The misuse of power and influence is a theme that runs through Mark chapter nine. Here at the end of a long discussion, after many events, Jesus gives three simple truths that will revolutionize the way you think about using your power and influence on others. Listen as we discover these truths together.
As our church celebrates 64 years of ministry, we recognize that we are on a journey together. There are those who travel in packs, those who are still thinking about joining the journey, and others who are considering whether they should continue the journey. Today we are reminded to stick to the trail.
In Jesus’ day, there were many who carefully imitated all the actions of a righteous person. They even made sure others followed the example that had been left. It became their tradition for getting things done in the right way. When a person was found not following the rules, they were condemned and questions (usually […]
The passage under discussion today tells us of the first “small step” for the soon-to-be-leaders of the early Christian church. What we learn will stand us in good stead for our lives as well. We must be as committed to the task as they were and knowing the steps forward will help us travel our […]
Impromptu games of Hide-And-Seek are never any fun; just ask any parent who has lost track of a child, or any child who has misplaced a parent! The more one asks “Where are you?” the greater the tension and frustration and anxiety. When the item is found, the overwhelming sense of relief leaves you emotionally […]
As Jesus moved from place to place, He received widely different receptions. Those closest to Him asked three important questions. Today, those same three questions must be asked and answered by every person who encounters Jesus. Listen as the questions are given, explained, and then come to an answer for yourself!
People follow sports teams for various reasons. Some have been fans for a long time, others follow certain players no matter which team they are currently playing, other like the mascots or uniform colors. There are those who follow a team because they attended the school associated with it, or maybe even played for the […]
The first time anything is attempted, it is not usually as good as anticipated. This morning we hear Jesus preach His first sermon – and find it BETTER than one might hope. It is a message of hope, good news, and a call to obedience.
The bold apostles who proclaimed Jesus’ Messiahship at the Feast of Pentecost were not always so convinced. They went through a period of transition – from confused followers to dedicated disciples. Three realities shaped their thinking and lives; and they will transform yours if you will allow it. Notice these new realities made possible by […]