admit that I didn’t originate this idea; for the person who has everything, you should get them nothing! Even now, I am sure that many readers are gasping in horror at the thought. It just can’t be fitting to get nothing at all. Statistics back this up, because estimates are currently projecting that Americans will spend over $150 billion this year for Christmas and that during a deep recession. Clearly most are not comfortable with the idea of getting nothing for those who have everything.

Believe me, it would be very hard to argue that we don’t already have everything we need in most cases. Even those who are considered poor in the U.S. would be thought fabulously wealthy in the vast majority of places on the planet. If you doubt this, try doing a little research on global poverty. Just a fair warning, it might make you a little more uncomfortable the next time you read something that Jesus has to say about the rich. The $150 billion Americans plan to spend this year would go a long way, if put to use buying things for people who not only don’t have everything, but have almost nothing at all. It would be enough to lift more than a billion people out of extreme poverty; as well as supply the vast majority with basic health, nutrition, clean water, and education for their children and still have money left over.

This week, as you talk about the birth of Jesus and celebrate by giving gifts to others, I would ask you to consider His words in Matthew 25:34-40:

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

If we truly want to give gifts in honor of our King, should we be buying for the person who has everything or for someone else?


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Sunday Morning 12/12/10

We had a great time in the Lord this week.  I know many in our congregation are looking forward to the annual Christmas service where a lot of our folks contribute special songs and poems and Scripture and whatever else the Lord lays on their heart.  It will be a special time, but I don’t know if I will record any audio from the service.  I can’t share any of the music online for copyright reasons, but I will post other things if I can.  In the meantime, I pray that you will be blessed by the message from this week.  You can follow along with the sermon notes below.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

The Mission of Jesus

Sermon notes 12/12/10



  1. Came for Redemption – 1 Timothy 1:12-20
    1. Matthew 9:10-13 – calling sinners
    2. Seek and save – Luke 19
    3. Passes this ministry to us – 1 Timothy 1:12, 18
  2. Ministry of Reconciliation – 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
    1. The Love of Christ controls us – v. 14
    2. We live for Him and by Him – v. 15
    3. Made a new creation for a mission – v. 17-18
  3. Instruction in Righteousness – Malachi 2:4-9
    1. Turning others to the right way – Daniel 12:1-3
    2. Turning away from death – James 5:19-20


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An Infamous Day

A lot of my friends put little reminders on Facebook about the fact that this is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  For many years now, this anniversary has meant more to me than it did before.  Why is that?  Because, I now know someone who was there.  I am connected to the event in a way that I hadn’t been before through the presence of a man I am glad to call a friend, even though distance separates me from him now.

It is funny how we make these connections.  Somehow, things seem a little more real when we have a tangible connection to them.  It makes me think of a scene from a movie, Star Trek: First Contact, where Picard reaches out to touch the “warp ship” that he always saw as a boy in the Smithsonian but was never allowed to touch.  In that moment, he comments that it is more “real” because he is able to touch it.  May we never forget the sacrifices of those who have gone before us and may we never lose touch.

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Sunday Morning 12/5/10

My apologies to those who come and listen each week.  In preparing to upload the sermon, I have discovered that the recorder never started Sunday morning.  I distinctly remember hitting the button, but something didn’t happen, so I have nothing to post from this week as far as audio.  I will get back on track next week.  In the meantime, may God richly bless you this week.

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