Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Mary!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.




Another great sermon by Pastor Kyle this Sunday. This time to highlight the significance of Mary’s obedience to God and when an angel came to visit her to tell her about her pregnancy…and the baby that would change the world.

I truly admire Marys’ obedience to God, and can you imagine the ridicule she must’ve received from skeptics of the town? And still, she remains faithful, OBEDIENT, and in Luke 1:28-30 the angel, Gabriel, says that Mary is “favored” by God. How amazing! To be FAVORED!

Please continue the “Hark” Series with Hark, Mary!

****Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series if you’ve missed anything!

Watch the sermon HARK, Mary!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Mary!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/22/2013

Follow along: Message Notes


Personal Blog Update

Check out this update on my personal blog called WHAT I HEARD AT CHURCH.

I talk about church theology and being mindful of changes within the church.

Check it out HERE.

Forgiveness That Lasts Through The Holidays

Family Feuds during the Holidays? Check out this post I wrote last week on Forgiveness.

My Sunday Sermon Journal: Hark, Zechariah!

My Sunday Sermon Journal

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and notes taken from a Sunday Worship Service.


We’re truly blessed by this church! With every sermon we learn something new about the Bible and a great lesson to apply to our lives today.

It’s amazing how Zechariah and his wife endured years and years, into their 70s, anxiously praying for a child. Then one day, so much later in their lives than they had ever anticipated, God blessed them with a baby boy. This boy would become John the Baptist. What a significant person, “voice” of God, John would become, arriving all in perfect timing. Not OUR timing but His.

We learn here that patience is never easy and we may become frustrated not knowing Gods plan through everything we’re going through but…The thing God is doing in your life is always BIGGER than the thing God is doing in your life.

So pray over Gods will to be done, and await God’s timing.

Watch the sermon HARK, Zechariah!

Pastor: Doug Kyle
Sermon: Hark, Zechariah!

  Series: Hark! Angelic Instructions worth Heeding

Aired 12/15/2013

Sermon Outline: Follow Along!

The Poison in “I”

The questions of uncertainty or words which appear certain but have no face value with God. Without Him to make important decisions, we are bound to lead ourselves away from Him.

Below are some statements that we all have told ourselves (at least most of us) at one point or another. Below each question is a response. I can’t tell you I haven’t thought so strongly about a direction I wish to make, only to feel deep in my core that it wasn’t Gods Will. The moment I released myself to accepting that my “dream” may not be HIS, is when He was finally able to take control of my life. And that’s when your life unravels like never before.
I’ve wanted to do this my whole life. Don’t try and convince me otherwise.

That’s nice but what does GOD want you to do? You need to ask yourself that before you lunge forward off your own ambitions.

I keep telling myself this is right. This is the best thing that’s happened to me.

That’s nice but what is GOD telling you? He’s the best thing that’s ever happened in all of human existence. His opinion should count for something.

I know what I need for my life and I know what makes me happy.

If what you need doesn’t include God first and foremost, it’s time to re-evaluate. If you find yourself trying to manipulate a situation to appear positive in the “Christian” light, it’s time to rethink your motives.

I’ve been praying about this for a while. It seems like the best thing for me.

You may have been praying but you must also listen. Prayer with God is not a one way conversation and what seems like the best thing for you, if it’s not Gods Will then you could be leading yourself astray. Make these major decisions cautiously and always in constant dialogue with Christ. He will direct your steps if you remember to listen. And then your “it seems”
will be “I know”.

The reason I titled this post “The Poison in ‘I”” is because we need to realize how poisonous it can be…especially when making major decisions. “I” can be selfish and when making a definitive statement about an important decision, I want it to feel like more of an OBEDIENCE TO GOD than a decision I’ve made on my own.

Updates on personal page HERE.

Includes some great recipes!

Is Catholicism Biblical? Review


Is Catholicism Biblical? By Mary Ann Colins


This was a phenomenal read. Having no prior knowledge of the Catholic Church,
Catholic beliefs, it’s history and all that it entails, I was truly enlightened.
Her knowledge and plethora of resources and citations regarding her experiences
and extensive research is marvelous and quite impressive. This book touched on
every aspect of Catholicism, without passing judgement. Her approach to this
topic was tactful, informative, just, honest, and 100% biblical. She is very
thorough and explanatory…I can’t say enough of how much I gained reading this
book and her invaluable insight. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking
answers about Catholicism, even anyone with a peeked curiosity of Catholicism,
or any present/former Catholic who wants the truth.

Check it out for FREE: Is Catholicism Biblical?

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