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UnWrapped: The Gift of Reconciliation

Dec. 1, 2019                 The Gift of Reconciliation Scripture:  Luke 1: 5-25

         When I was a child, I had the hardest time falling asleep on Christmas Eve.  I wish I could place the blame on all the good snacks mom made or even the “fresh in my mind” memories of another Silent Night with our candles lifted high in the air.  But I know the truth.  My lack of sleep had everything to do with what I would soon find underneath our Christmas tree. I was like any other kid: writing letters to Santa, making lists for mom and dad, dropping little clues here and there; all in the name of trying to get what I really wanted for Christmas.  And most of the time it worked!  In just a few short weeks, we’ll awaken to another Christmas morning and unwrap all the gifts that have been waiting for us.  But we’ll also wake up understanding that the greatest gift we’ve received isn’t found under the tree; it’s found in a Savior who was sent to bring hope to the world.  Over the next few weeks, …

A Life Worth Giving: Giving All

A Life Worth Giving: Giving All  Malachi 3: 8-12, Luke 21: 1-4

Today we’re beginning a new sermon series called A Life Worth Giving. Over the next three weeks, we’re going to explore the idea of a generous way of life, and along the way we’re going to consider how giving our best and all to Jesus helps us live lives of purpose, meaning and joy. There are tons of great examples from the Bible that illustrates how generosity is God’s preferred way of life for us, but for me, there’s one story that stands out from the rest. And it’s my hope that this story, even though it’s not very long, will inspire us to give nothing but our very best to a God who deserves nothing less. Would you read with me?

A few years ago I came across a book called The Hole in Our Gospel, which tells the powerful story of the non-profit organization World Vision and its former President, Richard Stearns. And it was one of those books that did a number on my faith. On one hand, I was sort of embarrassed that my fait…

Unashamed: Guard the Faith

Unashamed: Guard the Faith                  Nov. 3, 2019  Scripture:  2 Timothy 1: 1-14

For the past several weeks we’ve been looking at 2 Timothy, a letter that seeks to help a young man stay encouraged in his faith. Throughout these weeks, we’ve proclaimed that it’s ok to stand out from the crowd and live like Jesus, even though his way of life is a bit different. We’ve been challenged to tell our story- because it’s life changing and life-giving. And last week we boldly determined to stand firm, no matter how trying our world can sometimes be…because God has the final world. And today, on All Saints Sunday, we remember those who have gone before us and recommit ourselves to guarding this wonderful faith. And we do so not by keeping it to ourselves, but by investing our time in others. I invite you to read with me…

This summer, my family reinstated one of my favorite days of the year: our family reunion. And I couldn’t have been happier. You see, a few years ago my family stopped h…

Unashamed: Stand Firm

Stand Firm!  Oct. 27, 2019  2 Timothy 3: 10-17           


            Friends, it’s a blessing to be with each of you again this morning. I don’t know about you, but I was deeply encouraged by last week’s celebration of Laity Sunday. It’s not often that I get to learn from others, but watching you lead worship was a gift. You encouraged me! So thank you. Last Sunday was a clear reminder for me that faith is best lived out together. You and I both know that our world often falls short of God’s best, and when we find ourselves discouraged and wounded, we need others to remind us to press on, to stand firm and to be who God calls us to be. And that’s our hope in this sermon series. As we look at 2 Timothy, I believe we’ll find encouragement to stand firm in our faith. If you have your Bibles…

I was in college when I first started to wrestle with this idea of ministry. Up until that time, I kind of brushed aside any ideas of being a pastor, but God was beginning to do something undeniable in…

Be Different!

Be Different               October 13, 2019 2 Timothy 2: 8-19

Well friends, I’m so glad you’ve chosen to worship with us this morning. Every week we come together to take the next step on the greatest adventure of our lives- the adventure of following Jesus. And really, there is no greater adventure than the one Jesus calls us to. In this adventure, we see God take the broken and make it beautiful again; we see God lovingly search for what is lost until it is found; we watch Jesus bring hope to a hopeless world. No, I can’t think of a better adventure than this, but it IS an adventure we must choose to embrace every day. That’s what this next sermon series is all about- daily embracing this holy life to which Jesus calls us. We'll be looking at Paul's advice to his young friend, Timothy. So if you have your Bibles, I invite you to turn with me to 2 Timothy 8…


I’m often asked to name my favorite move, and I have to admit, I struggle with that question. I don’t spend a whole lot o…

Miracles: Becoming Someone's Miracle

Miracles         Becoming Someone’s Miracle  Acts 3: 1-10

Well friends, it’s good to be with you today. Especially today, which is an exciting day at Lakeside.  Actually, I’m excited for the next few weeks. Today we’re taking in new members; next week we’re celebrating baptisms and on Oct. 20th, we’re celebrating Laity Sunday…all of which point to the undeniable fact that God is changing lives right here! Friends, you should be proud! Because I am! I am so grateful that God considers us worthy to be a part of the body of Christ. And so we should celebrate well! When you see those folks after church, make sure you celebrate them. But you know what else we should celebrate? We should celebrate the story these moments proclaim: these moments, when we take vows and renew covenants and say “yes” to Jesus are moments that shout to the world that we are ready to play our role on God’s team!  Because ultimately, that’s what discipleship is all about. As we grow as disciples we move from the sid…

Miracles: Get Out Of the Way

Miracles: Getting Out of the Way  Sept. 28, 2019  John 5: 1-19 

 It’s great to see you all here this morning. Thanks for taking this time to give God space to do His work in you. I’m a firm believer that no one is here by accident, that God calls each of us into this holy space to meet us, and in so doing, to change our lives. And I’m praying God will do just that! ---We’re currently in the midst of a sermon series on some of the select miracle stories of the Bible, and we’ve been looking at these stories with an eye towards developing a faith that believes God can do anything. But there are times, however, that God waits to release the miracle until we release some things to God. If you have your Bibles…

A few years ago, I was watching a powerful scene unfold at our church camp. I don’t remember the preacher or the topic, but I remember the atmosphere. God’s Spirit was moving in particularly powerful way and young and old were making their way to the altar to spend some prayerful moment…