Sermons

Jesus, The Way; Psalm 25

I was having breakfast with a friend of mine when I received a call from my sweet wife. An animal had gotten under our house by way of a crawlspace hole on the back of the house and was scratching the wood and pipes under our bathroom where my sweet wife was getting...

Anchors For Our Life; Hebrews 13:17-25

The "Butterfly Effect" is a concept that was brought about by the fact that no one can properly and accurately predict the weather. They know when the tides will roll in, and when comets will roll past the earth, but when it comes to weather, they actually realized...

How Do We Follow Jesus? Hebrews 13:7-16

At the end of boot camp back in the Summer of 1995, the "final exam" was to lead a squad-level attack. We all took turns out in the woods in Northern Virginia getting orders from command to go here and do this and go there and do that, and eventually it was time for...

How We Love Others; Hebrews 13:1-6

If we were to take a poll around Forney on the definition of love, how many of those answers do you think would be regarding romantic love? Or what if we polled the entire U.S., how many different answers do you think we would get? How many of all of these answers do...

God Is Not Ashamed; Hebrews 11:32-40

"I'm disappointed in you, son." These terrible words have come from my dad's mouth plenty of times, directed toward my general direction... But your Heavenly Father is not ashamed to be called your God if you desire a better country. What exactly does that mean?...

Knowing vs. Doing; Hebrews 10:19-25

Do you know what the largest distance in the world is? Some may say a physical distance, from the north to the south pole, maybe... But it's not a physical distance. Some say it's idealogical, from Democrat to Republican, maybe... But it's not an idealogical distance....

Jesus Has Made Us Perfect; Hebrews 10:11-18

Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted a nice lawn... But being a recently new homeowner, I honestly did not realize what exactly I was asking for when it comes to weeds. Our back yard is a weed forest; I actually am not sure there is even a single blade of...

A Genuine Life With God; Hebrews 10:1-10

For many people, Bear Grylls' "Man vs. Wild" was a favorite in survival television. He would find obstacles for himself and his crew to overcome, surviving in the wilderness and outdoors with nothing but minimal supplies. However, a few facts came out a few years into...

Why Did Jesus Come? Hebrews 9:23-28

Desmond Doss was a young man growing up in West Virginia when World War II began to rage. Desmond was a pacifist in the sense that he would not fire a weapon, for both religious and personal reasons, but he still wanted to serve his country. So, he ends up as a medic...

The Benefit of the Blood; Hebrews 9:11-22

For every commercial you have ever seen, the marketing team is trying to show you the benefit of something. A coffee commercial will show how simply it wakes a person up to their happy selves. A commercial for a cleaner shows just how easy it is to clean with their...

Jesus Can Cleanse Our Conscience; Heb. 9:1-14

The first car I ever bought was a 1980 Datsun 280z with T-Tops. Moon roof? Not as good as T-Tops. Sun-roof? That's garbage compared to T-Tops. I was driving up to my friend, John's, house to pick him up to hang out when I saw John's dad working on his own car in his...

Jesus, Our Better Fulfillment; Hebrews 8:8-13

Back when I still lived at home with my parents and brothers, I was tasked with watching my baby brother, Luke while my parents went to the grocery store. Luke, 2, was pretty easy to watch as a kid, but this day he was especially tough because of a cake that he wanted...

Better Promises; Hebrews 8:1-7

Promises are everywhere. For instance, they are in my house: "Dad, I promise I will finish my chores after my turn on this game is over!" Or, "Dad, I promise, if you let me use your tools I will put them back where I got them!" Or, "Dad, I promise, I did not hit my...

Jesus Is Better Review; Heb. 1-7

Gold. Jewels. Treasure. That is what 1519 Spanish conquistador, Hernando Cortez was after. He heard that the Aztec people in the Yucatan Peninsula had an embarrassment of the riches, but every conquest thus far had been stopped short because of the brutal...

The Road Ahead; Exodus 25:1-9

Do you want to hear the history of Mission Church? How God has closed doors and opened others in order for us to be a church? Perhaps more importantly, though, do YOU want to be a part of Mission Church's history? Do you want to step in and partner with us in the next...

It Matters: Life Pt. 2; Mark 12

Do you love your neighbor? Now, I am not asking if you love your neighbor's loud and obnoxious dog, or the fact that they never mow their lawn, or the auto parts deemed lawn-appropriate accessories... But them, do you love them? Waving to them as you drive by, having...

It Matters: Life; John 9

Often, the announcement of a pregnancy brings great joy... but sometimes it doesn't. This sermon is about abortion. If abortion is a part of your story, God loves you. Grace is still offered to you. You did not commit the unforgivable sin. God loves you, still.

It Matters: Belief; John 17:20-26

It matters what you and I believe. It matters what we believe about life, about death, about cleanliness and using hand sanitizer. But mostly, it matters what we believe in what God has said through His Word. If we were to stand before the throne of God right now, and...

Blind And Foolish Are We; Numbers 22

When I was 7, I scored my very first goal in soccer. I was running around pretty aimlessly before I ended up with the ball, and then I was stiff-arming people, juking kids out, it was a visceral experience for me! Soccer moms were yelling for me, my dad (he was the...

Believing In Good News; Luke 2:1-21

We may know (and maybe even be able to quote) the details of the story of Jesus’ birth: wise men, manger, star, swaddling clothes… But we must make sure that we do not miss the heart of what the story tells us. The story of Jesus birth is not mere story-telling fodder...

Future Promises, Present Fulfillment; Luke 1:57

In the Jesus Storybook Bible, the author paraphrases Jesus’ words and explains why the Book of Revelation is in the Bible, and writes this, “Write down what you see, John, so God’s children can read it and wait in happy excitement!” The promise of Revelation, along...

Blessed in Believing; Luke 1:39-56

When Mary went to visit Elizabeth and to tell her of all that was spoken to her by the angel, Gabriel, Elizabeth said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" Why was Mary a blessed woman? Luke 1:45 says, "And blessed is she who...

God’s Favor Has Come; Luke 1:26-38

December 1792 in Austria, an unmarried embroiderer gave birth to her third child; a baby boy named Joseph. Joseph's father had deserted his mother immediately upon learning of the pregnancy. The abandoned mother, who was already short on money, was fined a year's...

We Endure In The Work; Neh. 6

Two frogs fell into a pitcher of cream. One quickly gave up and sank to the bottom, but the other kept kicking and kicking until the cream became butter. Once it was hard enough, the frog had enough to jump out of the pitcher. Often, the difference between quitting...

God Requires Repentance; Neh. 5

After every Halloween, we go through the exercise of rationing out the treasure-trove of candy and chocolate and sugar that our kids received on their night of Trick-or-Treating. Our idea was that the kids could get ONE (bite-size, not full-size) piece of candy after...

The Opposition Rises Up; Neh. 4

When we first moved in to our house, my first project was to build a mud room (a room where my kids could take off their muddy shoes and jackets before actually stepping foot into the house). It was a perfect build with genius ingenuity; everything had it's specific...

The People Rise Up; Nehemiah 3

"GET UP!!!" In the American Classic, Rocky II, Rocky Balboa is up against Apollo Creed for the rematch from the first Rocky movie, and it is extremely tense. In a moment of intense drama, both Rocky and Apollo Creed hit the floor. Then begins a wonderful, slow-motion...

We Need God’s Favor; Neh. 2:1-20

In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes about what makes a company great, as opposed to good. Out of the thousands of major companies, only 11 stood out as being truly great in all categories. What was it that made them great, though? Jim Collins' extensive...

The First Step In Starting Over; Neh. 1:1-11

This year was Trevor's first to play baseball. And on his very first at bat in his very first game, he got a hit! He ran as fast as he could down the line to first base, but he was beat by the throw. He was out. Trevor stayed on first base, though. You see, during...

We Can Start Over With Our Friends; Matt. 5:23

If you are anything like me, you’ve lost a good amount of friends. Whether it came from our brash immaturity or theirs, we have all known what it is like to be hurt by or to hurt a friend. What do we do in those moments? How can we seek reconciliation with those whom...

We Can Start Over With Money; Luke 12:13-21

Warren Buffet's current net worth is 64.8 billion dollars. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to start over with our finances in a Warren Buffet type-of-way? Don't we all want to Buffet-ize our own personal budget? Don't we all want to have this type of start over in our...

We Can Start Over As Parents; Deut. 6:1-9

"Just keep swimming!" This catchy little phrase from Finding Nemo's Dory was recanted by seemingly every child after the movie's premier back in 2001, but these words actually hold some good truth for us as parents as well. What are we supposed to do when our kid has...

We Can Start Over In Marriage; Eph 5:22-33

When it comes down to it, what does marriage actually look like? Our culture has a few ideas about the goal of marriage: sexual pleasure, it will help me in my career, and even sometimes happiness... But for the marriage that will last, it will have one goal and one...

We Can Start Over With God; Lam. 3:19-33

Though he is mostly known as America's sixteenth President, Abraham Lincoln ran into many obstacles throughout his time before becoming President. He experienced political failure 11 times in 29 years, losing different seats and elections, while only winning anything...

We Build Friendships; Mark 2:13-17

There is a difference in the reputation between Apple Computer and McDonalds the restaurant. One is know for high tech innovation, the other for getting your food fast. Apple is known for their phone, while McDonalds is know for their fries. Sometimes a reputation can...

We Make Disciples; Luke 14:25-33

What does it mean to be married? It is an important question to ask and answer for anyone considering marriage and one I work through with couples that ask me to marry them. A couple that goes into their marriage with a good grasp of what it means to be married has a...

We Are Gospel-Centered; Galatians 2:11-21

As a husband, I must admit I miss what my wife is saying at times. She will say that it is "okay" if I go doing something, but that "okay" could mean the opposite of the normal meaning. What her message really is as her lips say, "okay," is more like, "If you are dumb...

We Are for God’s Glory; Isaiah 48:9-11

If you want to be successful in life, some good advice is to stick it out in whatever you have chosen to do and not give up too quickly when things get hard. There is just something to sticking with something over time, some call it the ability to "follow-through,"...

Who Dwells With God? Psalm 15

I had the pleasure of receiving my trophy from the President. Our team had one the championship and we got to meet and be congratulated by the President...drum roll please...of our town soccer league. The president was also my dad so I kind of already knew him. To...

Overcoming Racism; 2 Chronicles 7:13-14

I would like to say that it is was out of the ordinary what happened in LA, MN and Dallas this week. Sadly, the violence stemming from racial sin has reared its head once again and we are all reeling, questioning, frustrated, sad, angry, bewildered and wondering what...

Growing in Generosity; Malachi 3:6-12

We all have a problem with money. The problem isn't that we don't have enough of it, although the vast majority of us would make that claim. The problem is that we don't have money...money has us. What I mean is that money has captured our hearts such that we think a...

The Importance of Friendships; Proverbs 18:24

There is a lot we can live without. We can live without being famous. Really we can! We can live without being a millionaire. I'm not lying, it's possible. We can live without our kids becoming the next Albert Einstein or Tony Romo. What we absolutely need however,...

Jesus Brings the New and Better; Hebrews 7:1-22

The marketing world knows that they can get our attention anytime they tell us that the product is "new," or "improved," or "better." We will jump at the toothpaste that is "dual action." Who would settle for single action cleaning? We love to get our hands on the...

A Better Promise; Hebrews 6:9-20

We all live on promises. If we are married it is the promise of our spouse that they'll be there in sickness and in health until death parts us. If we are approaching retirement we are banking on (pun intended) the promise of social security. We hope that our boss...

Growing in Spiritual Maturity; Hebrews 5:11-6:8

Every parent works toward and desires their kids to mature. They work toward their physical maturation going from being able to clean up their room to being able to get their own job. They desire their kids' emotional maturation going from tantrums over broken toys to...

Being Made Perfect; Hebrews 5:5-10

We are called, as followers of Jesus, to enter into a process of transformation whereby we become to ever increasing degrees, like the one we follow. Sanctification, as it is called, is the work of God in our lives as the Holy Spirit moves to make us resemble the...

We Are What We Practice; 1 John 3:4-10

We are what we repeatedly do. If we get angry routinely. We are angry. If we are joyful regularly we are joyful. If we gossip normally. We are a gossip. Try as we might to make excuses for ourselves if the habit is negative, or draw attention to ourselves if the habit...

Enter God’s Rest; Hebrews 4:1-5

Where do you want to go on your summer vacation? Some will answer Disney World, while others say some exotic beach and still others a mountain retreat. Regardless of which dream vacation you would choose, God's Word says that he has prepared for his kids a place that...

Believe…Today! Hebrews 3:7-19

We all believe a story. And that story has set the trajectory of our life. Some of us were told the story that we are worthless, stupid, and unloved. Others of us were told that we have value, we can do it and we are loved. Depending on the story we were told and the...

Think Carefully About Jesus; Hebrews 3:1-6

The main job for parents of boys, James Dobson once wrote, "Is to keep them alive, long enough to reach adulthood." As a father to three boys I have taken this to heart and tried to keep them from the harm they naturally get themselves into. It's not that they are bad...

Who Can be Saved? Mark 10:46-52

Jesus has a conversation one day with a man of great wealth. This man desires to know that he has eternal life, along with his riches and asks Jesus what he must do to inherit it. After a brief exchange, the man goes away sorrowful because he would rather have his...

Growing Godly Desires; 1 John 2:15-17

We all have desires. We desire friendship. We desire love. We desire to make a contribution in life. We desire fun. We desire health. We desire our kids to have all these things. And we desire that our life would be long. None of these desires are bad. In fact, they...

What We Already Have; Hebrews 2:10-18

If you watch much HGTV you have certainly come across the show "Fixxer Upper." In it, a husband and wife team rehab dilapidated homes, making them into amazing dream houses for their owners. I like the show because the transformations they pull off are spectacular but...

The Path to the World to Come; Hebrews 2:5-9

Time magazine recently did a survey where they asked respondents how long they wanted to live. In the research they found that 77% of Americans wanted to live to 100 years old. Not surprising on the face of it but what did get the research team's attention was the...

Our Choice Matters; Hebrews 2:1-4

On a beautiful April day in 2005 I proposed marriage to my girlfriend. We were in Washington D.C., the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and I asked THE question; Will you marry me? At that moment she had a choice. She could either say yes or no, and that answer...

Jesus is Better, Part 2; Hebrews 1:5-14

The book of Hebrews is written to a young church in Rome that is struggling to follow Jesus. They are facing persecution for their new found faith. Some in the congregation have concluded that going back to being a Jew is just as good as being a Christian. They...

Jesus is Better Part 1; Hebrews 1:1-4

Our life is a series of choices. Some large and some small. Some that entail where to eat lunch and some that determine the trajectory of our life. We make these choices in line with who we follow. Either we follow the prevailing wisdom of the culture and choose what...

The Trinity

In today's message we look at the doctrine of the Trinity. Theology often seems a bit of a dry topic but it is how we lay the foundation of our faith. Our lives are therefore rooted in doctrine. In other words, what a person believes about God is their life. The...

Celebrating 5 Years

Today we celebrate God's grace and faithfulness to our church. Five years ago we began Mission Church with a small Bible study in our living room and over the years God has been faithful to build a church on the foundation of the Gospel. Listen in as we reminisce...

The Work of Discipleship; John 1:14

Last week we looked at Jesus' call to discipleship. We said that his call involves three elements: an invitation to relationship, a challenge to change and a mission to serve. This week we want to focus in on what that relationship we are invited into looks like. As a...

The Call to Discipleship; Matthew 4:18-22

Every new year offers a time to start again. With the passage of another 365 days there is an opportunity to take a step back, reflect on the year that was and to look forward to the year to come. As a church, we take the first few Sundays of January to remind...

To Know Christ; Phil 3:1-11

Many of us spend our lives working really hard to have people like us, to have others love us, and to feel assured of who we are...a person worthy of love. That life is exhausting to try to pull off. It works as long as we perform well and life goes the way we want it...

God Gives the Best Gift; Luke 2:11

What's the best gift God could give you this year? Is it a restored relationship? If God could just fix a broken relationship; with a spouse, child, friend, parent, sibling, that would be the best gift. Or, is it a renewed hope? Since 2015 didn't turn out so well, if...

God Gives Us All a Chance

My oldest son and I recently finished building a bike rack. It was one of those "we" building projects where the Dad pretty much does everything but finds ways for his young son (8 in this case) to help. When we put the finishing touches on it my son ran and told his...

God Gives Life and Breath

My kids rifle through the toy store sale papers that come with the Sunday paper. They pick out the items they just "gotta have" and alert me to this fact by point to the picture and asking, "Can I have this for Christmas, Dad?" I usually deflect the entreaty quickly...

Jonah 4 – Dealing with Disappointment

Some disappointment is minor; I tried to take nap today but the guy next door was working on his chainsaw. Some disappointment is major; I really needed that job to work out. Now I'm not sure how we will make ends meet. Disappointment is a fact of life, but how we...

Jonah 2 – Salvation Belongs to the Lord

What do you do when you realize that it is because of your actions, your disobedience, your struggles that mess around you has occurred. The normal human reaction when we have made a mess of things is to try harder, to muster up more discipline, to garner up more will...

What Happens When We Disobey – Jonah 1

We aren't perfect people. In fact, we disobey God every day. Sometimes it is knowing disobedience and others it's unconscious. The question is; what happens after we sin? Should we work really hard to do some good things to make up for it? Should we not sweat it...

Can I Know God Personally?

My hope and dream for my kids has shifted from issues around school grades, friends and what they'll be when they grow up to two primary desires. I pray that my kids know Jesus as their Savior and that I would have a good relationship with them when their adults. This...

Is the Bible Reliable?

"The Bible is full of errors." Is that statement true or false? There is a proliferation of the idea that the Old and New Testaments, as we have them today, can't be trusted to have maintained their resemblance to their original autographs. The charge is leveled that...

Why Does God Allow Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering is a fact of life. No one is exempt from going through it. Rich, poor, young, old, educated or not, everyone will be visited by suffering at some point in life and for most it will be multiple times. What do we do in the midst of suffering?...

Is There a God?

I can't prove to you that God exists. By which I mean I can't prove God's existence like I can prove the sky is blue or the grass is green. Therefore, to believe in God takes faith. However, the person who disbelieves that God exists also needs faith to make that...

Does Life Have a Purpose?

I want to live a life of meaning. I want to make the world a better place. I want to make a difference. And so are some of the common answers to the question; What is the purpose of life? I'm not one who enjoys philosophical debate but it seems that many of the people...

Fall Vision Cast 2015; John 21:1-19

When you set up an account with Twitter one of the items that gets filled out is the "about" section. For the most part this is a terse description of a person's like, dislikes, interest and work expertise. Sometimes the entries are humorous while others strike a more...

Intentional Friendships 3; Col 4:2-6

We believe that God in Christ has done a powerful thing in the heart of the believer such that they need not be afraid of sin in the world around them. They can go out with confidence, seeking the salvation of others. As they go out their lives are marked by love:...

Intentional Friendships 2; 1 Peter 3:8-12

We are interested in interesting people. It is why the magazine rack is filled with offerings that talk about all the happenings in the lives of the rich and famous. Part of the human interest in others is sinful when it shows up in gossip and voyeurism. But our...

Intentional Friendships 1; Luke 7:33-50

We tend to like people who are like us. We like to spend time with people who act like us, think like us, talk like us, and like to do the same things we enjoy. This isn't wrong necessarily, except if this category of individual is the only type of friend we have. At...

Our God Delivers; Esther 7-10

Many great movies are stories of deliverance. From Saving Private Ryan, to Lone Survivor, to every fairy tale Disney has produced, we love stories where the heroes are delivered from certain doom. These stories strike a universal chord because they give voice to what...

Living Out Our Obedience; Esther 5-6

There is a world of difference between knowing what to do and actually doing it. Lots of people know how to eat healthy. Far fewer actually order the kale salad with grilled chicken instead of the burger and fires. All married people know they must love their spouse...

God’s At War; Esther 3

Esther chapters one and two describe the setting of the story such that the world that the Jews live in is one in which God is not regarded but he is at work in spite of negative appearances. Chapter three takes a dark turn. What seems to be a personal conflict...

God Uses Imperfect People in Imperfect Times

How do we live in a world that opposes God and thereby opposes all of God's people. Last week, in Esther chapter 1, we examined the world of Persia and how it mirrors the world we live in. Both of them worlds that have little, if any, regard for God. In this week's...

When There is No Regard for God; Esther 1

The time and place in which we live is increasingly paying no regard to God. Whether one looks at the prevailing attitudes on morality, marriage, or why people do what they do, today's culture has no regard for what God has to say on the issue. This however is nothing...

Sent Ones

The call on every follower of Jesus is to "go." Christians are a people who are brought in by the cross and the forgiveness it offers and then sent out by the Savior to proclaim the message that has saved them. This call is not for clergy, missionaries or a special...

Persist in Prayer; Luke 11:1-13

Walt Disney was fired from his first illustrator job for lack of creative ideas. Michael Jordan was cut from his junior high basketball team. Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections before he was elected president. These three and countless others learned that in life...

Praying Our Daily Bread; Matthew 6:11-15

We are all needy people. Whether we are rich or poor, educated or not, young or old, we all are needy. The weakest among us are no more needy than the strongest and those with strength are just as needy as those who lack the same strength. The tragedy is when a needy...

Praying for What’s Primary; Matthew 6:10

The order of things matter. It matters what order the letters come in, just ask a kid who has to take a spelling test. It matters what order you learn a job, that's why we start with "training." It also matters the order in which we pray. When we pray there should be...

We Must Pray

****Please NOTE: the first 1:25 seconds of the recording have static. It clears up after that!***** There are a lot of things that make parenting hard: the sleepless nights with newborns, the sleepless nights waiting for teenagers to get home and struggling to instill...