Messages on Love
In 1984, the Queen of Rock, Ms. Tina Turner asked, “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Pastor Wayne explores this question as he looks at Matthew 22:34-40. The greatest commandment is to love God with heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as you love yourself. We can all admit that this is easy to say, but difficult to practice.
On this 16th day of August, we continue with the third Sunday in the series “Because God.” Our Gospel lesson, Matthew 15:21-28, is a difficult passage to hear. .. and a difficult passage to read and understand. Jesus is rude to the Canaanite woman who seeks help for her daughter who is possessed by a demon. There is no denying this fact. Jesus calls her a dog. But she persists. And Jesus offers her grace and healing. We don’t have…
On this 4th Sunday of Easter, Pastor Wayne explores the hope that comes from trusting God. He invites us to accept the healing that comes from that trust. The text is 1 Peter 2:19-25. You can download an order of worship here.
Matthew 17:1-9 describes what is celebrated as the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to a mountaintop. While they are there, Jesus is surrounded by a bright light and is joined by Moses and Elijah. The disciples are amazed and a voice calls out, “This is my Son whom I dearly love. I am very pleased with him. Listen to him! (Matthew 17:5b, Common English Bible)” Join Pastor Wayne as he shares what it means to listen to…
Have you ever thought about the relationship between doubt, faith, and hope? In this sermon on Hebrews 11:1-16, Pastor Wayne leads us on a visit to the Faith Hall of Fame. He shows us how doubt, faith, and hope all combined to help these people of great faith do what God called them to do. He also warns us to the curse of certainty in our beliefs.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before?” Pastor Wayne explains that this deadly phrase has been around since the beginning of the Church as he shares the story of Peter’s report to the church leaders in Jerusalem who question him regarding the events in the home of Cornelius. Another sermon in the “Surprise! The Unexpected Acts of God” series as we cruise toward Pentecost.
What does it mean to imitate Christ? Pastor Wayne talks about that in his sermon today.
A sermon based upon Luke 6:27-38. Jesus calls us to love our enemies, do good to those who hurt you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who abuse you. Let’s face it, this isn’t easy, but we’re called to do it.
Gracious God, open our ears that we may hear your truth, open our eyes that we may see your kingdom, and open our hearts and minds that we might know the cries of our brothers and sisters who are hungry, and hurting, and sometimes even dying without the knowledge of your love for them. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts together be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our Redeemer. Amen.…