Sunday’s Sermon: The Power of the Book God-Breathed into Being

5.17.20

The Power of the Book God-Breathed into Being
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 5.17.20

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Psalm 19:7-11 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

Sunday’s Sermon: The Man with Two Mothers

5.10.20

The Man with Two Mothers
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 5.10.20

Exodus 2:1-10

2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.

5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses,[b] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Sunday’s Sermon: How to Build Your Spiritual House

5.3.20

How to Build Your Spiritual House
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 5.3.20

Romans 8:28-39

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Heavenly Father,

What can I say?  What can I say that will be meaningful to You at this time?  What can I say that will bless You and honor You as You alone deserve?  Well, what I can say is, “Thank You.”  Thank You for my church family.  Thank You each person who is a part of it, created in Your image, adopted by Your love, saved by Your grace, forgiven by Your mercy.  Thank You for all of Your blessings in life – food to eat, clothes to wear, a roof over our heads, friends, family, the joy of knowing that this world is not all that there is – that I am not home yet – and that someday I will have the ultimate thrill of seeing You face to face and being with You forever and ever and ever.  All of these good gifts and so many more have been given because of Your deep love for me.

Father God, I love You too!  And I ask this day that You increase that love.  Give me such a love of You, that I would see obedience to You, not as a requirement, but a delight.  Give me such a love of You, that I would see the cost of loyalty to You, not an obligation but a privilege.  Give me such a love of You that I would see Your commands in my life, not as chains that bind me, but as wings that enable me to soar.  Give me such a love of You, that I would find serving others, not tiresome, but joyous; that I would see giving, not a burden, but a blessing; that I would see sharing, not a duty but a joy. 

I now pray that You would touch the lives of those I know and love who are hurting (pray 3 minutes for whoever God puts on your mind)  I also ask Your blessing upon those who feel empty inside; those who feel alone and unloved; those who are sick; those who feel helpless and hopeless.  Father, be their Good Shepherd and their Great Physician.  Protect them with Your Holy armor.  Touch them as Jesus touched all who came to Him in faithfulness.  May Your grace be sufficient for their every need.

I make this prayer in the name of Christ and now I pray as He taught me to pray:

“Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the Glory Forever.  Amen.”

Sunday’s Sermon: All That Really Matters

4.26.20

All That Really Matters
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 4.26.20

John 15:1-10

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.


Pastoral Prayer:

Immortal, Compassionate and Ever-Present God, Who created everything seen and unseen, just knowing that I can talk with You this morning is amazing in itself, but realizing that You love me so much that You gave me the life of Your Only Son; Lord, that kind of knowledge is almost too amazing to comprehend.

Heavenly Father, no one loves me like You do — not my friends, not my parents, not my children, not even my spouse.  No one is as good to me as You, and I wish there were words to express how very thankful I am for all You have done to give my life meaning and purpose.  But God, there are no words that can grasp the gratitude I feel in my heart toward You for Your grace in my life.  I praise You great God and I love You with all my heart.  Thank You for all You are and forever will be. 

Dear God, the Bible teaches me that You have adopted me as Your blessed child.  As a parent leads a son or daughter, please teach me how to care for those things that are most valuable in life — those things that really matter.  Give me the spirit of prayer, that I may live in constant communion with You.  May holiness, obedience, and righteousness be my main goals in life.  Show me Your will and push me to follow it, so that I may become a missionary of love and encouragement to a world in need. 

Now, I pray, that You would bless those in my special circle of concern, especially those who grieve; those who struggle with personal problems; those who feel alone or neglected; those who are about to face surgery; those whose lives are touched by illness or despair; those who are hungry or tired or scared.  Specifically, I pray for (pray 3 minutes for those God puts on your heart)……………. May each of them feel the embrace of Your strong and comforting arms, and may they never forget the assurance that nothing can separate them from Your unconditional and never-ending love. 

These things I pray in the name of Him who died so that I would live, and Who taught me to pray, 

“Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the Glory Forever.  Amen.”

Sunday’s Sermon: Peace in Troubling Times

4.19.20

Peace in Troubling Times
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 4.19.20

Philippians 4:4-8

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalm 55:22

Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;
he will never let
    the righteous be shaken


God, my Father,

I begin my prayer by asking for a blessing, not that You would bless me as I normally do, but asking that You inspire me to be a blessing to You; that You increase my passion for You, my love for You, my commitment to You, that I would do more for You than I already am so that the kingdom of this world would look a little more like the Kingdom of Heaven.   

Give me Your eyes that we may see those in need, Your ears that I may hear their cries for help, Your hands, that I may reach out to them, and Your feet that I would effectively minister to the “least of these.”  Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Now, I humbly ask for Your continued blessing upon my church family, that together, we would indeed be the body of Jesus Christ — that we would reflect to those in our immediate neighborhood and beyond, the hope, the joy, the peace, and the grace of Christ Himself.  Please also add Your blessing of mercy, healing, comfort, encouragement, and peace to (3 minutes of prayer for those God puts on our hearts)

Please strengthen them in body, heart, soul, and spirit, and please remind them that no matter what happens in this life, no one and nothing can ever take them out of Your hands — hands that hold them securely for all eternity. 

These things I ask in the name of my Savior and Lord, Jesus the Christ, and I pray the prayer he taught me pray:

“Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the Glory Forever.  Amen. ”

Easter Sunday: Easter People

4.12.20

Easter People
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 4.12.20

Matthew 28:1-15

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.


Lord of Calvary and the Empty Tomb, on this morning of Your resurrection I greet You with shouts of gratefulness and praise.  I greet You as the God of victory over sin and death.  I greet You as the Lord of life – Who, by the power of Your love, has transformed us from people of darkness into people of light.

And that is so very important because the world around us is so full of tragedy.  I read about and hear about the thousands of people dying from the coronavirus.  I read about and hear about the moral decay in our society, the lack of caring, the increase in violence, the promotion of sin both in the world and in many churches and denominations.  Yet, Father, there is so much good happening as well.  Every single day more and more people are turning away from the lies of this world and turning toward the truth of Your Word.  More people are praying these days than in a very long time.  People all around the world are being saved and baptized and healed and transformed into new creations.  There are many people, many Christian witnesses who want to prove through our loyalty to You in our daily living that Your power of love is far stronger than any evil which may come upon me.

And isn’t that what this Easter morning is all about  —  the fact that because Christ has risen from the tomb, by His power and grace, I too can rise from the darkness into the light.  I too can become a new creation.  I too can be given a new life in Him.

Lord God, my prayer on this Easter Sunday is that by the power of the resurrected Savior I would recommit myself to active Christian discipleship.  And that my church (Christ United Fellowship) would be a lighthouse for the unsaved, a courthouse for the unfaithful, and a warehouse for the unfed and unclothed.

Increase my Christian integrity.  Help me to spread the assurance of salvation You have given me this day.  Live in me and through me.  Walk with me and give me peace.  Give hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, love to the lonely, comfort to the grieving, and faith to the faithless.  Let the awesome glow of Your resurrected presence shine upon everyone I know and love.

Glorious God of the Empty Tomb, I greet You, praise You and thank You from the very bottom of my heart!

In Jesus’ name I pray and now I pray as He taught me to pray:  

Our Father, Who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever. Amen.”

Sunday’s Sermon: Palm Sunday People

4.5.20

Palm Sunday People
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 4.5.20

Luke 19:28-40

28 After Jesus had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”

32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”

34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”

35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[a

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”


Father God, today is Palm Sunday, a day when Christians all around the world celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  On that amazing day so many years ago, hundreds, if not thousands proclaimed Christ as Lord and King.  And yet only a few days later, many of those same people who were shouting “Hallelujah” on Palm Sunday were shouting “Crucify Him”. 

Lord, every one of us can identify with that crowd.  For there have been times when we too, have proclaimed Christ as Lord and King and then denied Him when the chips were down.  Sometimes we have done those things in small ways – like not praying to You in public and sometimes in bigger ways, like breaking one of the Ten Commandments. 

God, please forgive us for those times and please forgive us for all we have done and not done that displeases You.  Also, Lord, please give us the spiritual strength to stand up for King Jesus, even when the going gets tough.  Remind us that the gate is narrow and the path we Christians must walk is often difficult.  Yet, it’s nothing compared to the glory we shall receive at the end of our journey. 

Between now and then, please lead us to pray more often, to read Your Word more often, to worship You more often and to repent more often.

God of Mercy, please bless the more than a million people who have contracted the coronavirus around the world.  Comfort those whose loved ones have died.  Bring peace to those living with uncertainty after perhaps being exposed to the virus.  Give patience to those who are quarantined and unable to move freely in their communities. Protect your children from catching this deadly virus.  Please protect those who are a part of this church, those we know and love, and please strengthen those who are risking their own lives to care for sick patients.

Now bless, we pray, our friends and loved ones who are in need (2 minutes praying for those people God has put on our hearts)… 

May Your grace, which is sufficient for their every need overflow in each of their lives, and may Your peace which transcends all understanding fill them through and through in Your Holy Spirit.

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 
And together pray as He taught us to pray: 

“Our Father, Who art in heaven Hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the Glory Forever.  Amen. ”

Sunday’s Sermon: When God Redirects Our Paths

3.29.20

When God Redirects Our Paths
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 3.29.20

Acts 16:16-34

16 Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a female slave who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her.

19 When her owners realized that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to face the authorities. 20 They brought them before the magistrates and said, “These men are Jews, and are throwing our city into an uproar 21 by advocating customs unlawful for us Romans to accept or practice.”

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.


This Is My Father’s World Lyrics

1.   This is my Father’s world,
And to my list’ning ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas—
His hand the wonders wrought.

2.   This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

3.   This is my Father’s world:
Oh, let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done:
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heav’n be one.


Father God,

You are the ultimate Healer. Father, we come before You to pray for those infected with this virus. We pray for not only their healing but for them to be comforted while they heal.  Lord, please eradicate every ounce of this virus from their bodies. Please heal every cell in their bodies, every infected part of their being. We pray for no lasting effects in their bodies from this illness. Father, please heal them inside and out and provide them with the medical care they need, with the medications they need, and with the healing not only physically but spiritually so that they may live life and live abundantly ahead.

Great Physician, we pray for those most vulnerable to this virus: for the elderly, the weak, those with pre-existing conditions; for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the isolated and for those already infected. Deliver them from this evil, and prevent the rest of us from carrying it to them. Please protect those who are risking their own lives to care for sick patients and please keep us safe from harm. Put Your hedge of protection around me, my family, and my church family. Remind me that the church is much more than a building.  It is a shared spiritual experience of those who love You and are bound together by Your Holy Spirit.    

Now, please hear the concerns of my heart as I bring before Your throne of mercy, those who are sick, lonely, depressed, struggling financially, worried, afraid and anxious (2 minutes of focus on whoever and whatever God puts on your heart) …..

In Jesus’ name I pray and now I pray the prayer He taught me to pray… 

“Our Father, Who art in heaven hallowed be Thy Name; Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom, the power, and the Glory Forever.  Amen.”

Sunday’s Sermon: God Always, Always Provides

Sermon 3.22.2020

God Always, Always Provides
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 3.22.20

Genesis 22:1-19

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed,[c because you have obeyed me.”

19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set off together for Beersheba. And Abraham stayed in Beersheba.


Please Join in Prayer as we seek together, God’s Wisdom, Guidance,
Protection, and Direction today and in the days ahead…
God of Mercy, be with the tens of thousands of people who have
contracted the Coronavirus around the world, comfort those whose loved ones have died.  Bring peace to those living with uncertainty after
perhaps being exposed to the virus.  Give patience to those who are
quarantinedand unable to move freely in their communities. Heavenly
Father, protect Your children from catching this deadly virus.  Please
protect those who are a part of this church, those we know and love, and
please strengthen those who are risking their own lives to care for sick
patients.  Please fill me with compassion for those who are suffering. 

Now, please hear the concerns of my heart as I pray for those I know and love who are hurting and suffering (2 minutes of focus on whoever and
whatever God puts on your heart) …..

Bless, we pray, our church family.  Keep us safe from harm.  Protect us –
soul, heart, spirit, mind and body.  Remind me today and every day that
the church is much more than a building.  It is a shared spiritual
experience of those who love You.  Thank You for my church family at
Christ United Fellowship.

In Jesus’ name, I pray and now I pray the prayer He taught me to pray… 
“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our
daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom
and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.” 

Sunday’s Sermon: The Power of Christian Gentleness

Sermon 3.15.20

The Power of Christian Gentleness
Sermon by: Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
Sermon 3.15.20

1 Thessalonians 2:1-9

You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children[a] among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.

Galatians 5:19-23

The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.