ARCHIVED SERMONS, APR-JUNE, 2012
June 24, “Advice from Father Abraham,” Pastor Kurt
What would Abraham say if he were here today? He certainly made mistakes he’d like us to avoid. This walk through the life Abraham will hopefully lead us in a direction of avoiding pitfalls in area such as cowardliness, confession, compromise, consequences, and confidence.
June 17, “A Father’s Blessing,” Pastor Kurt
The biblical blessing was much more significant than a nice comment after someone sneezed. Pastor Kurt offers a background and purpose to biblical blessings and provides practical ways for us to encourage, inspire, and shape those in our sphere of influence.
June 10 , “The God Who Pursues “, First Brethren Counseling with special guests Donnie Foster and Dr. Wyatt Mullinax
The Donnie Foster Story – a story about a painful childhood, drug abuse, prison time and being pursued by a merciful God. In this powerful testimony with additional input from one of his mentors, Dr. Wyatt Mullinax, you will discover the evidences of a god who is passionate, patient and persistent for you as well.
June 3 , “GO: Ensuring the Next Generation Develops Sticky Faith “, Pastor Tim
Pastor Tim Bordeaux is the youth pastor at First Brethren.
May 27 , “KNOW GOD: Now What?“, Pastor Kurt
Knowing carries responsibility. Jesus said, “Now that you know these things you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). History is full of people who lived out their faith…even unto death. In this message Pastor Kurt shares a challenge of commitment to the mission and cause of Christ by partnering with this local congregation. The call of is active: to GATHER, to GROW, and to GO.
May 20 , “KNOW God’s World”, Pastor Kurt
“Beam me up, God (Scotty). Transport me to another world.” We all find times when this world is too much to bear, face, or wade through. But God left us in His world to pass through with a purpose. This is not our home. He said, “Be in the world, but not of the world.” It’s time Followers of Jesus be Contagious Christians instead of Camouflage Christians. Which are you?
May 13 , “KNOW God’s Truths”, Pastor Kurt
We don’t have to have all the answers, but it is our responsibility to point people to the God who does. This is exactly what Moses’ parents, Suzanna Wesley, and a mom from North Manchester decided to do. Their stories weave together to help us understand that loving God, knowing Him, and obeying Him go hand in hand.
May 6 , “KNOW God’s Love”, Pastor Kurt
Before we can pass along the love of God to others, we need to KNOW this love for ourselves. God desires a personal relationship with Him and made this possible through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To demonstrate the acknowledgement of God’s unconditional love, this sermon includes a testimony from a local Hispanic man and the story of Rahab.
Our 5th Annual Faith In Action Sunday had 310+ volunteers exceeding over 600 volunteer hours for our community. Listen to the stories of the congregation as we gathered in the evening after a day of postponing morning “services” to have “services” to and in our community.
April 22, “To GO or not to GO, Part 2”, Pastor Kurt
While Jesus certainly said GO, sometime we shouldn’t. This message identifies three times when Jesus said “NO” and focuses on establishing healthy boundaries for our interaction with people. When do we help and when do we pull back. Pastor Kurt helps us discern the differences and reminds us not to use the “messiness” of ministry as an excuse to be distant with grace.
April 15, “To GO or not to GO, Part 1”, Pastor Kurt
Is it ok to miss church? How did Jesus regard the Sabbath? His life reveals a constant attention to the needs of those around Him and a willingness to help even when it “got in the way of worship.” The story of the Good Samaritan, Brother Lawrence, and our Counselor Suzanna are good examples of viewing service as worship and seeing every moment as sacred rather than just one “sacred day.”
April 8, Easter Service, Pastor Kurt
Mending nets is a part of life for a fisherman, but Peter discovered he couldn’t mend the holes in his own life. Although determined he’d never turn his back on Jesus, Peter did and moved from follower to failure… and then forgiven. This Easter message is one of hope, about Jesus the Master Mender.
April 1 , Pastors Ron, Tim & Joe
First Brethren is blessed to have four wonderful pastors. While Pastor Kurt is our usual speaker, on this special Palm Sunday, the other pastors each spoke at different services. Pastor Ron is our Adult Discipleship Coordinator. Pastor Tim is our Pastor of Youth. And Pastor Joe is our Pastor of Hispanic Ministries. Pick one or listen to all three.