Posts with the category “pastor”
Discovering Our Identity in Jesus: Embracing a Transformed Perspective
by Nick DeYoung on June 19th, 2023
Living in a world where expectations, comparisons, and images consume our thoughts, the quest to find our true identity can feel overwhelming. Society constantly bombards us with messages that tie our worth to achievements, appearances, and popularity. However, as followers of Christ, we have a distinct advantage – our identity is rooted not in the ever-changing world, but in the unchanging person...
Jesus: Our Ultimate Source of Hope
by Nick DeYoung on June 18th, 2023
We were reminded again in today's sermon that Jesus is our hope, and the only hope for the world. In times like these, when life seems to throw one curveball after another, it's crucial for us to hold tight to the unwavering hope we have in Jesus Christ. He is our rock, our refuge, and the wellspring of our inspiration. As followers of Christ, not only do we get to embrace this hope ourselves, but...
The Forgotten Widow
by Nick DeYoung on June 5th, 2023
In the Bible, we come across some pretty amazing stories that teach us valuable lessons. One such story that hits close to home is found in Luke 21:1-4. It's a short but powerful tale about a widow who was totally neglected by society. This story forces us to take a hard look at our own attitudes towards those in need and reminds us of the importance of compassion. Let's dig into the story and see...
Who Is In Charge?
by Nick DeYoung on May 22nd, 2023
Hey there! Let's dive into Luke 20:1-26 because it's packed with some seriously powerful lessons straight from the Word. In this passage, Jesus is faced with a bunch of religious bigwigs who come at Him with their questions, trying to discredit His authority. But guess what? Jesus doesn't back down. He responds with wisdom and grace, showing them who's really in charge. Luke 20:1-26The Authority o...
What Must I Do?
by Nick DeYoung on May 15th, 2023
Luke 18:18-30 is a powerful passage of scripture that contains important teachings about salvation, wealth, sacrifice, and rewards. In this passage, Jesus encounters a rich ruler who is seeking eternal life and provides some profound insights about what it means to follow him. As we reflect on these teachings, we can gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and how we...
An Empty Tomb
by Nick DeYoung on April 10th, 2023
As a pastor, I love diving into the stories of the Bible and discovering new insights and lessons that can inspire us in our daily lives. Today, I want to explore Luke 24:1-12 with you - the story of the empty tomb. This powerful story reminds us of the hope and transformation that can come from encountering the risen Jesus, and I believe there are some valuable lessons we can apply to our own liv...
by Nick DeYoung on March 27th, 2023
Luke 16:19-31 is a parable that Jesus tells about a rich man and a poor beggar named Lazarus. It’s a story that has been retold and interpreted in many different ways, but at its core, it’s a warning about the dangers of greed and the importance of showing compassion for others. The Rich Man and Lazarus“There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. But...
by Nick DeYoung on March 13th, 2023
Do you ever wonder about your purpose in life? It's a question that we all grapple with at some point, and it can be both daunting and exciting. The good news is that the Bible has a lot to say about our calling, and when we understand and embrace it, we can live with purpose and passion, knowing that we are making a difference in the world.So, what does the Bible say about our calling? Let's dive...
Honor and Humility
by Nick DeYoung on February 13th, 2023
Luke 14:7-14He told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they would choose the best places for themselves: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don’t sit in the place of honor, because a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by your host. The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in humi...
A Door to a Feast!
by Nick DeYoung on February 6th, 2023
Luke 13:22-30The Narrow Way22 He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 “Lord,” someone asked him, “are only a few people going to be saved?” He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able 25 once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand...
Repentance and Mercy
by Nick DeYoung on January 30th, 2023
As we can see from this passage, repentance and turning to God is not something that we do once and then forget about. It's a daily decision, a daily practice. We must strive to bear fruit in our lives, love and serve others, and trust in the power of God to work through us.
His Return and Our Readiness
by Nick DeYoung on January 23rd, 2023
Ready for the Master’s ReturnLuke 12:35-5935 “Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. 36 You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37 Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready, have them recline at the table, then...
Those in Need
by Nick DeYoung on January 18th, 2023
The Bible teaches us to care for the poor, the widows, and the orphans. It reminds us that when we do so, we are doing it unto Jesus himself. And when we care for others, we are also serving God.
What a Win!
by Nick DeYoung on January 17th, 2023
I'm putting together this post on Monday, January 17, 2023 after watching a fantastic win by the Dallas Cowboys last night. They played as if the whole world depended on it. The opponent they faced was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but more so the GOAT quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady had an undefeated record against the Cowboys 😖. With a win against the Bucs the Cowboys managed to shake off a number ...
A Lesson from the Foolish Rich Man
by Nick DeYoung on January 16th, 2023
Luke 12:13-34 "13 Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 “Friend,” he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”16 Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. 1...
by Nick DeYoung on January 14th, 2023
The Gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. It is the message of God's love and grace that is offered to all people, regardless of their past or present circumstances.
Star Wars and the Bible
by Nick DeYoung on January 13th, 2023
My daughter is watching Star Wars right now (I have raised her right!) while I am putting the finishing touches on my sermon for Sunday. This got me thinking about how the two relate (do they really). Maybe, just maybe they do."May the Force be with you." This phrase, made popular by the Star Wars franchise, has become a cultural touchstone for millions of people around the world. But as Christian...
Just Some Thoughts on Marriage
by Nick DeYoung on January 11th, 2023
Marriage is a sacred bond between two people, a union that is both a joy and a responsibility. At its core, marriage is about love, commitment, and companionship. But it's also so much more than that. Marriage is the foundation upon which families are built, and families are the backbone of any healthy society. It is a relationship that requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to forgiv...
Merry Christmas - 2022
by Nick DeYoung on December 19th, 2022
As I reflect on this year, I am again reminded of what a great community FBC is. Your love and impact on our local community continue to encourage the leadership and me at FBC. May we always remember that it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we are able to do what we do.
by Nick DeYoung on November 23rd, 2022
Thanksgiving Greetings!The Psalmist writes in Psalm 95:1-2 "1 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before His presence with Thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms."Somehow, we have come to think of Thanksgiving as a “once a year” Holiday, but it's quite clear in the Word that it's much more than that!The idea of Thanksg...
A Day of Celebration?
by Nick DeYoung on November 2nd, 2022
Roe v. Wade has been overturned and for many friends and family I know that this is a time of celebration. If you feel like this is a win for life and the sanctity of the life God has created then you and I are thrilled that this decision has been handed down.I also know that I have friends and family that are concerned about this ruling and the impact that it will have on our communities and for ...
Shine So Others See
by Nick DeYoung on October 27th, 2022
"...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16Let your light shine before others. These are the words of Jesus, the foundation of our faith. What does Jesus tell us to do here and why?Our life is to - ShineWhy - So others seeSee what - Our good worksTo what purpose - So they may give glory to GodPretty simple, i...
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