If I Were Preaching Easter

Every year when I was a preaching pastor, I felt the anxiety rise the closer we got to Easter Sunday morning. The expectations. The crowds. The desire of the people to hear something new and meaningful. Though I had a mentor once tell me don’t sweat it, just tell the story. The problem is that
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The Healing Power of Gratitude

Luke 17:11-19 Sermon Preached at Watonga Indian Baptist Mission, Watonga, OK There are two words that are never going out of style in the English language. And they are_____. (Thank you). We all love to be appreciated. We all love to have our good deeds noticed. We all love to know that our good works
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Wait Here

Wait Here: A Conversation with Exodus 24:12-18 & Matthew 17:1-9 Sermon Preached at Broadneck Baptist Church, Annapolis, MD Today, we are waiting here. Waiting together. Waiting on a word. Waiting on some truth. Waiting on God to show up and help us be different people than we came into this room, right? Its kind of the point
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The Way God Sees the World

The Way God Sees the World Matthew 5:1-12 (Micah 6:1-8) Sermon Preached at St. Matthew’s Presbyterian, Silver Spring, MD Let me start off this morning by saying that I realize the sermon title: “The Way God Sees the World” is presumptuous. Last time I checked, I was not nor ever would be called God. Even
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A Baptism Selfie

Who You Really Are:  a Baptism Selfie Matthew 3:13-17 Preached January 12, 2013: Watonga Indian Baptist Mission Watonga, OK It has been said the word of the year of 2013 was “selfie.” Do you know what a selfie is? It’s a picture you take of yourself when there is no one else around to take
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Preaching Christmas in November in Nairobi


With no thanksgiving holiday to wait to pass, Christmas came early this year in Nairobi among the FTC family. It was a delight to be able to share in a worship service with the entire Kenyan staff this week. God Finding Us Dagoretti Children’s Center, November 22, 2013 Nairobi, KENYA Isaiah 1:2-4, Luke 2:1-20 When
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I Want to Know Christ


I Want to Know Christ Philippians 3:7-11 Preached: August 11, 2013, Martin Luther King Christian Church, Reston, VA I always knew when I was younger that one day I’d want to be married. I would want to have a life partner—someone in whom I could share in all of life’s most memorable moments with and
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I Will Bless You to Bless Others


I Will Bless You To Bless Others Genesis 12:1-9 Watonga Baptist Indian Mission, Watonga, OK July 7, 2013 When is the last time that you said to someone “Bless you?” Usually the most frequent time we say this is when someone sneezes. “Ahhchooo!” And you say, “Bless you.” Or maybe when we’re getting ready to
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Don’t Stop Dreaming


God’s Dreams for Us Genesis 28: 10-19, Ephesians 2:14-21 Watonga Indian Baptist Church Watonga, OK Have you ever found yourself in a position where you were confused, without direction or without prospects on the horizon for a better future? Maybe such was a time in your life when you lost a job, fell into a
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