Sermon Archive

Crumbs and Bubbles are those numerous daily, seemingly insignificant experiences and choices that taken all together form our soul. News, talk shows, music, conversations, emails, Facebook, Scripture and many other daily experiences shape our souls. Aware of this, we can decide what inputs we allow into our thoughts and hearts. We can choose influences that shape our souls positively.  God's goal is to re-shape our soul in the likeness of Jesus.

Direct download: 2016-0731_renovation_nelson.mp3
Category:Renovation of the Heart -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Do genuinely born again Christians cheat on their taxes? Do genuinely born again Christians lie and cheat? Are there genuinely born again Christians who hate minorities? Are there genuinely born again Christians who indulge in pornography? Are there genuinely born again Christians who are alcoholics and drug addicts? Is it possible for a genuinely born again Christian man to verbally and physically abuse his wife and children? Is it possible for a genuinely born again Christian woman to be so full of bitterness and anger that she is making herself physically ill?

From time to time something like this will surface in the church family and invariably I will hear someone say, "If they say they're a Christian, how could they do that?" But if you doubt that born again Christians can do these things and much more, read with me James 4:1-4.

Direct download: 2016-0724_renovation_nelson.mp3
Category:Renovation of the Heart -- posted at: 10:45am PDT

Mark's gospel ends in controversy. Not only the controversy of the Resurrection, but a controversy regarding its original ending. Most Bibles set verses 9-20 in brackets noting that they are not included in the earliest copies of the Gospel of Mark. Let's open our Bibles to Mark 16.

Direct download: 2016-0717_sent_to_serve_nelson.mp3
Category:Sent to Serve -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

Recently I came across an article in which a person claimed the United States was born out of rebellion. The implication being that the beginning of our nation was somehow less than honorable. But nothing could be further from the truth. In studying both history and our founding documents, we discover that our founding fathers were men of principle and spiritual conviction.

The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition. It articulates the fundamental ideas that form the American nation: All men are created free and equal and possess the same inherent, natural rights. Legitimate governments must therefore be based on the consent of the governed and must exist "to secure these rights."

Direct download: 2016-0703_special_nelson.mp3
Category:Special -- posted at: 10:45am PDT