Sunday Morning Sermon for 5/13/12

We had a fun service again this week.  One of our teenage guys gave a “short sermon” that he had prepared on God’s relentless love (which is the reason for my opening comment).  I thought he did a great job.  The sermon this week picks up on that love theme and speaks about why love grows cold and what we can do to keep it from getting cold.  Notes are available below.  By the way, I am trying a new file storage site to stream the audio so please let me know if you notice any problems or differences in the quality.  I haven’t found a way to use it to play in the post either, so let me know if that is a problem or not.

One other note, I appended the end of the service where I explained our Mother’s Day gift for the ladies on to the end of the file.  I know that sometimes folks like to hear things like this.  I always think it is interesting to hear more than just the sermon from time to time as well.  I like this because it really shows the joy that we share every week.

May God richly bless you through His Word.

Click here to play the sermon (it will open in a new window and you can click back to this one to look at the notes if you wish)

Note: the new site that I was trying out appears to be out of commission so the link above may or my not work as you are reading this.  If the link fails try pushing the play button below instead.

Love Grows Cold

Revelation 2:1-7

Sermon notes 5/13/12

  1. What happened to their love?

    1. Great start – Acts 18:24-19:20

    2. Good leadership

      1. Timothy – 1 Timothy 1:3

      2. John the Apostle

    3. Abandoned love

  2. How does love grow cold?

    1. Matthew 24:11-12

      1. Lawlessness

      2. Forgetting the first things – Revelation 2:4

    2. Is your love cold?

  3. How does love grow hot again?

    1. Revelation 2:5 – repent and start again

    2. John 15:9-17

    3. 1 John 3:4-18

      1. Know His commandments

      2. Do His commandments

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 4/1/12

We had a great time this week as we gathered to worship the King of Kings.  The sermon this week is a little different sort of take on the story of Palm Sunday.  We talked a lot about the donkey of the Messiah and about service to the King.  I pray that you will be blessed through God’s Word as we encounter Jesus our Savior lowly and riding on a donkey.

The Donkey and the Messiah

Sermon notes 4/1/12

  1. John 12:12-16; Matthew 21:1-11

    1. The Donkey and the Colt

    2. Zechariah 9:9

      1. Genesis 22:1-5, Left outside Jerusalem

      2. Genesis 49:8-12

    3. The Matter of Donkeys

  2. Messiah Rides the Matter of the World

    1. Matthew 21:1-11

    2. John 1:14

    3. Being Messiah’s Donkey

  3. The First and Second Coming

    1. Daniel 7:13-14 and Zechariah 9:9

    2. Hastened in its time – Isaiah 60:19-22

    3. John 12:20-26 – Lose your life to serve

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 3/25/12

We had a great day together in the Lord.  The sermon this week is about our great mission as a church body.  Essentially looking at the mission our Savior gave to each of us individually, but also corporately as a body of Christ.  I pray that God will richly bless you through His Word.

The Great Mission

Sermon notes 3/25/12

  1. Matthew 28:16-20

    1. Authority

    2. Appointment

      1. Go

      2. Make Disciples

        1. Baptizing

        2. Teaching

    3. Always

  2. John 20:19-21

    1. Casting out fear – 1 John 4:18

    2. Jesus was sent to us

    3. Jesus sends us out to others

  3. Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:8

    1. Learn the Way

    2. Follow the Way

    3. Proclaim the Way

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 1/1/12

We are off on the start of another new year.  I am excited to see what God has in store for all of  us in the coming year.  This sermon touches on that theme as well. May you be richly blessed through His Word.

I apologize for the audio issues on the recording.  It appears that we will have to break down and get a new wireless mic system.  I checked it before the service and it was working again (I put another new battery in it).  As soon as I got to the pulpit, I got nothing from it.  You will probably hear me very well when I am behind the pulpit, but I tend to wander.  Even still, I listened to parts of it and could hear OK.

Memorial Stones

Joshua 24:1-31

Sermon notes 1/1/12

  1. Remembering the Past – v. 1-13

    1. Heritage of faith

    2. Tests and trials

    3. Abundant blessings

  2. Marking the Present – v. 14-18, 25-28

    1. Make a choice – Hebrews 4:1-13

    2. Living day by day – Matthew 6:33-34

    3. Setting it in stone – v. 26-27

  3. Committing to the Future

    1. Plan to be guided – Proverbs 16:9; Jeremiah 10:23

    2. Walking Free – Psalm 119:44-45; John 8:31-38; Psalm 37:4-5; 23-24

    3. The Way – John 14:6; Jeremiah 6:16; Matthew 11:25-30

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 12/11/11

We are back from vacation and excited to celebrate with our family in Christ here in Langdon.  This week’s message is taken from John 1 and deals with the Word of God made flesh.  There is a comment at the first of the sermon about the special music.  One of our Romanian families did the song, “Oh, How I Love Jesus.”  For the chorus the mom sang in Romanian as the son sang the words in English.  It was such a blessing.  I pray that you will be richly blessed through God’s Word as well.

Word Made Flesh

John 1:1-18

Sermon notes 12/11/11

  1. In the beginning

    1. Creation

    2. Light and life

    3. Word at work – Isaiah 55:9-11

      1. Fixed in heaven – Psalm 119:89

      2. Working on earth – Psalm 147:15; 107:17-22

  2. In the world

    1. Witnessed by men

    2. Hidden in plain sight – v. 10

    3. Believe and receive – Deuteronomy 9:23 (obedience)

  3. Inconceivable

    1. Dwelling with man – tabernacle

    2. Grace upon grace

      1. Torah

      2. Jesus

    3. Makes God known to us

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 10/9/11

As I was doing my catch up work to post these, I feared that I might have no audio for this week since I didn’t replace the battery in the wireless yet and didn’t know it had gone out mid-sermon the week before.  In checking the audio for this week though, the whole sermon seems to be there.  It doesn’t cut off short in any case.  Maybe God just didn’t want the latter half of last week’s to get out there on the web for some reason.  🙂

Notes are below if you would like to follow along or study more yourself.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Children of God

1 John 3

Sermon notes 10/9/11

  1. Purify yourself – v. 1-6

    1. Be like Him

    2. Purify –

      1. Used regarding Temple purification

      2. 1 Peter 1:13-25 (through obedience)

    3. The nature of sin (lawlessness)

  2. Whose child are you? – v. 7-15

    1. Practicing righteousness

    2. Practicing lawlessness (sin)

  3. Love the brothers (and sisters)

    1. Love sacrifices

    2. Love is tangible

    3. The commandments of God are love

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Sunday Morning Sermon for 8/7/11

We had a great group in worship this morning and a wonderful time in the Lord together.  Today we wrapped up our look at the 10 Commandments with the final three from Deuteronomy 5:19-21.  The notes are available below for additional material and background study.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Just Say No (Part 2)

Deuteronomy 5:19-21

Sermon notes 8/7/11

  1. The Duh, Obvious Commandments (Galatians 5:19-21)

    1. Do not steal

      1. Working for a living – Ephesians 4:28

      2. The fairness test

    2. Do not bear false witness

      1. Ephesians 4:25-27

      2. Colossians 3:9

    3. Do not covet

      1. A world built on coveting

      2. The root of trouble – James 4:1-10

  2. Fulfilling the Law – Why the commandments?

    1. Loving our neighbor – Romans 13:8-10

    2. Colossians 3:1-17; James 3:13-18;

    3. 1 John 2:1-6; 3:1-18; 4:7-21; 5:1-5

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Sunday Morning Service for 4/17/11

We had a wonderful time in the Lord this past Sunday.  The weather was pretty decent after another spring storm hit on Friday and we enjoyed the presence of one another in the Lord’s house.  There are no sermon notes for this week as I had a late-finishing sermon.  That happens to me every once in a while.  The primary texts come from John 12 and 1 John 2 and 3.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

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Sunday Morning 1/9/11

We had a great time in the Lord this week.  I am so blessed to be a part of this family of God.  The message this week is about living life different than the rest of the world.  Call it upside down or backward if you want, but it is really the only way that is upright.  I am linking a video from youtube below the sermon that is the song I refer to at the beginning of the sermon (I sang this for special music before preaching, the video is of the original artist’s recording and not me).  Sermon notes are available below the song video.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

Note: I see that the video won’t play back embedded here, you can still listen to the song at youtube if you would like.

Living Backwards

Sermon notes 1/9/11


  1. The World’s Wisdom
    1. Faith in the Material – 1 John 2:15-17
      1. Living for what is seen
      2. What is seen is temporary – v. 17
    2. Jealousy and Ambition – James 3:13-15
  2. Wisdom from above – James 3:16-18
    1. Compare with Matthew 5-7
      1. Pure – Mt. 5:8
      2. Peaceable – Mt. 5:9
      3. Gentle – Mt. 5:5
      4. Open to Reason – Mt. 5:3
      5. Merciful – Mt. 5:7
      6. Good fruits – Mt. 5:16, 7:15-20
      7. Impartial and Sincere – Mt. 5:43-48
      8. Harvest of righteousness – Mt. 5:10-12
    2. God’s way is the opposite of the world’s way
  3. Repent
    1. A different way – Matthew 6:25-34
    2. A narrow way – Luke 13:22-30
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Sunday Morning 11/21/10

We had a great week in the Lord.  This Sunday was the first signs of winter in Langdon as a storm dumped about 5 inches of snow that had to be shoveled off the walk.  We still had a great group of people present and several of us ventured out to minister in the nursing homes in the area as well.  The Lord is so good to us it is hard to fathom.  This week’s sermon is about discipleship, both being and making disciples.  I pray that God richly blesses you through His Word.


Sermon notes 11/21/10

John 15:1-16:11


  1. Disciples are fruitful
    1. What does it mean to abide?
    2. What is the fruit that we bear?
      1. Galatians 5:22-23
      2. Disciples – John 4:35-36; Matthew 13:18-23
    3. Time to be fruitful and multiply
  2. What does it mean to be a disciple?
    1. Being with Christ
    2. Becoming like Christ – John 15:18-16:4
      1. Matthew 10:24-25
      2. Ephesians 4:11-15, 20-24
  3. Time to make the disciples
    1. Matthew 28:18-20
    2. Living life together
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