Hebrews 12:1-17 “Running Lessons: Reloaded”

  So, you may or may not be aware of this, but July first will be two years since I was made the interim pastor of Emmaus Christian Church. The time has flown by so fast, and In many ways, it seems like I have only been here a week, but at the same time, it can seem like I have always been here. God has been faithful through every week, and every day to lead me and guide me, strengthen me, and help me. Even when it is difficult, I know He has been there for these two years, … Continue reading Hebrews 12:1-17 “Running Lessons: Reloaded”

Hebrews 11: “Looking Back to Move Forward”

  Open your Bibles please to Hebrews 11. we are going to be looking at the whole chapter this morning. Does anyone know what this chapter is commonly referred to? it is often called the “Hall of Faith” Here in it is a list of many people and what God did through their faith in Him. This is a who’s who of the old testament in many ways. there are a bunch of the big ones named here, Moses, and David, and Abraham. and others, all commented for their faith. Before it commends them for their faith though, the author … Continue reading Hebrews 11: “Looking Back to Move Forward”

The Mission of the Church

Making Disciples (audio file for download) So, last week we looked at the fact that God expects fruit from us, that we become fruitful not by trying harder, but by connecting to the vine, and that it is for our joy. Today I want to ask, and answer a simple question. “What is our mission as a church?” I know the answer to that question may be obvious to most of us, but I think it is vital for us to look at this mission often. Especially today as we break into committees and dream about where God might be taking … Continue reading The Mission of the Church

Nehemiah 2:1-8 Who is The Real King?”

Admittedly, my notes this week are bare bones, and the audio is not direct, it is from the mic on my laptop. (I accidentally changed the setting in Garage Band) I do believe this is a defining message for me as a pastor, and Emmaus as a church. Nehemiah 2-1-8 (audio file for download) Last week: we learned a few things about Nehemiah: he was cup bearer to the king of persia. who had invaded Babylon after they had invaded Jerusalem. He probably lives a pretty good life with comfort and ease. though, when he hears about the city walls around … Continue reading Nehemiah 2:1-8 Who is The Real King?”