2003

Howard with sons, Wes & Brad
at Sanibel Island, 1977
 

 From the Files:

It was the middle of the summer.  We loaded our family in an old station wagon, the one with wood paneling down the side, and headed to Florida for a vacation.  About ten miles into the trip, we heard the chant that all parents hear when they take children on vacation.  "Are we there yet?  How much longer?"  "If you ask once more I'll tape your mouth shut forever!"  You know, normal family conversation.

Then about 50 miles into the trip, our ten year old son Wes, posed a question I can never forget.  "Dad, when we get to where we're going, where will we be?"  Do you ever ask that question?

Our founder John Wesley said, "I want to know one thing, the way to heaven--how to land on that happy shore."  WHEN I GET TO WHERE I AM GOING, I WILL BE RESURRECTED TO LIFE.  So I live in the glad and glorious assurance that when I reach my final destination, disease will be conquered, pain will be eliminated, and people will live at peace forevermore.

For when I get to where I'm going
There'll be only happy tears
I will shed the sins and sorrows
I have carried all these years
And I'll leave my heart wide open
I will love and have no fear
For when I get to where I'm going
Don't cry for me down here!

 

Sermons

January 5, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About me?

     Matthew 2:1-12 Text Document 


January 12, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About Modern Churches?

     Mark 1:4-11 Text Document 


January 19, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About the Marginalized?

     Mark 1:21-28 Text Document 


February 2, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About Materialism?

     Luke 12:13-21 Text Document 


February 9, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About Marriage?

     Matthew 19:3-12 Text Document 


February 16, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About Medical Care?

     Mark 2:1-12 Text Document


February 23, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About War?

     Matthew 5:1-12 Text Document 


March 2, 2003

What Would Jesus Say?

     What Would Jesus Say About the Media?

     Mark 9:1-9 Text Document 


March 16, 2003

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

     The Kingdom for Which We Long

     Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Text Document 


March 23, 2003

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

     The Bread We Daily Need

     Luke 11:1-10 Text Document 


March 31, 2003

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

     The Forgiveness Which Oils the Human Machine

     Matthew 6:5-15 Text Document 


April 6, 2003

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

     The Power to Resist Temptation

     1 Corinthians 10:13-17 Text Document 


April 13, 2003

Lord, Teach Us To Pray

     The One in Whom We Glory

     John 12:12-19 Text Document


April 17, 2003

Maundy Thursday

     Can You Watch for One Hour?

     Matthew 26:36-46 Text Document


April 20, 2003

The Building Blocks of Belief

     Let Go of the Stone

     Mark 16:1-8 Text Document


April 27, 2003

The Building Blocks of Belief

     We Believe in Jesus Christ

     John 20:19-31 Text Document 


May 4, 2003

The Buliding Blocks of Belief

     We Believe in the Holy Spirit

     John 14:15-18, 25-27 Text Document


May 11, 2003

The Building Blocks of Belief

     We Believe in the Church Universal

     Matthew 16:13-26 Text Document 


May 18, 2003

The Building Blocks of Belief

     We Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins

     1 John 1:5-22 Text Document 


May 25, 2003

The Buliding Blocks of Belief

     We Believe in Life Everlasting

     John 11:17-27 Text Document 


June 8, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     Come, Holy Spirit, Come

     Psalms 104:24-34 Text Document 


June 15, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     When God Speaks

     Psalms 29 Text Document 


June 22, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     The Constant God in a Changing World

     Psalms 48 Text Document 


June 29, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     Crying Out of the Depths

     Psalms 130 Text Document 


July 6, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     My Country, Is It of Thee?

     Psalms 9:9-20 Text Document 


July 13, 2003

The Psalms for Today

     Who Can Stand on Holy Ground?

     Psalms 24 Text Document 


August 10, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Building A Life That Really Matters: An Invitation

     Matthew 19:16-26 Text Document 


August 17, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Convening a Construction Crew: Nobody Builds Alone

     Acts 2:42-47 Text Document 


August 24, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Engaging the Master Designer

     Psalms 139:1-18 Text Document 


August 31, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Foundations are Critical

     Matthew 7:24-29 Text Document 


September 7, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Using the Best Materials

     Galatians 5:16-26 Text Document 


September 14, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     The High Price of Short Cuts

     Luke 12:13-21 Text Document 


September 21, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Furninshing It with Love

     1 John 4:7-18 Text Document 


September 28, 2003

Christians Under Construction

     Let the Living Begin

     John 10:1-10 Text Document


December 7, 2003

The Mystery at the Manger

     Whose Child is This?

     Matthew 1:1-17 Text Document


December 14, 2003

The Mystery at the Manger

     How Can This Be?

     Luke 1:26-38 Text Document


December 21, 2003

The Mystery at the Manger

     What Power Has He?

     Luke 2:1-7 Text Document


December 24, 2003

The Mystery at the Manger

     Come to Bethlehem and See

     Luke 2:8-20 Text Document


December 28, 2003

     About Whose Business was He?

     Luke 2:41-52 Text Document