Sermons by John Nuxoll
We all experience loss of various kinds – lost car keys, lost jobs, lost loved ones. It’s challenging to rise above it when we know it is coming or when we are in its midst. How can our hearts find peace when we are on the precipice or in the aftermath of loss? Jesus gave his disciples some helpful direction in John 13:31-14:14.
Life is full of interruptions, frustrations and disappointments. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like God cares about our happiness on this earth. But that’s not the case at all. How can we rise above the brokenness around us and experience the joy that God invites us to have? We will explore that in James 1:2-4.
The beauty and wonder of the night sky can raise all sorts of questions in us about our purpose, our worth and whether there is something else out there. But the hopelessness of this world and the struggles we face personally often turn us into cynics. How can we find hope when the world seems to have little reason for it? Matthew 2:1-12 shares a story of some strangers from the east who had a supernatural encounter with the source…
We all want to experience freedom in every aspect of our lives and be a part of a community that fosters that freedom. But Satan plants spiritual traps that keep us from experiencing the spiritual freedom God made us for. We will explore how we can overcome legalism and licentiousness in order to experience joy and peace in the company of people that care about us in Romans 16:17-20.
We are all searching for a community that we can truly belong to. So many of us find ourselves on a desperate journey to find it in the face of the picture-perfect relationships we see on television or social media. The only way to find true belonging is through true love, but the Bible offers a much different picture of what that is than many think. We will explore what true love is by looking at the Apostle Paul’s words…
God invites us to share his life-giving, world-changing message with all people, but we often feel limited by our abilities, identity, desire and time. How does God help us to overcome these in order to make a difference in the world? Paul shows us a path in Colossians 4:2-6.
Our culture of achievement teaches us that we must perform and excel at something to find approval. But our achievements can leave us feeling empty when we rely on them for acceptance from others. How can we satisfy the desire to be accepted that lives deep down inside of us if personal achievement is not the solution? The Apostle Paul shares the answer to that in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 and 2 Corinthians 5:9.
We all want stability: rhythm in our work life, freedom with our finances and harmony in our relationships. But there is always something that can come in and change all of that. How can we overcome anxiety when the world and our lives can be so unstable? Jesus answers that in Matthew 6:25-34.
Pastor John Nuxoll. 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Suffering is an unavoidable human problem. It comes to all of us. So how can we cope and help others to do the same? How can we find unbroken life in the midst of a very broken world? At the start of Paul’s letter 2 Corinthians Paul begins a lengthy praise to God that will show us how.
God’s power to restore knows no bounds. He doesn’t just heal our wounds, he does something new and beautiful with them.
We all hope to be accepted by the Father in heaven on that last day, but its easy to hide behind our Sunday best without taking a close look at our Monday worst. Amos tells us how we might live in order to be confident in God’s pleasure in us.
2017 was a dark year for many, and the shepherds who discovered baby Jesus were going through their own dark time as well. God gives us a way to find peace in these times–to rise above our circumstances and experience the well-being he wants for us even when nothing else around us is well.