Sermons

2018 Theme – A Space for Grace


Sep 16, 2018
Small Things are Critically Important
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  • Sep 16, 2018Small Things are Critically Important
    Sep 16, 2018
    Small Things are Critically Important
  • Sep 9, 2018Being Enthusiastic Is Biblical
    Sep 9, 2018
    Being Enthusiastic Is Biblical
  • Sep 2, 2018Joy Stealers
    Sep 2, 2018
    Joy Stealers
  • Aug 26, 2018The Steadfast Promise
    Aug 26, 2018
    The Steadfast Promise
    Isaiah 40:27-31

    It's easy to get lost in uncertainty. The people of God are no strangers to having their faith tested and for the Jews that Isaiah writes of in chapter 40, they had every reason to despair. Yet, Isaiah reminds them that God is faithful, God is able, and God has promised. We only need to wait on Him.

  • Aug 19, 2018The Main Thing
    Aug 19, 2018
    The Main Thing
    1 Corinthians 15:1-8
    Churches today have lots of moving parts. So many that it's easy to drown out the most important thing. No matter how many good things are going on, it's important to keep the main thing, the main thing. Paul communicated as of first importance the gospel: the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and so should we.
  • Aug 12, 2018Love Is Greater Than Gifts
    Aug 12, 2018
    Love Is Greater Than Gifts
    1 Corinthians 13:1-13
    There is a very Western way of thinking, where we value individuality and individual accomplishments over the function of the group or team. It is everywhere, from fashion, to investment advice/business success, to the self help marketing machine but this focus on self is killing the church. More than anything else, the prescription for God's people is LOVE. With love, the church triumphs over selfish and vain ambition, even when it is cloaked in religious pretense.
  • Aug 5, 2018A Strange Gift
    Aug 5, 2018
    A Strange Gift
    1 Corinthians 12:4-12
    The church is a body, made up of many parts. Christ is the head, while the Spirit organizes and directs the function of this body. But this truth is difficult to understand and live up to in the church, because it means we all have value and purpose in the body.
  • Jul 29, 2018A Vegetarian Faith
    Jul 29, 2018
    A Vegetarian Faith
  • Jul 22, 2018A No Strings Gospel
    Jul 22, 2018
    A No Strings Gospel
    1 Corinthians 9:13-18
    There is a very clear case in the Bible for evangelists receiving pay from the local church. Paul makes this point, but continues on to claim that the gospel is better served by him when he preaches without pay. It was true 2,000 years ago, and it is especially true today.
  • Jul 15, 2018Burning Hearts
    Jul 15, 2018
    Burning Hearts
    For more than 47 years Ronnie Morrison has served in ministry preaching for churches in the states of Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. For the past 24 years, Ronnie and his, Rowena, have served as missionaries in Russia and Ukraine. Ronnie also taught biblical courses at Southern Christian University and at Ukrainian Bible Institute. He holds both the bachelor of art degree in theology and a master of Science degree from Ambridge University. He also holds a Certificate of Graduation in evangelistic training and advanced biblical studies from Preston Road School of Preaching. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ronnie and Rowena served as missionaries in New Zealand. Ronnie has also written Kids on the Block, a book about his years growing up in Tulsa. Ronnie and Rowena currently live in Arkansas and have three married children — a daughter and two sons — and enjoy their nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

2017 Theme – Our Identity in Christ


Dec 31, 2017
On the Verge of Bigger
2 Timothy 1:6-12

Many churches, like many people, never experience their full potential. Full potential is defined as, more than we can ask or imagine. This is a vision of success that God puts before us. It’s a vision that is not achievable by human means alone. It’s something that God hopes for and directs the course of those who want it for themselves. If your vision for the future is achievable through your skill and ability, it is not big enough.

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  • Dec 31, 2017On the Verge of Bigger
    Dec 31, 2017
    On the Verge of Bigger
    2 Timothy 1:6-12

    Many churches, like many people, never experience their full potential. Full potential is defined as, more than we can ask or imagine. This is a vision of success that God puts before us. It’s a vision that is not achievable by human means alone. It’s something that God hopes for and directs the course of those who want it for themselves. If your vision for the future is achievable through your skill and ability, it is not big enough.

  • Dec 24, 2017Key People in the Story
    Dec 24, 2017
    Key People in the Story
    Luke 1:26-38
    When we think about the story of the Messiah, His life and His mission, we may identify better with one or more of the people involved. This is normal because the experiences we have may remind us of the people in the story. To which person in the story of Christ do you more closely connect?
  • Dec 17, 2017Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
    Dec 17, 2017
    Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

    This year I've had 4 different people ask this question. As you can imagine, some believe with great conviction that the answer is no while others don't even know that there's a question to ask. There are good reasons why many believers abstain completely from this holiday, and likewise, many reasons why families participate with their neighborhoods. There are also good reasons why we, as a church, actually put on a Trunk or Treat. Tonight we will open our Bibles and take a good, Biblical, look at this together. Some of this may even spill over to how we think about Christmas and yoga.

  • Dec 17, 2017Careless Worship
    Dec 17, 2017
    Careless Worship
    Malachi 1:6-8

    Every relationship in your life requires an investment from you, including your relationship with God. It is important for us to develop habits of spiritual discipline - reading, fasting, praying, and assembling; habits. By themselves, these activities become hollow and meaningless. Malachi brings our attention directly to this problem in ancient Israel: people who worshiped God but didn't actually care about God. He surely has something to say to us today in the busy, frenetic pace of the Holiday season.

  • Dec 10, 2017The ABCs Of Maintaining Boundaries In Families
    Dec 10, 2017
    The ABCs Of Maintaining Boundaries In Families
  • Dec 10, 2017The Shepherd Protects
    Dec 10, 2017
    The Shepherd Protects
    Ephesians 6:1-4

    What happens when sheep don’t have a shepherd? Literally, they will die. They are not clever or bright, and when threatened, their only defense is to run; off a cliff, into a river, toward danger. All they can do instinctually is eat. If they are to remain useful for their wool, milk and as a food source, they must be guided and protected.

  • Dec 3, 2017He Saw the Wind
    Dec 3, 2017
    He Saw the Wind
    Matthew 14:22-33
    What shifted inside Peter? Only a few lines separate his request for Jesus to call him out of the boat, from his fixation on the wind. His swing from great faith to great doubt should break a record in anyone's book. Maybe it gives us comfort to know that this happens. Too often we believe that faith is a linear thing - it just builds and never looks back, but there are many things that can shake our faith. The truth is we often swing - wildly - from faith to doubt, and at every turn, Jesus is still there to lift us up. He is faithful even in your doubt.
  • Nov 26, 2017The Shepherd Leads
    Nov 26, 2017
    The Shepherd Leads
  • Nov 19, 2017The Shepherd Knows
    Nov 19, 2017
    The Shepherd Knows
    John 1:1-14
    To know just doesn’t mean acquiring knowledge. It includes how to conduct yourself according to that knowledge. Shepherd leaders get to know the flock, and they have a unique way of gathering information.
  • Nov 12, 2017Shepherding: A Model for the Home
    Nov 12, 2017
    Shepherding: A Model for the Home
    John 10:1-10
    Shepherding is usually defined in terms of church leadership. The Shepherd (pastor/elder) is charged to lead the flock (church). A closer look reveals that effective leadership in the home is a pre-requisite for leadership in the Family of God (see 1 Timothy 3:4-5). Anyone who leads should consider the 4 principles of biblical shepherding: knowing, leading, protecting and providing.

2016 Theme – A Work in Progress


Sep 25, 2016
Where is God?
John 16:31-33
“I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling.” (John 1:16) Challenges to faith come from everywhere. Many young people have gone to college as strong believers, only to be weakened or crushed by the climate of skepticism, anti-theism and pluralism. Tonight we will blitz the scriptures to give a realistic answer to the question, “Where Is God?"
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  • Sep 25, 2016Where is God?
    Sep 25, 2016
    Where is God?
    John 16:31-33
    “I have told you these things to keep you from stumbling.” (John 1:16) Challenges to faith come from everywhere. Many young people have gone to college as strong believers, only to be weakened or crushed by the climate of skepticism, anti-theism and pluralism. Tonight we will blitz the scriptures to give a realistic answer to the question, “Where Is God?"
  • Sep 25, 2016From Vow to Wow
    Sep 25, 2016
    From Vow to Wow
    Ephesians 5:22-33
    The union of a man and a woman is the crown of Creation. It is no wonder that Satan’s first salvo in the attack on God’s realm was an attack on the man and the woman. Divide them and chaos will ensue. It is for this reason that the Church of Christ must be a place where the chaos of the fall is corrected by straight talk as a way to restore harmony.
  • Sep 18, 2016Q & A: Where is a woman’s place in the church?
    Sep 18, 2016
    Q & A: Where is a woman’s place in the church?
    1 Timothy 2:11-12
    This verse has come up in conversation with some friends. Where is a woman’s place in the church? What about women who are not naturally quiet? (one of whom I will gladly admit I am) Are we sinning?
  • Sep 18, 2016Enjoy the Futility of Life
    Sep 18, 2016
    Enjoy the Futility of Life
    Ecclesiastes 1:1-9
    If there were two books in the Bible that preachers would rather do without, it's Song of Solomon, and Ecclesiastes. Song of Solomon gets read privately, just not discussed. Ecclesiastes confuses and frustrates people, so they typically ignore it. This morning we will explore the message of Ecclesiastes. Be sure to do your light therapy and take vitamin D.
  • Sep 11, 2016Traditions and Taco Tuesday
    Sep 11, 2016
    Traditions and Taco Tuesday
    Joshua 4:20-24
    Most of us have traditions in our lives. It's just the ebb and flow of how we live. But those traditions say a lot about who we are - and, surprisingly, they become guardrails for who your kids become! Family legacies often rest in family traditions. What is yours? (this is a tough question for newlyweds!) Are you doing your family traditions on purpose? Let's explore this some more this morning.
  • Sep 4, 2016Q & A: Soul/Spirit
    Sep 4, 2016
    Q & A: Soul/Spirit
    Two weeks ago, after discussing the resurrection, several approached me to ask the same follow-up question: "What happens to my soul/spirit between the time it leaves my body at death and the second coming of Christ? Thanks." I do have a few other questions, but tackling this one on the heels of last time is most appropriate.
  • Sep 4, 2016Strong People Don’t Put Others Down
    Sep 4, 2016
    Strong People Don’t Put Others Down
    Matthew 12:22-28
    We have a world of people that seems to be at war with each other. There is division everywhere you go. Don’t think this isn’t a scheme of the enemy. Keeping us fighting each other will keep us from fighting him. What is worse, others who need to hear the gospel, may never get the chance.
  • Aug 28, 2016Guest Speaker: Don Huddleson
    Aug 28, 2016
    Guest Speaker: Don Huddleson
    Don is from Ponca City, Oklahoma
  • Aug 28, 2016A Line In the Sand
    Aug 28, 2016
    A Line In the Sand
    2 Corinthians 10:1-6
     
    Living a life of godliness can rub people the wrong way. Paul had to deal with many people who wanted to be somebody in the church, but didn’t want to live lives of godliness. It is because they had a “form of godliness” but remained unchanged by the power of God. But Paul did not become discouraged. Instead, he taught us how to draw that proverbial line in the sand.
     
  • Aug 21, 2016Q & A: Asleep
    Aug 21, 2016
    Q & A: Asleep
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
     
    Tonight we will tackle one question: "Can I get some background on 1 Thess. 4:13-18? What does Paul mean by saying “asleep”? What does “The dead in Christ will rise first” mean?" This is one of the clearest teachings of the resurrection in Scripture. A doctrine that most Christians do not understand, believe, or teach. So we will unpack the idea of the resurrection together - both what it is, and what it is not.
    If you've got questions for us to tackle, feel free to pass them on to me - Facebook,
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    , or even just a note after church!