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"We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." - The Apostle Paul

Updated: 2017-11-17T04:29:20.154-08:00


Listening for God's Voice


A snippet of scripture surfaced before me recently, waiting for me to take notice. Three times in the last two days, in fact, floating front and center, finally grabbing my attention this afternoon. Revelation 12.11. “…they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” I’m familiar with the verse, but it is a bit unusual and by the third expression I figured I

Cut It Out


A sermon from Mark 9:33-50 by Lyndon Perry             I’d like to share three stories that have to do with divorce, but not just the marriage kind. The real issue is separating ourselves from others, ending relationships, cutting off contact friends and strangers alike. It’s a pressing topic for us today for we live in a very fragmented society. We may not agree on much, but we can almost

A Shepherd Boy’s First Christmas


Based on the Master Story from Luke 2:8-20             In the hill country of Judea some 2000 years ago there was a little shepherd boy tending some lambs for his father.             “Hazaiah,” his father called, “bring the little ones back to the flock. It is getting late and we must set up camp.”             “Yes, father.” Hazaiah obeyed and with his little stick herded the five young

A Vision Worthy to Embrace


This is part of a talk I gave recently on encouraging educators to "hang in there" in their ongoing endeavor to make a difference in young people’s lives. Vital to society are women and men who are committed to the vision of providing quality education for today’s students. Now I do not use the term vision lightly. I believe that in any endeavor – whether it be in business, sports,

On The Road to Easter


Can You Hear Him Call? A Sermon from Mark 10:46-52 Although it is truly the path to abundant living, the way of Christ is difficult. Traveling heavenward requires a different mind than the way of the world. It is a life marked by service and humility, not greatness and control. This is a hard message to hear for modern day followers of Christ. Jesus would indeed have us experience a vibrant,

Words from the Cross - Need


Note: As we are in the Lenten Season of the Church calendar over the next few weeks I'd like to reflect on some of Jesus' Words from the Cross. This reflection is a sermon titled Need and is based on the phrase, "I thirst" - the fifth Word from the Cross found in John 19.28. Need We need a new coffee maker. We've had it almost 9 years and it's starting to leak. We need to replace it

How to Pastor Your Pastor


A Message from 1 Thessalonians 5.12-15 Thank you for having me here this morning. I’m in a great position right now. I get to preach from a text that encourages the congregation to respect and care for their preacher. Now I can get away with that since I am only a pulpit supply; a hired gun, if you will. And no, your pastor did not pay me to preach this message. I picked the passage myself.



There's a rumor afloat. A strange new group in town is attracting members left and right. Every day people are joining this group and forming what can only be described as a spiritual movement. When I first heard about it all I knew was that it had something to do with a prophecy being fulfilled… The rumor is that the "Last Day" is upon us. This group is convinced that a prophecy written

Here Comes the Son ... of Man


Here Comes the Son ... of Man A Sermon from Mark 10:42-45, Phil 2:5-11 & Daniel 7:13-14 My nickname growing up was Bug. Probably because I pestered my older brothers and sisters. I was the last of seven kids - an afterthought nine years after the last afterthought. So I grew up spoiled, or at least that's what my siblings tell me. They said I bugged them about everything. I could ask more

Back from the Precipice


Rescue those being led away to death;hold back those staggering toward slaughter.If you say, "But we knew nothing about this,"does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?Does not he who guards your life know it?Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?(Proverbs 24:11,12 - NIV)When teaching from the Book of Proverbs a few years ago, I discovered some amazing gems of wisdom that

It's Not About the Bike


The human spirit surprises me. Aware of the devilish and awaiting the heavenly, I often overlook a simple matter: Our mortal soul is a remarkable thing. Lance Armstrong's battle and victory over cancer, his well-documented racing comeback, and his unfathomable 7 consecutive Tour de France wins is a moving saga, reminding me that courage and struggle are profound human virtues.Lance's first book,

New Hearts and Frozen Chickens


A few years ago NASA developed a special gun for launching dead chickens at the windshields of military jets in order to test the design and strength of the glass against collisions with airborne fowl.French engineers were eager to test this gun on their new high speed trains. But when they launched their chickens, they found that their shatterproof windshields were no match for the dead birds.

Finding Religion


Heard an amusing story, probably apocryphal, about W.C. Fields upon his death bed.A friend caught Fields, a notorious agnostic, flipping through the bible. "What are you doing?" his friend asked. "Finding religion?""Looking for loopholes!" came the reply.In Luke 10 an expert in biblical law approached Jesus looking for loopholes. "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" he asked to test the

When Pigs Fly


You may have heard about the 300 pound porker that flew first class on a US Airways flight a few years ago. Like an urban legend in the making, this true story is stranger than fiction. Evidently, the pig's owners claimed their pet was a "service animal" - much like a seeing eye-dog - and assured the ticket agent that the pig was only 13 lbs. Based on the available data, this swine flew.When the

A God of Refills


A distraught patient called her physician."Tell me, Doctor, do I have to take the medication you prescribed for the rest of my life?""Yes, that's right," the doctor replied."Then how serious is my condition?" the woman wanted to know."Why do you ask?""Because," the patient cried, "I just picked up my prescription and it's marked 'No Refills!'"Some people believe life is a "no refill" proposition.