Poem – “Complete in Him”

I had the privilege of reading this beautiful poem at the funeral of a church member a few weeks back. Joan lost her husband, Jim, and the poem was written by Joan’s mother, Anna Campbell. The title of the poem is “Complete in Him.”


I stand complete in Jesus,
He’s everything to me.
My every need he will supply;
He’s my sufficiency.

Though once my eyes were blinded,
By faith I now can see.
Christ gave to me his righteousness;
He is my purity.

He is my joy and gladness;
He makes my sorrow flee.
In time of danger, fear, and dread,
He’s my security.

Each time I face life’s battles,
He never fails to be
My sword, my shield, my captain;
He is my victory.

For me he died upon the cross;
I’m justified and free.
His resurrection now I share;
He’s my Eternity.

By: Anna Campbell; Copyright 2005


Saul and Goliath

Have you ever heard the story of Saul and Goliath? I didn’t think so! Yesterday’s message in the David and Saul series was about Saul and Goliath. The message was called Paralyzed by Fear, taken from 1 Samuel 17:1-31. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. You have a fearsome foe (1-11)
   A. You are in a spiritual battle (1-3)
      – Ephesians 6:12
   B. The enemy is stronger than you are (4-7)
      – 1 Peter 5:8
   C. The enemy opposes God and God’s people (8-11)
      – Revelation 12:17, 13:6

II. The problem with fear (12-24)
Giving in to fear:
   A. Will make you lose time and opportunities (12-16)
      – Ephesians 5:15-16
   B. Will leave you going through the motions (17-22)
      – 2 Timothy 3:5
   C. Will make you want to quit the fight (23-24)
      – Ephesians 6:13

III. Getting past your fears (25-31)
   A. Remember the benefits of following God (25)
      – 1 Samuel 2:10; Psalm 103:2-4; Revelation 3:21
   B. Be zealous for God’s honor (26-27)
      – Psalm 4:2-3, 119:53
   C. Don’t let others discourage you from following God (28-31)
      – Numbers 13:30-32; Joshua 1:9

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/2/2019

Sunday’s message was the first in the new David and Saul series from 1 Samuel 16-31. The message was called The Lord Looks at the Heart, taken from 1 Samuel 16:1-13. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Samuel’s heart for God (1-5)
   A. Mourning for sin (1)
      – Psalm 119:136
   B. Trusting God in danger (2-3)
      – Psalm 118:6
   C. Obeying God’s commands (4-5)
      – Deuteronomy 6:5-6

II. God’s rejection of David’s brothers (6-10)
   A. God does not look at what man looks at
      – Isaiah 55:8-9; Matthew 5:3-10
   B. Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart
      – 1 Kings 8:39; 2 Chronicles 16:9

III. David, the man of God’s choosing (11-13)
   A. David was the youngest of all his brothers (11)
      – 1 Corinthians 1:27,31
   B. David was ruddy with a fine appearance (12)
      – Proverbs 15:13
   C. David was anointed, then filled with the Spirit (13)
      – Acts 1:8
   D. David was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14)
      – Psalm 78:72

   1) Don’t judge others by their appearance (John 7:24)
   2) Don’t dismiss your own gifts for service (1 Peter 4:10)
   3) Don’t overlook Christ (John 1:10-12)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/19/2019

Sunday was a message about dealing with the pain of infertility looking at the story of Rachel in the Bible. In the message we talked about issues such as infertility, IVF, surrogacy, foster-parenting and adoption. This was the next message in the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Rachel – The Desperate Mother, taken from Genesis 30:1-24 and Genesis 35:16-20. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Dealing with the pain of infertility:

I. Be careful not to blame each other (Genesis 30:1-2)
   A. Anger and blame will only harm your relationship
      – Genesis 3:12; Psalm 37:8
   B. Bring your deepest hurts and desires to God
      – Psalm 62:8; Proverbs 30:15-16

II. Be careful with your options (Genesis 30:3-13)
   A. Be cautious with modern technologies (IVF, surrogacy, etc.)
      – Psalm 139:13-14
   B. Be open to fostering or adoption
      – Psalm 68:5-6; Ephesians 1:5; James 1:27

III. Be careful not to compromise (Genesis 30:14-21)
   A. God takes the sexual relationship very seriously
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6
   B. Know there can be long-term consequences to your actions
      – Galatians 6:7-8

IV. Trust God’s timing and plan (Genesis 30:22-24, 35:16-20)
   A. Trust God to provide for your family in his way and in his time
      – Philippians 4:19
   B. Every child is a precious gift from God
      – Matthew 18:10

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/12/2019

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Leah – The Unloved Mother, taken from Genesis 24:19-35. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Don’t put all your emphasis on physical appearance (Genesis 29:14-20)
   A. Godly character is more important than physical beauty
      – Proverbs 31:30; 1 Peter 3:3-4
   B. Man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart
      – 1 Samuel 16:7

II. Don’t let anything interfere with the marital bond (Genesis 29:21-30)
   A. Husband and wife share a one-flesh relationship
      – Genesis 2:24
   B. The husband should love his wife as he loves his own body
      – Ephesians 5:28

III. Don’t base your identity on your children (Genesis 29:31-35)
   A. Children are a gift from the Lord, not a means to an end
      – Psalm 127:3
   B. Find your identity in Christ alone
      – Philippians 1:21
   C. Trust God’s sovereignty and praise his name
      – Genesis 29:35; Job 1:21

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Mary (Degarmo and Key)

Sunday’s message was an Easter sermon called Desperately Seeking Jesus, taken from Matthew 28:1-10 and focusing on the women coming to Jesus’ tomb early Easter morning.

I shared the following song with our church after preaching the message. The song is called “Mary.” It’s an old Degarmo & Key song from their second album, “Straight On.” Enjoy!

Mission and Conflict Sermon Series (Matthew 10-12)

On Sunday we finished our sermon series called Mission and Conflict from Matthew 10-12. Here are the links to all the messages in the series:

Mission and Conflict Series (Matthew 10-12)
On Mission from God – Matthew 10:1-15 (Jesus sends out the twelve)
Warning and Encouragement – Matthew 10:16-31 (Facing opposition)
Jesus and Division – Matthew 10:32-42 (Not peace but a sword)
A Faithful Messenger – Matthew 11:1-19 (John the Baptist)
Those Who Do Not Repent – Matthew 11:20-24 (Woe to you)
Rest for the Weary – Matthew 11:25-30 (The easy yoke)
Lord of the Sabbath – Matthew 12:1-14 (Jesus and the Pharisees)
God’s Gentle Servant – Matthew 12:15-21 (Fulfilling Isaiah)
Jesus and Satan – Matthew 12:22-37 (Blasphemy against the Spirit)
The Sign of Jonah – Matthew 12:38-45 (Asking for a miraculous sign)
Jesus and Family – Matthew 12:46-50 (My brother and sister and mother)

“Give God less glory because we lost?”

I appreciate Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl’s comments on the missed double dribble call on Virginia that potentially cost Auburn the game and a chance to advance to the NCAA title game:

The biggest point I want to make, and I’m sincere in this, I’m not just saying this because it’s politically the right thing to say. There is human error involved in the game. Kids make mistakes, coaches make mistakes. Yes, officials will make mistakes. That’s part of the game. Get over it.

Sometimes they’re going to go your way, sometimes they’re not going to go your way. Are we going to give God less glory because we lost? And it’s only because we win, it’s only when we win we give him the glory? Stop. Grow up, this is part of the game. These kids taught us, I think, in many, many ways how to handle defeat. And that’s a difficult thing to do for these young kids. And I’m proud of them.

Source: Pearl on missed double dribble: ‘Get over it’ (EPSN)

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 4/7/2019

Sunday’s message was a Communion message called Three Meals with God, taken from Luke 22:14-20. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The Passover Meal: A Meal from the Past
      – Luke 22:14-15 / Exodus 12:1-30
   A. Release from slavery (Exodus 3:7-10; 12:12-13)
   B. Re-enactment of God’s deliverance (Exodus 12:14-20)

II. The Lord’s Supper: A Meal for the Present
      – Luke 22:19-20
   A. Release from sin (Matthew 26:28)
   B. Reminder of Jesus’ death (Luke 22:19)

III. The Wedding Supper of the Lamb: A Meal in the Future
      – Luke 22:16-18 / Revelation 19:6-9
   A. Release from sadness (Revelation 19:7)
   B. Realization of God’s design (Revelation 21:3)

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A Theology of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Twitter


We use Google to try and feel omniscient like God. God knows all things, and with Google we feel like we can know all things, too.

We use Facebook to try and feel omnipresent like God. God is in all places at all times, and with Facebook we feel like we can be present everywhere, too.

We use Amazon to try and feel omnipotent like God. God can do all things effortlessly, and with Amazon we feel like we can get anything we want with a single click.

And Twitter, well, Twitter is just the devil.

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 2/3/2019

Sunday’s message for Stewardship Emphasis month was called Seven Principles for Christian Giving, taken from 1 Corinthians 16:1-4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Seven Principles for Christian Giving:

1) Regular giving – “on the first day of every week”

2) Participatory giving – “each one of you”

3) Intentional giving – “should set aside a sum of money”

4) Proportional giving – “in keeping with his income”

5) Anticipatory giving – “saving it up so that when I come”

6) Effective giving – “no collections will have to be made”

7) Accountable giving – “men you approve … send them with your gift”

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/6/2019

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Mission and Conflict series. The message was called On Mission from God, taken from Matthew 10:1-15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Called on mission (1-4)
   A. Called and given authority by Christ (1)
      – Matthew 4:19, 28:18-19
   B. The twelve apostles, i.e. “sent ones” (2-4)

II. Instructions for when you go (5-10)
   A. Their mission: “the lost sheep of Israel” (5-6)
         Our mission: “Go into all the world…” (Mark 16:15a)
   B. Their message: “The kingdom of heaven is near” (7)
         Our message: “Preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15b)
   C. Their miracles: “Heal the sick; raise the dead; drive out demons” (8)
         Our miracles: “Ask in Jesus’ name” (John 14:12-14)
   D. Their means: “no money … no bag … no extras” (9-10)
         Our means: “Those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel” (Luke 22:35-36; 1 Corinthians 9:14)

III. Instructions for when you get there (11-15)
   A. Look for people receptive to the gospel (11-13)
   B. Warn those who do not accept the gospel (14-15)

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