Audio Sermon for June 14, 2020 – “Camping in the Wilderness”

Holy Week Bible Study – Good Friday – John 18:1-19:42

John 18-19 King James Version (KJV) 18 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received a… Continue reading Holy Week Bible Study – Good Friday – John 18:1-19:42

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

Prayer

We talk about it a lot.  Hopefully we do it frequently.  Yet it still remains something of a mystery for many.  Somehow, many of us are not quite sure we are doing it “right.” What am I talking about?  Prayer. It is key to our relationship with God.  No wonder then that the disciples specifically… Continue reading Prayer

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

Strengthening Our Grip

Do you ever feel like sometimes you are (to borrow a great line from a Paul Simon song) slip slidin’ away? The media bombards us with the latest screaming headlines regarding the latest horrific news… You find yourself in deep into the “same old argument” with your boss, your spouse, your child, the neighbor next… Continue reading Strengthening Our Grip

Out of the Storm

The Lord Speaks 38 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said: 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans     with words without knowledge? 3 Brace yourself like a man;     I will question you,     and you shall answer me. 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?     Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!… Continue reading Out of the Storm

A Simple Meal

Jesus, gathered with his closest friends, for an intimate meal. Sounds simple enough but it was anything but simple. It was more than just the celebration of Passover – though that is significant enough. It was more than just one more way for Jesus to model the love he had for them, and that he… Continue reading A Simple Meal