“The Story of Jesus (It’s a Story No One Was Expecting)”

This sermon is based on Mark 16:1-8. SERIES OVERVIEW: She wasn’t the brightest bulb on the tree, but she was trying to understand. She was trying to figure out who Jesus was. She knew he was born on Christmas and that he died on Good Friday and was raised on Easter Sunday.  Her problem was that she forgot that there were 30 years between those first two events! But she is not alone. While none of us would ever make that chronological mistake and have a five-month old savior going to the cross, we often overlook what Jesus was doing in his life. We know why he was born (incarnation). We know why he died (atonement). We know why he rose again (exaltation). We even know why he will return (restoration). But ask someone why Jesus lived, and they may stumble to find a concise answer.  For many of us,

The End of the Path

RESURRECTION SUNDAY: This sermon is based on Philippians 2:6-11. Series Overview: Choice: it is what makes life rich and interesting. YOU get to choose things that will determine your tomorrows.   But it is even more than that: “We are our choices” (Jean-Paul Sartre). Now sometimes, our choices are limited (sometimes by finances, sometimes by personal restrictions, and sometimes by a host of odd coincidences).  But think about what we could achieve if we had infinite possibilities, possibilities that we could actually materialize?  We could do almost anything and be almost anything. Now before we start claiming untapped and unlimited potential, let us change the focus from us to God.  God, being God, really could choose any path and actualize any possibility; but when it came to the incarnation, God chose the path of suffering, of rejection, of abandonment and of sorrow.   As hard as it is to grasp, Good Friday was always God’s first choice.  In this Lenten season, we want to consider the path Jesus

The Path into Jerusalem

This sermon is based on Luke 19:37-44. Series Overview: Choice: it is what makes life rich and interesting. YOU get to choose things that will determine your tomorrows.   But it is even more than that: “We are our choices” (Jean-Paul Sartre). Now sometimes, our choices are limited (sometimes by finances, sometimes by personal restrictions, and sometimes by a host of odd coincidences).  But think about what we could achieve if we had infinite possibilities, possibilities that we could actually materialize?  We could do almost anything and be almost anything. Now before we start claiming untapped and unlimited potential, let us change the focus from us to God.  God, being God, really could choose any path and actualize any possibility; but when it came to the incarnation, God chose the path of suffering, of rejection, of abandonment and of sorrow.   As hard as it is to grasp, Good Friday was always God’s first choice.  In this Lenten season, we want to consider the path Jesus chose to

The Path Jesus Chose

This sermon is based on Mark 6:47-52. Series Overview: Choice: it is what makes life rich and interesting. YOU get to choose things that will determine your tomorrows.   But it is even more than that: “We are our choices” (Jean-Paul Sartre). Now sometimes, our choices are limited (sometimes by finances, sometimes by personal restrictions, and sometimes by a host of odd coincidences).  But think about what we could achieve if we had infinite possibilities, possibilities that we could actually materialize?  We could do almost anything and be almost anything. Now before we start claiming untapped and unlimited potential, let us change the focus from us to God.  God, being God, really could choose any path and actualize any possibility; but when it came to the incarnation, God chose the path of suffering, of rejection, of abandonment and of sorrow.   As hard as it is to grasp, Good Friday was always God’s first choice.  In this Lenten season, we want to consider the path Jesus chose to