Catch up on previous sermons by Dr. Chris White by following the links below.
June 29th, 2014, Why We Fail: Jacob
The failure of Jacob was to dismiss his place as a second-born. He did not seem to believe that one could be second-born and still be fully in God’s will and providential placement.
May 22, 2014, Then and Now
We should be known as a people who do what is right, even when it is difficult. More than just telling people about God’s righteousness, we are willing to reflect some of it.
Mother's Day 2014, Standing Near the Cross
The story of Mary near the cross of Jesus reminds us that the crosses of a mother’s child are the crosses of the mother.
May 4th, 2014, After Easter: Empowering
In this community of the Trinity of God, Spirit speaks to Father on your behalf with His knowing and it is received as a Father receives all news of a child.
April 27th, 2014, A Commision
We must share the peculiar work of the gospel in our own lives.What you and I know of Jesus in unique ways is important.
April 20th, 2014, Resurrection: A Doubter’s Paradise
If God wants us to believe in a resurrection account, be fruitful, and live in Christ, then he has to take doubters seriously.
April 20th, 2014, Saying No to the World
The call on Jesus’ life was to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God that included death on a cross. The call on our lives is to deny self and embrace faithfulness to God.
April 6th, 2014, Table Temptations
The temptation in sin is to feel that you’ve crossed a line and cannot come back. But Jesus calls for us to return.
March 30, 2014, When God Breaks Rules
We may think of God as the great rule maker and punisher of the rule breakers. But there is this other side of God we see through Jesus in the gospels.
March 16, 2014, A Benefactor
There is everything wrong with wanting someone to seize and solve all your struggles, but there is nothing wrong with seeking God for the people who can help with the struggles.
March 2, 2014, Persecuted for Righteousness
There is a measure of righteousness, or true faithfulness to God, that is an affront to the world, to our community, to our church, and even to our families.
February 23, 2014, Blessed Are The Peacemakers
The peace of Christ in our own hearts is the only way we can share the peace of Christ with our home, our church, and our nation.
February 16, 2014, Happiness According to Jesus: From the Heart
We need to clean from our hearts this notion that our real hope is to be discovered being faithful rather than just being faithful.
February 9, 2014, Happiness According to Jesus: Mercy
What we give in mercy in this world is tied to the mercy God will give us in the world to come.
January 19, 2014, Blessed Are They That Mourn
Beatitudes require us to put words together that do not seem to fit in the same sentence, and it is hard to put mourning and sorrow in the same box with blessed or happy.
January 12, 2014, Happiness According to Jesus
We revisit stories of Jesus’ arrest, beatings, rejection, abandonment, and crucifixion because Jesus has shown us that we have a greater need than for the powers of this world to be on our side.
January 5, 2014, Last Meal, First Meal
God has set a table before us. It is up to use whether we eat or do not eat. Are you hungry enough to eat? Thirsty enough to drink?
December 22nd, 2013, Christmas Child: Common Stories
The Christmas stories remind us that God’s glory is glorious enough. We need not become glorious in the world’s eyes for God’s glory to be glorious enough.
December 15th, 2013, Christmas: A Story with a Crisis
God did not choose the way of obvious power. Jesus was vulnerable when delivered bare as an infant and he was vulnerable when laid bare by his executioners.
December 8th, 2013, Birth of Jesus: Small Town
We know, on the one hand, the graceful power of familiarity when following God in a hometown.We also know, however, the pitfalls of familiarity when following God in a hometown.
December 1th, 2013, Jesus and His Birth: A Story
God’s story of redemption through Jesus brought real and full change on those participating in it.When God enters your story, He is bringing you into His story.
November 24th, 2013, What Does This Mean?
When our own children or neighbors watch an act of faith and ask “What does this mean?”, Jesus Christ crucified is the answer. Our gratitude is the answer..
November 17th, 2013, Seek First His Kingdom
We seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and rest in our anxiety about second things, knowing God will provide them.
November 3rd, 2013, Lonely Walk of Faith
If we only walk as far as people will go along, then we’ll never walk as far as God asks. We have to go a little farther.
October 28, 2013, Too Good for Anybody’s Good
Is it possible that doing good is not always good? Yes, it’s very possible. And we who take doing good seriously should pay close attention to the parable.
September 15, When Does God Come In?
Our question: When does God come in? Is He welcome at the crash? Ironically, we only find God’s great work in Christ when we have truly crashed. Here we find forgiveness.
September 8, Shepherd and King
What can God do with your life in the daylight if He has no influence in your life in the darkness?Walk with Him when you are at the end of your strength.Watch your strength begin to rise.
September 1, 2013 Expectations of God?
Unmet expectations are a drag, whether we’re talking about a movie or a marriage, but when you tie expectations to something holy, like God and church, you are not prepared for disappointment.
August 11th, 2013 Two Sides of Salvation
God’s grace is there and requires an answer. Are you ready to answer the call of grace?
August 11th, 2013 Two Sides of Salvation
God’s grace is there and requires an answer. Are you ready to answer the call of grace?
August 4th, 2013 Great Steps of Faith: “Sinner”
Ultimately what we find in Sinners and the sins—be it you, me, or someone else—is God’s reason for coming near. God’s love for Sinners (and sinners) is our first step of faith.
July 28, 2013 Judgement Day and the Book of Life
The Book of Life is not a vote for the most faithful among us. It is God’s list, and real people who populate it. It is true, authoritative, and final.There are only two outcomes in this judgment.
July 21, 2013 Exchanges 3 - Already or Not Yet
Some people speak of faith in Christ as an event that has already happened, Others speak of faith as an event still unfolding. Both are right, but there are risks for both.
July 14, 2013 Exchanges 2 - Making Disciples
Everyday people are inspired to take risks for reward, but nothing like the inspiration in what Christians call the Great Commission.
July 7, 2013 Exchanges for Christ
Familiar ideas and valued identities are regularly exchanged in the process of growing more like Christ. And it is not always an easy exchange.
June 30, 2013 Josiah - The One Man Revival
If ever you have discounted your own faith as “just me” or discounted yourself as one who does not have the right genealogy for the great things of God, you have to read this story.
June 23, 2013 Simple Answers
Out of pride we are tempted to look for those we deem important, stable, with connections in our way forward. But God very often moves us closer to Him through simple people and simple answers.
June 16, 2013 Father and father
For all that a great dad can do, he cannot know you and interact with you on the level of your heart and your faith. But your Father in heaven can.
June 9, 2013 Ahab and Jezebel - Two Eulogies
In the Final Eulogy, We will face the same two questions Ahab will face. What did we do with our privileges and whose favor did we seek?
June 2, 2013 Characters and Character: Elijah
It is hard to fully appreciate the role of Elijah in both the Scriptures and in the history of Jews and Christians. From him we can learn that the work of God is larger than your life.
April 28, 2013 Marching Order for The Road for Faith
First consider your company as you march, set your eyes on Jesus and follow like those running a race, and remember the privilege of discipline.
April 21, 2013 Anchors Aweigh?
Is a believer in Christ secure or are you only as good with God as you are good?
April 14, 2013 A Unique Faithfulness
The unique faithfulness in Jesus toward you and me is the reason God expects in return a unique faithfulness toward Jesus.
April 7, 2013 A Different Kind of Confidence
Jesus' death on the cross for our sins is his argument on our behalf. It is a bad case before a tough judge, but it is a great argument. This is why we approach the throne of grace with confidence.
March 24, 2013 Why we Follow Jesus
We follow Jesus because He has pity on us, He intercedes with His Father for us, and He is able to take us from earths hell to Gods Heaven.
March 17, 2013 Little Sins
There are no little sins. A little kiss in the hands of Satan is more than a kiss. As with Judas, one person’s disobedience is enough to bring down even the most virtuous friend or enemy.
March 10, 2013 A Banquet Now
The offer from God in Christ should look to us as the host’s offer of a banquet in the parable. The offer to follow God in Christ, to sit at the table with Him, to walk with Him, is to be taken as the invitation of all invitations.
March 3, 2013 The Threat of The Cross
Jesus tells us that the only way we can find salvation is to quit trying to save ourselves...
February 24, 2013 Worship and Silence
An extraordinary act of faith like fasting means little if it is not marked by ordinary faithfulness.
February 17, 2013 Worship: Hope
God’s care for us is beyond our mental grid. We tend to believe God can only do what we can do or only do as much through us as we can do on our best days. He is not limited as we are limited.
February 10, 2013 Worship as Inspiration
We’ll never get past our need for a sacred story. And we’ll never get past our need for people to share a sacred story with the world. In Isaiah 6 we have that story.
January 20, 2013 A Labor of Love 3
The great turn in Deuteronomy six is the call to love the Lord your God. More than fear Him and hope for reward, love Him as you fulfill these commands.
January 13, 2013 A Labor of Love 2
Our obedience to God is linked to a compassionate, just relationship with people.
January 6, 2013 A Labor of Love
This labor of love is not empty. God meets you in His commands. Are you willing to trust Him today with your life, concretely displayed?
December 23, 2012 Expectations of the Messiah: High, Great, and Obvious
Don’t think God is in such a hurry to get you to a place where you no longer need Him; where you no longer look back on times when there was provision and He clearly provided for you.
December 9, 2012 Expectations of the Messiah: Complications
A fair number of rules were broken to get Jesus into the world, and the world is never an easy place when rules are being broken. So maybe it is worth noting on our own road with complications.
December 2, 2012 Expectations of the Messiah: Faith
Faith may require more than we anticipate. We want faith in Christ to be manageable, predictable, but Christ is not managed and his call is not predictable.
November 18, 2012 A Cloudy Day - The Book of Ecclesiastes
You should be reminded that you are in the minor leagues when it comes to cynics. There was one who came before you, and he has penned an entire book of the Bible with his frustrations. The man is King Solomon and the book is Ecclesiastes.
Oct 21st, 2012 Leviticus - When Fires Fail
Although we believe that the whole Bible is inspired by God, Leviticus’ density and concern with tabernacle sacrifices may lead you to the “I” word: irrelevant.
Sep 30th, 2012 - Reading the Book of Job
Satan’s point is that it is one thing to believe in God when all is going well, but will anyone, even the most righteous, hold on when it appears that God is no longer making your life prosperous? In other words, IS GOD A MEANS TO AN END?
Sep 23th, 2012 - The Psalms: More than Wallpaper
We gain nothing by reading the Psalms as if we’re afraid of slivers. The psalms need to be held and handled with our bare hands.
Sep 16th, 2012 - A Story Behind Paul's Letters 1 & 2 Corinthians
What’s wrong at Corinth? What’s wrong in a congregation when people who are loved and uniquely gifted by God cannot see others as loved and uniquely gifted by God? What’s missing when faithful people have to defend themselves?
Sep 9th, 2012 - Family, Betrayel, and Opportunity
Every act of God’s forgiveness changes us, and moves us closer to Christ. But every act of forgiving others moves us closer to Christ as well. And sometimes it moves others closer to Christ.
Sep 2nd, 2012 - The Road That Leads to God
In God’s hand, every road that led Joseph from family was actually a road that led toward reunion. Do we need to reconsider favor? Do we need to reconsider separations? Do we need to reconsider setbacks?
Aug 26th, 2012 - Between the Mountains of Regret and Redemption
The better part of Christian faith requires that we confess the pride and selfishness that sabotaged the past and offer humility and faith for the future.
Aug 19th, 2012 - The Struggle with Providence and Patience
So how do we negotiate the wait? How do we live with the tension of providence and patience, God’s timing and the passing of time?
Aug 12th, 2012 - God and the "Disqualified"
Much of what you consider disqualifications for faith, for service, for hope, God might consider fertile soil for grace.
Aug 5th, 2012 - Genesis: The Ancient Modern Story I
The human drive to seize salvation by our own means.