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Prayer, Promise, Response

Promise, Prayer, and Response   Scripture: Acts 1:1-8   I was privileged just before we came to McMinnville to hear Leo Thorne, the Associate General Secretary of the ABCUSA, preach. We continue to affirm our relationship with American Baptist churches around the country, and with our missionaries around the world, and I benefited from Dr. […]

Persistent Faith

Luke 18:1-8 Romans 8:25-27 Well, has this been a busy week for you? It has been here at First Baptist, with plans being made for Vacation Bible School and Summer activities, discussions about the best use of our building for ministry, and for the work of our search committee. You can be thankful for your […]

Springboard to Prayer

What’s your favorite sport? Are you waiting for football season to start? Did you watch the golf tournament last weekend? Maybe you’re an Olympics Curling fan. Or maybe not. When I was in college at Indiana University my favorite spectator sport was – what do you think? Nope, not basketball. I was fascinated with diving. […]

Spiritual Dis-Ease

Scripture: John 2: 13-22 Isaiah 26:1-4 13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the […]

God’s Call

Isaiah 6:1-8 Romans 8:12-17 Do you have your cell phones with you this morning? Who called you most recently? A family member? Someone at work? The mechanic telling you your car was ready? Or was your most recent phone call from God? Calls from God were what the prophets experienced. Not on cell phones. But […]

Work of the Spirit (Pentecost)

Pentecost May 24, 2015 This morning we read part of the 104th Psalm. Traditionally this psalm is read on Pentecost Sunday, which is today, by the way, and the reason its read on Pentecost Sunday is because of v.30, which says “When you send forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face […]

Imagine the Scripture

May 17, 2015 Psalm 1 John 17:6-19 So Jesus says in the prayer, I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but […]

That Four Letter Word

May 10, 2015 (Mother’s Day) 1 John 5:1-6 John 15:9-17   The first time I ever preached a sermon was in my home church of Birmingham, Michigan. I was in high school. It was supposed to be 1/3 of the sermons preached on youth Sunday, with two classmates taking the rest of the time. They […]

Family Matters

    Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8 Family Matters It is a while after Easter, and Philip is awakened by an angel with an outrageous demand. “Get up!” says the angel, “Go into the middle of the desert at noon.” Even more amazing than the request, Philip just does it. And, […]