Sermons

by Jerry Franz

Good News of a Great Joy

Scripture says that when the fullness of time had come – God sent his son to be born of a woman.  God overshadowed Mary, she was the favored one. In Luke it begins when suddenly appeared a heavenly light, the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them.  It has transformed lives ever since.  We have good news, good news of a great joy. God announces to us a personal message. ...
Sermon series: A King's story

A Kingdom Has Fallen

We are looking at the demise of the Northern Kingdom.  From the earliest recording we know that there are those that scoffed at God and His promises.  As Christians we often wonder “why doesn’t God do something?”  He is, but by his time not ours. In 2 Peter verse 8 we know that Gods relationship to time is different than ours, a day is like a thousand years, and a...
Sermon series: A King's story

The Grandmother Who Yelled Treason

God had told Israel that he would provide for them, protect them, and bless them as long as they obeyed him. Israel decided they wanted a King just like all the other nations.  God allowed it, but then the people did not obey him!  They became idol worshipers. We don’t naturally drift toward holiness, we drift toward compromise and call it tolerance. Everyone loves going to grandma’s house, not this...
Sermon series: A King's story

God Always Keeps His Word

It’s amazing how words change in their meaning.  A slang term used in the 1940’s means something entirely different today.  For instance, a “deadbeat” was someone who bought things on credit, or a waitress was called a “biscuit shooter.” But God does not change.  Malachi 3 states “for I am the Lord, I do not change.” Isaiah tells us that the the word of God will stand forever.  What God...
Sermon series: A King's story

Our Mandate for Evangelism

We are all called to be missionaries, to share the gospel.  Last week we began learning of the lepers that went to the Syrian camp and found vast amounts of riches, garments, and food.  The couldn’t believe what they had found, yet their statement was ” we do not do well if we remain silent.”  They had good news to share with people who were in the middle of a...
Sermon series: A King's story

A Change In Times

Often at the end of year a “Person of the Year” is nominated.  It is usually a celebrity, or perhaps an athlete.  But there is a difference between a person of the year and  a person of significance like the profit of God, Elisha.  It is not those who live for today, but those who live for eternity that are significant to God. The peril of the people at this...

The Lord Who Provides

We are talking about the importance of baptism, the declaration that we know Christ as our personal Savior. We call ourselves Christians, it identifies us as followers of Christ.  One of the most significant characteristics of a Christian is to walk in obedience.  Jesus explained this repeatedly during his ministry.  He explained that faith is necessary for our salvation, but then he said that “if you love me you will...

Communion

After the fall of mankind, the promise was given by God that there would be one who would deliver us.  The hope of the Messiah, the Redeemer. Isaiah 53 tells us what the Messiah would have to endure to save us from our sin. He came to die as a substitute for the world. In Matthew we learn that his death was in agony.  From the cross he cried out...
Sermon series: A King's story

The Peril of Greed

Greed has a lot of companions, envy, covet, and more.  Greed can show up in many areas, the attention we seek , popularity, authority, possessions, friends, and so many others. Godliness is great gain if it is with contentment, but real contentment is not related to circumstances.  We brought nothing into this world with us and we will take nothing with us when we leave.  With food and covering we...
Sermon series: A King's story

You Want Me To Do What?

Words invoke responses, words like vacation, chocolate, or death, and cancer.  They each bring to or thoughts and emotions a tremendous response.  In 2 Kings we learn that Naaman has leprosy, it’s incurable.  He was appalled that he could not fix it on his own.  It took the little slave girl to tell him to go the prophet Elisha to be cured.  Naaman took with him many riches, thinking he...
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