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March 2016

“A Joy-Filled Spiritual House” 3/27/16 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 20:1-18 by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |March 28th, 2016|Sermons|

           “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”  That is a perfect verse for our resurrection day.  We recited it together in our responsive Psalm 118 reading a few minutes ago.  Rejoice as in be joyful or joy-filled.  Glad, as in the happiest day of all days for Christ died for us and rose again so that we will have eternal life with God, now and beyond our earthly existence.  Biblically speaking, joy and happiness are joined.  Sometimes Christians are taught that joy in the Lord is right and good but that happiness is a worldly pursuit.  Yet, there are several places in scripture that join those two emotions, such as in Jeremiah chapter 31: “I will turn their mourning into joy. . . and bring happiness out of grief.”  The two are also found together in the Old Testament book of Esther: “For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.”    […]

September 2015

Do Be, Do Be, Doers

By |September 15th, 2015|Sermons|

James 1:19-27; Jeremiah 7:1, 5-11 September 6, 2015 by Rev. Laurie Williams Nick Vujicic, born in Australia in 1982, is an inspirational speaker and what he calls a “world-wide evangelist”. There is something very unique about Nick—he has no arms or legs. He was born that way. He was very blessed to have a family [...]

August 2015

Jesus, the Great Storyteller- 8-16-15

By |August 16th, 2015|Sermons|

Scripture   Matthew 13:47-50; Luke 12:13-21           by Rev. Laurie Williams Last week, I preached about knowing the stories of our Bible so as to enable us to tell them to others, if the context is right for a particular teaching.  For example, you are in a coffee shop that has a donations box on the [...]

July 2015

Two Love Stories

By |July 9th, 2015|Sermons|

By Reverend Rodger Allen Luke 15: 11-32; Luke 10: 25-37 The Gospel of Luke, in the order in which the New Testament is arranged, is the third of four gospels. Four accounts of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  Some material in the gospels is common to all four accounts; some material you find [...]

Christians Don’t Do ‘Isms’ 7-5-015

By |July 7th, 2015|Sermons|

By Rev. Laurie Williams, Co-Pastor Scripture:  Col. 2:6-7, 16-19; Gal. 3:24-29 We may not often think this way, but we live in a world of isms:  humanism says, “Isn’t humanity wonderful!”; materialism says, “Isn’t money wonderful!”; relativism says, “If it’s wonderful for you, that’s wonderful and that’s the end of it!”; sexism says, “Isn’t it [...]