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Bring Someone With You to Deeper Faith

We’re thinking together these few Sundays about making disciples.  The series is called Bring Someone with You.  As we continue the series this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to Acts 18:24-28. Last October marked the 40th anniversary of my ordination to the gospel ministry.  All in all, it’s been a pretty good ride.  I wish I had done better in some things. …

Bring Someone With You Through Encouragement

As we continue our making disciples series called Bring Someone with You, I invite you to open your Bible to Judges 4:1-10. A few years ago, one of our members named Jim was sitting at a Wednesday night supper table with Ross Rumore. They got acquainted.  Jim learned that Ross had been a career Marine.  Ross said, “I still play the bugle for 100-120 veteran funerals every…

Bring Someone With You to Jesus

As we continue our series on making disciples called Bring Someone with You, I invite you to open your Bible to John 1:43-51. Stephen Ambrose tells the story of a Private Fitzgerald who described the terror of the D-Day landing in those early hours at Normandy on June 6, 1944.  The Germans were unloading a barrage from their 88mm guns.  Fitzgerald said, “The impact of the…

Jesus Brings Us

As we begin a new sermon series this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to Luke 9:23.  We’re calling the series Bring Someone with You.  More than a series, this is a focus for our congregation this year.  Last year our focus was More Than a Face—an effort to get us noticing all kinds of people and sharing Christ with people.  While evangelism is always at the heart…

This Strange Thing We Do

As we prepare to come to the Lord’s Table this morning, I invite you to open your Bible to John 6:53-69. Around Easter time in 1969 the BBC aired a television play by Dennis Potter entitled Son of Man.  It is a Jesus play.  And we’ve all seen lots of them: Jesus of Nazareth, King of Kings, The Passion, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Jesus Film—which we’ve shown on…

Reboot Your Marriage

As we conclude our series, Reboot 2017, I invite you to open your Bible to the Song of Solomon 2:14-15.  This is part of the Old Testament wisdom literature, and you’ll find it near the middle of your Bible right behind Ecclesiastes. In all my years of ministry, I’ve talked with a lot of couples in distress.  Big things usually bring them my way—big things like adultery…

Reboot Your Church Life

As we continue our series, Reboot 2017, we’re thinking together today about rebooting our church-life.  And can I just invite you into my study this past week?  Just come on in and look over my shoulder for a few minutes. I’ve got to tell you: this has been the most difficult sermon in this reboot series to get my mind around.  You’d think since I’m a pastor, the church…

Reboot Your Work

As we continue our series, Reboot 2017, I invite you to open your Bible to 1 Corinthians 10:31. Ever had this experience?  You’re in bed; it’s 6 a.m.  You close your eyes for five minutes; it’s 7:15.  You’re at work; its 1:30.  You close your eyes for five minutes; it’s 1:31. A friend of mine sent me the Top Ten Excuses to Use if You Get Caught Sleeping on the Job.  Here…

Reboot Your Relationships

As we continue our series, Reboot 2017, I invite you to open your Bible to Ephesians 4:29-32.  We’re thinking together today about rebooting relationships. A week ago yesterday I attended Ray Peeples’ funeral in Little Rock.  Ray and Bonnie were faithful members here for about thirty years before health and age forced a move to Parkway Village in Little Rock.  Ray’s sons,…

Reboot Your Finances

As we continue our series, Reboot 2017, I invite you to open your Bible to Matthew 6:19-21.  For the first few Sundays of 2017, we’re thinking together about areas of our lives that could benefit from a reboot.  There are probably areas of your life in which you feel stuck, frozen, sluggish—maybe a virus of some sort has attacked some area in your life—and you need a…

Reboot Your Frazzled Faith

I invite you to open your Bible this morning to Isaiah 43:1-3. That text will be our starting place for a new series called Reboot 2017. I don’t know much about computers and smart phones, but I do know this: if it seems frozen or if things aren’t working like they’re supposed to, reboot the thing. Turn it off, then turn it on. And more often than not, things start…

I Am Resolved

Have you made any New Year resolutions?  You’re not alone.  And some people don’t wait till the New Year to make them either.  Jonathan Edwards was a serious young man.  Even at the age of 19, Edwards, who would become a key cog in America’s First Great Awakening, drafted 70 resolutions to govern his life and ministry—70!  Here’s a sampling: Resolved, Never to do…