Be Thou My Vision

Ephesians 1:17-19; Jeremiah 9:23-24 Sermon Extra   The Irish hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” was translated by Mary E. Byrne and arranged by David Allen is based on Jeremiah 9:23-24 and Ephesians 1:17-19. This sermon and extra is to be used with the sermon, Be Thou My Vision, based on the same passages.  The song in the form […]

Good News! Light of Hope

2020 has been a rough year for all of us, but there is a piercing light of hope that shines through what we may often feel as darkness. It’s like when Han Solo is about to get killed in Return of the Jedi and suddenly all his friends risk their lives to save him.  My […]

What did you Really get for Christmas?

Matthew 1:18-25, Isaiah 9: 1-9 Sermon Extra 1. Because of Him I no longer walk in darkness.2. Because of Christ we now can have life and life abundantly. 3. Before Jesus, God was seen as a far off now He is close. Before I was separated now, I am near.Because of Christ I am brought […]

A Psalm for Christmas Eve

Joseph Bayly in Psalms of My Life. Christianity Today, Vol. 33, no. 18. | posted 12/01/1997 A reprint from 2011  References: Psalm 98; Psalm 148  Praise God for Christmas. Praise Him for the Incarnation for Word made flesh.  I will not sing of shepherds watching flocks on frosty night or angel choristers.  I will not sing of stable bare […]

Good News! First Reaction

“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.   Psalm 145:9 Lately, I find myself revisiting my youth – listening to 80s music from my high school/college years , watching the original Star Wars trilogy again for the umpteenth time, and playing the classic arcade games (Dig Dug, Galaga, Donkey […]

When Love Came

Charles Spurgeon December 25  “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” —Isaiah 7:14  Let us to-day go down to Bethlehem, and in company with wondering shepherds and adoring Magi, let us see Him who was born King of the Jews, for we by faith can claim an […]

The Reasons for Our Joy

The strength of Love is joy We are no longer separated from the Father We have the expressed love of the Father                 Romans 5:8;1John 4:19 Joy is an expression of the Fathers love                    Isaiah 61: 1-3; Zephaniah 3:17 We abide in Christ  John 15:4,10 We are made clean by His word in us                          John 15:3 […]

When Peace Came

 Then suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host (angelic army) praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest [heaven], And on earth peace among men with whom He is well-pleased.” Luke 2:13-14 Amplified Bible  The following Scriptures will help us understand the idea of Jesus bringing peace to […]

Good News! We’ve Come This Far by Faith

“We’ve Come This Far by Faith” Growing up for me as a church boy, I was surrounded my whole life, as I have said before, with music. There were the spirituals which were the songs of captivity and longing to be free. Then there was gospel with its upswing beat of the city and Jazz.  […]