Attitude Adjustment

Attitude Adjustment

SERIES OVERVIEW

I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

I really want to take control of my life. If I had my way, every step on the journey would fall exactly into proper place. Few of them do, though. The reason so many of us feel like our lives are out of control is…they are. Time has taught us a painful truth: there is very little in our lives we can actually command. What if there was one thing we could control that impacted everything we couldn’t? Imagine controlling the one thing that impacts everything? Controlling my one thing this Sunday at Mendham Hills – it’s time for an attitude adjustment.

Sermon Description

All of us, in one way or another, are in need of an attitude adjustment – but where do we begin? How about with the worst kind of attitude? The one attitude that all of us share, the one we hate in others but refuse to see in ourselves. There is no attitude that makes one more unpopular, and the more we have it ourselves, the more we dislike it in others. It is, as C.S. Lewis wrote, “the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began and leads to every other vice.” Yeah, lets start with changing that one – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

All Things New

All Things New

SERIES OVERVIEW

We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

We’ve spent the winter looking at our Origins; it’s time to look at our Destination. Where does our story end? What happens at my end? Our fear of death is supercharged by the fear of the unknown. What if it could be known? What if you knew what it will be already? Despite what you have been told, you are not getting wings, a harp, and going to an eternal church service in the sky. It is so, so much better than that and when you understand what will happen there, it will change forever how you live here. Come find out why you won’t wind up in heaven and discover a hope that can conquer any fear.

Sermon Description

One of the things I loved about being a dad was introducing my kids to new experiences – their first ball game, first amusement park, first ride on a plane. Of course, not every first was fun. There were also first shots, first stitches, first funerals. One common question they had that put every fear to rest and built up hope for what was coming was, “Dad, what will it be like?” Jesus proclaimed our great hope was not merely what was in heaven, but the “renewal of all things.” And so, in order to have our fears flee and our hope grow, the question rings out from our childlike hearts, “What will it be like?” Fight fear and build hope, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Origins

Origins

SERIES OVERVIEW

It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

Sermon Description

The word “genesis” and the word “gene” or “genetic” are the same word. Everything in you is determined by your genetic code. So, too, is everything in history – it is merely a playing out of our shared genes, which are exposed so clearly in this book of origins. Ever feel like most of your life, you are just waiting for “the other shoe to drop,” or that there is trouble lurking, waiting to pounce on you, your family, or your dreams? Yeah, Genesis explains that, too. The enemy is crouching at your door – learn how to escape this Sunday at Mendham Hills!

Sermon Description

I can remember one of my first toys being a Noah’s Ark play set. Thousands of years post-flood, and Noah and his animals are as ubiquitous as ever. Most of us think we know the story; most of us don’t. If we did, if we understood it, it’s about the last story we would read at bedtime. The real story of Noah is one replete with death, destruction, family dysfunction, sexual innuendo, generational curses, sexism, racism, and lots of ancient (and not-so-ancient) lessons about life for people like you and me. A look at what happened when God started over – Noah, the “grown-up” version, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

This Super Bowl Sunday, the question begs answering again: Does defense really win championships, or is it all about offense? For many of us, life mimics football, offering us the same two choices regarding how we live. Some of us are hard-chargers, modern day warriors grabbing life by the horns. Others of us have been so beat up that it’s much more about caution, safety and protection. Should life be lived on offense, defense, or is there another way? Life lessons from a Nimrod, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

Frank Sinatra’s iconic ballad roars, and our independent, 21st Century hearts soar as we join in the chorus. Yet, if we are honest, doing it “my way” sometimes leads to “my mess.” Is there another way? A better way? This Sunday, a look at “Father Abraham,” the mess of his ways, the mess of our ways, and the better way.

Sermon Description

Influence – all of us have some and most of us want more. As adults, we fight for it, and as parents, we worry about it. Who are you intentionally influencing? Maybe a more interesting question is who are you unintentionally influencing and how? As we look back at our history, our shared nature, the question arises as to the impact of nurture and influence in our lives. Do I do what I do because they did what they did? The power of influence in our lives and over our lives this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Some of us spend our lives trying to be like someone else. Others of us spend our lives trying to be what someone else told us we should be. Still others wrestle years away trying to “find themselves.” Most of us fade into our golden years with regret and wonder – who is the me I was meant to be? Discovering ourselves, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We cannot control much of what happens to us. We convince ourselves that we can and we spend much of our time attempting to maintain this facade. But the reality is that all of us, at one time or another, will find ourselves in places of brokenness, betrayal, or abuse. And so we have to ask, “What does it look like to bear fruit here?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can God possibly use this for His good purposes?” Join us this Sunday at Mendham Hills as we look at the final character in Origins and reflect on what he learned in the land of his affliction.

New Year’s

New Year’s

SERIES OVERVIEW

Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions. As resolution, as commonly defined, is a firm decision to stop or start doing something. The problem is, for most of us, that decision turns out to not be all that firm. What if this year, we replace resolutions with a revolution – a literal overthrow and replacement of the “old you.” Is that even possible? This New Year’sSunday at Mendham Hills, we will present to you the tools and an incredible new free gift to prepare you for the battle. Too much is at stake for all of us to simply roll into 2018 without a plan for change – come this Sunday and discover yours.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Vintage Christmas

Vintage Christmas

SERIES OVERVIEW

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Remember Christmas the way it used to be? The lights, the garland, the hope? It seems that hope has gone the way of tinsel…something that used to be a part of Christmas, but today seems kind of outdated. Is it still possible for the reality of Christmas morning to meet the expectations of Christmas Eve? Join us as we launch a Christmas trip through the decades, exploring the promise of Christmas. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sermon Description

He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God…how mighty? One of the reasons Christmas hope has gone the way of tinsel is that we have lost our sense of awe and wonder! The Bible teaches that in response to what God was up to at Christmas, “even the angels stood amazed as they watched these events unfold.” Has the story of Christmas lost its amazement factor for you? Perhaps it’s time to stand in awe again. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, join us as we discover just how great, just how awesome, just how mighty this infant lying in a manger really is and why His promise can still change your world.

Sermon Description

The prophet Isaiah foresaw the completed promise of God: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father…” This newborn king would not merely be a reflection of your earthly father, but the revelation of a perfect father. This prophecy carries with it the promise of adoption, sonship and inheritance. If you have ever had your breath taken away by a Christmas gift, just wait until you glimpse the inheritance coming for the heirs of God.

In God We Trust

In God We Trust

SERIES OVERVIEW

“In God We Trust.” Really? For most of us, it’s more like, “In God We Wish,” or, “In God We Have a Backup Plan.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to trust God with things you can’t control (where, really, you have no choice anyway…) or with the things that cost you little? Perhaps there is no greater irony than printing “In God We Trust” on our money because the truth is that our money is so often where we place our greatest trust. The Bible speaks of prayer approximately 500 times. There are less than 500 verses on faith. Money, however, is referenced over 2,000 times. In fact, 15% of the recorded words of Jesus are about money. Why? Because there is no greater suitor for your heart or threat to your soul than money. So, in whom or in what do you trust? Time to discover where our treasure really is (and our hearts) as we take a very practical look at what Jesus would not ignore – our money.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

“In God We Trust.” Really? For most of us, it’s more like, “In God We Wish,” or, “In God We Have a Backup Plan.” Have you ever noticed how easy it is to trust God with things you can’t control (where, really, you have no choice anyway…) or with the things that cost you little? Perhaps there is no greater irony than printing “In God We Trust” on our money because the truth is that our money is so often where we place our greatest trust. The Bible speaks of prayer approximately 500 times. There are less than 500 verses on faith. Money, however, is referenced over 2,000 times. In fact, 15% of the recorded words of Jesus are about money. Why? Because there is no greater suitor for your heart or threat to your soul than money. So, in whom or in what do you trust? Time to discover where our treasure really is (and our hearts) as we take a very practical look at what Jesus would not ignore – our money.

Sermon Description

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Our hearts follow our treasure, and Jesus wants your heart. So, it’s incredibly important what we do with our treasure. In light of this foundational truth, the question needs to be asked: What’s the plan for your treasure? Do you have one? How can you be sure you are serving God and not money? This Sunday at Mendham Hills, an incredibly practical discussion and guide to serving the right master. Having your financial house in order has more implications to this life – and the next – than you would think.

Sermon Description

How do you measure your life? How do you define it’s success? Is life to be measured on a happiness scale? Is it all about relationships or legacies? Jesus literally yelled out to people just like you and me, “Watch out! Be on your guard!” For what? Well, something that we get confused about regarding the purpose of our lives – something for which Jesus saved another exclamation, “You fools!” This Sunday at Mendham Hills, a lesson on what life must not consist of.

Sermon Description

Nothing competes with God for our hearts like money. And perhaps no one thing breaks up families and shipwrecks lives more than money. The love of it really is the root of all kinds of evil. This Sunday, we conclude our series, “In God We Trust,” with a look at ten biblical principles related to our stuff – five “thou shall” and five “thou shall not” commands related to our finances. Lessons on maintaining balance in life, achieving financial freedom, living on purpose, and the use of money as a tool instead of an end-goal, as we learn to live like it really is, “In God We Trust.”

I Am Who I Said I Am

I Am Who I Said I Am

SERIES OVERVIEW

Did you know God has a name – and it’s not God? Does it matter that God has a name and why should anyone care? What if in revealing His name, He also revealed who He is, who is God? While the vast majority of people still believe in God, this “God” is often just a projection of their own values, morals, and ideas. The current state and history of our world attests to that danger. Together, let’s discover what God has said about himself – who He says He is. His true identity and character are both far different and far better than we could ever imagine.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Did you know God has a name – and it’s not God? Does it matter that God has a name and why should anyone care? What if in revealing His name, He also revealed who He is, who is God? While the vast majority of people still believe in God, this “God” is often just a projection of their own values, morals, and ideas. The current state and history of our world attests to that danger. Together, let’s discover what God has said about himself – who He says He is. His true identity and character are both far different and far better than we could ever imagine.

Sermon Description

So, God has a name and it is not God, it is Yahweh. That’s what He wanted to be called. Why? Practically, what does it mean for how we relate to Him? For example, when I pray, does it really matter? Is God’s mind made up already, or can it be changed? Is God unchanging or not? If He is unchanging, why would it matter if I pray? If He can be changed, well then, how should I pray? Once we begin to realize that God has a name and a person-hood, it sure does raise a lot of questions. Come get some answers – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

Yahweh makes some pretty stunning claims. He refers to Himself as The Creator God, The Everlasting God and The All-Knowing God. Yet, perhaps the boldest and most startling claim is the He is “El Elyon” – The God Most High. He is The God above all the other gods. Other gods? Are there other, lesser gods? Yahweh says He is jealous over you, so are there others vying for your affections? What would that mean? How much could that explain? Starting to wonder if everything you see is not all that there is? There is an eternal battle raging, and your heart is the prize. Yahweh amongst the gods – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We all know someone like this – no matter how good the situation is, how well things have worked out, or how many blessings they have, they still feel cheated. Their baseline or default emotion is anger and they are always upset about something. Yet, most of us also know someone who, no matter the challenge, the hardship or the curse, remain happy and optimistic. Their default emotion is joy. Have you ever paused in life to reflect on your own baseline emotion? How you ever wondered about God’s? What is God’s default feeling and position towards you, and if you really understood that and believed it, what could that change in your life? Your destiny? Yahweh, the compassionate and gracious God, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

God is love (at least according to the Bible). We love this attribute of God – we lean into it, we celebrate it, we highlight it to our friends. Yet, what do we do with all those stories and scriptures about His anger or His wrath? Is an angry God compatible with a loving God? If God is angry, what does that mean for me? What makes Him angry? Do I? This God – who insists we call Him Yahweh, the One who is compassionate, gracious, and abounding in love – also reveals Himself as one who, although slow to it, gets angry. Understanding a God slow to anger – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

We leave. Things get tough, touchy, boring, dry, or someone does something or says something that offends us and we bolt. We are outta here! We leave jobs, cities, churches, friendships and marriages. We just cut ties and move on. Yahweh, He is different. Yahweh, He stays. You see, Yahweh has a deal with you – a covenant, a promise. It’s probably not what you think, but there is one thing you should know: He will suffer any hardship and pay any price to keep it. This Sunday at Mendham Hills, we discover a God “abounding in love and faithfulness,” a God who keeps His promises, a God who never leaves.

Sermon Description

This Sunday, as we wrap up our series on God’s great self-revelation statement, we get to the question you have all been asking: “What’s up with the ending?” “He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:7) Yahweh is compassionate, gracious, and maintains love to thousands, but he punishes innocent children? Well, not exactly. Yet, He is serious about the plague of generational sin. A message every parent needs to hear about Yahweh, the baggage we pass down to our kids, and finally being set free from generations of brokenness – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Fall Kickoff 2017

Fall Kickoff 2017

SERIES OVERVIEW

What a “Welcome Back” we have on tap at Mendham Hills this Sunday – it’s Kickoff 2017! Come hungry for food, friends and fun, with all kinds of new surprises in store for the coming church year. This is truly a Sunday you can’t afford to miss! We launch into a new season of ministry together with an introspective and inspirational look at ourselves. Who are we as a people, a community, and why do we do what we do? What’s our point, our purpose, our plan? It’s the perfect week to invite a friend as each and every ministry will be on display, and together we focus on squad goals for a new church year. Come and find your place!

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

What a “Welcome Back” we have on tap at Mendham Hills this Sunday – it’s Kickoff 2017! Come hungry for food, friends and fun, with all kinds of new surprises in store for the coming church year. This is truly a Sunday you can’t afford to miss! We launch into a new season of ministry together with an introspective and inspirational look at ourselves. Who are we as a people, a community, and why do we do what we do? What’s our point, our purpose, our plan? It’s the perfect week to invite a friend as each and every ministry will be on display, and together we focus on squad goals for a new church year. Come and find your place!

David & Bono (When the Word Sings)

David & Bono (When the Word Sings)

SERIES OVERVIEW

Inspired by the conflict in Northern Ireland, U2 released one of their iconic recordings –Sunday Bloody Sunday – in 1983. The song lyrically poses a question common to the writers of the Scriptures, “How long, how long must we sing this song?”  While spending this week walking in some of the poorest places on earth – dry, hot and broken places – I found myself asking the same question: how long Lord, how much longer must we sing this same song? This week as we kick off our new seriesDavid & Bono | When the Word Sings,” we’ll take an honest look at the pain in the world, and try to figure out together how to sing a new song. 

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Inspired by the conflict in Northern Ireland, U2 released one of their iconic recordings – Sunday Bloody Sunday – in 1983. The song lyrically poses a question common to the writers of the Scriptures, “How long, how long must we sing this song?” While spending this week walking in some of the poorest places on earth – dry, hot and broken places – I found myself asking the same question: how long Lord, how much longer must we sing this same song? This week as we kick off our new series, “David & Bono | When the Word Sings,” we’ll take an honest look at the pain in the world, and try to figure out together how to sing a new song.

Sermon Description

As a culture, we’ve been educated about things like proper diet and effective exercise, and as a result, we’ve gotten much better about taking care of ourselves. Many of us have made lifestyle changes with regard to what we eat, and some of us have even joined a gym…all in an attempt to feel better and enjoy a better quality of life. Now, let me ask you a question – how have you educated yourself and what have you done to take care of the most important part of your being? I’m talking about your soul – that intangible and mystical part of each of us that represents the very core of our personhood. Did you know that your soul can get tired? Is yours? This Sunday at Mendham Hills as Bono sings Psalm 23 we’ll diagnose the problem and look for answers for an epidemic among us: soul fatigue. Are you weary? Come and find rest.

Sermon Description

The brutal honesty of the Psalms continues this week with a sincere inward reflection. We have, as followers of Jesus, been adopted by God, forgiven, restored and renewed. We are “joint heirs” of an unspeakably glorious Kingdom, blessed with an unfathomable inheritance. Many of us know these truths – we can memorize and recite them, right down to the biblical passage from which they are drawn. Yet, and here comes the honesty of the Psalms, why am I still so unfulfilled? The Psalmists, much like each of us, cries out to God, “Why is there so much turmoil in me and why does the mourning just go on and on?” This Sunday at Mendham Hills, come wrestle with God and allow your heart to discover and feel what your head already knows.

Sermon Description

“Get over it. Just move on. Put it behind you.” These are the mantras of our day. We tend to have a two-part recovery plan: “Fix it, then forget it.” For most of our lives, we live with a simple goal – to get out of pain and stay out of pain. Yet, the authors of the Bible seem to advocate pretty strongly another way to peace and change. It’s called lament. This Sunday, as we reflect on and celebrate what God is up to in the Guatemala City garbage dump, we begin with the help of the Psalmists to see a higher calling for our lives, moving from “healed wounders” to “wounded healers.” The power of lament for our big world and your small circles – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

In 2013, Forbes published an article entitled, “The 35 Questions That Will Change Your Life.” There are some pretty good questions on that list: What is your WHY? If you weren’t scared, what would you do? Are your “shoulds” getting in the way of your happiness? These are good, deep questions, worthy of reflection. Jesus, as recorded in detail by the physician, Luke, asks THE most profound question of all time. How we answer that question has greater temporal and eternal impact than any question ever asked. How you answer that question has the ability to usher you into the life you have been looking for here on this earth and into the life to come. We all have to answer this one simple question, and the truth is that we have all answered Jesus. So, what’s your answer? Are you sure?

Sermon Description

“Bad company corrupts good character.” How many times have you said this to your children? How many times was this said to you when you were young? It might be one of our favorite verses to quote to kids and teens alike. And while most of us believe this to be true when it comes to our kids, do we believe it’s true for us? Maybe it doesn’t apply because, “I’m a mature adult – I can handle it.” If we want to be able to stand firm and solid in faith, the very first Psalm gives us direction on the kind of people we should surround ourselves with. Join us as we continue our summer series on the Psalms – this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

The data is in and it is indisputable: we are a people under stress like never before. According to a recent Bloomberg article, we just broke the American Psychological Association’s all-time stress record. Money, work, the economy, and now a political environment like no other have all conspired to put us on edge. You couple these factors with the natural fears of man, including the greatest fears of all – sickness and death – and we become a people in search of some relief. Yet, the places we seek to find it often lead to dead ends, addictions, disappointments, or worse. This Sunday, David, Bono, and the Psalms teach on fear…and its relief.

Sermon Description

It seems that there is an ever-increasing amount of violence in our world. Watching the news, you see the consequences of hate, bigotry and greed. So what do we do when presented with unspeakable evil and violence? Are we always called to “turn the other cheek?” Is there ever a time to stand up? To stand against? Are we allowed to express our frustration and anger? Are we allowed to ask God to eradicate evil and those propagating violence? We wrap up our summer series, David & Bono, with a look at a Psalm that is so honest and raw, it leaves us wondering – “Am I allowed to say that?”

A Second Opinion

A Second Opinion

SERIES OVERVIEW

Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

SELECT A MESSAGE

Sermon Description

Luke, the physician and author of the most detailed account of Jesus, continues to offer us a second opinion on life and faith. Ever feel like you have been sold “a bill of goods?” The product you sacrificed to save for and purchased, in retrospect, turned out to be so much less than promised. I have had vacations like this and cars like this – heck, I just got a pair of Groupon shoes like this! The product did not live up to the promise. This can be disappointing when it comes to cars, but debilitating when it comes to faith. Has your experience with Christianity not lived up to the promises you felt were made? Were you lied to? Want to know what happened? This Sunday, come and get a second opinion.

Sermon Description

Oscar Wilde once quipped, “I can resist anything except temptation.” We all know it, we have all felt it, and at one time or another we have given in to it – temptation. This Sunday, we kick off a new series with a focus on lessons we can learn from the book of Luke. Jesus no sooner starts his ministry and He is immediately led into temptation. Can you relate? Wilde would go on to say, “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.” Is that true? What do all of our temptations have in common? How did Jesus overcome? How can you? It’s time to stand up to temptation before it’s too late – let’s start together this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

Sermon Description

I’m not sure how it developed, but there is an age-old question that all of us have been asked, or pondered ourselves: “Would you rather be deaf or blind?” In fact, if you “google it,” there are nearly 700,000 responses. This Sunday, we wrestle with the same question. Luke recounts a story of Jesus and offers up a second opinion on what it is we think we see. At one point, Jesus asks a haunting question: “Do you see this woman?” I think He is still asking you and me that same question. How well do we see each other? Who do we see when we look in the mirror? This Sunday, we get a second opinion on our eyesight. Maybe, just maybe, you have been looking

Sermon Description

My wife loves to garden. To me, it seems like hard and dirty work, but she finds it relaxing. To me, the couch is relaxing. To my wife, crawling around in the dirt and breaking up the soil restores her soul. This Mother’s Day, after you hit the Mother’s Day Photo Booth, listen as Luke relates the story of a gardener, soil, seeds, and souls. Has your heart grown hard? Has your soul grown weary? Was there a time in your life when passion for today and vision for tomorrow was the norm, and now you are just trying to make it through the day? This Sunday, with a special nod to moms interested in sowing a heart for God in their kids, we take a second look at our soul and the seeds of life that need to be sown and grown.

Sermon Description

In 2013, Forbes published an article entitled, “The 35 Questions That Will Change Your Life.” There are some pretty good questions on that list: What is your WHY? If you weren’t scared, what would you do? Are your “shoulds” getting in the way of your happiness? These are good, deep questions, worthy of reflection. Jesus, as recorded in detail by the physician, Luke, asks THE most profound question of all time. How we answer that question has greater temporal and eternal impact than any question ever asked. How you answer that question has the ability to usher you into the life you have been looking for here on this earth and into the life to come. We all have to answer this one simple question, and the truth is that we have all answered Jesus. So, what’s your answer? Are you sure?

Sermon Description

I lose things – lots of things – all the time. I lose keys and coats, phones and cards. It is so bad that for Christmas, my daughter got me Bluetooth-enabled discs to attach to my keys and wallet. Heck, as I write this, I can’t find my new winter jacket. Most of the time I find my stuff, and when I don’t. it can be replaced. Have you ever lost something irreplaceable – something you can’t simply go to the store and buy new? Maybe a parent, a friend, a child? That’s a profound level of loss and one worthy of not only mourning, but a search to end all searches. This week, in perhaps the most revealing chapter in his book, Luke proposes that we take a look at things valued and things lost. Search parties and homecoming celebrations – this Sunday at MHCC.

Sermon Description

“I’m bored.” Has that thought ever crossed your mind during a conversation with someone? It has for me. And, it has happened during my conversations with God as much as with another person. Does that surprise you? Now, I have listened to preachers tell me all about the benefits of prayer. I have read books that sing of the joys of prayer. And still, as I am praying, that thought can pop into my head…”I’m bored.” But, prayer isn’t boring. So why does it so often seem that way? Come to Mendham Hills this Memorial Day weekend and together, let’s find out why.

Sermon Description

In what I believe will be one of our more powerful gatherings of the year, this Sunday we take a hard look at what we are ashamed of. Perhaps nothing impacts our own identities more than who it is we “hang out” with. We want to be seen as cool and popular, so we strive to be seen with, well, the cool and popular. Maybe we even have some public friends (the ones we want to be seen with) and some private friends (the ones we invite to our homes, but not out for dinner). Who do you want to be identified with? Or identified as? And does it matter? As we prepare for our annual baptism gathering in a couple of weeks, a question echoes across the centuries that each of us must answer: Who do you want to be identified with and who are you ashamed of? It matters…it really matters.

Sermon Description

The concept of a God for many people, maybe for you, is somewhat abstract. We love the idea of “a God.” We certainly hope for a benevolent deity, but in the day-to-day, it sure would be nice to have a more tangible presence. When life gets tough, I would really love to have a “God with skin on” to go to. In the final days of the life of Jesus, we see that God saw fit to provide just what His children were looking for – a very real and present Father. This Father’s Day, we will ask the dads among us to take a note. Our kids need the same thing… “a Father with skin on.”