Category: Sermons

The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is a big letdown. Now don’t get me wrong.  I love pretty much everything about Christmas.  It’s my favorite holiday of the year.  I love gift giving.  I love singing Christmas songs.  I love Christmas decorations.  I love trimming the Christmas tree.  I… Continue Reading “The Meaning of Christmas”

And A Little Child Shall Lead Them

Close your eyes and picture in your mind the moment of Christ’s birth. If you are like most people, you probably picture a stable with a wooden manger.  In the manger atop a bale of hay is the baby Jesus.  And surrounding Jesus are… Continue Reading “And A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

The Sound of Music

There is a war on Christmas! But it’s not being fought out there…it’s being fought right here, in the church!  Can you guess what it is? The commercialization of Christmas? The pros and cons of gift-giving? No. The war, the secret war, being fought… Continue Reading “The Sound of Music”

Believing the Unbelievable

Otherwise Titled “Are Midi-Chlorians Real?” How do you tell truth from fiction? Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes…it’s complicated.  Truth can be fictionalized like we see in the movies and on television.  “Based on a true story” simply means some aspect of what you are about… Continue Reading “Believing the Unbelievable”

Festivus for the Rest of Us!

It’s the “why” of Christmas that matters, not the “when”

Meatloaf and Other Things In the Fridge

How many of you like meatloaf? Go ahead.  Raise your hands.  I love meatloaf.  Meatloaf is one of my favorite foods to eat.  I have lots of good memories about it; the ketchup topping that somehow made it taste both sweet and savory at… Continue Reading “Meatloaf and Other Things In the Fridge”

Does God Want Me to be Poor?

Does God want me to be poor? That’s the question that challenges us today.  Does God want me to be poor?  If you have a Bible or a Bible app on your phone, please find Matthew 19:21-26.  Matthew 19:21-26.  This passage we’re about to… Continue Reading “Does God Want Me to be Poor?”

Why Give?

Is greed good? The short answer is no.  The long answer is also…no.  Taken out of context that speech from the movie Wall Street seems to make sense.  It even sounds daring and avant garde.  “Greed is good.”  But the truth is greed isn’t… Continue Reading “Why Give?”

The One Millionth Question

100 times. What would you do if you got asked the same question 100 times?  A day.  When you’re a cast member at Disneyland it happens.  Every. Single. Day.  “Where’s the bathroom?”  “Where’s Mickey?”  “How do I find Space Mountain?”  Over and over and… Continue Reading “The One Millionth Question”

We Create Happiness

We create happiness. That is the key to Disney’s success.  Eighty percent of businesses fail in the first 18 months.[1]  Churches seemingly do better, but after only four years 32% of them shut their doors, too.  And those numbers don’t reflect stagnant churches or… Continue Reading “We Create Happiness”