Together

TogetherHave you ever wondered what a cucumber plant could teach us about the Christian community?

Well, take a moment and listen to this past week’s message, Together, and learn how intertwining our life can help us grow to a greater exposure of the Son.

On the Road to the Cross – Simon of Cyrene

9781501822643The fourth message in the series On the Road to the Cross introduces us to Simon of Cyrene.

Simon of Cyrene was entering the city of Jerusalem just as Jesus and the other criminals to be crucified were led out of the city.

Simon had his own reason for entering the city on that day.

But, as he approached the city gate, a man carrying a cross fell before him. The soldier dragooned him to place the man’s cross on his back and follow the man to Golgatha.

Simon consented. He dropped whatever burden or possibility he was carrying into the city that day so that he could pick up the cross of Jesus. He turned and left in the opposite direction  as he followed Jesus to Golgotha.

Simon encountered Jesus…in need. Unlike any other person, Simon would be able to offer strength to Jesus when Jesus was at his weakest. He let go of his plans, gave away his possibilities, and forgot about his problems. By following Jesus with the cross on his back, Simon received a new direction that would carry him into a newness of life.

If you have a moment, have a listen to the full message!

Note – This sermon series is influenced by Rob Burkhart’s recent publication, On the Road to the Cross: Experience Easter with Those who were There. The book is a great read during the Season of Lent. I fully recommend you add this book to your library!!

On the Road to the Cross – The High Priest’s Servant

9781501822643The disciple of Jesus is called to bear the cross of Christ. Rather than bear his cross, the disciple of Jesus carries a hidden sword.

What about you?

Are you carrying a hidden sword when you should be bearing the cross?

Are you prepared for a fight?

Are you ready to retaliate?

Does your posture of defense lead you to react rather than respond with grace, truth, mercy, and love?

The second message in the seriesOn the Road to the Cross, considers the arrest of Jesus from the perspective of the high priest’s servant, who has his ear cut off by the sword of the disciples. (What’s the disciple doing with a sword, anyways?…). 

The reactive retaliation of the disciple encourages all us of to consider how we might be carrying a hidden sword when we are called to bear the cross of Christ.

If you have a moment, check out the message…and, also, hear the bizarre story of what happened the last time I went to Pizza Hut!!!

Note – This sermon series is influenced by Rob Burkhart’s recent publication, On the Road to the Cross: Experience Easter with Those who were ThereThe book is a great read during the Season of Lent. I fully recommend you add this book to your library!!

The Gift of Grace, Part One

slide3Imiagine discovering the gift that could overwhelm your heart with the most profound sense of joy – this is the gift of grace, which God has prepared for all of us.

Check out the first message in my Advent series, The Gift of Grace.