Recent Sermons

Sunday, December 09, 2018

“Love and Serve God”

God has graciously favored us all. He has made covenant with us through His Son, Jesus Christ. We should then love and serve Him, He who first loved us.

Joshua 24:1-3 (NKJV)
Joshua 24:13-15 (NKJV)
Joshua 24:21-24 (NKJV)

Sunday, December 02, 2018

“For Love’s Sake”

Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Sunday, November 18, 2018

“Do I Have to Say Thank You ? ”

Luke 17:11-19 (NLT)_11 As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. 12 As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, 13 crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 14 He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. 15 One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” 16 He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”

As children we were taught to say “thank you” when anyone did a kind deed or gave a gift.
“Thank you” is a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. “Thank you” expresses gratitude and appreciation. Thanksgiving, gratitude should be especially toward God, for His blessing and favor. Children, youth, and adults in great numbers today, seem to ask silently, “Do I Have to Say Thank You?” because many don’t say it.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

“A Bittersweet Victory”

II Samuel 18:31-19:4 (CEV)_ “18 31 The Ethiopian came and said, “Your Majesty, today I have good news! The Lord has rescued you from all your enemies!” 32 “Is my son Absalom all right?” David asked. The Ethiopian replied, “I wish that all Your Majesty’s enemies and everyone who tries to harm you would end up like him!” 33 David started trembling. Then he went up to the room above the city gate to cry. As he went, he kept saying, “My son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! I wish I could have died instead of you! Absalom, my son, my son!”
19 1 Someone told Joab, “The king is crying because Absalom is dead.” David’s army found out he was crying because his son had died, and their day of victory suddenly turned into a day of sadness. The troops were sneaking into Mahanaim, just as if they had run away from a battle and were ashamed. David held his hands over his face and kept on crying loudly, “My son, Absalom! Absalom, my son, my son!”

 Life is filled with “bittersweet” experiences. We may even have victories, situations where we have won, and yet, even they may be “bittersweet”. The word “bittersweet” may be understood as_ an experience that has some happy aspects and some sad ones; a mixture of two opposing feelings, one which is good and the other which is bad. A “bittersweet victory” is one where the enemy is defeated, but the losses of the battle bring sadness and despair. On this Veterans Day, I have come with a message from God, specifically for veterans and their families. We have a biblical example in the character David which models for every veteran the hope of life after the military.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

“Excuses Won’t Do”

Exodus 3:1 – 4:31 (Exod. 3:10, NLT)_ “Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt

Are you a willing servant of God? Or do you give excuses for not doing something He wanted you to do—like…invite someone to church, work in a church ministry, attend Bible Study or Sunday School or witness to someone? The Old Testament character Moses made excuses about why he couldn’t obey God, but they wouldn’t do.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

“If You Want a Close Relationship with God”

James 4:8 (NLT)_ “Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”

We Christians have a relationship with God, but how close is it? Is it casual? Is it intimate? The reality is that God desires to have an intimate relationship with you and me. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” Moses gives us an example in Exodus chapters 33 and 34 of what we must do to have that “close” relationship with God. (RE: Journey Into Intimacy with God – Higle)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

“Are You on the FRIENDSHIP TRAIN ?”

Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)_ “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Our world is in a desperate situation…stealing, burning, fighting, killing, corruption. We got to learn to live together no matter what race, creed, or color. What the world needs now is love and understanding. Gladys Knight and the Pips sing a song so just get aboard the “friendship train”, shake a hand and make a friend. My brothers and sisters that sounds wonderful, I wish it were that easy. Today’s sermon tells us from the Word of God what a true friendship is.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

“Have You Accepted the Invitation?”

Matthew 11:28-30

Sunday, October 7, 2018

“Let Praise Be Your Response

Psalm 108: 1-4 (NLT)_ “ My heart is confident in you, O God; no wonder I can sing your praises with all my heart! Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song. I will thank you, Lord, among all the people. I will sing your praises among the nations. For your unfailing love is higher than the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

C.S. Lewis a lay theologian wrote, “Praise is boasting about what we enjoy.”
The first few verses of Psalm 108 express the praise of David for God’s blessings in his life. We must let “praise” be our response as recipients of God goodness. We all have a reason for boasting in God.


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    500 Swayze Street
    Monroe, LA 71201
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    Sunday Morning Services

    Sunday School for Adults 9:00 am
    Sunday School for Youth 9:00 am
    Morning Worship 10:00 am
    Communion – 2nd Sunday

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    New Members Class-Sunday 9:00 am
    Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 pm


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  • Bible Verse of the Day

    “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”
    — 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV)
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