Holy Week Bible Study – Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-17; 31-35

John 13:1-17 King James Version (KJV) 13 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put… Continue reading Holy Week Bible Study – Maundy Thursday – John 13:1-17; 31-35

Holy Week Bible Study – Tuesday – John 12:20-36

John 12:20-36 King James Version (KJV) 20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23 And Jesus… Continue reading Holy Week Bible Study – Tuesday – John 12:20-36

Audio Sermon for March 22, 2020 – “Mountain Top Faith”

Silent Night, Holy Night

Tonight, in just a little while, I will gather with the members of my congregation, Elpis Christian Church, and we will do what we always do on this silent, holy night.  We will listen to a little music, sing a few carols, hear the Christmas story as told by Luke, and light some candles.  It… Continue reading Silent Night, Holy Night

Family Guidance

Psalm 128:1–6  1  Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways!  2  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.  3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.  4  Behold, thus shall… Continue reading Family Guidance

Counting the Cost: Discipleship

I suppose it says something about my age that when I think of the word discipleship – several images come to mind: Jesus, sitting on a hillside, teaching his closest followers An oriental sage teaching a young monk nicknamed “grasshopper” A Jedi knight teaching a man named Luke Skywalker about “the force” I know –… Continue reading Counting the Cost: Discipleship

In the Lion’s Den: Integrity

Not many people I know have thoroughly read the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament. A bunch of people I know are at least vaguely familiar with the story of “Daniel and Lion’s Den” found there.  Here’s a very quick synopsis: Daniel has been granted a great deal of responsibility by his boss. Some… Continue reading In the Lion’s Den: Integrity


We all need it, some more than others, but we all need it – encouragement. How do you define it?  What lifts you up, sets you right, enables you to take that next step in achieving whatever you need, or simply want, to do?  Chuck Swindoll said encouragement is “the act of inspiring others with… Continue reading Encouragement


“I don’t want to get involved…” “What does that involve?” “Whose involved with this?” These are the typical comments you may get – or make yourself – when the issue of commitment comes up. Most of us are so busy, so committed, so “involved” already – that one more request or consideration can put us… Continue reading Involvement

Jesus, We Have a Small Request

Mark 10:35-45 New International Version (NIV) The Request of James and John 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 36 “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. 37 They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right… Continue reading Jesus, We Have a Small Request