Joe’s Response to Grace

Matthew 1:-25 Open We serve a God of grace and mercy. But what happens when God’s grace comes packaged in a very difficult situation? How do you respond? When Dusanka and Borislav Vujicic learned that they were pregnant they were thrilled. God had graced them with new life. What they didn’t know (and what three […]

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Uncle is Coming

Matthew 24:36-44 Winston Churchill once nodded off during the speech of a fellow member of the House of Commons. The member who was speaking noticed Churchill’s head drooping and startled him awake by asking in a loud voice: “Must you fall asleep when I am speaking?” “No,” Churchill replied. “It’s purely voluntary.” Jesus has a […]

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Hold Fast

2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17 When is Jesus coming back? Everyone has their own theories. But one man thought he might have had a direct connection to God. It happened one Saturday night when the pastor of the Almighty God Tabernacle was working late. Around 10 o’clock he decided to call his wife before he left […]

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Imitate Their Faith

All Saints Sunday When I was a young boy, I got into my fair share of mischieve. But one thing I never did was to lie. I credit that to George Washington. You see, I learned early on that I was born on George Washington’s birthday. And before I learned anything else about George Washington, […]

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Full Disclosure

Luke 14:15-33 Well, there was good news for the protesters in Hong Kong this week. Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lamm announced that she would formally withdraw the extradition bill that would have allowed the mainland China to extradite citizens of Hong Kong. It was a victory for all those who joined in the great […]

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KINGDOM ETIQUETTE

Luke 14:1, 7-14 Remember Jay Leno. One night he offered some etiquette tips for those who plan, or attend, weddings. Politely waiting in the receiving line for 10 minutes to kiss the bride … Good Etiquette. Kissing the bride for 10 minutes … Bad Etiquette. The guests place their gifts by the sign reading “Gift […]

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Prince of Division

Luke 12:49-56 Prince of Division – 2019 Remember the Batman series that came on TV back in the 60s? It was kind of corny and camp. Batman and Robin were kind of “goody two-shoes.” In 1992, Michael Keaton starred in Batman Returns. The Batman he played was completely different from the TV Batman. He played […]

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TROPHY

Luke 12:32-40 What if Jesus returned today? Would you be ready? You’ve seen those bumper stickers that say: Jesus is coming.  And man is he ticked. Or Jesus is coming.  Look busy. I think most Christians would heartily welcome the coming of the Lord. But imagine standing before the Lord Who Has Come. Imagine you […]

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Gathering Riches for God

Luke 12:13-21 A stingy old lawyer was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once he received that diagnosis, he was determined to prove wrong the saying, “You can’t take it with you.” He gave it a lot of thought and came up with a plan. In the last days of his life, he called his wife […]

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Third Sunday of Pentecost

3 PENTECOST Let’s consider why sometimes, when Jesus calls, we don’t pick up the phone.  In the name of God: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There may be somebody sitting here this morning who thinks like this: “I’m not a bad person.  In fact, I’m a pretty good person. “I don’t abuse my spouse, […]

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