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Coming Home: Finding Joy

Coming Home: Finding Joy  John 16: 16-33
Today we’re continuing our Coming Home series, where we’ve been asking the question what do we find when we come home to life with Jesus? So far we’ve looked at the gifts of love, purpose and life. Today we turn our attention to joy. Would you read with me? 

On Wednesday, several posts popped up on my Facebook feed encouraging me to pray for a group of youth attending ZimCamp, which is a small part of a partnership our Conference has with the Zimbabwe Methodists. Praying for these young travelers has brought back wonderful memories of my own time in Zimbabwe. Three summers ago, I had the opportunity to spend several weeks in Zimbabwe, and it was unforgettable. I’ve probably forgotten more than I remember about Zimbabwe, but one moment I’ll never forget is a conversation I had with my new friend Amos. Amos and his wife, Margaret, were our first hosts in a tiny village known as Mutepfe. Their home was in a remote area with no electricity and no runn…
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Coming Home: Finding Life

MessageComing Home: Finding Life Scripture: John 3:1-21

Today we are continuing our sermon series called Coming Home. Along the way, we’ve been asking the question: What do we find when we come home to life with Jesus? Two weeks ago we looked at the story of the Prodigal Son, which is the story of a young man who wasted his father’s gift in wild living and found himself beaten down and alone in the world. Eventually he made the decision to go home, where he found his father waiting with open arms and extravagant love. Last week we looked at the calling of the first disciples and how they dropped their nets and found new purpose in Christ. Today we turn to a different book- the Gospel of John- to explore what is undoubtedly the most famous conversation in the Bible. I invite you to turn with me to the John 3. 

Now, before we get too far ahead, I think it’s important for you to some background information about this book. John is one of four “Gospels” in the Bible; one of four “eyewitness …

Coming Home- Finding Purpose

July 14, 2019Coming Home: Finding Purpose
Scripture: Matthew 4: 18-25

So today we’re continuing our sermon series called “Homecoming.” And along the way, we’ve been asking the question, “What do we find when we come ‘home’ to life with Jesus? When we choose to take a step closer to God, what do we discover? Last week we looked at the Parable of the Prodigal Son and discovered that we find extravagant love. Regardless of our histories, our failures, our habits and our mistakes, we find a God who is waiting to embrace us with love. And that’s a tremendous gift. But coming home doesn’t stop with love. God loves us, then out of that love calls us to a different way of life. Today we turn our attention to another Gospel- the Gospel of Matthew- where we discover a Savior who is waiting to fill our life with purpose. I invite you to turn with me to Matthew 4.

You know, I’ve preached for the better part of a decade and one thing has never changed: coming up with something to say that honors you…

Coming Home- Finding Love

“Coming Home:” Finding Love Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32

Today we’re starting a series of teachings called “Coming Home.” In a way, this is very much like a homecoming for me. And I thought it’d be good to share some of my favorite Scriptures with you, so you can know my heart. But more importantly, the next several weeks will help us answer an important question: “What do we find when we come “home” to life with Jesus? Today we’re going to read an old story from the Gospel of Luke- one of the eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ activity and ministry, traditionally know as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” We’ll be reading from Luke 15: 11-32. I invite you stand.

Chances are if I asked for a show of hands, many of you would indicate that you’ve heard this story before- or at least something like it. This story is known as a parable, which is simply a teaching mechanism Jesus uses to paint spiritual truths using common, everyday language and images. A man had two sons….that’s easy enough. We coul…

Easter- When Jesus Changes the Story

Easter 2019 When Jesus Changes the Story 

For ten years I’ve had the privilege of worshipping with you on Easter and proclaiming this story of Resurrection. And it’s as powerful today as it was when we were first invited to do life together. We need this story, because this story changes the world. And if we let it, this story will also change us. Let’s read. 

In 1999, just eight years after the death of his father, Bart Millard penned a song that would go on to inspire millions. Recently made into a movie, “I Can Only Imagine” was written as a tribute to the amazing power of God, who took an abusive drunk of a father and completely reshaped his life in a way that stunned all who knew him. God had done a resurrection work in his life and changed this man’s story! But in an article published in People magazine, Bart Millard confessed that he wasn’t quite sure God could change his story.  Acknowledging the deep wounds that persisted from years of his father’s abuse, Millard feared he woul…

Table Talk: Your Grief Will Turn To Joy

Your Grief Will Turn to JoyApril 6 and 7, 2019 John 16: 16-33
Today we’re continuing our Lenten journey with our Table Talk sermon series. We’ve been sitting in the Upper Room with Jesus and the disciples, listening to and reflecting on these intimate teachings recorded in John’s Gospel, the last teachings Jesus will offer before he heads to the cross. We’ve learned about servanthood and friendship; we’ve learned about the power Jesus shares with us and how He expects us to continue His work through the presence of the Holy Spirit. And today we turn our attention to the topic of joy. Would you read with me? 

You might’ve heard in the news that a cyclone has recently ripped through several African countries, especially Mozambique and Zimbabwe, which were hit pretty hard. I’ve spent some time praying for the safety of my friends and colleagues, and as I’ve been praying, I’ve been recalling some of the wonderful moments and conversations during my time in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2016. It’…