Matthew 4:1-11 I feel like I’m not supposed to preach about this. Today I want to share with you about the spiritual discipline of fasting.  But Jesus had clear words about how we are to fast:  “…when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen […]

1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Today I want to indulge a little show-and-tell with three of my prize t-shirts. First:  A Wilderness Trail “Trail Blazer” t-shirt. I earned this t-shirt when I was seventeen and finished my fourth week-long hike with Wilderness Trail.  I was super proud to be initiated into the “Order of the Black” and […]

1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Over the past couple weeks we’ve dealt with common topics for New Year’s resolutions, like food and money.  But, since most resolutions don’t make it out of the first month… chances are good that if you made one about either of those, it’s already un-resolved. Don’t worry.  That doesn’t mean we can’t […]

1 Corinthians 7:29-31 This January, we’re taking a look at common new year’s resolutions – and what our faith has to say about them.  Last week we dealt with food, but I had to make a disclaimer at the start:  I’m a pastor, not a nutritionist.  This week’s topic requires a similar statement:  I’m a […]

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 Today continues a New Year’s resolution theme for January, with probably the most-frequently resolved issue:  food. Before you put your hopes and dreams in this message, let me be clear:  I am not a nutritionist.  I haven’t come up with the next diet fad.  I am a pastor, and my area of […]

Mark 1:4-11 I’m glad to be back in the sermon-writing saddle after being out on vacation last Sunday.  More than just Sunday – my family was out-of-pocket for 8 full days. In our world of work, school, and church, 8 days is a really long trip.  Long enough to have a cornucopia of celebrations:  5 […]

Tonight we gather in the dark, in the quiet last hours before Christmas morning.  Some of us are here to sing the songs and hear the Scripture like we do each year.  Some of us are here to sit next to family or see old friends or just to be together with others who believe.  […]