Getting Caught Up!

Hello Believers! As the title clearly indicates, I am finally getting caught up on publishing June sermons! My internet at home is painfully slow, and it takes days (quite literally) to upload a sermon from my iPad, to my Dropbox, and then to YouTube. By God’s grace, however (and the virtue of patience), two Sunday sermons are now complete and the links are below! The first is “Trinity Sunday,” and the second is “A Child of God.” I hope you enjoy watching them, are edified by them, and are willing to both comment and share your thoughts or how the Spirit inspired and moved you by what you heard.

Blessings,
Pastor Steve

June 11 Sermon – Trinity Sunday

June 25 Sermon – A Child of God

The Spirit Gives Gifts!

Hello Bridge Families! This past Sunday’s sermon is uploaded! CLICK HERE to view and share!

This past Sunday the Church celebrated Pentecost, the arrival of the promised Advocate, who would empower the Apostles then and in every generation to fulfill Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations! The Spirit not only creates a hope in us for an eternal future with God, but also gives us the gifts for a real transformation now, right here, as we live out our days on earth.

The truth is that each of us is given the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit promised by the prophet Isaiah (11:2-3) of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, fear of the Lord, and a delight in doing God’s will, at baptism when we are filled with the same Holy Spirit that filled the Apostles at Pentecost! (Acts 2:1-21) Those gifts of the Spirit make us “other Christs” to the hungry, thirsty, broken, depressed, and “thrown away” people of our day and age in just the same way that Christ was present to heal the disenfranchised of His day. We, no less than Him, are called to bring the Good News that there is a better way, forgiveness of sins, and salvation for all who call on the name of the Lord!

Everyone of us who make up the body of Christ is given some special grace and gift to build up the body of Christ–that Christ might be more present in every generation through the building up of the Body. (1 COR 12:3-13) The Kingdom of God is indeed growing and expanding and everyone of us is essential to its growth. Use your gifts and make Christ present to someone in need today. Jesus promised that if we come to Him thirsty, if we believe in Him and drink deeply of His Spirit, then “rivers of living water will flow out from within” us. (John 7:37-39). We become the living water and bring refreshment to the souls of all we encounter. Only then, having drank deeply of Christ and become a blessing to others, will we fulfill His commandment to love God and neighbor, and to spread the Good News to all nations.

Have a blessed week and use your gifts!

Jesus Ascended…be patient!

I’m excited to say that this past Sunday’s sermon is now uploaded! Things tend to take a bit longer when I’m trying to upload video from home. Now that the school year is over, I edit and upload without the luxury of school district WiFi which is considerably faster than my residential version. All that to say…thank you for being patient! CLICK HERE for the video. A short summary follows.

Incidentally, patience was the focus on this past Sunday’s message. Jesus knows that he is going away and the disciples want to know, “Are we there yet?!” Jesus’ answer to their impatience is two-fold. First he tells them that the time the Father has set for the restoration of Israel is the Father’s business and not for them to know or worry about. In other words, we don’t need to know everything the Father knows, that would make us a know-it-all (also the temptation that drew our First Parents into sin), but instead we must strive to be “trust-at-all-times” kind of people. We should let God be God and TRUST that God’s plan is indeed unfolding in our lives and that the whole of creation is journeying toward a deeper knowledge of Him as the Kingdom grows like a mustard seed!

Secondly, Jesus tells his disciples that since they’re not driving the car, they should sit back, enjoy the ride, and not worry about when they’re going to get there. Wisely, Jesus knows our impatience and gives us something to do in anticipation of His return. He tells His disciples that he’s going to send the Holy Spirit and with the power of that Spirit they will tell everyone about Him! That’s our job. That’s it: Receive the Spirit and Spread the Good News!

According to Ephesians 1:15, we will be filled with wisdom and understanding, our hearts will be flooded with light, we must strive to understand God’s power, and then tell people everywhere about the forgiveness of sins and salvation through Christ Jesus, the Lord and Savior. Simple right? We don’t have to know everything, we have to be faithful, trustworthy, courageous, and willing to share what Jesus has done for us, and what He can do for others.

 

Blessings,

Pastor Steve

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hey there Bridge family! What a wonderful service this past Sunday! Thank you to Deb and Justyn for the great job leading worship! Good stuff. My sermon recognized that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (JN 14:6), and our mothers are the first heralds of that truth to their children. Just as babies crave milk, so too do our souls crave spiritual milk. Thank you to all those moms revealing to us in the way that they sacrifice, speak the truth, and give life, the goodness of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ.

I have the Mother’s Day sermon all uploaded and ready to share! If you missed it, want it to share with others, or just want to see it again, click here. See you next Sunday!

Pastor Steve

May 7 Sermon Uploaded!

Hi Bridge Family! I’m always so impressed with the high quality worship service that comes together each Sunday! From worship to prayers, to the Lord’s Supper, and the children’s ministry. So much good being done by so such a small but faithful community of believers. I’m humbled by your love and commitment to The Bridge. I have uploaded this past Sunday’s message for anyone who missed it. Please feel free to share with those who might benefit from it.

In His Grip,

Pastor Steve

 

Sunday Sermon Uploaded!

Hi Everyone! Thank you so much for a great worship experience this past Sunday! A special thanks to Katy, Yohan, and Guilherme for their service to The Bridge! Worship was AMAZING! Also, thank you to Suzie and Edee for their work with the kids. I loved the fish (and the ninja turtle)!

I’ve uploaded Sunday’s sermon for your viewing pleasure. You can go to the sermons page to see it, or simply click this link. See you this Sunday! Don’t forget the leadership meeting following the service, and that we’ll be celebrating the Lord’s Supper! Yeah!

Blessings,
Pastor Steve

Sermons Uploaded!

Hello Everyone! I’m excited to say that I was able to get both the Easter message and this past Sunday’s message uploaded to YouTube and embedded into our website. You can follow this link to view them and/or share them with others. Also, Justin has made some significant changes to the logo in light of some great feedback on the first go-around. Standby for another round of voting and feedback! In the meantime, be blessed, know that you are a child of God whose worth is immeasurable and quite beyond comprehension. I’ll see you this Sunday!

 

Blessings,
Pastor Steve