Category Archives: Bible

Soul Erosion: the Deformation of Saul (1 Samuel 18-31)

This sermon explores the other side of spiritual formation. It is like looking at the negative of a photo. What we see is disquieting, but we have real reason for hope. Sorry, but because of technical issues, we do not … Continue reading

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How to Set Your Heart on Things Above

Craig Larson tells about driving to work in a suburb of Chicago and seeing an SUV with the words Texas Longhorns prominently displayed on the spare tire case. The trailer hitch was adorned with a steer-head. The license plate frame … Continue reading

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Formed and Deformed: the Spiritual Formation of David

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Justice Offers Forgiveness but not Escape

I once called on a mother of two girls who were in our little mission church’s Sunday School. I was nervous about what I had to say. Her daughters were both out of control, disrupting Sunday School classes and even … Continue reading

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David and Goliath: Root and Fruit

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The Christian Mind

A Jesus-follower’s mind is to be filled with things above: God’s will, his gifts, his character, his plans for us.  People who have been connected to Christ, who have undergone the Great Transition (who have received God’s own life through … Continue reading

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David and Goliath: Seeing Beyond the Appearances

(We had technical problems this week and so the video is not yet – and may never be – available. If we can get audio or video, I will post it later in the week.) This one of the most … Continue reading

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Pulling the Lever: The Content and Connection of Faith

Theology is not meant to fill our heads but to better our lives. Theologians tell us that when a person trusts in Jesus Christ a great transition takes place in his or her life. That person is literally connected to … Continue reading

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Falling Away: A Before and After Picture

In this sermon, we look at the reasons behind King Saul’s “lifeslide.” We then consider what we can do to follow a different path.

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Don’t Overlook The Importance of Desire in the Spiritual Life

Desire plays a critical and often overlooked role in life, including the spiritual life. Desire forges a person’s future and chooses the path they follow. Humans cannot live without desire. Were a drug to be disseminated in our atmosphere that … Continue reading

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