Sermon Messages, 2018

Sermon Messages are by Rev. Dwight Stevens unless noted differently.

February 18: 

February 11: GOD … in the PSALMS






December 31:  NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY:  “2018 … A NEW YEAR … A YEAR of HOPE in OUR GOD OF HOPE”








November 12:  JESUS … the WAY … the TRUTH … and the LIFE. John 14:6. What that means?

November 5:  WAIT … for the LORD





October 1:  “HAVE FAITH and HOPE in GOD”

September 24:  “THE WORD of GOD. OUR LIFELINE”




September 10:  Hurricane Irma. Mandatory Evacuation of Palm Beach. No Church Service.


September 3:  “The NAME of JESUS, the NAME Above ALL Names.”



August 20:  

August 13: “ARE COVENANT AND CONTRACT THE SAME?  Guest Minister, Rev. Thomas Drabik


Guest speaker, Gil Lavelanet


July 23:  “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT”  Matthew 5:3

July 16:  “THE GRACE OF GOD”

Guest Minister: Dr. Thomas Drabik



PSALM 46:10″

June 25: “ARE YOU RICH TOWARD GOD?” Luke 12:21


Guest Minister: Dr. Mary Drabik, President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Society






May 14: “MOTHER’S DAY: MARY’S SONG, LUKE 1:46-55″




James:  “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

Like it or not, God will “test our faith” in Him and in His Word. He does it so make us more mature and complete, more Christlike. We don’t always like “facing trials of many kinds,” but “Can the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’” (Isaiah 29:16).  Rather, it is better to embrace the trials that come from our Father’s hand, even if we don’t understand the intent, saying, “O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter.” (Isaiah 64:8)

God tested Abraham to see if Abraham truly reverenced God above ALL things, including his one son, Isaac, whom he loved. Would you be willing to give up to God any and every blessing God has bestowed upon you?

Paul and Silas were unjustly imprisoned and beaten, yet their response was to sing and praise God. And God made a miraculous way of escape. (Acts 16:16-26)



Guest Minister: Rev. Raphael GIglio, Zarephath Christian Church, Zarephath, New Jersey




Jesus rose from the dead after being crucified. This horrific event is depicted in Isaiah Chapters 52 and 53 in graphic detail. We don’t minimize that, we maximize that, and are so grateful for what Jesus allowed to happen to him. But, that is not the end of the story. Not only did Jesus rise from the dead, but he ascended to heaven (Acts 1:10-11) and is seated at the right hand of God interceding for us.

But, that too is not the end of the story. Revelation 1:9-19 unveils for us Jesus glorified … in almost indescribable majesty. Then Revelation 19:11-16 gives us a picture of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords Jesus at His second coming. All of these give us the fullness of our Jesus. And then once again He is the Lamb in the New Jerusalem (Rev 22:3).


 Jesus entered Jerusalem at Passover and is greeted as the “King of Israel” (John 12:1-14). In fulfillment of Zechariah 9:9 he is riding on a donkey, which kings road on when they came in peace. If a king came riding on a horse, he came for war. Jesus came not to make war, but to bring peace with God. He came to reconcile the estrangement between God and mankind due to sin, which separates unholy mankind from Holy God.

The Pharisees saw the “whole world has gone after him” and felt threatened (John 12:19). But the truth is Jesus will turn our world right side up when we begin to follow Him and devote our lives to God. Your world will not be turned upside down, but right side up!

April 2:  “JESUS IS ALIVE!”

Jesus predicted that he would “rise” and go into Galilee (Mark 14:28). And rise He did … from the dead. Many witnessed his resurrection (John Chapters 20&21; 1 Corinthians 15:1-10) until he was taken up to heaven (Acts 4:9). But then what happened to Him? We know he then seated at God’s right hand (Ro 8:34).

It is not until Revelation that we learn more, when the “unveiling” of Jesus occurs in Rev 1:12-20. Here we find an almost jaw-dropping description of the majestic glorified Jesus! Each phrase is taken from Old Testament descriptions of God Himself. Nowhere in our Bible is Jesus described so majestically, except for His triumphant return in Revelation 19:11-16.

Jesus Himself says: “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!”

Jesus is Alive!!!

March 26:  “THE ‘VALLEYS’ in the BIBLE and the ‘VALLEY’S’ in OUR LIVES” – REV. JOHN GENCO

 The Bible mentions many specific “Valleys,” including the Valley of Achor, Ben Hinnom, Decision, Gibeon, Jehoshaphat, Jezreel, Kidron and Slaughter. Psalm 23 talks of a “valley death” and terms it the “shadow of the valley of death.” Why? Because this valley leads not to death for the believer in Jesus Christ, but to eternal life with God. Although everyone must go through this ominous and u9ncertain valley, which to many is forboding and elicits fear. For the believer it is neither ominous, nor uncertain, nor forboding, nor fearful. Our bodies may perish, but our spirits will live for eternity with God!




The Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) tells us that there are 4 kinds of recipients of the Gospel:  1) those whose hearts are hardened, 2) those who hear the Gospel gladly but do not put down roots and wither away, 3) those whose cares of the world choke out the Gospel, 4) those who hear, accept and produce, termed “good soil,” with a 30-60-100 fold harvest.

In what ways do we “harvest?”

There is a “Harvest of Righteousness” (Hebrews 12:7-11).

There are “Fruit of the Holy Spirit” (Galatians 5:22).

There are “Gifts” given to each of us … to be used in and for the Kingdom of God (Romans 12:3-8).

There are those who reap the harvest of souls (Matthew 9:37; John 4:31-38).

Just being “good soil” isn’t enough. Are we producing 30-60-100 fold for God with our lives?


At the conclusion of the “Lord’s Prayer,” in which Jesus instructs His disciples on “how to pray,” Jesus tells them they must forgive those who sin against them … or God will not forgive them. Wow! This is a powerful statement!

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant is another illustration by Jesus of someone (us) who have been forgiven of an unpayable debt (our sin) and receive mercy by the Master. We likewise are to show mercy to others when we are insults, wronged, hurt, taken advantage of, slighted.

Why? Because of the magnitude of what we have been forgiven of – our sin.

Jesus paid the price for our sin (Acts 10:43; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:13; Romans 3:21-25).

We must in turn offer that forgiveness to others who wrong us.


We know from Acts 17:26 that God determines the time in human history in which we live and the places He decides. Esther was challenged to save her people by the “royal position” in which she found herself (Esther 4:14). She was an orphan girl. David was a shepherd boy. Gideon was hiding in a winepress. Moses escaped Egypt and gave God 5 excuses to use someone else.

Peter denied Christ 3 times, yet 3,000 came to believe in Jesus from Peter’s preaching about Jesus (Acts 2:41). Paul was grateful that God showed him mercy and considered him faithful, even though he was once a blasphemer, a persecutor and a violent man (1 Tim 1:13-17). Like Isaiah, are you willing to say to God, “Send me,” (Isaiah 6:8)?



February 26, 2017 


In Exodus 3:7-9 we read that God saw the misery of His people in Egypt and promises to rescue them. We all know the story of their deliverance from Pharaoh and the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea. But why did they linger in the wilderness for 40 years?

Three reasons, revealed in Deuteronomy 8:1-3. 1) To Humble them. 2) To test them to see if they would keep God’s commands 3) To teach them that they would need to depend upon God’s Word.

We face similar challenges, as God brings us through “wilderness” times. His intent is to hopefully shape us and mold us into becoming more Christ-like. Sometimes that necessitates troubles, trials, hardships, difficulties (James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:7-12; Romans 5:3-4). God’s purposes are so that we will not forget Him when He enables us to prosper (Deuteronomy 8:10-20).

February 19, 2017 


There are three distinct parts to this beautiful Psalm 19. The first are verses 1-6, in which the author David tells of God creating the heavens that “proclaim the work of His hands.” All the earth see God’s glory above them day after day.

The second are verses 7-11, in which God’s Word is depicted as perfect, trustworthy, right, give light to the ears, sure and altogether righteous.

The third are verses 12-14, in which God and His Word become personal to us, ending with “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

February 12, 2017    Guest Minister, Rev. John Genco


God gives us life and He cherishes us. Ezekiel Chapter 16 tells us the story of the Israelites trusting in their own fame and beauty, mistakenly thinking they could live without God. However, the nature of God is that He never quits on His children. Mistakes don’t take us out of the Kingdom of God, though the way of transgressors is hard (Prov 13:15).

God always has redemptive purposes in orchestrating events to get us to turn back towards Him. He is not out to condemn us, but to redeem us. Hope, restoration and a glorious future always lay ahead for those who humble themselves, confess their sins and seek God’s righteousness.

God is sovereign over people, nations and history. God doesn’t need us, but He wants us.


February 5, 2017   “EXAMINE OURSELVES”

1 Corinthians was written by Paul to the church in Corinth, to instruct the new Christians there not to act like their neighbors. They were not getting along with one another. Some were living sinful lives. Some were getting drunk during communion. There were lawsuits among believers. Spiritual gifts were being used inappropriately. He wrote this letter to correct them.

Specifically he address the Lord’s Supper (1 Cor 11:17-34) in detail, telling them that the purpose is to reflect on Jesus and what Jesus did for them. And in partaking of Communion, Paul tells then that “…a man ought to examine himself before he eats of the break and drinks of the cup.” Examine ourselves in what way? First, acknowledging the significance of Communion and remembering Jesus. Secondly, look at ourselves in the mirror. Is there anything that we need to correct? If nothing comes to mind, ask the Holy Spirit to search us, especially during Communion. He will.



January 29, 2017   “Are You Always KIND or at times UNKIND?”

“Kindness” is a quality of “Love” (1 Cor 13:4) and the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22). We are instructed, “… as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, [to] clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (C0l 3:12).

What actually is “Kindness” and how do we know if we are being “kind” or “unkind.” A search of synonyms tells a lot: of over 130 synonyms for “kind” include: accommodating, agreeable, leniency, courteous, excuse, friendly, give benefit of the doubt, go easy on, let bygones be bygones, mild mannered, overlooking, pleasant, polite, soft, tenderhearted, understanding … to name a few.

Of the 100 synonyms for “unkind” include:  aloof, bear a grudge, brusquely, couldn’t care less, cold shoulder, detached, distant, hard-hearted, ignore, indifference, look daggers at, resentful, snub, surly, turn one’s back on, uncommunicative, vindictive … also to name a few.

 How are we doing? Are we always kind?



Psalm 34:4 tells us that “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”  Everyone experiences fear at times, but God wants us free from fear. His Word tells us that “perfect love casts out all fear” (1 John 4:18) and “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

It’s very simple: draw close to God and fear will diminish and disappear. Psalm 91 tells us we don’t have to fear all kinds of fear (verses 5-6) IF we “dwell in the shelter of the Most High (verse 1).


January January 15, 2017   “GOD IS SOOOO GREAT”

Ephesians 3:20 tells us that God is able to do MORE than we can imagine or ask for. In fact, it says God is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE.  Luke 1:37 says “Nothing is impossible with God.” Do we have this concept of God … for our individual lives and our own personal circumstances? Job obtained his audience with God, yet was left speechless when God asked him if he could make lightning, or the eagle, or the oceans, or the snow and hail. (Job 38:1-5, 22, 35-36; 39:19, 26-27; 40:1-4. Habakkuk complained that God was allowing wickedness to prosper. God answered saying He had it under control. (1:5, 2:3). Our confidence is that God is watching over His word to fulfill it (Jeremiah 1:6-12). God is Almighty. God is Sovereign. God is ABLE TO DO MORE THAN WE CAN IMAGINE OR ASK FOR. Believe it!

January 8, 2017   “SING TO GOD”

The longest book in our Bible, the Book of Psalms, is a songbook. That should tell us something about how God looks at music and singing, especially “singing to Him!” Psalm 30:4 tells us to “sing to the Lord … praise His holy name.” Psalm 59:16 tells us “I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love.” Psalm 89:1 says “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.” Music and singing in church shouldn’t be just spectating, but an opportunity for us individually to sing TO GOD!

Some of the benefits to singing noted in the Bible are:

1) it quiets a troubled soul (1 Sam 16:14-18, 23).

2) It silences the “foe and avenger” (Psalm 8:1-2).

3) It can bring God’s deliverance power into an impossible situation (Acts 16:22-26)

4) It allows God to fight the battle for us when we don’t know what to do (2 Chronicles 20).

Just how much does God enjoy singing? Well, Zechariah 3:17 tells us that God Himself sings!!


It’s New Year’s Day!  Another year … for God to do new things! His Word tells us that He told the Israelites to “Forget the former things, do not dwell upon the past, for He was going to do a new thing” (Isaiah 43:18). Paul insisted that he was not to look back but forward to the prize God had called him to (Phil 3:12-14). The Scriptures tell us about a “new song” (Psalm 40:3); “new covenant” (Jer 31:31); “new mercies” (Lam 3:23); “new heart/new spirit” )Eze 18:31: 36:26); “new life” (Acts 5:20, Ro 6:4); “new attitude” (Eph 4:23); “new self” (Eph 4:24); “new birth” (1 Pet 1:3); “new heavens/new earth” (2 Pet 3:13); “new Jerusalem” (Rev 3:12).

God always is doing something “new” and will do “new things” for each of us, as we “delight ourselves in Him” (Psalm 37:4). Then He, God, will put “new things” in our hearts. He will give us new desires! And these “desires” will be His will for our lives, His purposes for us individually, His days ordained for us (Psalm 139:16). Our role is to delight ourselves in Him. The Scriptures tell us that occurs by seeking Him, desiring His word, making Him foremost in our lives, dying to ourselves, acknowledging that HE, God, is the source of our being and all we are. (Ps 1:2; 112:1-2; 119:24, 35-37; Isaiah 61:10; Romans 7:22; 2 Cor 12:10; Habakkuk 1:5: 2:3; 3:17).

December 25, 2016    “CHRISTMAS DAY”

 Christmas Day is a day of celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, our Lord, our Redeemer, the Way, the Truth and the Life, the Mediator of the New Covenant, our Good Shepherd … plus the certainty of eternity with God after physical death. Is there anything so miraculous as the privilege of having personal access to Holy, Almighty God? Or anything so amazing as a life knowing and living the will of God for each of us personally? Through Jesus Christ, those amazing privileges are possible. But like any gift, freely given without any effort of our part, the gift must be individually received. The gift of a personal relationship with God is offered. Have you received this gift? It’s the best Christmas gift possible.

December 18    “THE BIRTH OF CHRIST – WHY?”

The birth of Jesus Christ is told in both the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. Matthew 1:18-23 tells us that the Holy Spirit would cause Mary to conceive a child, whose name was to be “Jesus,” a name that inherently meant “the Lord saves.” And v.23, a quote from Isaiah 7:14, tells us that Jesus would be called “Immanuel – which means ‘God with us.'” Thus, the meaning of the birth of Jesus is explained: God would come down and provide an avenue for mankind to be saved from their sinful nature. He literally came to earth, and was “with people” as Jesus.

The wonderful thing is that God has provided salvation from sin for everyone and He even now desires to be “with us” personally. Receive Jesus as shedding his blood for your sin and God will come to dwell within you … TODAY!


December 11    “PAUL and the POWER of GOD”

Paul knew the POWER OF GOD personally, in many different ways and on many different occasions. In his prayers for the faithful believers in Jesus Christ in Ephesians (3:17-21)and Colossians (1:9-14), Paul prays that they might know God’s power as he had experienced. He wanted them to know God on a deeper level, with “spiritual wisdom and understanding” and also practically, experiencing the “power that raised Jesus from the dead” in their own lives.


Paul experienced God’s power from the day he was stopped by Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-18) when he lost his sight and then regained his sight by the laying on of hands. He was delivered from prison by an earthquake (Acts 16:25-30). He heard directly from God in a vision (Acts 16:9-10). He raised a young man from the dead (Acts 20:7-12). He realized his own sin nature and that he was free from its control through Jesus alone (Romans 7:22-25). He knew God had delivered him from every trial and God would continue to deliver him (2 Cor 1:8-11). He escaped arrest in Damascus by being lowered in a basket from a window in a wall (2 Cor 11:30-33). And he knew that in his weaknesses, hardships, persecutions, difficulties, God’s grace would not only be sufficient, but God’s power could then manifest (2 Cor 12:7-10).


This same power, through the Holy Spirit, is available today for every believer. Just as Paul experienced God’s power personally, we too can individually and personally experience God’s power. That’s why Paul prayed for the Ephesians and Colossians – so that they too could experience God’s power. Ask God to demonstrate His power to you, personally. He will!


Continuing on last week’s Being Thankful to God, we reviewed many of Paul’s epistles. He almost invariably expressed his thanks to the recipients of his letters and specifically his thanks for his recipients. He consistently commended them and gave thanks to God for their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that their faith was known far and wide(Romans 1:8). We might ask ourselves, “Is our faith known?” If so, to whom is it known?


Paul then expressed specific  prayers for his recipients, prayers that revealed the depth of his understanding of God, His ways, His purposes. Ephesians 1:17-20 is one of these prayers, a portion of which includes Paul’s petition to God to give his recipients “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that [they] may know [God] better.” In Phil 1:9 Paul prays “that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, being filled with the fruit of righteousness….” These are profound prayers that we all could pray, for others and for ourselves. See also Col 1:9-14; 2 Thess 1:11-12; and Philemon 1:4-6.



November 27     “BEING THANKFUL TO GOD”

Being Thankful to God was today’s topic. Many of  the Psalms express gratitude to God for His help, His giving his people strength, His deliverance when circumstances become overwhelming. Still, God is there to assist … always. We even are instructed to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess 5:18), and expression of our trust and faith in God no matter what befalls us. When anxious, we are to come to God with prayer, petition with thanksgiving, once again expression our confidence in God to hear us and help us at all times. Corey Ten Boom has been quoted that There is no pit that God is not deeper still.  That is our hope and ample reason to express our thanks. The story of Jesus healing 10 lepers in Luke 17:11-19 is telling, in that only 1 who received healing returned to thank Jesus. Do we ever forget to thank God after He has answered our prayers?



November 20

Guest Minister: Rev. Bill Hobbs, Founder and Head of Urban Youth Impact, West Palm Beach. Bill was the first person to witness to me (Rev. Dwight Stevens) about his newfound faith in Jesus Christ. This occurred in 1983 when he told me that he had turned his life over to God. At that time I was an atheist and had no understanding at all of what he was talking about. Two years later I was awakened in the middle of the night with a clear thought in my mind that I needed to turn my life over to God. I was so startled by this thought, which was so foreign to my belief system. To me, there was no God. But, I had to call Bill, who invited me to church and I was led in the prayer of salvation, receiving Jesus Christ into my heart in 1985. Bill was a golf professional in 1983 and he left the golf world to “father” at risk kids in the inner city of West Palm Beach.

November 13

Guest Minister: Daniel Drabik, B.A. in Biblical Studies, PBAU, and M.S. in Counseling Psychology. “What is the Biblical definition of LOVE?”  The word love in our culture has a variety of meanings, but do they correspond to the Biblical concept of love? Biblical love is a choice. It is not dependent on how we feel. It is not an abstract, rather it is an action. It sacrificially meets the needs of others, exemplified by Jesus, who sacrificed Himself for each of us to be forgiven of our sins. Our sin separates us from God. We needed something done about that. Jesus provided a bridge to a Holy God through His taking our sin. Practically, we are to clothe ourselves in love, meaning it is intentional, willing and conscious. 1 Cor 13:4-7 defines Biblical love: It is patient, kind, not rude, not envious, keeps no record of wrongs, thinks the best, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, always endures. That is Biblical LOVE.

November 6

John 15:1-10. Jesus tells His disciples the importance of staying connected to Him. He gives the illustration of a vine that produces two kinds of braches: one that bears fruit and one that does not bear fruit. The fruit-bearing branches would be pruned to grow more fruit. The non-fruit bearing branches would be cut off. There is an expectation for Jesus’ disciples here, plain and simple: Bear Fruit. What is He talking about? “Fruit” is explained in Galatians 5:22: “The ‘fruit’ of the Holy Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.” Those are the hallmarks of disciples of Jesus. Those are the identifying attributes of disciples of Jesus. On a 1-10, how are we doing with each of those nine “fruit of the Holy Spirit?” We each need to be growing and increasing in ALL of those attributes. Then we can be seen as true disciples of Jesus.



October 30     “THE GREATEST in the KINGDOM of GOD”

John 13:1-17. Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, as an example to them to DO just what He has done for them – serve them. The lesson he is trying to teach them … and us … is that we are to seek to serve the needs of others, no matter how menial, rather than seek to “be served.” The parable of the Talents (Mt 25:14-21) specifies that after people are given skills, talents and/or abilities by God, these skills, talents and/or abilities are to be used for God, for God’s Kingdom, and to glorify God. Only then will we hopefully one day hear “Well done, good and faithful SERVANT.” The “servant” attitude is the key here, elaborated on in Phil 2:3-11, in which we are instructed to have the “same attitude of Jesus,” taking on the “very nature of a servant.” To be “great” in the Kingdom of God one must be servant. The paradigm is opposite to being “great” in the eyes of the world, in which someone “great” generally has lots of servants. But, Jesus came not be served, but to serve. If we are to become conformed to the image and likeness of Jesus, we are to seek to serve and not to be served.



October 23

John 8:1-12. Continuing on the passage about the woman caught in adultery. After Jesus outmaneuvers the Pharisees and they slink away, she is left face to face with Jesus. He tells her not to sin any longer. This exemplifies the opportunity one has when confronted with Jesus:  to leave one’s previous life and begin life anew. The greatest example of this is Saul, who reflects back upon his life before meeting Jesus in Phil 3:4-12. All that he was by birth and achievement was of no value to him once he met Jesus. He had entered the “race marked out for him.” (Heb 12:1). There is a race marked out for each of us as well, referenced also in Psalm 139:14-16. Likewise, each of us is alive “for such a time as this,” (Esther 4:14). Are we in God’s race marked out for us? Are we pressing onward, not looking behind but looking forward, like Paul (Phil 3:12)? Do we realize that there is nothing by our individual efforts that can make us righteous in God’s eyes … only the “righteousness that comes from God through faith in Christ Jesus.” Once we receive that personally, we can see and enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).



October 16

John 8:1-12. A woman caught in adultery is brought before Jesus by the Pharisees to “trap” Jesus (v. 6). Would he agree with the Law of Moses that she should be stoned, violating Roman law that prevented Jewish people from killing someone? Or would He disagree with the Levitical Law and negate the Law of Moses? (Lev 20:10). Both responses would undermine the increasing influence Jesus was having with the multitudes. Jesus responds by turning the scriptures back on them, citing Deut 17:2, 5-7, which required that the witness who brought the accusation must throw the first stone. Jesus framed his response: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone a her,” causing the accusers to each slink away. Now it was just Jesus and the woman. Jesus did not condone her sin, but challenged her to leave her life of sin. Jesus does the same with each of us. He shows His mercy by forgiving our sins and then sets us on a path to a new life no longer slaves to our sin nature.

October 9

Thanks be to God for sparing South Florida from the effects of Hurricane Matthew. The weather channels reported that this powerful hurricane, with sustained winds of 120-140 mph, was headed directly at West Palm Beach. Miraculously, the tract of the hurricane took what the weather channel called a “wobble,” taking a 90 degree turn eastward, causing the eye of the hurricane to move 30-50 miles eastward. By the time it reached us, it just brushed our coast. We are so thankful for God’s mercy on us, and we pray for those further up the eastern seaboard.



October 2

John 5:1-15 is the story of the miraculous healing of the invalid at the pool of Bethesda. Interestingly, Jesus asks the man if he “wants to get well.” Is it possible that not everyone wants to get well? Here was a hopeless situation for someone who was literally helpless. Yet, there is always Jesus if we find ourselves in hopeless and helpless situations. Also to be noted, is the religious people of the day were more concerned with keeping their religious law of not carrying a mat on the Sabbath (v.10) than rejoicing in the miraculous healing of the invalid by Jesus.



September 25

Guest Minister T.L. Wingate gave a detailed and articulate message on the spirit, soul and body, and the need for spiritual birth to both know and to have a personal relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ. Visiting pastor from Texas, Rev. Joe Rich, concluded the service with a moving and inspirational invitation to receive Jesus Christ, with a wonderful response.



September 18

John 4:27-42  When Jesus tells the Samaritan woman all she has ever done, she goes back to her town and tells everyone about Jesus. Many believed in Jesus because of her testimony and many more became believers when they came to hear Jesus personally.  Jesus told Simon and his brother Andrew to follow Him and He would make them “fishers of men.” (Mt 4:19; Mk 1:16-17) What did Jesus mean when he said he would make them “fishers of men?” What is a “fisher of men” today? How do we “fish for men” today? What techniques of fishing are applicable in sharing our faith? The first underlying principle in fishing is to go where the fish are. Do we do that? What lures do fishermen use to catch fish? How do we make the gospel of Jesus Christ alluring? All fish do not respond to the same bait? Likewise, all people do not respond to the same presentation of the Gospel. Do we vary our presentation of the Gospel depending on who we are talking to and their understanding of God, of the Bible, of Jesus?



September 11

John 4:27-42  Continuing the passage of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman. This is  the 3rd passage in John’s Gospel when Jesus takes a natural topic and turns it into a spiritual lesson. The first was with Nicodemus about natural birth and spiritual birth (3:3-7); the second was with the Samaritan woman when he tells her that her “thirst” can be satisfied forever through Him (4:10-15).  Here, when Jesus’ disciples talk about food (4:31-33), Jesus tells them that “My food is to do the will of him who sent me….” He is telling the disciples … and us … that fulfillment, satisfaction and sustenance in life only occurs when we are in the will of God and doing the will of God. Nothing else brings any real or lasting meaning.



September 4

John 4:1-26 – So much in this passage when Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well. He could have gone around Samaria to Galilee, but he “had to go through Samaria” for the divine appointment with the woman. It was unacceptable for Jewish people to even speak to a Samaritan and never accept and drink water from a vessel they had touched. That would have made Jesus “ceremonial unclean.” Yet Jesus talked with her, exemplifying that He opens His arms to ALL mankind, even to the outcasts. He then, like in the story of Nicodemus, talks about a deeper meaning of satisfying the thirst of the soul. He says to her the time  is coming and has come when “true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth,” meaning worshipping God on a spiritual level by having the Holy Spirit inside them and worshipping the “One True God” through Jesus, “the way, the truth and the life.”  He concludes by acknowledging He is the Messiah, the Christ.



August 28

John 3:19 – Additional reasons people don’t believe in God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ: Some people suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18); Some worship created things rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25); To some the message of the cross is foolishness (1 Cor 1:18); Here’s one reason. Others include: Don’t believe God exists (Ps 53:1); Some are blinded by satan and cannot “see” or comprehend the gospel (2 Cor 4:3-4); Some believe false doctrines (1 Tim 1:3); Some abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits (2 Tim 4:1); Some claim to be without sin (1 John 1:8).


August 21

John 3:19 – “…Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” Why don’t people believe in God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Here’s one reason. Others include: Don’t believe God exists (Ps 53:1); Some believe in their own righteousness (Mt 22:11-14); 5-21. Some believe the Bible’s teachings are too hard (John 6:60); Some don’t acknowledge God’s miracles (John 12:37); Some love the praises of men more than the praises of God (John 12:42-43).




August 14 

John 3:15-21 Jesus continues talking with Nicodemus, but John now gives a “big picture,” beginning with verse 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” So much in this verse: the meanings of “loved,” “world,” “gave,” “Son,” “believes,” “perish” and “eternal life.” Each was discussed. More to come next week, as there is so much to understand in these seven verses.

August 7

John 3:10-15. Jesus refers to Himself as the “Son of Man” 81 times in the gospels. Philippians 2:5-8 tells us Jesus, “being in very nature God … made Himself nothing … being made in human likeness.” Jesus was both Deity and humanity when He came to earth, in the flesh (John 1:14)  to take our sins through the shedding of His blood. For those who “believe in” Jesus, who He was, who He is, and what He did, we “may have eternal life” (John 3:15).



July 31, 2016

John 3:8 – “The wind blows … you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” We do not know the origin of wind, but we feel and see its effects. Likewise, when one is “born of the Spirit,” the effects are seen. Today we looked at Charles Colson’s book, Born Again, in which he relates how the Spirit of God dramatically and positively changed him after he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.

July 24, 2016

In the book What It Means To Be Born Again, Johnnie C. Godwin details the many wonderful changes that can take place when one becomes “born again:” conviction of sin, confession & repentance, forgiveness, increased loving, new relationships, new behaviors and more.



July 17, 2016

John 3:1-14. An in-depth look at what Jesus meant when He told Nicodemus, “You Must Be Born Again,” to “see” and to “enter” the Kingdom of God.


July 10, 2016

John 3:1-9. Who was Nicodemus? Why did he believe Jesus had come from God? Why did Jesus tell him “You must be born again?” What did it mean when Jesus said being “born again” is necessary to “see” and to “enter” the Kingdom of God?


July 3, 2016

John 2:1 – 3:4. Guest Teacher, Robert Boutwell, Chairman South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary, 1995-2015. The miracles of Jesus demonstrating His deity; the significance of Him cleansing the Temple; and His dialog with Nicodemus.


June 26, 2016

John 1:1-18. Why is Jesus referred to as the “Word,” which is derived from the Greek word logos, meaning reason? Jesus was/is the “reason” or the “mind of God” or the “thoughts of God” come to earth. He was/is God. Reason was supreme to the Greek thinking of the time in which John wrote his Gospel, between 70-90 AD.



June 19, 2016

Overview of the Gospel of John, disciple closest to Jesus, referred to several times as the “disciple Jesus loved.” John was a deep, introspective thinker who oftentimes elaborated on not just what Jesus said, but on what Jesus meant. His Gospel emphasizes the Deity of Jesus Christ and gives big pictures of Jesus’ actions, such as when Jesus provided bread for His followers … how Jesus was/is the  bread of life.

June 12, 2016

“Intercessory Prayers of Paul”  is the topic, with insights into Paul’s prayers in Ephesians 1:13-21; 3:13-19; 6:19-20; Phil 1:3-11; 1:19; Col 4:2-4  and  2 Thess 3:1-2, and how we might apply these same prayers today when we are interceding for others.



June 5, 2016

What is the “Gospel of Jesus Christ?” The four Gospels tell us the “good news” of Jesus, offering Himself as the sacrifice for our sins such that we are forgiven of our sins in the eyes of Holy God. We become “righteous” in God’s eyes by what Jesus did. None of us are righteous on our own merits. We become “reconciled” to God through Jesus, such that a personal, intimate relationship with God becomes possible, both here on earth and for eternity. That’s “Good News!”



May 29, 2016

I Surrender All … Do I?


May 22, 2016

The “Ways” of God

May 15, 2016

The Greatest in the Kingdom of God


May 8, 2016

Great Women in the Bible – Mother’s Day Message

May 1 2016

Renewal, Renewal, Renewal


April 24, 2016

Highlights from the Sermon on the Mount


April 10, 2016

God Delivers Us from All Our Fears

April 3, 2016

Who Is in Control of Your Life?


March 20, 2016

The Triumphal Entry … What Triumph?


March 13, 2016

Resurrection … Then … and Now


March 6, 2016

What in the World is Going On?

February 14, 2016

God’s Word is Eternal


February 7, 2016

Obey … God’s Word


January 31, 2016

Proverbs … for Our Daily Lives


January 24, 2016

The Power of God


January 10, 2016

Trust or “Jeremiad”


January 3, 2016

Be Open to New Things from God in 2016


December 25, 2015

Christmas is Personal

December 13, 2015

How Do You Respond When Your Faith is Challenged?


November 29, 2015

Being Thankful is the Will of God


November 22, 2015

Who God Used in the Bible to Advance His Kingdom

November 15, 2015

Safety and Security Today


November 8, 2015

Be Holy as I Am Holy

October 25, 2015

Forgiveness Is Not an Option for Christians

May 31, 2015

God in the Psalms, Part II. More nature and character of God revealed in the Psalms: glory of God (19:1); perfect trustworthy statutes; Lord & Redeemer (19:14); trustworthy (20:7); shepherd (23); founder of the world (24:1); God of hope (25:5); light, salvation & stronghold (27:1); King (29:10).

May 24, 2015

God in the Psalms, Part I. The nature and character of God is revealed extensively in the Book of Psalms: The One enthroned in heaven (2:4); majestic (9:9); holy (15:1); Lord and refuge (16:1-2); our strength, rock, fortress, deliverer, faithful, pure, the one who turns our darkness into light, my Savior (Psalm 18).

May 3, 2015

Words Have Power



  • “Another Big Earthquake (Nepal) … What’s Going On?” – April 19, 2015
  • “How Has God ‘Gifted’ You … for His Purposes?” – April 19, 2015
  • Worship with Raphel & Ali Giglio -April 12, 2015
  • Easter Sunday: “Because ‘He Lives’ I can Face Tomorrow” – April 5, 2015
  • Palm Sunday: Asst. Pastor Rev John Genco “The Victorious Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem” – March 29, 2015
  • Psalm 23:3: “He Guides Me in Righteousness for His Names Sake” – March 22, 2015
  • “Heaven or Hell … Both Await” – March 15, 2015
  • Asst. Pastor Rev. John Genco: “Rooted & Grounded: Standing Strong in the Face of the Winds of Adversity & Strange Doctrines” – March 8, 2015
  • “The Importance of Reading Our Bible” – March 1, 2015
  • February 22, 2015 – “The Gospel of GRACE … We Cannot Earn our Way into Heaven … for God is HOLY”
  • February 15, 2015 – “Prayer … Prayer … and More Prayer”
  • February 8, 2015 – “How Merciful Are You?”
  • February 1, 2015 – “How Do You and Can You Recognize if Someone is a ‘Christian’?”
  • January 25, 2015 – “Biblical Definition and Meaning of A ‘Blessing’ “
  • January 18, 2015 – “God … Humbles, Tests, Teaches … Each of Us” Deuteronomy Chapter 8
  • January 11, 2015 – “What Is Going On in the World? Are We in the ‘Last Days?’ “
  • January 4, 2015 – “What Profits a Man if He Gains the Whole World And Loses His Soul”

2014 Sermons

  • December 28, 2014 – “The ‘New Creation’ When One Receives Jesus Christ”
  • “The ‘Birth’ of Jesus Christ, Part III, ‘Nothing Is Impossible with God – December 25, 2014
  • “The ‘Birth’ of Jesus Christ, Part II, ‘The Gift’ from God” – December 21, 2014
  • “The ‘Birth’ of Jesus Christ, Part I, The ‘Savior’ & ‘God With Us’ ” – December 14, 2014
  • “God Knows Everything About You & He Understands You” – December 7, 2014
  • “Giving Thanks to God, Part II” – November 30, 2014
  • “Giving Thanks to God, Part I” – November 23, 2014
  • “Summary of the Just Completed 16 Week Study of The Book of Revelation” – November 16, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – The Book of Revelation” A 16 Week Study, beginning July 20 – November 9 – July 20, 2014
  • “Your days are Ordained (officially appointed & decreed) by God” Psalm 139:7-16; Acts 17:24-27″ – July 13, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of John Chapters 12-21” – July 6, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of John Chapters 1-11” – June 29, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Luke Chapters 13-24” – June 22, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Luke Chapters 1-12” – June 15, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Mark Chapters 9-16” – June 8, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Mark Chapters 1-8” – June 1, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Matthew Chapters 15-28” – May 25, 2014
  • “Interactive Bible Study – Highlights of Mattlew Chapters 1-14” – May 18, 2014
  • “Mothers Day – Great Women in the Bible – Mary and Esther” – May 11, 2014
  • “Psalms – A Song Book – and Why We Sing” – May 4, 2014
  • “Why Are There Four Gospels?” – April 27, 2014
  • “Easter Sunday – Jesus Is Alive – We Serve A Living God” – April 20, 2014
  • “Palm Sunday – and – Peace with God – What That Means” – April 13, 2014
  • “Prayer and The Power of God” Guest Minster, Rev. John Genco – April 6, 2014
  • “Why Doesn’t Everyone – Believe in Jesus Christ?” – March 30, 2014
  • ” ‘Civility Week’ in Palm Beach – What Does Our Bible Say About ‘Civility?’ ” – March 23, 2014
  • “Glory to God in Our Trials” – March 16, 2014
  • “Life Is Fleeting” – March 9, 2014
  • “The POWER of God, Part II” – March 2, 2014
  • “The POWER of God” – February 23, 2014
  • ” Trials … or … Opportunities?” – February 16, 2014 Guest Minister, Rev. John Genco
  • “The Book of Life … Is Your Name in It?” – February 9, 2014
  • “Revelation, Chapter 1, the ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ’, Part II ” – February 2, 2014
  • “Revelation, Chapter 1, the ‘Revelation of Jesus Christ, Part I” – January 26, 2014
  • “Teach Me Your Ways, God” – January 19, 2014
  • “What Is A ‘Mature’ Christian?” – January 12, 2014
  • “A New Year Coming … Expect New Things from God for Your Life” Part II – January 5, 2014

2013 Sermons

“A New Year coming … Expect New Things from God for Your Life” Part I – December 29, 2013

“CHRISTAS DAY SERVICE” – December 25, 2013

“The Significance of the Birth of Jesus, Part II” – December 22, 2013

“The Signifcance of the Birth of Jesus, Part I” – December 15, 2013

“Bible Question and Answer Session” – December 8, 2013

“God the Almighty, All Knowing Creator of the World, Can Be Drawn Close To, Part II” – December 1, 2013

“How Creative God Is!” – November 24, 2013

“God the Almighty, All Knowing Creator of the World, Can Be Drawn Close To, Part I” – November 17, 2013

“Comfort in the PSALMS” – November 10, 2013

“Jesus … ‘Savior’ … of What and from What?” – November 3, 2013

“How GREAT if Our God? Part II” – October 27, 2013

“How GREAT is Our God? Part I” – October 20, 2013

” ‘Righteousness – What Does That Mean Today?” – October 13, 2013

“Hope in God … and then Continue to Hope in God” – October 6, 2013

“Who is Jesus … to You?”

September 29, 2013

“The Book of Revelation,
… New Understandings of Jesus in the Book of Revelation”
Part II

September 22, 2013

“The Book of Revelation,
… New Understandings of Jesus in the Book of Revelation”
Part I

September 15, 2013

“Blessed Are the ‘Poor’ ”

September 8, 2013

“What Are You Doing with the Gifts God Gave You?”

September 1

“Who Can God Use Best?”

August 25, 2013

“Love is ‘PARAMOUNT’ ”

August 18 2013

“We Must Heed the Words in the Bible, Not Just Read Them
… and a Look at ‘True Fasting’ from Isaiah 58”

August 11, 2013

“Worry Looks Around … Faith Looks Up”

August 4, 2013

“Old Testament Examples Still Relevent
For Our Lives Today”

July 28, 2013

” ‘Fishing’ for Men”
Mark 1:16-17

July 21, 2013

” What People Need Is ‘Unfailing Love’ ”
Proverbs 19:22 & 20:6

July 14, 2013

” ‘Judge Not’ … Rather Speak Edifying Words”

July 7, 2013

” HOPE – Joyful, Confident Expectation … in God”
Guest Minister – Rev. Joseph Guadagnino

June 30, 2013

“Knowing God and Knowing Jesus”

June 23, 2013

” Why Are Some Prayers Answered and Some Not Answered?”

June 16, 2013

” How Does God ‘Speak’ Today?”

June 9, 2013

” ‘Born Again’ – What Does That Mean?
Just Look at the Life of Paul”

June 2, 2013

“KINDNESS … What is It? Why is It a “Fruit of the Holy Spirit?”
Galations 5:22

May 26, 2013

“The Importance of Prayer”

May 19, 2013

“God Sees Everything and He Sees Everything Going on in Your Life
– Matthew 10:29”

May 12, 2013

“True REST for Our Souls Comes Only with God”

May 5, 2013

“PROVERBS – A Guidebook of Wisdom for our Daily Lives”

April 28, 2013

“The Boston Marathon Bombing … Is There Safety & Security
In Our World Today? – Yes, But Only with God –
Psalm 91: ‘The Protection of the Lord’ ”

April 21, 2013

“50 Years of Pastoring – Pearls of Wisdom to Share with You”
Guest Minister: Rev. John Genco

April 14, 2013

“Trust in the Lord and NOT in Our Own Understanding”
Proverbs 3:5
“What Does That Mean for Us Today?”

April 7, 2013

“EASTER SUNDAY – The Meaning of Easter Today
For Us Personally”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Guadagnino
President, South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary
March 31, 2013

“What Jesus DID and What Jesus DOES for Us Today”

March 24, 2013

“Personal Experience of Knowing God in the Mind
And Knowing God Experientially”
Guest Speaker: Tony Bohannon

March 17, 2013

“A New Touch from God … Always Available”
Guest Minister: Rev. John Genco

March 10, 2013

“Faith in the NAME of JESUS for the Forgiveness of Our Sins”

March 3, 2013

“The POWER of Prayer is Not in the One Who Prays
But in the ONE WHO HEARS It”

February 24, 2013

“FORGIVENESS Is Not an Option for Christians”

February 17, 2013

“Can You Have Too Much Faith in God?

February 10 2013

“Keeping Our Faith in God in
Personal Loss and Tragedy”
Guest Speaker: Bob Schuemann
February 3, 2013

“God Knows Everything About You and
Cares About Everything in Your Life”
January 27, 2013

“Blessing From God Are Based Upon His Covenant
and Are Contingent Upon ‘His Righteousness’
and Our ‘Living Righteously’ ”
January 20, 2013

“New Beginnings in 2013”
Guest Speaker: Rev. John Genco
January 13, 2013

“What Does It Mean to ‘Draw Near to God?’ ”
January 6, 2013

2012 Sermons

“New Things That God Has
Each of Us in 2013”

December 30, 2012

“Jesus Came to Save People from Their Sins.
What is YOUR Purpose in Life?”

December 23, 2012

“How Do You Talk About God? Who Is He To You?”

December 16, 2012

“Jesus, God with Us … Matthew 1:23”

December 9, 2012

“Nothing is Impossible with God, Even Healing of Sicknesses”

December 2, 2012

“Biblical Reasons to be Thankful”

November 25, 2012

“The Disadvantage of the Advantaged”
Guest Speaker, Daniel Drabik
November 18, 2012

“Be a Doer of the Word, Not Just a Listener – James 1:22”
November 11, 2012

“God’s Timing Is Not Our Timing
‘Faith in God Means Faith in His Timing’ ”
November 4, 2012

“Proverbs – Practical Wisdom for Our Daily Lives”
October 28, 2012

“A Shepherd Looks at the 23rd Psalm”
October 21, 2012

“Guest Minister – Rev. Kevin Brennan”
October 14, 2012

“You Will Know Jesus’ Disciples by Their ‘Fruit,’
i.e., ‘The Fruit of the Holy Spirit’ ”
October 7, 2012

“The ‘Lord’s Prayer’ – a Pattern of How to Pray”
September 30, 2012

“The Parable of the Sower for Today”
September 23, 2012

“Some Teachings of Jesus”
September 16, 2012

“Get Personal with God, Part II,
Walking and Talking with God”
September 9, 2012

“Get Personal with God”
September 2, 2012

“There Will be Storms, but God is Always with Us,
Even in the Storms of Life”
August 26, 2012

“God is Personal, Jesus is Personal, the Holy Spirit is Personal”
August 19, 2012

“God Will Give You the Grace for
Whatever He Calls You To Do for Him”
August 12, 2012

“Are You Willing to Serve God No Matter What He Asks?”
August 5, 2012

“God’s Will for Our Lives, Part III”
July 29, 2012

“God Wants to Do NEW Things in Our Lives”
July 22, 2012


1) Against all ____________ in the natural, Abraham still had _________ in God.

Where is this found in the Bible? ___________________________________

2) This is possible because God’s _____________are always true.

3) Nothing is ____________ with God.

Where is this found in the Bible? ___________________

4) When one receives Christ they become a _____creation, the old has passed, the _____ has come.

What 2 verses say this? _______________ and_______________________.

5) To know the will of God we must be transformed by the __________ of our minds.

Verse? ____________________

6) God’s thoughts & ways are ___________than our thoughts & ways.

Verses: _____________

7) Jeremiah 31:31 says that God would make a _______ covenant to have

His law (His word) in people’s hearts.

“God’s Will for Our Lives, Part II”
July 15, 2012



1) God determines the times and places people live __________________

2) God knows us in the womb:________________________________________________


3) T or F: We can “choose” God’s will or “not choose” God’s will. ___________________

4) God’s will is for each of us to be “Sanctified.”

Define “sanctified:” __________________________________________________________


5) The Garden of Gethsemane was a place where Jesus anguished over his will versus

_____________ will.

6) What reference clearly states that God’s will is that everyone shall have eternal life?


7) We know for sure from ______________________________ that when we pray according

to God’s will, He hears our prayers.

8) Can you KNOW you have Eternal Life? Yes or No? _______

How? ________________________________________________________________________________


“God Formed Us and We Are to Seek His Will for Our Lives”
July 8, 2012

“The FREEDOM We Have in Christ”
July 1, 2012

“Have Faith in God, Even Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed”
June 24, 2012

Guest Speaker, Dr. Jess Moody
“Our Heavenly Father … Father’s Day Message”
June 17, 2012

“Hoping in God’s Promises – Remembering Abraham, Part II”
June 10, 2012

“Hoping in God’s Promises – Remembering Abraham”

June 3, 2012

“Memorial Day – Remembering Christ’s Sacrifice”
May 26, 2012

“Mother’s Day – Exemplary Women in the Bible:
Ruth, Esther, Rahab, Mary, Proverbs 31 the Virtuous Woman”
May 19, 2012

“Praying for Others Who Are Experiencing Difficult Times”
May 12, 2012

“Luke 6:17-26
– the Sermon on the Plain –
God’s Perspectives vs. the World’s Perspectives”
May 5, 2012

“HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord God Almighty”
April 29, 2012
“DEATH Has No ‘Sting’ for a Christian”
April 22, 2012
“Opening Our Hearts to God”
April 15, 2012
“EASTER SUNDAY – The Resurrection’s Meaning for Us Today”
April 8, 2012
“Palm Sunday, a Victorious Day”
Rev. John Genco
April 1, 2012
“Kindness, Kindness, Kindness”
March 25, 2012
“What To Do When ANXIETY Comes?
March 18, 2012
“The Book of Life”
March 11, 2012
“The Compassion of God and the Compassion of People”
Guest Speaker: Rev. John Genco
March 4, 2012
“My 62 Years of Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ”
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jess Moody
February 26, 2012
“Biblical Examples of Why Some People Don’t Believe in Jesus”
February 19, 2012
“Highlights in the Epistle to the Ephesians”
February 12, 2012
“Who Do You Say ‘Jesus’ Is?”
February 5, 2012
“The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the Fulfillment of the Old Testament Scripture”
January 29, 2012
“The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
January 22, 2012
“Comfort from the Book of Psalms”
January 15, 2012
“Put Your Faith in God”
January 8, 2012
“Happy New Year .. and Expect ‘New’ Things from God This Year”
January 1, 2012

2011 Sermons

  • “The Greatest GIFT of All” Christmas Day 2011″ – December 25, 2011
  • “The Birth of Christ from the Gospel of Luke” – December 18, 2011
  • “Remember ‘The Reason for the Season,’ Part II” – December 11, 2011
  • “Remember ‘The Reason for the Season, Part I” – December 4, 2011
  • “The Beauty, Depth and Relevance of the Old Testament” – November 27, 2011
  • “A Heart of Thanksgiving” – November 20, 2011
  • “Jesus Sacrificed Himself for Our Sins” – November 13, 2011
  • “Jesus … in the Book of Revelation” – November 6, 2011
  • “Nothing Is Impossible with God ” – October 30, 2011
  • “Jesus Christ, the ‘Pearl of Great Price’ ” – October 23, 2011
  • “Get to Know God … First, Before Everything Else” – October 16, 2011
  • “We Must Read and Reflect on the Words of the Bible Every Day” – October 9, 2011
  • “ ‘People Need the Lord’ … Why Do People Need the Lord” – October 2, 2011
  • “Forgiveness is Not an Option for Christians” – September 25, 2011
  • “PROVERBS – a Book of Wisdom for Practical Day to Day Living” – Septemer 18, 2011
  • “Reflecting on 9/11 Ten Years Later” – September 11, 2011
  • “Heaven” – September 4, 2011
  • “The Gospel: Jesus Willingly Suffered … for You and for Me” – August 28, 2011
  • “Why Do We Sing in Church? – August 21, 2011
  • “God Is Always There, Even When It May Seem He Isn’t” – August 14, 2011
  • “God Will Make A Way When There Seems To Be No Way” – August 7, 2011
  • “Billy Graham Message at Baltimore Orioles Baseball Stadium, 1984″ “EXCUSES People Give Not to Believe in God or Believe in Jesus Christ” ( Luke 14:15-24) – July 31, 2011
  • “God Always Has the Last Word” – July 24, 2011
  • “Psalm 91 – The Protection of the Lord” – July 17, 2011
  • “People Need the Lord … Here on Earth and for Our Future in Heaven” – July 10, 2011
  • “July 4th Weekend … the ‘FREEDOM’ We Have from Christ and in Christ” – July 3, 2011
  • “Answered Prayer, Part II” – June 26, 2011
  • “Answered Prayer” – June 19, 2011
  • “Comfort from God in All Circumstances” – June 12, 2011
  • “Being THANKFUL in ALL Circumstances” – June 5, 2011
  • “Memorial Day Weekend … Christ Sacrificied Himself for Us” – May 29, 2011
  • “The ‘End of the World and Why It Wasn’t May 21, 2011″ – May 22, 2011
  • “Our Bible … and How Important Are the Words in It to Us” – May 15, 2011
  • “Mary, the Mother of Jesus … and the Song: “Jesus Loves Me'” Mother’s Day” – May 8, 2011
  • “Let’s Look at the Words to the Songs We Sing” – May 1, 2011
  • “EASTER SUNDAY” – April 24, 2011
  • “Palm Sunday – We Are Victorious in Christ” – April 17, 2011
  • “You Are The SALT of The Earth” – April 10, 2011
  • “Water Baptism and Witnessing for Christ” – April 3, 2011
  • “Worshiping God in All His Majesty” Rev. John Genco – March 27, 2011
  • “Be Anxious For Nothing” Guest Speaker: Robert Boutwell, Esquire – March 20, 2011
  • “HEAVEN – and What To Do Until We Get To Heaven, Part II” – March 13, 2011
  • “HEAVEN – and What To Do Until We Get To Heaven, Part I” – March 6, 2011
  • “The Great Commission” – February 27, 2011
  • “To Whom Much is Given, Much Is Required” – February 20, 2011
  • “Hope & Faith …. Never Lose Either of Them, Part II” – February 13, 2011
  • “Hope & Faith .,… Never Lose Either of Them, Part I” – February 6, 2011
  • “God’s Mercy … and the Mercy We Are To Show Others” – January 30, 2011
  • “It’s Friday … But Sunday’s A Comin’ ” – January 23, 2011
  • “God Can Do Great Things Through Ordinary People” – January 16, 2011
  • “Paul … A Dramatic NEW Creation” – January 9, 2011
  • “Be Open To Something NEW from God in 2011″ – January 2, 2011

2010 Sermons

  • “The Birth of Christ…and What That Means For Us Today, Part III” – December 26, 2010
  • “The Birth of Christ … and What That Means For Us Today, Part II” – December 19, 2010
  • “The Birth of Christ … and What That Means For Us Today, Part I” – December 12, 2010
  • “How Great Thou Art” – December 5, 2010
  • “The Book of PROVERBS: Wisdom From God For Our Daily Lives” – November 28, 2010
  • “God Accepts Us Just The Way We Are … But He Seeks To Changes Us.” – November 21, 2010
  • “What Is a “Christian, Part II?” – November 14, 2010
  • “What Is a “Christian? Part I” – November 7, 2010
  • “A Service of Spontaneous Praise and Worship And Laying On Of Hands For The Sick”?” – October 31, 2010
  • “The Meaning Of Life, Now and For Eternity” – October 24, 2010
  • “God Has Made Something Beautiful Of Our Lives” – October 17, 2010
  • “GOD … ALMIGHTY” – October 10, 2010
  • “Our ‘SOULS’ Will Live On After We Physically Die. Are You Prepared for That?” – October 3, 2010
  • “Growing Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Part II. The Parable of the Sower” – September 26, 2010
  • “The Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Part I” – September 19, 2010
  • “The Beauty and Comfort of the PSALMS” – September 12, 2010
  • “What Kind Of EXAMPLES Are We?” – September 5, 2010
  • “What God Expects From His People” – August 29, 2010
  • “Our Faith …. What Is It? How Do We Keep It, Part II” – August 22, 2010

“Our Faith …. What Is It? How Do We Keep It” – August 15, 2010

Matthew 6:25-34; 9:27-30; Luke 7:2-3, 7, 9-10; Romans 1:11-12; 10:16-17
Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 11:1, 6; James 1:24
1 Timothy 6:12; Philemon 6

“We Reap What We Sow … That’s Just The Way It Is In The Kingdom Of God” – August 8, 2010

Romans 15:13; Gal 6:7-10, 19-21, 16-18; 5:22-24; Psalm 94:8-9; Proverbs 22:8
Matthew 5:7, 6; 7:1-2; 18:21-22, 35; 25:14-15, 21
Romans 6:22-23

“… But God, Part II” – August 1, 2010

Exodus 14; 2 Chronicles 20; Psalm 55:1-8, 16-18, 22
Psalm 64:1-7; 66::19; 68:3; Psalm 69:13; 70:4; 79:52
Proverbs 15:1, 22; 19:21; Acts 13:26-31; Revelation 20:7-15

“God Will Make A Way When There Seems To Be No Way” [ “… But God” ] – July 25, 2010

Exodus 14
2 Chronicles 20

“What Our Bible Says About ‘Judging’ Others” – July 18, 2010

Matthew 11:28-30; John 16:33; Phil 4:6-7
Matthew 7:1-5; John 8:1-11; 7:24
Galatians 2:6; 1 Samuel 16:6-7; Hebrews 4:12

“The Importance of our ‘Soul’ ” – July 11, 2010

Psalm 42:1-4, 5, 11; Psalm 63:1, 6-8; Psalm 107:7-8
Isaiah 55:1-3; Mark 16:24-26; Matthew 11:28-30
Psalm 23:1-2; Proverbs 11:30

“The ‘Fatherhood’ of God for You” – July 4, 2010

Matthew 6:6, 29, 33; Luke 23:32-34, Romans 8:15
John 5:17; 6:40; 8:19; 10:14-15, 17; 14:6-9
Psalm 68:4-6

“The ‘Kingdom of God’ and Your Life” – June 27, 2010

Matthew 6:9-20, 6:33, 18:21, 19:24
Luke 17:20-21; John 3:1-7; Matthew 26:36-42; 1 Cor 6:20
Romans 12:4-8; Galatians 5:22, 1 Cor 13:4; Esther 4:12-14

“The ‘Fatherhood’ of God for You” – June 20, 2010

Matthew 6:6, 29, 33; Luke 23:32-34, Romans 8:15
John 5:17; 6:40; 8:19; 10:14-15, 17; 14:6-9
Psalm 68:4-6

“God Is Able … and You Are Too With His Help” – June 13, 2010

Ephesians 3:20-21, 1:18-21; Matthew 9:27-29; Psalm 150:12
Esther 4:12-14; Jeremiah 1:4-8, 18-19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17

“God Works All Things Together for the God
for Those Who Love Him and
Are Called Accounding to His Purpose”

Guest Minister – Dr. Jess Moody – June 6, 2010

Romans 8:28-29

THREE HOMILIES (3 Short Sermons)
1) Memorial Day Memories
2) Paul’s Trials That God Brought Him Through
3) Joseph’s Trials – That God Brought Him Through

May 30, 2010

Galatians 2:20; 1 Timothy 2:56; Hebrews 9:27-28; John 3:16
Job 1:1, 6-12, 20-22; 2:1-10; 14:7, 14; 42;10, 12; Genesis 39:20-23; 41:51; 50:18-20

“Knowing God Through the Book of Psalms – Part II” – May 23, 2010

Psalm 92:1-4; Psalm 93:4; Psalm 94:1; Psalm 103:1-5, 11-13, 19-21
Psalm 109:28; Psalm 112:4-8; Psalm 118:9-0; Psalm 119:89

“Knowing God Through the Book of Psalms – Part I” – May 16, 2010


Psalm 59:9; 60:12; 61:3; 62:1-2, 8; 63:1, 6-8
Psalm 65:2-3; 68:19-20; 69:1-2; 70:5; 71:17
Psalm 72:12-13; 73:23-25, 28; 77:13; 84:1-2, 10; 86:5-7, 11, 15
Psalm 91

“What To Do When ‘Bad News’ or ‘Big Trouble Comes” – May 9, 2010

2 Chronicles 20
“Halal” = “Praise 20:21
Rejoice, Celebrate in the Lord
Philippians 4:6
John 16:33
Psalm 34
2 Corinthians 1:3

“Rest For Our Souls” – May 2, 2010


Jeremiah 6:16
Matthew 11:28
[ subtitled “Rest for the Weary” ]
2 Corinthians 1:3-4, 8-11
2 Corinthians 4:7-8, 16-18
3 John 2
James 5:13
James 1:2-4
Phil 4:6-7

“Draw Near To God … Through Prayer” – April 25, 2010

Let me pose some questions:

1) Do you believe God exists?
2) Do you believe God exists … for you?
3) If you’ve answered “yes” to both these questions, then the next question is:
4) How close are you to God? On a 1 to 10, how would you rate your “closeness” to God?

The Book of Hebrews tells us that we can “Draw Near to God” because Jesus became the means for us to do so. In the Hebrew Scriptures we find that it was only High Priest who could enter the Holy of Holies, once per year, to make atonement for the sin of the people. A curtain separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. When the High Priest sprinkled blood on the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, a cloud would appear … the Shekiah Glory of God … the actual tangible presence of God.

On the cross, when Jesus gave up His spirit, Matthew 27:50-51 says that “…the curtain tore from top to bottom.” The symbolism of this is that by Jesus’ sacrifice of His own blood there now was no need for any more blood sacrifices and anyone could have access to God’s presence, not just the High Priest.

James 4:8 says “Draw Near to God and He Will Draw Near to You.”

Closeness with God is possible, but it does not happen unless me make the effort and take the time.

It is no different that in real life. To be close to someone we must spend time with them, undistracted and focused.

And what is the best and most effective way of drawing close to God?

Through PRAYER!

But what does that mean? How do we pray? What do we pray?

Jesus’ disciples asked Him how they should pray. He answered by reciting what we term
as the Lord’s prayer. (Matthew 6:9-15; Luke 11:1-4) Basically we first are to acknowledge
God and address our sins … before coming to Him with our needs and petitions.

A guideline for Daily Prayer Time With God could include the following:
“Holy Spirit, please guide my praying in harmony with God’s will.”

Followed by:

Thanking God

Acknowledging God, who He is, what He has done for you.

Acknowledging Jesus, who He is, what He has done for you.

Acknowledging the Holy Spirit, who He is, what He has done for you.

Praise and Worship

Confession of Sins

Bible Reading

Praying for Other People (Intercession)

Asking for opportunities to share your faith, as Paul did (Colossians 4:3-4)

Petitioning … Presenting Your Own Needs

Spontaneous Praying

Sitting Quietly, allowing God to speak to You. This occurs most often through the Scriptures. Scripture verses may instruct, correct, give direction, affirm, comfort.
Remember God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9)


Hebrews 10:11-12
Matthew 27:50-51
Hebrews 10:19-22
James 4:8
“Guidelines for Daily Prayer” Handout
Psalm 119:1-2, 15, 18, 24, 59, 97, 105
Joshua 1:6-8 p 331


“After The Resurrection … What Then, Part II?” – April 18, 2010

We read in the Book of Acts, written by Luke, that Jesus was taken up into heaven right before the eyes of many witnesses. But that is not the end of the story. The day will come when He will return … in the same way. No one knows the day, but there will be a second coming of Jesus Christ.

When we talk about forgiveness, the greatest example is that of Jesus on the cross, when he said: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Could we ever have that perspective when we are wronged, insulted, hurt, offended?

There is the example of Stephen in Acts 7:59, who prayed while being stoned: “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

And who was there at the stoning of Stephen? Saul (Acts 8:1).

And what happened to Saul in Acts Chapter 9?

Jesus revealed Himself to Saul, leading to a whole new person with a whole new perspective on life and purpose in life.

Could Stephen’s prayer been instrumental in this dramatic change in Saul’s life? Do sincere forgiving prayers have effects?

We think they do.

The most intractable, incorrigible people can be changed … through the power of the Holy Spirit … change their whole lives. Nothing is impossible with God!
Acts Chapter 10 tells us about Peter’s vision that the Gospel is also for the Gentiles. Looking at the 4 Gospel authors, we find that the Gospel is for everyone.
Matthew was a tax collector, a traitor to his own people. A dishonest unethical man.

Mark was a young man, sent home by Paul for some unknown reason. His gospel speaks in quick concise terms. Action upon action.

Luke a doctor. Methodical. Researched. Studied. Learned.

John a deep thinker. Introspective. The Bill Buckley of his day. His Gospel is often referred to as telling us more about what Jesus meant than what Jesus said.

The 4 Gospel authors couldn’t be more different. Yet each believed in Jesus Christ.

Their differences didn’t stop them from becoming part of the same family. The same thing is true today. We’re all different, yet we all can share the same belief in Jesus Christ.

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison in Acts 12 has many lessons for us.

First, the church was earnestly praying to God for Peter’s predicament.

Second, God rescued Peter in a most unusual and unpredicable way, such that Peter thought he was dreaming.

Third, an obstacle was removed without anything having to be done – an iron gate opened by itself. How many times do we worry about things when they never come to pass after all? How many “What ifs?” consume our thoughts and make us fret … and they never happen?

Fourth, when Peter knocks at the door where the church was staying, they themselves didn’t believe it. Do we ever say “I don’t believe it” when God answers our prayers?
In fact, they were “astonished” (12:16)

We generally don’t know how God will deliver us out of life’s tough situations. All we know is that He will. We don’t know how. We don’t know when. We just know He will … if we continue to trust in Him, leaning not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).

John 20:21-23, 30-31
“Forgiveness” Handout
Acts 1:1-3, 10-11
Acts 7:59-8:1
Acts 10
Peter’s vision that the Gospel also is for Gentiles.
Acts 12:5-17
Acts 13:21-22, 38-39


“After The Resurrection … What Then?” – April 11, 2010

There are many lessons for us in the crucifixion and the resurrection.

First, the attitude of Jesus on the cross. He prayed that God would forgive them who crucified him, saying “They didn’t know what they were doing.” Do we have that same attitude towards those who wrong us, hurt us, take advantage of us, slander us?

When Jesus appeared to His disciples in John 20:19-22 the first directive He gave to
them was to forgive others … something possible through the power of the Holy Spirit
that indwells us.

And are we able to FORGIVE everyone?

Forgiveness is not an option for Christians. Scripture after scripture tells us that we must forgive.

There are many definitions of forgiveness, including

“To Give Up Resentment Against”
“To Stop Being Angry With”
“To Pardon”
“To Give Up Any Claim of Exacting Penalty for an Offense”
“To Overlook Offenses”

Roget’s Thesaurus gives many synonyms for “Forgiveness,” including:

“Act Like A Christian”
“Become Reconciled”
“Bear No Malice”
“Dismiss From the Mind”
“Extend an Olive Branch”
“Let Off the Hook”
“Make Peace”
“Make Allowances For”
“Return Good for Evil”

Evidence of “Unforgiveness” can be seen if one is experiencing of the following:

Ill Will
Shudder At
Look Down Upon
Hard Feelings
Coldness Towards
Get Back At
Tormented By
Make All Hot and Bothered
Slow Burn

FORGIVENESS is foundational for Christians … and one of the first things Jesus instructed His first followers to do. It is something we will always face in our lives for there will be many times we will be slighted, hurt, taken advantage of, wronged.

How do we handle it?

Isaiah 61:1-3
John 20:19-23
Luke 23:32-34
“Forgiveness” Handout
John 20:24-31
Acts 2:32, 3:16-19, 4:33
“Grace” defined
Acts 8:1-4


“Easter Sunday and the Scriptures” – April 4, 2010

What can we learn from the Scriptures at the time of the crucifixion of Jesus?

First there is the passage in Matthew 26 where Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane. “Not my will, but thy will” is still true today for Christians. What we think, what we feel, what we might do or say … if not the same as God’s will … we must seek and yield to God’s will. One simple test of how much we do that is: “How well do we love our enemies?” Do we pray for them, bless the, do good for them, as the Scriptures tell us?

Christianity has 2 annual celebrations, Christmas and Easter. Without the birth of Jesus, there cannot be the cross. Without the cross, there cannot be a resurrection. With a resurrection there is no Christianity. There are many scriptural references to the resurrection of Jesus and there are historical references as well.

But more importantly, what newness in living is evidenced in the changed life of someone who commits their life to Jesus Christ. Is there a real change? Is there “Fruit of the Holy Spirit” as listed in Galatians 5:22 – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self-Control? Those are the marks of disciples of Christ. The scriptures tell us that His disciples will be known by these “Fruit.”

Easter is a day of celebration. God is alive. He is accessible to those who seek Him. He can get involved in our lives personally and we can seek His will. If we are not close to God, guess who moved!

Matthew 21 “The Triumphal Entry”
Matthew 26:36-42
Matthew 27:45-46, 50-51
Isaiah 53:3-7, 10-12
Song: “More Than Wonderful”
Acts 1:3-11
Josephus quote from “Antiquity of the Jews”
1 Corinthians 15:3-8, 14-17
Song: “Because Of Who You Are”


“Palm Sunday and the Scriptures” – March 28, 2010

Matthew 21:1-10
Matthew 22:1-10,14
Matthew 22:34-40
Matthew 23: Woe to Hypocrites
Matthew 24: End Times
Matthew 24:30, 36
Matthew 25: Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25: Sheep and Goats
Matthew 25:35-40


“Wisdom from Jesus in the Gospel of John during Passover” – March 21, 2010

John 13:1
John 12:37,42-43
John 13:12-15, 34-35
John14:6-7, 25-27,
John 15:8 (Galatians 5:22)
John 15:12
John 16:33
John 17:15-17

“I Was Lost and Now I’m Found” – March 14, 2010

Luke 19:28
Luke 18:1, 9-14
Romans 3:21
Luke 18:15-17
1 Corinthians 13:11
Luke 18:18, 24-27, 31
Luke 19:1,8-10
Acts 4:12

“The Majesty of God and the Mystery of Christ” – March 7, 2010

Genesis 1:1, 3, 9, 11, 20, 24, 26
Genesis 2:1
Job 38:4-5, 35-36, 39:19, 26-27
Job 40:1-4, 42:1-3
Psalm 86:5
Psalm 94:9-11, 19
Psalm 139:1-4, 13
Matthew 11:28-30
Colossians 1:25-27
1 Peter 1:18-20


“Our God is a God of HOPE” – February 28, 2010

Psalm 46:1-3, 10
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8
Psalm 68:19
Psalm 112:1,4-8
Psalm 130:5-7
Romans 4:18-22
Romans 15:4, 13
Hebrews 11:1
Psalm 42:5,11

“The Holy Spirit, Our Comforter” – February 14, 2010

Genesis 1:1-2
Isaiah 11:1
John 16:8-15
2 Thessalonians 2:13
Galatians 5:22
John 3:1-8


“LET’S Just PRAISE THE LORD” – February 7, 2010

Ps 113:1-3 (Halal)
Ps 117:1-2 (Shabach )
Ps 138:1 (Yadah) v2 (Zamar) v4 (Yadah)
Psalm 138:7-8
Ps 145:1 (Tehillah) Title
145:1-2 (Halal)
145:3 (Shabach)
145:21 (Tehillah)
Psalm 42:1-4 Thanksgiving (Towdah)
Judges 5:1-3 (v 2 Barak)
Lev 19:24 (H’illuwl)
Celebration of thanksgiving for harvest
Psalm 150: (Halal)


“Pray For Me and I’ll Pray For You Too.” – January 31, 2010

Luke 23:32-34
His Tormentors.
Those Who Did not recognize Him.
Those Who Did not recognize their own wickedness.
Those Who Were Blind to the truth.
Acts 2:22-23; 36-38, 41
Acts 7:59
Acts 9: Saul
Luke 6:27-28
Prov 25:21-22
2 Cor 1:8-11
Eph 6:20
James 5:13-16

“God Knows You Like No One Else Knows You” – January 24, 2010

Psalm 139
Jeremiah 23:23
Psalm 73:23
Psalm 23
Psalm 51
Psalm 56:8
Exodus 32:31-32
Daniel 7:9-10
Daniel 12:1
Phil 4:3
Revelation 3:5
Revelation 20:11-15
Revelation 21:27


“Trusting God … No Matter What” – January 10, 2010

Daniel 3:1, 6, 16-18, 24-28
[ see Daniel Introduction ]
Psalm 28:6
Psalm 40:1-4
Psalm 56:3-4
[ Song by the Rev. John and Ruth Genco ]
Prov 3:5
Mark 4:35
John 16:33