Lessons from the Shepherds

Luke 2.8–20 One night, while shepherds were simply doing their job and going about their business, they were surprised and terrified by what happened next — they were visited by angels sent from God! It’s a wonderful story, and I think we can learn several important lessons from their experience that incredible night – the … Read more

God is Looking for Voices

We’ve been talking about Luke’s Christmas Songs. During the last two weeks, we looked at Mary’s Song. Today, we’ll take a look at Zechariah’s prayer. It all begins … I love the way Luke begins his gospel. After a brief introduction, he writes, “It all begins with a Jewish priest, Zechariah …” Zechariah & Elizabeth … Read more

God Turns the World Upside Down

Today is the second Sunday of Advent. Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival,” is a time of preparing ourselves for the celebration of the birth of Christ, as well as preparing for Christ’s second coming. Christmas is an Incredible Story: God coming to earth in the form of a human being, a helpless baby. Christ … Read more

Turning the World Upside-Down

The Magnificat Luke 1.46-55 Jesus came to turn the world upside-down Mary praises because finally things are going to be set aright. God is going to turn the world upside-down. And he has already begun. She is even proof of that. As we looked at humility last week, Mary exemplifies how God looks on the … Read more

God Chooses the Humble

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — the beginning of the Christian calendar. The coming of Jesus 2,000 years ago literally divided time and has impacted the world like nothing else. And for the next four weeks, we’re going to be focusing on the Christmas story. My prayer is that we read the story … Read more

Extra-Ordinary

The MagnificatLuke 1.46-55 Choosing TeamsAs kids, to play softball or kickball or whatever team sport, we would choose captains and those captains would then alternate back and forth, taking turns, choosing team members. “Pick me, pick me.” Back and forth, choosing the best, the strongest, the most talented, the fastest, the most popular. No one … Read more

Good Stewards are Grateful

Today, we are finally going to get to talk about the word that’s been on my heart for nearly a year – the word is grateful. Good stewards are grateful! I truly believe that gratitude is one of the most important things anyone can ever learn. You show me a person who has learned to … Read more

Good Stewards are Generous

What’s the difference between people who are generous and people who are not (givers and misers)? Generous people give of their time, talents, and treasures, regardless of how much they have. Generous people overcome fear Generous people know, “It’s not about me!” They value other people. “No person was ever honored for what he received. … Read more

Good Stewards are Godly

What is stewardship? The Bible calls us “stewards” (trustees), which means that we have been entrusted with God’s gifts; we are expected to be responsible and take good care of God’s gifts. This includes: time, talents, and treasures! Get Your Priorities Right – Put God First Having right priorities is about wanting what God wants. … Read more

Honoring Those Who’ve Gone Before Us

"All Saints Day is a day of remembrance for the saints, with the NT meaning of all Christian people of every time and place. We celebrate the communion of saints as we remember the dead, both of the Church universal and of our local congregations." (United Methodist Book of Worship) What is a Saint?In the … Read more