January 1, 2017

King Saul finally meets his end on the battlefield fighting the Philistines.  David's enemy is now dead.  How will he respond?  You may be surprised.

January 8, 2017

David's transition into king of all Israel is a slow one and in this story his negotiations for peace are upset by his vengeful general Joab,  who murders Abner and sabotages the process.  David's response is wily and wise.

January 15, 2017

David once again runs into people trying to "help" him get his kingship in ways he finds unacceptable.  He makes some quick, wise decisions, handles the situation, and finally becomes king.  He conquers Jerusalem as his first achievement.

January 22, 2017

David's barely king and Israel's arch-enemy, the Philistines, come at him hard.  With God's help he smashes them.  Then, when bringing the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem he learns a painful lesson about holiness from God.

January 29, 2017

Dale Katcher thinks us through Psalm 51. It's a psalm where David admits that he's blown it spiritually and wants to make things right with God.

February 5, 2017

David asks to build God a temple and gets a surprising answer and an astounding promise.

February 12, 2017

In this chapter we take a step away from all the intense drama to a rather mundane scene.  David suddenly remembers a promise he made to Jonathan about his descendants.  Listen to how a godly person deals with promises/commitments.

February 19, 2017

In today's narrative, the "man after God's own heart" loses his heart to another man's wife and begins his plunge into perhaps his darkest spiritual moments.  It's a warning to all of us that, as long as we live this life, sin can still bite us.

February 26, 2017

David, who seems to be getting by scot-free with his repeated sin, finally gets called on the carpet by God.  The prophet Nathan tells David that, even though he repents, there will be long-term consequences of his adultery and murder.

March 5, 2017

March 12, 2017

Our tongue is a powerful tool given us by God with the potential for great good, serious destruction, or just wasteful blabber.  This series, based on Proverbs, gives us tips on how to choose our words well

March 19, 2017

Just as Peter failed Jesus badly and came back so we too can find victory in Christ despite our failures.

March 26, 2017

"Did you hear what Harry did last week?  I couldn't believe it!"  This sermons about, you guessed it, gossip.

April 2, 2017

Some words damage others.  In this message discusses "death" words.

April 9, 2017

The Spirit can speak through us in life-transforming ways.  It's a thrill to bring joy, hope, confidence and healing to others through our thoughtful use of life words..  

April 16, 2017

It's an old story, ever new.  Christ won the epic battle of human life for us on the cross and through His resurrection.  We now have the possibility of forgiveness for our sins and an eternal life.

April 23, 2017

James teaches us how to look a suffering from a new angle; one which allows us to get the most benefit out of it.

April 30, 2017

James challenges us here, when ask God for wisdom, to believe that we will receive it.

May 7, 2017

Dale explores this glorious chapter to remind us that God, not politicians, or social systems, is the One running our universe.

May 14, 2017

James gives us perspective on money vs true riches.

May 21, 2017

Does God ever tempt us to do wrong?  James dives into the subject of temptation, where it comes from, and where it can lead.

May 28, 2017

James goes a bit counter-intuitive on us, urging us to be "quick to listen," and "slow to speak".  That's not most of our natural tendency.  He adds "and slow to become angry".  This is wisdom to guide our words and hearts.

June 4, 2017

The Bible is not a magical book or a good-luck charm.  If it's to change our lives, with the Spirit's help we must not only read it but obey it.

June 11, 2017

It's easy to play favorites in the church, even though we're all equal in Christ.  James gives us a strict warning about this.

June 18, 2017

Who we are is shown by what we do.  James reminds us that faith and deeds must work together if our faith in Christ is authentic.

June 25, 2017

For the third time in the book James gets on the subject of our tongues.  In a colorful, forceful manner, he warns us not to misuse them.

July 2, 2017

What's the difference between heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom?  James lets us know.

July 9, 2017

Our appetites and desires can be wonderful gifts from God when they're guided by Him.  Apart from God, they become destructive and generate endless conflict and hatred.

July 16, 2017

James tells us how to win spiritual warfare and please the Lord.

July 23, 2017

Tanner and Christiana both took mission trips this summer.  Tanner went to the Czech Republic and Poland.  Christiana went to Uganda.  They candidly share what happened and how God worked.

July 30, 2017

Slander. Razor bladed tongue.  Not good, says James.

August 6, 2017

Planning is good as long as we keep in mind "The Plan".

August 13, 2017

Once again James tackles riches -- in this case people who get rich by cheating others.  God sees all.

August 27, 2017

Patience in walking with Christ brings rewards.

September 3, 2017

An unexpected verse about not swearing oaths.  We consider its practical implications.

September 10, 2017

As he wraps up his letter, James reminds  us to keep looking at God whether we're in trouble, happy, or sick.  He's our first hope.

September 17, 2017

James encourages us to "fess up"; to confess our sins to one another.  This message explores why that's helpful and the best ways to do it.

September 24, 2017

How can we help a brother or sister who's "backsliding"; moving away from their commitment to Christ?  James emphasizes the importance of trying to help and I offer some practical suggestions for doing so.

October 1, 2017

This is a series taken from the book I Once Was Lost.  It addresses the issue of how to share Christ with a post-modern audience resistant to older approaches.  This week I discuss Threshold #1:  Moving from Distrust to Trust

October 8, 2017

This week we discuss Threshold #2:  Moving from Complacency to Openness. This is about how to help a person who isn't interested in Jesus at least become curious to learning more about Him.

October 15, 2017

This week we look at Threshold #3:   Moving From Curiosity to Openness. This addresses the person who's now at least open to seeking Christ as a possibility.

October 22, 2017

This week we look at Threshold #4:  Moving from Meandering to Seeking.  This is about a person who's now willing to actively seek Jesus with the distinct possibility of accepting Him.

October 29, 2017

Dale Katcher shares with us rich insights out of Acts 8 on how Philip led the Ethiopian eunuch to Christ

November 5, 1917

Jesus, for 40 days after his resurrection, works with His disciples to prepare them for the next stage in God's plan to save sinners.  After extra reinforcement, He takes to the skies.

November 12, 2017

Brother Jim Roy expounds on how Jesus taught the disciples to pray

November 19, 2017

The disciples, having watched Jesus ascend, now begin preparing for the work He has given them to do

November 26, 2017

The next stage in salvation history starts off with Holy Spirit fireworks!

December 3, 2017

The crowd is moved by the Holy Spirit as Peter preaches and, cut to the heart, ask "what shall we do"? Peter explains how to be saved through Jesus.

December 10, 2017

As the Holy Spirit brings a great harvest of souls, thousands of lives are transformed and God's love really breaks through. We get here a touch of what Heaven will be like.

December 17, 2017

Peter and John heal a man, preach Jesus to the crowd that gathers, and are confronted by Jewish authorities and told to stop preaching Jesus.  They refuse.

December 24, 2017

Mary receives an unexpected visitor, an unexpected promise, and a fabulous opportunity in God's plan to save us.

December 31, 2017

The believers, hearing about Peter and John's boldness in facing the Sanhedrin rejoice and the ministry goes forth with great boldness and generosity.