Abel’s Sermon

We returned yesterday to our sermon series called “Strolling Through the Hall of Faith,” a series of messages on Hebrews chapter 11. Yesterday we saw the first “all star,” a man named Abel. He was the second child born to Adam and Eve. He was also the first martyr and the first person to exercise saving “faith.” The Bible says, “He being dead, yet speaketh.” We never read of Abel saying anything until his blood cries out after he is murdered. Yet the author of Hebrews tells us he is still speaking today. What is he saying? What is his message? Listen to Abel’s Sermon by following this link or visit our sermons page.

Strolling Through the Hall of Faith

We began a new sermon series yesterday on Hebrews 11. For the next several weeks we will be Strolling Through the Hall of Faith. Yesterday, we looked at an introduction to this chapter by seeing (1) Faith’s Description and (2) Faith’s Demand. The Bible says …

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear… 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:1-3, 6)

You can listen to this sermon by following this link or visit our sermons page.

Please Pray for Our Friend Pastor Layne Daniel

Here is an update from Pastor Layne Daniel’s blog by his wife Sharon. He is literally fighting for his life right now.

I must be brief.  Layne still at UNC.  Antibody treatment and cyberknife treatment still available through Dr. Brady.  UNC doctors trying with physical and occupational therapist to help Layne gain enough strength the clear him to fly to Philadelphia to receive cyber knife therapy next week.  Still very weak and, because of the growth of the tumors, his condition is very unstable right now.  Please pray the Lord will protect him and he will become stable enough to fly.  Please also pray that the cyber knife therapy will work once again and the tumors that have begun to grow will calcify with this therapy.  Then, please pray that the anti-body therapy will once again halt any new growth.  Everything very uncertain and could literally change on an hour to hour basis.  Case in point, I came home briefly to pack more things for our extended stay at UNC and trip to Philly and to prepare Krista to stay with Joyners to begin school.  Jason called and physical therapy halted today because one of Layne’s legs was red and warm to the touch.  Test scheduled to make sure no injury or blood clot in that leg.  If leg okay, physical therapy will begin again tomorrow.  Please pray for our whole family.  Need much grace and strength.  The Lord is carrying us through this.  I am praying for a miracle and that the Lord will allow us to have Layne with us for many more months.  If this is not His will, we will need the miracle of His grace.  I know He is faithful and good.  Please pray we can daily and hourly rest in His arms!  I serve a wonderful Savior and I know we will never be alone!  No matter what, Layne and I still have forever in heaven someday.  Pray, pray, pray!  I know you will!

Theology for the Storm

Sunday morning we returned to our sermon series on the Gospel of Mark. At the end of chapter four we find the disciples having to take a pop quiz on what they had learned throughout the day. Jesus had been teaching His disciples all day. He had worked miracles, taught the multitudes, rebuked the Pharisees, and cast out demons. Now, after a long hard day, He and His disciples head across the Sea of Galilee on a small boat. He had told them, “We are going to the other side.” This was a word of promise and a word of prophecy. I find it interesting that “other small ships” went with them. There is an incredible analogy to our lives as a journey on the sea. We are all on the journey together. The one thing that was different is that Jesus was in this boat. The human Jesus was exhausted from the long hard day. Pentecost describes it this way, “Faintness, weariness, exhaustion, dominated the physique of the human Jesus, and he lay in quiet rest, fanned by the gentle breeze of the lake and soothed by the rhythmic motion of the boat. Near Him, His disciples no doubt converse in subdued tones about the happenings of the day, while others quietly manage the sails and guide the gliding craft over the placid waters. The last glimmerings of the day fade from the western horizon and the night spreads its mantle over this peaceful scene. The stars begin to give off the only light needed for sailing the boat, now in the middle of the placid sea. Suddenly the northeasterly breeze stiffens and along the horizon of the lake to the north and east the clouds thicken. The heavens rapidly grow darker and darker. A wild wind swoops down the gorge of the Jordan from the heights of Mt. Hermon on the north and the storm is upon them.” With every moment the storm grows worse and worse until it becomes a great tempest. Now the waves were lashing furiously and breaking over the sides of the boat so that it was already filling with water. They were in great danger, yet their master lay on the seat of the stern asleep on a pillow as Mark tells us. Storms can appear on the lake out of nowhere. The same is true in our lives. Storms have a way of appearing suddenly and severely. The message Sunday morning was a lesson in fear versus faith. It is not a question of “if” there will be storms in our lives, it is a question of “how to we respond” to those storms. You can listen to the message Theology for the Storm by following this link or visit our sermons page.