Entries by David Yoder

Discerning Demonic Tactics

Three steps forward and two steps back.  Or, we might say, two steps forward and one step back. In the teaching before us this morning Jesus says, “Two steps forward, three steps back.”  The difference here, the steps backward outnumber the steps forward.  This isn’t the way things go, right?  Don’t things eventually progress forward? […]

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is that common prayer taught by Jesus to his followers which all of us know.  The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray as John taught his disciples to pray.  What followed is the loveliest prayer for the child of God. Luke’s recording of the Lord’s Prayer […]

Choosing First Things

Mary and Martha…two sisters approach life in two different ways. Here is the story.  Jesus visits Mary and Martha.  Martha is a take charge kind of woman.  She greets Jesus, invites him into the home, and immediately sets herself to serving him and others.  Her sister Mary, sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to him talk. […]

The Good Samaritan

One of the most beloved and well-known of Jesus’ parables is the story of the Good Samaritan.  Jesus was approached by a lawyer, who wanted to ‘test’ Jesus.  So, he asks a question of Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The question is legitimate in every sense.  It is the question with […]

Empowered and Sent

In Luke 10:1-12 we see Jesus sending out 72 people on a short-term evangelism mission. Jesus’ direction was from the north, heading to the south. He had just passed by Samaria. His overall direction was Jerusalem and he was headed there to die. So, if he is heading south to die, what is with this […]

Playing Ball

One the more pleasant surprises I’ve encountered in Williamson County is the Franklin Baseball Club (FBC). This is a non-profit vehicle dedicated to facilitating good baseball for the youth of the city. Almost three years ago I put my youngest son William into the 5-6 age group, took a deep breath, and signed up to […]

Experiencing True Kingdom Power

The message today is part of a shorter sermon series on “Practicing Faith in Williamson County.” Part of living in this present age (Titus 2:11-12) is taking time to know the present age.  We noted last week that the postmodern age is upon the West and in this larger context we presently live.  Additionally, we […]

Following Jesus Into This Present Age

We begin today on a shorter sermon series on “Practicing Faith in Williamson County.”  The point here is to be intentional and knowledgeable about how we work out our faith in this present context.  That may take some cultural and sociological work.  That is, in order to love the people you live with, you need […]

Practicing Christian Liberty in the House of God

We do not all see things the same way.  Some practice certain practices which others believe to be inappropriate or wrong.  So how do we get along when we’re all living under the same faith roof, so to speak? Paul gives some excellent guidance in Romans 14.  There are three sections:  how God views your […]