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He’s Doing a New Thing – April 26, 2020 Sermon

 Isaiah 43:16-21 This is what the Lord says—he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a…

See My Hands – April 19, 2020 Sermon

 John 20:24-29 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will…

Do You See Him? Easter Sermon April 12, 2020

Scripture from John 20:14-16 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will…

Beyond the Pulpit – April

Well. How things have changed. I hope you all are doing well. I miss you! Over the past few weeks, our lives have changed drastically. In an instant – without warning – we suddenly were told to stay at home. We lost physical contact with others. We stopped going to school. We started limiting trips to the grocery and we stopped casual…

Beyond the Pulpit – March

A few weeks ago, we studied the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:10-14). We learned that the reality of shepherding was that the sheep would wander off and get lost leading the shepherd to go looking for the ones who were missing. In other words, the result was the shepherd would have to leave the flock – the proverbial 99 –…

Beyond the Pulpit – February

We had a visitor stop by the church office while we were working on the newsletter. While there, she made a comment that between the weather and all the gloomy news going around, it has been a tough time. And those of us in the office agreed with her.It seems that as of late, we have had bad news after bad news.…

Beyond the Pulpit – January

Christmas 2019 is behind us. The decorations in the sanctuary are slowly coming down. Things will be “back to normal” within a few days. And the thought of Baby Jesus will be long gone. It’s time to look ahead and plan for upcoming events and services. The preschool will be back in full swing soon. And the snowbirds have all gone south.…

Beyond the Pulpit – December

Have you ever stopped to think about what would have happened if Christ had not been born? In God’s infinite wisdom, He devised a plan to bring salvation to the earth beyond what any person could have ever dreamed up. Tell me…would you have ever thought about having God’s son leave heaven to be born as a human by a woman who…

Beyond the Pulpit – November

October was Rock-tober! What an incredible month for serving our Lord and our community!The ministries of the church were running wide-open last month between Youth Sunday, Homecoming, Pastor Nick’s ordination, Chili Supper, Youth trip to Beef and Boards, and the Community Trunk-or-Treat. It was a spirit-filled and activity filled month. God certainly showed up and showed off. We were afforded the opportunity…

Don’t Go to Church

(Originally published in the “Lessons from the Heart” section of the Carroll County Comet, October 23, 2019) Every weekend there are people who go to church. Most times it’s on Sundays, but it could be on Saturdays. Denominational churches or non-denominational churches are located in large buildings, small buildings, or converted strip mall stores. Service may be traditional or contemporary. And the…