Celebrating Mother's Day


Rev. Lon Lorton

May 13, 2018

1 Kings 3:16-27

Only God has more love for children than a mother.  You cannot be willfully wrong with your mother and be right with God.

Ways to Love Your Mother:

  • Verbally
  • Physically
  • Patiently
  • Attentively
  • Gratefully
  • Generously
  • Honorably

"Before I Was a Mom," author unknown

Before I was a mom, I made and ate hot meals.  I had unstained clothing.  I had quiet conversations on the phone with other adults.  Before I was a mom, I brushed my hair and teeth every day, and I didn't worry about whether my plants were poisonous or not.  Before I was a mom, I never held down a screaming child so the doctor could give him a shot in the arm.  I never looked into teary eyes and cried myself.  And a toothless grin never made me happy.

Before I was a mom, I never sat up all night just watching a child sleep.  Before I was a mom, I never held a sleeping baby in my arms just because I didn't want to put her down.  I never felt my heart break because I could not stop their hurt.  Before I was a mom, I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby.  I never knew that something so small could affect my whole being so much.  I didn't know the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache, the wonderfulness, or the satisfaction of being a mom.  I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much.

Time to Grow Up


Rev. Lon Lorton

May 6, 2018

1 Peter 1:22 - 2:8

We need to grow up.

  • Little children have unstable emotions.
  • Little children are insecure.
  • Little children are possessive.
  • Little children are gullible.

What does it mean to grow up?

  • We show sincere brotherly love.
  • We love one another earnestly from pure hearts.
  • We put away all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander.

How do we grow up?

We grow up by growing in the Word.

  • By showing obedience to God's Word.
  • By receiving nourishment from God's Word.
  • By building our lives on Jesus (who is God's Word).

We grow up by knowing the Word of God is all about the Gospel.

We grow up by realizing the Word of God is alive.

1 Peter 2:2 tells us to "long for the pure milk of the Word."  Pure means undiluted.  If we aim for that in this world, we will show how alien we are as Christians.  Some would say we need to change the Bible, instead of understanding it is God's intent for the Bible to change us.


Time to Be Holy


Rev. Lon Lorton

April 22, 2018

1 Peter 1:13-21

Living in a foreign place gives us options.

  • We can try to be immigrants.
  • We can behave like tourists.
  • We can consider ourselves to be in exile (Jeremiah 29:4-5,7).
  • We might even consider ourselves to be ambassadors.

Peter urges us to be prepared and sober minded.

  • Culture shock is a reality.

Be holy.

  • Peter doesn’t stop there.  “Be holy, like God is holy!”

Holiness defined:

  • Separate from the norm, unique.

Getting the power to be holy (1 Peter 1:17-20).

  • Only through Jesus.
  • Only if there’s a desire to hear and please God.

The Shema: Listen and Obey


Rev. Rob Wilson

April 22, 2018

The notes and video for today's sermon can be found on the websites of Tim Mackie and The Bible Project.

I Believe That I Don't Belong Here


Rev. Lon Lorton

April 15, 2018

1 Peter 1:1-9

Introduction to 1st Peter:

  • A letter from an original disciple of Jesus
  • A letter from a friend to friends, all enduring trials and tribulations

As aliens, we do not belong here (verse 1).

  • Elect = chosen
  • Exiles = Aliens, sojourners, foreigners
  • In this world but not of this world

We have a living hope (verse 3).

  • Our living hope is connected to the resurrected Jesus.
  • We ask, "Why does bad stuff happen to good people?"  God's Word replies, "There are no good people, no not one."  (Romans 3:10)
  • Our only hope is resurrection - a focus beyond the scope of this world.

In the midst of testing by fire (verse 7)

  • Trials act as the burning away of the dross.

Our hope is in Christ (verses 7-9).

  • Our hope is in a God we cannot see right now, but whose face we will stare into throughout eternity.

What else but resurrection could transform Peter?

What else but resurrection could transform us?