Sermons by John Nuxoll
Every person wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We hate to feel like we are on the sidelines looking in. But given that “thoughts and prayers” have become a punch line for inaction, does prayer really have a place in making a difference in the world? Could it really be considered a meaningful way of getting involved?
There are a lot of decent people all around the world who believe in God but not in Jesus. Some were raised that way. Some believe in God but are hesitant to accept Jesus because of some personal cost. It might be simpler if there were lots of ways to know God. But would they be true? Can you believe in God and not in Jesus?
If we take the time to reflect and ponder the ways that God has worked in our lives, perhaps we can regain our sense of wonder.
It’s nice to have control over our lives especially when that control leads to a better reality. But we all come to a place in our lives where we realize that the control we really have is limited. In Galatians 2:17-3:14 the Apostle Paul ironically encourages his readers to abandon control in order that they might become all God meant them to be and enjoy all that he meant them to have.
There is a special grace knowing that the life we’ve lived and the resources we’ve been entrusted with made an eternal impact on someone’s life. But it’s so easy to miss the opportunities to make a difference. How can we experience the grace of becoming a meaningful part of other people’s stories?
When many of us catch ourselves going in such a different direction than God, it prompts us to ask why we would want anything to do with God in the first place. If he’s not on my side or if he’s really not that interested in me, why should I be concerned with him?In Ephesians 2:1-10 the Apostle Paul revealed something that was so revolutionary about God at the time that a person couldn’t reasonably walk away from what he was…
If we open our eyes wide enough, we’ll see a God who takes the bitter things in our life and makes them beautiful.
Even in our best times, it’s easy to overlook the condition of our souls. They may be running on fumes without us knowing. God has designed us to be filled with the very thing we give away: love. But how can we grow in love? How can we become more loving – and more complete people as a result?
We all experience troubles of various kinds in this world. But there is a particular sting to disappointments because we don’t see them coming. How can we overcome when disappointment comes our way? Jesus gives an answer in John 4:1-26.
A creative telling of the story of Matthew, one of Jesus’s disciple and an author of Gospel. Matthew encounter’s Jesus, and his life was forever changed.
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.