Sermons by Jonathan Anderson

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Whole Foods

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Lots of people today are only interested in consuming organic food. They don’t eat other stuff because it’s been sprayed with pesticides. Doctors and the media are both are telling us that the traditional way our food has been grown, in an attempt to grow it quickly and protect it from damage, is resulting in […]

When You Don’t Feel Like It

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We all struggle with spiritual discouragement and lethargy.  Some days our circumstances threaten to overwhelm us, and we struggle just to pray.  Many times, we just don’t feel like doing the things we know we should.  For one reason or another, God sometimes seems far off and unreachable. David faced times like these in his […]

Hello, I Am A Visitor To Your Congregation

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Do you remember that awkward moment when the school principal interrupted class to introduce a new kid? “Good morning, everybody. I want you to meet a new student in your class. She’s from Cleveland. Everyone say hello to Ashley…” Ashley’s new classmates look – and act like – the Cripps and Bloods of Los Angeles […]

Misplaced Notes

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A story is told of a minister who was getting ready a few hours before he had to leave to attend worship one Sunday morning. He was the guest speaker at a nearby congregation, and had been preparing his lesson for weeks. To his dismay, shortly after getting dressed he discovered that he had misplaced […]

Back To School

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With the big day soon upon us I offer a few reminders to parents and kids to help get us started on the right foot: Parents: You are the primary teachers Even though the schools provide instruction in the Sciences and Arts, you remain the primary teachers and most influential figures. Moses reminded parents to, […]

Be Thankful

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Back in 1988, a Polish railway worker named Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He survived … but just barely. For the next 19 years (until the year 2007), Grzebski was in a coma. He awoke in 2007 to a whole new world. Nineteen years earlier, Poland was a communist state. Grzebski noted that […]

The Missed Call And The Spilled Drink

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I recently read a story about a man who attended a worship service with his wife for the first time. He forgot to switch off his phone and it unfortunately rang during the opening prayer. More unfortunately, the preacher scolded him. Even worse, the members admonished him after the service for interrupting the silence. As […]

Why Bring Your Kids To Church?

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Once again, you are sitting in worship or Bible study, and your child is restless. Perhaps they’re even a little boisterous and noisy. You try to calm them down, and things just seem to get worse. You try to pacify them with food or toys or whispered encouragement, and nothing works. You wrestle with them, […]

Ryan, Jim, John, and Tom

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Her name was Gertrude, she was in her 80’s when I got to know her. Her grandson would come to Nashville every summer and stay a couple of weeks with her. It was always during Vacation Bible School. Little Ryan invited his friend Jim to come with him. Jim, well, both Jim and Ryan loved […]

Recharged

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In our society, most people use their cell phones all day. They spend hours talking to this person, texting that person, scrolling through and posting on social media, Facetiming, watching ball games, reading books, listening to podcasts, and just about anything else imaginable. But at the end of the day, if they want to use […]