Sermons by Mark Adams

Beyond Friends

Series: Preacher: Date: February 25, 2018 Scripture Reference: Luke 10:38–42; John 11:1–43; John 12:1–11

About ten years ago Willow Creek Church in Chicago decided it was time to evaluate how they were doing as a mega-church when it came to helping their membership grow spiritually. So—they came up with what is called The Reveal Survey. A representative segment of the congregation took the survey and the leadership at Willow […]


Series: Preacher: Date: February 18, 2018 Scripture Reference: Philippians 1-2

NOTE: I am indebted to Bryan Wilkerson for the inspiration of this morning’s sermon. There’s a famous speech in Shakespeare’s play Henry V.  The setting is right before the battle of Agincourt. Henry is a young king, and he’s preparing to lead the army of England in battle against the vastly superior forces of France. […]

Drafting Buddies

Series: Preacher: Date: February 11, 2018 Scripture Reference: 1st Samue114:1–23; 17:1–58; 18:1–4; 20:1–15; 23:15–18

Elon Musk is 39 years old. He’s worth over 20 Billion dollars which makes him the 58th richest person in the world. And if that weren’t enough, Forbes magazine ranks Musk as the 21st most powerful person on the planet. His wealth and fame come from three major accomplishments. First, he was the co-founder of […]

A Tale of Two Women

Series: Preacher: Date: February 4, 2018 Scripture Reference: Ruth 1-4

I went to college in Florence, Alabama—and like all college students every summer I’d pack up and go home. I’d always get my night auditor job at the Holiday Inn back and would work all summer to save money for the next year’s tuition. I liked my summers. It was good to put away the […]

To Tell The Truth

Series: Preacher: Date: January 28, 2018 Scripture Reference: Ephesians 4:11-16

11 – Christ Himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,  12 – to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  13 – until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness […]

An Obituary to Die For

Series: -- Preacher: Date: January 7, 2018 Scripture Reference: Acts 8:2

In my 63 years of EATING—one thing I have learned is that some foods are better warmed up than when they are first served. Here are a few examples: Mayonnaise-based salads like tuna or chicken. Meatloaf Pasta-dishes like lasagna and spaghetti Cobblers and pies Cakes baked by Fritz Aluben. He made us one for Christmas […]

Grace For a New Year

Series: -- Preacher: Date: December 31, 2017 Scripture Reference: 2nd Corinthians 5:14-15; 1st Peter 4:10

2nd Corinthians 5:14-15 – “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him Who died for them and was raised again.” 1st Peter 4:10 – “Each one should use […]

Picking the RIGHT Christmas Tree

Series: , Preacher: Date: December 24, 2017 Scripture Reference: Galatians 3:13

Usually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we Adamses head out to find our Christmas tree. Since our first Christmas in 1979, that’s been our custom. As soon after turkey day as possible, we head out to find and decorate a live tree—because we love their smell and look. And we’re not alone. Every year 25-30 […]

Winning the Battles of Christmas

Series: Preacher: Date: December 24, 2017 Scripture Reference: Matthew 1:18-25

Look up on the side screens with me for a moment. I’m sure you’ve seen hundreds of pictures of manger scenes, but I want you to look at this one, just for a second, because I think it does a pretty good job of capturing the special peace that was surely felt by all who […]

The Art of Gift-Giving

Series: Preacher: Date: December 17, 2017 Scripture Reference: Matthew 2:1-12

Last week Sue and I joined with CC Day’s Sunday School class for their annual Christmas Party at the Brady home. We enjoyed a time of great food and fellowship—and then we moved downstairs where we gathered around the Christmas tree for a “White Elephant Gift exchange.” I’m fairly sure you all know how that […]

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