What If

Jesus said, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” Wouldn’t it be wonderful if that were true of your church? My church? Every church?

Text: Ephesians 6:18-20
Sermon Series: Soul Food: Ephesians for the 21st-Century


What is it that you are waiting for from the Lord? What are you hoping for that you do not yet have? While you are waiting, don’t let go of that little word “yet.” It’s the difference between hope and despair because God is not finished yet.

Sermon Series: New Year’s Day Messages

Why We Keep Believing

Because Christians are aliens and strangers on earth, we are destined to live and die feeling slightly (and maybe more than slightly) out of place. But we will not quit, give up or go back because our home is in heaven. We have expectations of something much better than anything the world has to offer.

Text: Hebrews 11:13-16
Sermon Series: Outrageous Faith

Strength for the Journey

In this message Pastor Ray reminds us everything we believe rests on the sovereignty of God. Salvation starts with God, not with us. Because he has chosen us, we can stand firm amid the trials of life. By standing firm we prove to ourselves and to the watching world what we truly believe.

Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
Sermon Series: Adventures in Prayer

God Has a Bigger Plan

We serve a trans-generational God whose purposes span the centuries. He does not confine himself to our timetable or limit himself to our puny understanding of what he intends to do. If you have eyes to see beyond your own problems, look up and you will see the hand of God at work.

Text: Jeremiah 29:10
Sermon Series: Survivor Babylon: How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

No Hopeless Cases

I first met Jacob Gartenhaus about forty years ago. When I was a teenager growing up in a small town […]

Text: Romans 11:11-16
Sermon Series: Understanding God's Plan (Romans 9-11)

Lessons for Modern-Day Sowers of the Word

Good soil can be hard to find, but when you find it, amazing things can happen.

Text: Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
Sermon Series: Stories Jesus Told

What is a Christian?

A friend sent me an email telling about a question posed to her by a co-worker. Here is the exact […]

Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Sermon Series: Living in the Last Days (1 Thessalonians)

God’s Multicultural Church

The term multicultural is much in the news these days. Politicians and social scientists use it to describe a certain […]

Text: Romans 15:7-13
Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)

Inside the Wedding Ring

I was twenty-five years old and fresh out of seminary when I became the pastor of a small church in […]

Text: Romans 15:5-7
Sermon Series: The Transformed Life (Romans 12-16)

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