Once again the Bible makes a very strong statement. Last week it was the First Letter of John that told us, in a dozen different ways, that God loves us…

People Who Need People

May 17, 2024
I’d like to suggest a spiritual exercise that could get us all ready to respond to this section of the Bible that we have just heard. Love can be very…

The Good Shepherd

May 2, 2024
Prayer for Illumination Eternal God, our guide and guardian, Enlighten our minds to Your teachings, that we may be servants of Your love. Transform our church, so that we may…

We Are Children of God

April 16, 2024
Prayer for Illumination God of Word and Wisdom, the Risen Christ opened the minds of his friends to understand the Scriptures. Send us Your Holy Spirit to open our minds…

True Fellowship

April 9, 2024
Prayer of Illumination: Holy God, just as You transformed disbelief into faith for Your followers on that first Easter, we pray that You would transform our hearts and minds through…

I Have Seen the Lord

April 9, 2024
Prayer for Illumination: Risen One, help us recognize You this day as we hear Your word. You are “Rabboni,” our Teacher, our Guide. Come, speak to us, that we might…

Going A Little Farther

March 22, 2024
Going A Little Farther In athletics, the margin of excellence is often very small, in some instances amounting to a fraction of an inch or a second or two. In…

Not to Condemn

March 12, 2024
John 3:1-21 The purpose of sermons Sermons often just make us feel guilty. We may even get tired of being stirred but unchanged. God wants to bring genuine changes in…

The Message of the Cross

March 6, 2024
Prayer for Illumination: Holy God, reveal Your presence to us this day as we listen to Your word. Send Your Spirit upon us that we might listen, discern, and take…

Jesus the Son of God

February 21, 2024
Prayer for Understanding God of wisdom, send Your Spirit to prepare our hearts and minds to hear Your Word. Teach us to see You more clearly and love You more…

Faith With Gratitude

February 21, 2024
Faith With Gratitude Scripture Readings: Ephesians 2: 8 - 10 James 2: 14 - 17 1 Samuel 16: 6 - 7   • The issue of the relative importance of…

Knowledge vs. Love

January 31, 2024
Prayer for Illumination Source of Wisdom, still our minds as we listen to the Scriptures. Send Your Spirit to keep us alert and attuned to Your life-giving Word this day.…

The God of Second Chances

January 24, 2024
Prayer for Illumination: Compassionate God, may the authority of Your Spirit bring understanding into our confused minds and truth into our troubled hearts, so that we may be transformed and…

For One of the Least

November 30, 2023
Prayer for Illumination Open our eyes to the truths contained in this passage and empower us to live out the message it conveys. May Your Holy Spirit be our teacher…

Do Not Bury Your Gifts

November 22, 2023
Prayer for illumination: God of the generations, the Scriptures are a legacy to us from Your faithful people over many centuries. Just as Your Spirit inspired and guided prophets, evangelists,…

Be Ready & Be Responsible

November 15, 2023
Prayer for illumination God of prophets and parables, your Word can meet us with a challenge, a puzzle, and a promise. Send your Spirit with the gifts of understanding to…

In the Last Days….

November 8, 2023
Prayer for Understanding Lord of Peace, Lord of Glory, we have come and gathered in the House of God to listen to Your words. Teach us Your ways, thus we…
Prayer for Understanding As we read your Word let us hear your voice, and in hearing, let our lives be changed and your world transformed. Sermon: Using your gifts  Opening…

Crazy or Demon-possessed?

October 25, 2023
Prayer for Illumination: God of Word and Wisdom, as we turn to the scriptures, may we hear Your voice calling us to deeper faith and truer devotion. In Jesus’ name,…

Remember the Lord Your God

October 11, 2023
Prayer for Illumination I rejoice in following Your statues as one rejoices in great riches. I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word for they are my…

The Faith of Friends

October 4, 2023
Prayer for Illumination: Teach us, O Lord, to follow Your decrees; then we will keep them to the end. Give us understanding, and we will keep Your law and obey…

Jesus Heals & Prays

September 27, 2023
Prayer for Illumination: You who formed us, named us, and gathered us, open our ears to hear your message. You who give power to the faint, help us understand your…

Standing on Holy Ground

September 13, 2023
Prayer for Understanding God of wisdom, You teach us with love, You touch us with mercy, and You challenge us with truth. Send Your Holy Spirit to help us grasp…

Whatever Became of Sin?

September 1, 2023
Whatever Became of Sin? 1973 book by Dr. Karl Menninger Psychiatric couches filled with people who feel guilty Society has lost a sense of awe or respect for God Everything…

Forgiveness Unleashed

August 23, 2023
Prayer for illumination: Seeking unity, we come to the scriptures. Acknowledging our discord, we come to the scriptures. Realigning our lives with God, we come to the scriptures. We have…

Wrestling with God

August 8, 2023
Prayer for Understanding Holy God, Your Word is bread for our journey. Send us Your Spirit so that we may grasp Your love and will for us as we listen…

Forgiving Ourselves

July 25, 2023
HEARD FREQUENTLY With all the people I’ve hurt, and what I could have done differently, I’ll never be able to forgive myself If I went away and my mother died,…

Called to Serve

July 2, 2023
Prayer for Illumination: As we are gathered here today, we ask You, our living God, to shower unto us Your wisdom and knowledge. We pray that as we listen to…

In the Storm

June 25, 2023
Prayer of Illumination: Draw us close, Holy Spirit, as the Scriptures are read, and the Word is proclaimed.  Let the word of faith be on our lips and in our…
Prayer for Illumination Our Heavenly Father, we thank You for the truth of Your word. We pray, O Lord, that You would open our hearts so that we yield our…

What is Real Faith?

June 4, 2023
Luke 7:1-10 and Matthew 15:21-28 Definitions of “Faith” We can easily be confused about what "faith" really means because the word is used to signify so many different things: •…

Spiritual Heritage

May 30, 2023
My mother is 85 years old. She is a very wise, determined, and faithful woman of God. She was born in a wealthy family in the northern side of Korea.…

Tolerance

May 2, 2023
Commonly Heard “That may be true for you, but it's not true for me.” “No one has the right to tell me what's right or wrong for me.” “It's wrong…

Peace be with You

April 18, 2023
A few years ago, after a big transition in my life, I was going through an emotionally and spiritually down time. When I feel down, I don’t want to see…

He is Risen!

April 11, 2023
When I was younger growing up in Korea, sometimes I wondered why Jesus was white. Korea was, at least until the 20th century, a homogeneous nation despite being invaded and…