From past sermons(s)…

“A Christ-less Christmas” – December 1, 2019

30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32“He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?”                               Luke 1:30-34

  1. A Christ-less Christmas would mean life has no greater


10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12“This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” 15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”                                                           Luke 2:10-15

  1. A Christ-less Christmas would mean man and nature has no salvation.

22And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD”), 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, “A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS.”

25And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; 30For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Your people Israel.”       Luke 2:22-32

  1. A Christ-less Christmas would mean there is nothing to hope for.
December Memory Verse

“But God proves His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!”                    Romans 5:8 HCSB

  1. Ruth 1:16 : Ge 24:58
  2. Ruth 1:16 : Ps 45:10
  3. Ruth 1:16 : S Jos 24:15


  1. Matthew 5:43 ‘Love your neighbor’ Quotation from Leviticus 19:18.
  2. Matthew 5:44 you Some Greek copies continue, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.” Compare Luke 6:28.
  1. Romans 4:8 Ps 32:1-2 (Greek version).

Cross references:

  1. Isaiah 9:6 : S Ge 3:15; Isa 53:2; Lk 2:11
  2. Isaiah 9:6 : Jn 3:16
  3. Isaiah 9:6 : S Mt 28:18
  4. Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 22:22
  5. Isaiah 9:6 : S Job 15:8; Isa 28:29
  6. Isaiah 9:6 : S Dt 7:21; Ps 24:8; Isa 10:21; 11:2; 42:13
  7. Isaiah 9:6 : S Ps 90:2
  8. Isaiah 9:6 : S Ex 4:22; Isa 64:8; Jn 14:9-10
  9. Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 26:3, 12; 53:5; 66:12; Jer 33:6; Mic 5:5; S Lk 2:14


  1. Zechariah 4:6 Lit said to me, saying

Cross references:

  1. Zechariah 4:6 : Ezra 5:2; Hag 2:4, 5
  2. Zechariah 4:6 : Is 11:2-4; 30:1; Hos 1:7
  3. Zechariah 4:6 : 2 Chr 32:7, 8; Eph 6:17

All Scripture taken from the NASB Translation unless noted otherwise. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

“How to Pray Throughout the Day” – November 10, 2019

“Pray in the Spirit at all times with all kinds of prayers, asking for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready and never give up. And always pray for all God’s people.”           Ephesians 6:18 NCV


  1. Keep a running conversation with God.

“Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads.”    Ephesians 6:18 TEV

“Never stop praying! Pray all the time!”                 1 Thessalonians 5:17 (GW)

  1. Schedule prayer times throughout my day.

“Seven times a day I praise you!”  Psalm 119:164 NIV


  1. Get up with gratitude! (Thanksgiving)

Jesus said, “…Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven’…”  Matthew 6:8-9

“Every good gift and every perfect present comes from your Father of light in heaven…”  James 1:17

  • I thank my God in heaven for his consistent love and I recall all the ways that He is good to me.
  1. Bless God’s name at breakfast! (Praise)

“Hallowed be your name…”  Matthew 6:9b

“Every day I will bless your name, and praise it forever and ever!”            Psalm 145:2

  • I review God’s names and the promises they imply.

GOD SAYS “I am . . .”

Abba                            Your Loving Father!

El Deah                        Your God who Knows Everything!

Jehovah Rapha            Your God who Heals you!

El Shaddai             God Almighty – with all the Power you need!

“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never abandoned those who truly seek you.”  Psalm 9:10

  1. At mid-morning, remember what matters most! (Dedication)

“May your kingdom come, and may your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  Matthew 6:10

  • I align myself with God’s purpose and plans for my life.

“If you seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness, all the other things will be given to you as well.”           Matthew 6:33

  1. List my needs at lunch! (Petition)

“Give us today our daily bread.”  Matthew 6:11

  • I ask for anything I need.

Jesus: “You can ask for anything in my name.” John 14:13 (NLT)

  • I ask for what other people need (Intercession)

“I’d be sinning against the Lord if I failed to pray for you.” 1 Samuel 12:23

“Jesus has the power of God, by which he gives us everything we need to live, and to serve God. We have these things because we know him.”                                                                                               2 Peter 1:3 NCV

  1. Ask for forgiveness in the afternoon! (Confession)

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”  Matthew 6:12

  • I admit my sins and I forgive others who’ve frustrated me.

“I confessed my sins to you and didn’t try to hide them… Then you forgave me and now all my guilt is gone!”  Psalm 32:5

  1. Ask God to help me make wise decisions! (Protection)

“And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.”

Matthew 6:13

  1. End my day with an encouraging truth! (Benediction)

“For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever! Amen!”                                                        Matthew 6:13c NASB

November Memory Verse

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”      Romans 6:23 HCSB

A.       Ruth 1:16 : Ge 24:58

B.        Ruth 1:16 : Ps 45:10

C.        Ruth 1:16 : S Jos 24:15


a.        Matthew 5:43 ‘Love your neighbor’ Quotation from Leviticus 19:18.

b.       Matthew 5:44 you Some Greek copies continue, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.” Compare Luke 6:28.

a.       Romans 4:8 Ps 32:1-2 (Greek version).

Cross references:

A.        Isaiah 9:6 : S Ge 3:15; Isa 53:2; Lk 2:11

B.        Isaiah 9:6 : Jn 3:16

C.        Isaiah 9:6 : S Mt 28:18

D.        Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 22:22

E.        Isaiah 9:6 : S Job 15:8; Isa 28:29

F.        Isaiah 9:6 : S Dt 7:21; Ps 24:8; Isa 10:21; 11:2; 42:13

G.        Isaiah 9:6 : S Ps 90:2

H.       Isaiah 9:6 : S Ex 4:22; Isa 64:8; Jn 14:9-10

I.        Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 26:3, 12; 53:5; 66:12; Jer 33:6; Mic 5:5; S Lk 2:14


a.       Zechariah 4:6 Lit said to me, saying

Cross references:

A.       Zechariah 4:6 : Ezra 5:2; Hag 2:4, 5

B.       Zechariah 4:6 : Is 11:2-4; 30:1; Hos 1:7

C.        Zechariah 4:6 : 2 Chr 32:7, 8; Eph 6:17

— Sermon taken from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, 11/4/17 Purpose Driven Ministries

“Praying in Five Dimensions”

November 3, 2019

  1. God is a multi-dimensional
  • We see it in God’s creation.

“Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen (in) what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  Romans 1:20 NIV

“Can you fathom the limits and bounds of the greatness and power of God? The sky is no limit for God, but it lies beyond your reach! God knows the world of the dead, but you do not know it.  God’s greatness is broader than the earth, and wider than the sea.”  Job 11:7-9 TEV

  • We see it in Jesus’ incarnation.

“The Word became a human being and lived among us! We saw his glory…and he was full of grace and truth!”               John 1:14 NCV

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  Hebrews 13:8

“Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come.”                  Revelation 1:4 NIV

  • We see it in how the Holy Spirit moves.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you don’t know where the wind comes from or where it’s going. That’s the way it is with everyone born of the Holy Spirit.”  John 3:8 GW

“He does wonders that cannot be understood; he does so many miracles they cannot be counted. When he passes me, I can’t see him; and when he goes by me, I don’t recognize him!”  Job 9:10-11 NCV

  1. Because God is multi-dimensional I am never alone.

“Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I ever get away from your presence?  If I went up to heaven, you’d be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you’d be there.  If I flew way beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you’d be there to lead me. You’d be there to help me. I could ask the darkness to hide me…but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.”  Psalm 139:7-12 TEV



  1. I look backward to the Cross.

“God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life… He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”

1 Peter 1:18-19 NLT

The Cross reminds me…

  • How deeply God loves
  • How costly evil and sin
  • How completely I’m forgiven.
  1. I look upward to my Father’s loving face.

“You should not act like cowering, fearful slaves, since God’s Spirit has adopted you as children into God’s Family! Instead, by his Spirit we simply cry out Abba! Father! and God’s Spirit affirms that we really are his children! And since we are now God’s child, we’re also heirs with Christ, and will share in both his suffering and his glory!”  Romans 8:15-17



  1. I look inward to Jesus living inside me.

“Examine yourself to see if your faith is real and growing. Test yourself. Remember that Jesus is living in you – unless you’ve failed your test.”

2 Corinthians 13:5

“Jesus, produce the Fruit of your Spirit in me today!”

  1. I look around and ask the Holy Spirit to use me.

“…Give yourself completely to God–every part of you — since you’ve been given a new life, and you want to be used as a tool in the hands of God, used for his good purposes.”    Romans 6:13 TLB

  1. I look forward in faith to the future.

“I am confident of this, that God who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until it is finished on the day of Christ Jesus.”                                    Philippians 1:6

November Memory Verse

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”      Romans 6:23 HCSB

A.                   Ruth 1:16 : Ge 24:58

B.                    Ruth 1:16 : Ps 45:10

C.                    Ruth 1:16 : S Jos 24:15


a.   Matthew 5:43 ‘Love your neighbor’ Quotation from Leviticus 19:18.

b.  Matthew 5:44 you Some Greek copies continue, “Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.” Compare Luke 6:28.

a.   Romans 4:8 Ps 32:1-2 (Greek version).

Cross references:

A.                     Isaiah 9:6 : S Ge 3:15; Isa 53:2; Lk 2:11

B.                     Isaiah 9:6 : Jn 3:16

C.                      Isaiah 9:6 : S Mt 28:18

D.                     Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 22:22

E.                     Isaiah 9:6 : S Job 15:8; Isa 28:29

F.                     Isaiah 9:6 : S Dt 7:21; Ps 24:8; Isa 10:21; 11:2; 42:13

G.                     Isaiah 9:6 : S Ps 90:2

H.                     Isaiah 9:6 : S Ex 4:22; Isa 64:8; Jn 14:9-10

I.                     Isaiah 9:6 : Isa 26:3, 12; 53:5; 66:12; Jer 33:6; Mic 5:5; S Lk 2:14


a.          Zechariah 4:6 Lit said to me, saying

Cross references:

A.        Zechariah 4:6 : Ezra 5:2; Hag 2:4, 5

B.       Zechariah 4:6 : Is 11:2-4; 30:1; Hos 1:7

C.        Zechariah 4:6 : 2 Chr 32:7, 8; Eph 6:17

— Sermon taken from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, 10/28/17 Purpose Driven Ministries

40 Days of Prayer Series…

October 27, 2019 – “Who Do You Think You Are Talking To?”

Your understanding of what God is really like shapes everything else in your life, including how you pray.

“The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and his faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”    Psalm 100:5 TLB


  1. God’s plans for my life will always be good.

“We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28 NLT

“Your plan was to hurt me, but God turned your evil plan into a good plan to save the lives of many people!”        Genesis 50:20

“So, we can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that

they are good for us – they help us learn patient endurance.”

Romans 5:3 NLT

  1. God always gives me what I need, not what I deserve.

“He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs… (In his goodness), he has taken our sins away and removed them as far as the east is from the west!”              Psalm 103:10, 12

“Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close… my enemies are waiting for me to fall… Yet I remain confident that I’ll see the goodness of the Lord while I’m living here in the world.”

Psalm 27:10-13 NLT

  1. God put my good above His own good.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me… And I will sacrifice my life for my sheep.”    John 10:14-15

“Jesus died for our sins and rose again to make us right with God, filling us with God’s goodness.”        Romans 4:25 TLB

“Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave Christ up for us all, won’t he now also give us everything else we need?”  Romans 8:32 NLT

  1. He does not say yes to every request.

“You fathers – if your children asked for a fish to eat, would you give them a snake instead? Or if they asked for an egg, would you give them a scorpion? Of course not! So if you, as sinful people, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”                         Luke 11:11-13 NLT

Jesus replied, “You don’t realize what you are asking for!”

Matthew 20:22 NLT

  1. He invites us to live with Him forever.

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, and God our Father who loves us, has given us by his grace an everlasting encouragement and a good hope that will last forever. May this encourage your heart and give you strength for every good thing you do and say!”          2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, then I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever!”  Psalm 23:6 NIV


“Lord, keep me from paying attention to what is worthless. (Instead) let me live by your Word… I want to obey your principles. Please renew my life with your goodness!”  Psalm 119:37, 39-40

“Bring us back to you, God; we’re ready to come back. Give us a fresh start.”                                                    Lamentations 5:21 The Message

— Sermon taken from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, 10/8/17 Purpose Driven Ministries

October 20, 2019 – “A Beginner’s Guide to Prayer”

“One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of the disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray…’”  Luke 11:1 NIV

Our frustrations with prayer are caused by our misconceptions.


  1. God loves for me to talk with him.

“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who reverence him.”        Psalm 103:13 NLT

“We can be confident in approaching God, knowing that he listens to us whenever we ask him for anything according to his will. And since we know that he hears us when we make our requests, then we can be sure that he will answer us.”             1 John 5:14-15

Prayer is a conversation, not a ceremony, a relationship, not a ritual.

“I have good plans for you, not plans to hurt you. I will give you hope and a good future. Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”     Jeremiah 29:11-12 NCV

  1. God listens to prayers that are sincere and simple.

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they’ve received their reward in full. Instead, when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep babbling on and on like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”                                                                          Matthew 6:5-8 NIV

“Let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith…”

Hebrews 10:22 TEV

  1. God likes to show his goodness by answering

“Call to me and I will answer you. I will show you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.”                                                                                                        Jeremiah 33:3 The Message

“If you, being imperfect and sinful parents know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?”            Matthew 7:11 NLT

“You do not have, because you do not ask God.”          James 4:2 NIV

  1. God longs to be close to me.

“The Lord waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.”                         Isaiah 30:18 NLT

“I don’t want your sacrifices – I want your love! I don’t want your offerings, I want you to know me!”  Hosea 6:6 TLB

“Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them He shares the secrets of his covenant.”  Psalm 25:14 (NLT)

“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”  James 4:8 NLT

The closer I am to God the less stressed and more blessed I will be.

— Sermon taken from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, 10/1/17 Purpose Driven Ministries

October 13, 2019 –  “Do You Really Want to Grow Up?”

“We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching… Instead we are meant to hold firmly to the truth in love, and to grow up into every way of Christ…”  Ephesians 4:14 Phillips


  1. We grow when we feed on the Word of God.

“People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every Word of God.”  Matthew 4:4 NLT 

“…the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are [his people].  Acts 20:32 NASB

Hear . . . Read . . . Study . . . Memorize . . . Meditate . . . Apply

  1. We grow when we learn in different ways.

“In many different ways John preached the good news to the people.”

Luke 3:18 CEV

“God speaks in different ways, and we don’t always recognize his voice.” Job 33:14 CEV

2. We grow when we develop spiritual habits.

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. John 13:17 NIV

“Solid food is for mature people, whose minds have been trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil.”  Hebrews 5:14 (GW) 

“All [athletes] who compete in the games use strict training. They do this so that they can win a prize—one that doesn’t last. But our prize is one that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:25 ERV

3.  We grow when we help each other to grow.

“I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”  Romans 1:12 NCV

“Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. Let us not give up the HABIT of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more…”  Hebrews 10:24-25 TEV

4. We grow when we expect to grow.

Jesus said, “According to your faith will it be done to you.” Matthew 9:29 NIV

5. We grow when we commit to grow.

“You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else…”  Jeremiah 29:13 The Message 

“In view of all this, we are making a covenant together in writing, and all of us are signing our names to it…”  Nehemiah 9:38

“Our greatest wish and prayer is that you will become mature Christians.” 

2 Corinthians 13:9 TLB 

— Sermon taken from Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church, 9/24/17 Purpose Driven Ministries 40 Days of Prayer


October 6, 2019   “Facing Giants: Grief and Loss”

The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”              2 Samuel 18:33

1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2A time to be born, and a time to die…..   4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;      6A time to get, and a time to lose…..                                 Ecclesiastes 3:1-2a, 4, 6a KJV

  1. There is a time to grieve death and loss.

9Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress. Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away. 10I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness.     Psalm 31:9-10 NLT

  1. Grief can stop us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

I drown in grief. I’m heartsick.             Jeremiah 8:18 The Message

Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.                                                                                               Proverbs 14:13 NIV

 34When Esau was forty years old he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35and they brought grief to Isaac and Rebekah.                       Genesis 26:34-35

  1. A loss can be just as hard as a death.

2“Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid with it on the scales! 3For then it would be heavier than the sand of the sea…                                                    Job 6:2-3 NKJV

Crying may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.    Psalm 30:5 NCV

  1. Don’t let your grief outlast your joy.

20“Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy. 22“There-fore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.   John 16:20, 22

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

1 Peter 5:7 NLT


September 8, 2019    Facing Giants: Anger

19It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. 20He took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it.                        Exodus 32:19-20

  1. Don’t let anger get the best of you.

“In your anger do not sin”:            Ephesians 4:26 NIV

An angry person causes trouble; a person with a quick temper sins a lot.                                               Proverbs 29:22 NCV

A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, but the slow to anger calms a dispute.                                   Proverbs 15:18

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.                                      Psalm 30:5

  1. Manage your anger daily.

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,               Ephesians 4:26 NLT

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.                         Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

  1. Don’t partner with those given to anger.

24Do not associate with a man given to anger; Or go with a hot-tempered man, 25Or you will learn his ways and find a snare for yourself.                              Proverbs 22:24-25

So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;            James 1:19 NKJV

September Memory Verse

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”                                                                 Colossians 4:2 NLT