Give Thanks….always!

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day celebration!  More than that, I hope you have a Thankful Heart all year long!  God wants us to be thankful!  We have so much to be thankful for today! The best day of my life was when I actually began to give God thanks for 23 years…

Who is in control of your life?

We live in the day and age of the “self made man.”  Many wealthy business people think they did that.  Their hard work and ingenuity is the single thing that took them to the top.  But, in reality, who did that?  Who gave them the ability to climb the ladder?   In reality, it is…

Discouragement in the real world

Discouragement in this world is very real.  All of God’s children get discouraged from time to time.  But, do you know the true source of discouragement?  If you guessed the devil, you got it right.  Today, we will look into how to defeat the devil and his favorite tool, discouragement.  

Send in the choir!

It has to be the most unusual battle plan in the history of mankind. The year: 850 BC. The place: Jerusalem. The king: a godly man named Jehoshaphat. He was a good king, and he reigned during a period of prosperity and happiness for the people of Judah. God smiled upon him because he was…

The Church Triumphant

A minister from a century ago once told the story of two paddleboats. They left Memphis about the same time, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. As they traveled side by side, sailors from one vessel made stinging remarks about the snail’s pace of the other. Words were exchanged. Challenges were made. And…

Showdown at Mt. Carmel

Sometimes, it comes down to a showdown.  Two opposing forces collide and cause massive confusion to the people around them as the lies and propaganda go forth along with the truth.  When it comes to the Messiah and Absolute truth verses the enemy of our souls and all his propaganda come to blows because of…

Let Freedom Ring

Freedom.  It’s the most precious gift God gave to mankind.  God could have made man to be nothing more than a robot or a puppet on a set of strings that obeyed His every whim.  But, He didn’t do that.  Instead, God gave us the choice to serve Him or to hate Him.  And, He…

The Elephant Rope – the best of the rest

This weekend, I’m still recovering from my hospital procedure.  It’s taking longer than I anticipated, but healing is coming!  God is in control.  So, once again, we will have a “best of the rest” sermon that I preached about a year ago.  I pray it speaks to you! It’s amazing to watch people as they…

Guard Your Heart; “the best of the rest”

“Follow your heart” the world says.  But, should we follow our  heart as we trek through this world or guard it from the world? This week, I continue my recuperation from that hospital procedure, so we are, once again, doing the “best of the rest” sermon.  Here is an excerpt from that message: “One thing…

It’s OK to struggle; “the best of the rest”

Today, I’m recuperating from a hospital procedure, so we are doing “the best of the rest” sermon.  I originally preached this sermon about a year ago as the pandemic related government lock downs started and many people were afraid. Life is full of struggles.  What do you struggle with?  I struggled with self esteem as…

Building a Decidedly Christian Worldview

From the Christiano Brothers movie “Time Changer,” a synopsis of what happens when you remove Christ from His teachings. “Without the authority of Christ, mankind is merely left to compare ideas, and morality becomes a matter of opinion.   One person says it is wrong to steal, the next person says it is not.   No standard…

The Day God Ran To Me

Are you away from Christ?  Longing to come home?  God will meet you on the road if you will just take that first step.  He’s sitting on the porch or standing at the roadside watching and waiting for you to come walking towards Him.  God will RUN to you.  Come on home!  You’ll be glad…

Who would knock a hole in somebody’s roof?

Today’s message is one I consider a “legacy message,” in that I have preached this sermon all over the Southeast US over the past 4 decades. Every time I preach this message, people respond to it and are blessed by it. That gives me more satisfaction than you can imagine to see God using this…

Faith under Fire 2 – Doubting Your Faith in God

Have you ever been confronted by a skeptic who challenges your belief in God?  That scenario is more common these days than it has been in over  a century.  With the advent of the Internet, atheists and all manner of Christian skeptics have come to the surface challenging our faith in God.  Can you provide…

Does God Exist? Faith Under Fire 1

Former atheist and journalist Lee Strobel has written a powerful book that is also a Bible Study entitled “Faith Under Fire.”  We will take a look at some of the things he reports on his journey to discover the truth about God and living the Christian Life over the next few weeks. Do you believe…

Standing Through the Storm

What is the difference between the wise man’s house built on a rock and the foolish man’s house built on the sand? The foundation. What was it that revealed that difference? The storm. For all their differences the wise and foolish man have some things in common. They both are home builders. They both have…

The essentials of life

Can you list the things that are “essential” in YOUR life? Most would say things like, “Health, family, love, education, a nice home, a car to drive, a good job, etc.” Would you be honest for a minute and answer one more question? How did God and your relationship with the Creator of the Universe…

Life After the Storm

When a storm hits us in the middle of our lives, there is often devastation followed by depression and lots of grief.  But, there’s hope!  After the storm will take a look at life once the storm passes and how  there is hope to rebuild our lives.  Listen as pastor Ed brings us hope from…

Standing In the Storm – The Cares of Life

Standing In the Storm – The Cares of Life.  Standing in the center of God’s will while the storms rage is often a hard thing to do, but it is necessary.  God will bring us through the storms.  Just take His hand and never let go.  Today, we will seek ways to find Peace in…

The Death, Burial and Resurrection of A Messiah

The death on a cross was a cruel, agonizing and slow death. Torture would also be an appropriate description. Once the Messiah was dead and His side pierced, the “blood and water” (medically, the red blood cells and the clear plasma that had separated – a true sign of death), His body was removed and…

Journey to the Cross; The Triumphal Entry

When you think about the Messiah’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey without the usual pomp and circumstance that accompanied a Roman General coming back home after victory in battle, why do you suppose we call it a “Triumphal Entry?”  After all, Jesus Christ: Jesus wasn’t a military general or commander…

The Church of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia

Wouldn’t it be great if all Christians and all Christian Churches understood and practiced Brotherly Love? There are some who do, and those are the churches that get God’s most abundant blessing! Join us today for “The Church of Brotherly Love” (The church at Philadelphia) as we conclude our series on the seven churches in…

Loving God with your whole heart

Are you lukewarm?  Is your church lukewarm? Today’s message continues the seven churches in Revelation as we take a look at the church at Laodicea.  Compromise was the word of the day in that assembly as they sacrificed God’s Word and His teaching for that of the government and the culture of the day.  Catch…

Jezebel in the church…a look at Thyatira and our churches

Jezebel was a wicked queen who practiced witchcraft, Idolatry and persecuted God’s Prophets to the point of causing them to stumble by buckling their knees. So what does this have to do with a woman the Messiah called “Jezebel” in Revelation?  That’s the topic of today’s message entitled “Jezebel in the church; the study of…

Pergamos, the Compromized Church

When a church is a “good church” but allows evil and false doctrine to take to the stage in that venue, that church is compromised. Is that a problem? Find out in today’s podcast. It’s the latest in the series on the seven churches in Revelation.  Don’t miss this important message!

Christian Persecution is Real. The 7 churches in Revelation series

A woman in India watches as her sister is dragged off by Hindu nationalists. She doesn’t know if her sister is alive or dead. A man in a North Korean prison camp is shaken awake after being beaten unconscious; the beatings begin again. A woman in Nigeria runs for her life. She has escaped from…

The Strangest Valentines Day Sermon Ever (The Dead Church, part 2)

The Dead Church.  Part 2. If something dies, it is appropriate to bury it.  But, sometimes, for whatever reason, we can’t let go when a church dies…..and it will be like a dead person’s body strapped to the back of his killer during New Testament days….the penalty for murder.  The person you murdered will literally…

The Dead Church

Does everyone around you think you are very much alive when you feel dead on the inside?  Well, that happened to a church.  Once upon a time there was a church that died and nobody noticed.  Tune in to this week’s podcast for the details……

The Church that lost its First Love. Ephesus.

Today, we begin a series of sermons on the Seven Churches in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Today’s church is Ephesus.  The Church that misplaced love.  Actually, they lost their “first love.”  Stay tuned for more….right now.