Sermons by Bruce Pratt (Page 9)

My Way or God’s? (Matthew 12:10-14)

Would we be surprised if God wanted to do something completely different? It’s easy to get in a spiritual rut, personally or in the church. That’s never the work of God. Not only is He creative, He created creativity. But we can become very comfortable in our daily walk. Too comfortable. We begin to work God into our agenda, instead of the other way around. But Jesus stands ready to blow up our staid orthodoxy and to breathe His freshness…

Staying Focused (Acts 20:22-24)

God never promised that the Christian life would be easy. Jesus certainly experienced this, as did the apostle Paul. But regardless of the circumstances, we need to keep our eyes on why we’re here. It also helps to realize that God’s mission is bigger than any one person.

Give It All You Got (Mark 12:28-31)

When asked to give the greatest commandment, Jesus answered with a first and second. His simple message was that we are called to love God and love others. We’re to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This means our love and devotion for God will encompass all that we are. Our human relationships should also exhibit a “no holds barred” care and concern.

No More Rehearsals (Hebrews 9:11-15)

God originally commanded Israel to observe the Day of Atonement every year. But with Jesus’ coming and His sacrifice, the Day of Atonement has been rendered obsolete. It is obsolete because Jesus, our High Priest, gave Himself on the cross of Calvary. He alone atoned for the sin of the world. This ushered in a new way of relating with God. No longer would worship only be “skin deep.” Now God would inhabit the hearts of those who put their…

Living by the Book (1 Thessalonians 2:13)

God gave us the Scriptures so that we could know Him and live for Him. The Bible is the best selling book of all time. But how many have actually read it? And reading the Bible is only the first step. We must heed what it tells us and let it lead our lives. When this becomes a reality for us, we will find we need it more and more.

Pay It Forward (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

God comforts us through the trials of our lives. He doesn’t just do this because He loves us, though He loves us mightily. He also does this to empower us to provide that same comfort to others.

Getting Our Attention (Luke 9:28-36)

Sometimes we just get too caught up in the day to day activities of life. But God will use whatever He deems necessary to get our attention. In the case of Peter, James, and John, Jesus took them on the mountain to see Him transfigured. He wanted to see that they couldn’t just see Him as their teacher. He was much more than that.

What’s Next (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

It’s easy to become concerned about the future. We see this world becoming increasingly more violent and hate-filled. Actions and attitudes that would have shocked most people a generation ago are now accepted and even commonplace. This decline in our society has caused many to wonder what’s coming next. They ask, “Can the end be far off?” The apostle Paul answers that question in 2 Thessalonians. He also gives encouragement to believers in his time and ours.

In God We Trust (Psalm 146)

It’s so easy to fall into the trap of putting your trust in other people. This is even more challenging when politicians are telling you what you want to hear. The promises sound so appealing. But our human limitations make this a risky venture. Instead, we should put all our trust in God. He’s been around forever and He’s the one who created everything. He just may know a little more than that candidate who wants your vote.

Words of Worth (Ephesians 4:29)

So much of what we hear and read these days is harsh and confrontational. With all of our technology these words are getting to us faster and in more ways than ever. Scripture makes it clear that what we say and write should be uplifting, not damaging. Pastor Bruce discusses how our words should pass the quality test and the value test. The quality test gauges whether our words are corrupt or not. The value test ascertains whether what we…