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October 8, 2017 Hope

Last Sunday I mentioned that I would this week begin a brief series of messages based on the Protestant Reformation. October 31st is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which was an historical event of immense importance. After the events of the past week in Las Vegas, however, I decided to delay that series of […]

December 18, 2016 Building Hope


One of my favorite places to visit is Washington, DC. I must confess, however, that on our first visit I was a rather reluctant traveler. Washington is a city of which I have often complained, in terms of the politics that take place there. My response to the idea of visiting Washington was something along […]

December 4, 2016 Building Hope

Hope. Has there ever been a word filled with so much promise, so much longing, so much, well, hope? As we continue with our theme of Building, this week’s message is Building Hope. Our Scripture text comes from a time when hope was in short supply among God’s people. Centuries had passed and there was […]

May 29, 2016 The Abundant Life: Hope

Last Sunday we began a three-message series called The Abudant Life, taken from John 10:10, where Jesus says I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly (NASV). The series forms around the foundational values of the Christian faith – faith, hope, and love. Today we will consider hope, which is a fitting […]

February 15, 2015 Living Between the Mountaintop and the Valley


Attending college in northeast Tennessee meant there were many outdoor activities available. One that I enjoyed was climbing Buffalo Mountain, just outside of Johnson City. There was one particular spot on the mountain that has an absolutely breathtaking view, especially when you walk out onto an overlook of rock that stuck out rather precariously. The […]

December 21, 2014 The Gift of Hope


If I asked you to name the essentials of life, what would they be? What is absolutely necessary for people to live? We would probably begin with a list of the tangibles things that we need, such as food, water, shelter, and clothing. As much as we are dependent upon those tangible items there are […]

July 20, 2014 A Vision of Faith, Hope, and Love


July 20, 2014 I Corinthians 13:1-13  The Beatles were pretty close. When the Beatles sang all you need is love, they weren’t far from the truth.  Love is the greatest element we need in our lives, but coming in a close second are faith and hope. The realists among us would remind us that we […]