Monday, June 29, 2020

Services Recapped for June 28 2020

Well, another week, another batch of services put together, done well by our worship team, and then…you get me preaching. Since I am not a manuscript guy, the sermons do differ from one service to the next.

Here is what you’ll find: there is an audio player with the sermon audios built-in to it, just click to find the one you want. You’ll also find the embedded YouTube videos of each sermon.

If you’d like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here:  for iTunes users. Other audio feeds go here: (or )

The video is linked on my personal YouTube Page here:

Sermons are stockpiled here:

This week I actually liked the second service sermon better, so you get the YouTube embed first.

Here’s the audio: (podcast subscription is here)

First Service from Facebook:

Monday, June 22, 2020

Service Recap for June 21

Well, another week begins. Here we are, working through the COVID and the consequences of it for churches. There are a few things present here:

1. The Facebook-based embedded video of the whole service is right here (there’s a weird hiccup at the end because the Internet at church got overwhelmed and cut out, then it just picked back up instantly):

2. Because the YouTube systems are behind in processing free videos (and we want to stick with FREE videos), this week’s service isn’t here yet, but you can check the channel at this link: and look for it. It will be titled… Sunday morning Worship, June 21.

(Maybe it’s here:

3. Here is the audio and slide combination on Faithlife:

4. Wednesday night is here:

A few other notes:

Every morning we do The Morning Reflection from our house. It’s sometimes long, sometimes short, but a prayer, a thought or two, and a reading from the Psalms as we start the day. It’s on FB on the church page and Ann and I share it (after the fact) on ours.

Have a great Monday!

Monday, June 8, 2020

Services Recapped from June 7

Well, we actually had people physically present in the building for church services for the first time since March 15. It was…strange and nice and familiar and odd all at once. It’s amazing how quickly you can form a habit.
Here are the services. First embed on the AM service is to Facebook but should work for anyone, but in case it doesn’t, we’re going to start streaming the second service onto YouTube, so that embed follows. For the incredibly bored, watch both services and compare/contrast the sermons :) I would recommend the music on the YouTube morning, because the guitar intro on the first song can be heard better.

Evening Service, Live from the Living Room:

Wednesday Night:

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Overflow with Love

We’re due for the next TTWB segment, but I wanted to hit 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 briefly and comment on the American situation.

First, the comment: it’s a mess out there. First, you have the killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. (I’d use “murder” but that is a technical, legal term and it is possible that one of my three readers could be in a jury pool if the folks who pulled the trigger ever go to trial. I don’t want to contaminate the pool.) Then you have ham-fisted responses to these killings by the local authorities, essentially trying to paper over these misuses of power. Now you have protests, some of which were handled appropriately and others were mangled in the government response (see the video of authorities in Minnesota shooting tear gas or something at people ON THEIR OWN FRONT PORCH, for starters), and questions. Lots of questions.

With that in mind, believers, let’s take a look at 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13.

Verse 11 is Paul’s prayer that God would bring him back to the Thessalonians. That’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? There is a good example to be found here: we ought to love the people we have served God with enough that we’d like to go back and see them again. There is plenty of theology and Christology to be had here, but we’ll set that aside for now.

Verse 12 is the high-point here: the prayer that our love increases and overflows for one another. Where are we on that?

Where are we within the church? With all of God’s people?

I think we need to really pray through that before we answer it.

Verse 13 wraps it back up: blameless hearts before God our Father, so that at the coming of the Lord Jesus, when we see judgment come on this world like a flood, we are ready to be in the presence of God’s holiness.

Now: what do we do?

Every action you take, every word you speak, all belong to God’s lordship and will fall under His judgment in due time.

What will you do? You do not need me or another preacher or an author or anyone else, really, to tell you what to do that you haven’t already heard: open your Bible, listen to God speak through His word, by His Spirit, and do what He said: love your neighbor as yourself.

And if you want to define “your neighbor,” simply find the people who your people have hated for 400 years. That’s who the Samaritans were to the Jews. Oh, and probably they didn’t use the term hate. Generally, they just appreciated that they were Jews and not Samaritans, and preferred to avoid them.

So….who is your neighbor?

I think you can answer that question. I think you should answer that question: too often, we want our answers spoon-fed to us, so that we can then blame the messenger for getting it wrong, or when it gets hard, we can say, “Well, that was his idea, anyway, so I’ll leave it.”

You will face the Almighty God at some point and will answer for how you have loved His people. And if you are a follower of Christ, it may be the saddest moment of  your life as your Father in Heaven asks why you never loved your own family.

I pray that we all overflow with love for our brothers and sisters.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Services Recap through May 31

Good morning! Here are the videos from our last week of services. We will be back with live, in-person morning worship on June 7 at 9 AM and 11 AM, but will also continue live-streaming the morning service.

May 24 Morning Service:

May 27 Wednesday Night:

May 31 Sunday Morning:

May 31 Sunday Evening:

And if you’re interested, the Morning Reflection:

(Follow the link there to see all of those videos.)

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