This is a collection of messages that I’ve shared with Cypress Creek Christian Church. Clicking on the message title will allow you to watch or listen to the message.
The primary teaching of Jesus’s and the metanarrative of the entire biblical text is that God’s kingdom has broken into the world. This is the Gospel that Jesus proclaimed. The Greek is primarily translated in English as “kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew (since Matthew was written for a Jewish audience). Yet, many Christians do not understand what Jesus meant by the kingdom, nor did Jesus ever directly describe the kingdom. My understanding of the kingdom was a restoration of Shalom (wholeness or restoration) to the world. When we begin to see the kingdom all around us, it is a happy day.
During a period of prayer in 2005, I sensed God inviting me to get a pen and paper. After ignoring this urging for about 20 minutes, I finally realized that I would not be able to get back to my prayers until I got the writing materials. As I did, God placed this song on my heart and I was able to write the lyrics, in their final form, in about 3 minutes. The music flowed almost as quickly. This video captures a performance by the band at Cypress Creek Christian Church during a worship service on July 20th, 2014. I am playing mandolin on the recording. The image at left is Cypress Creek’s youth worship band, Altered.
Often in my life, I find myself getting focused on my own wants and my own needs, rather than focused on God. I’ve come to understand that confession is a practice that returns me to humility, allows me to focus on God and reminds me of my need for God’s grace. Confession is also a great opportunity to be reminded that my sins have been forgiven.
On March 2nd, 2014, I was ordained into Christian ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at a single service of worship at Cypress Creek Christian Church. I was blessed to have my family, friends, ministry colleagues, and congregation in attendance.
As we look through the lens of faith, we see an image slowly coming into focus. The scriptures describe this unveiling of God’s own nature as the joy of the world, and today we declare that He shall be our delight. In this message, I explore Luke 1:26-36 from a new point of view to discover more of the story that Luke intended to tell.
Halloween often brings great diversity in the Christian community. Is it a Christian celebration or a day of evil? Should followers of Jesus participate in Halloween or isolate themselves from it? What is an appropriate response? In this message, we explore the history of Halloween and I share my understanding of an appropriate response from a Kingdom-focused perspective.
Have you ever found yourself focusing on problems in your life? How would your attitude change if you focused instead on the blessings that God provides for you each day? Using the example of King David and the Israelites, we’ll explore a different perspective that comes when we focus on God’s abundant blessings.
Jesus taught extensively about God’s Kingdom here on earth. Following Jesus’ example, we explored the analogy of the Kingdom as an ocean full of God’s creations. Jesus’ final direction to his disciples (and to us) in Matthew 28:19-20 was to dive into the Kingdom that exists all around us. Join me as we explore Jesus’ direction to us and I share ways that we can each impact the Kingdom.
We each have one. Sometimes it’s based on a lifetime of living. Other times, it is based on a single event or crisis. Many are positive. A few are not so positive. What is it? It’s our legacy. As an assembly of believers, we can shape our legacy for the future. I believe that if we focus on the true objective (Mat 28:19-20) and keep the future in mind, we’ll leave a legacy that resembles Jesus’ desire for his followers because we will have made a positive impact in the Kingdom of Heaven that exists all around us.
Christianity has been radically changed over the years by voices crying in the wilderness, in sharp opposition to the mainstream. Names such as Jesus, John the Baptist, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. come to mind as I think about fringe voices that changed the church. A few years ago, I heard another voice from the fringe that changed my view of Christmas. That voice came from Advent Conspiracy and it challenged me to Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All. Listen as I share that voice with Cypress Creek Christian Church. You can also view the video clip I showed entitled Entering the Story.
Continuing study of Jesus’ teachings in the Sermon on the Mount, where He speaks of loving and praying for your enemies. When we love those we don’t particularly like, and when we pray for them, we are living into God’s purpose for our life.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the gathered crowds that they are the light of the world. What does this mean for us today and how can we shine with Christ’s light to everyone we encounter?
When we are doing God’s work we have to stay focused. However, we often have distractors trying to shift our focus to worldly things. Nehemiah provides a great example as he led the Israelites to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem.
In life and in the church, we sometimes confuse traditions for essential parts of our indentity. Digging deeply into our identity as members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we learn to hold tightly to our identity, but hold loosely to our traditions.
What keeps you from seeing the true majesty of Jesus? Are you focused on the wrong thing? Are you filtering out the light? Are you just in a dark place? Whatever type of glasses are keeping you from experiencing our Lord in all his majesty, take them off!
Before he started his public ministry, Matthew 4:1-11 tells us that Jesus was led to the desert by the Holy Spirit to face temptation. Each of us faces the test of temptation in our lives as well. Passing the test of temptation requires both God’s grace and our willingness to live out His Word.
We marinate food to add moisture, flavor and variety. In the same way, we often need to marinate in God’s word to draw all of the meaning, context and invitation for our lives out of the text.
Most of my other messages are available at http://www.cypresscreek.cc/recent-sermons-listen-online/