Bill Stegemueller preaching at our Joint Thanksgiving Service at the Baptist Church.   (Hebrews 13:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Ephesians 5:20)

Knowing God as JEHOVAH RAPHA

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in his series on KNOWING GOD in a message entitled, “Knowing God as JEHOVAH RAPHA” or the LORD who HEALS taken from Exodus 15

Knowing God as JEHOVAH JIREH

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in his series on KNOWING GOD in a message entitled, “Knowing God as JEHOVAH JIREH” taken from Genesis 22

Knowing God as ELOHIM

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a new series on KNOWING GOD where he explores knowing God through His many Old Testament names.  This week is knowing God as ELOHIM taken from Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 10:17

What the Blind Man Saw…

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on Luke 18:31-43 in a message entitled, “What the Blind Man Saw”

**Please note previous messages in the Luke Series were lost due to technical difficulties….

Counter Culture

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Have you noticed that a lot of churches are becoming more like the world?   In fact, it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish the church from the world.   Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter 5 that we are to be SALT and LIGHT of the world.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
– Matthew 5:13-16

Think of the church as a BOAT and the world as the WATER.   A boat was meant to ride above the water, but there’s a problem when the water begins to seep into the boat.   I believe this is happening to a lot of churches on so many fronts.

We are to be the SALT and LIGHT of the world and yet it seems like the church has lost its “saltiness” and is “hiding” its light.   People outside the church say, “I’m tired of hearing about sin,” and the Church is like, “OK, and we’ll stop talking about it if you’ll just come to church.” So now the church in many places stands for absolutely NOTHING.

Please don’t misunderstand me.  I am NOT saying that we (as a church) should be known for what were against.  I ALWAYS want to be known more for what we are FOR more than what we are AGAINST.   Yet at the same time I don’t want to back off of a subject just because it’s not politically correct.

That’s one of the reasons I have been doing a group book study on David Platt’s book, “Counter Culture.”   I love the complete title to the book.  The first part in little letters says, “A Compassionate Call to… COUNTER CULTURE.”   If we want to counter culture we have got to be COMPASSIONATE.

Someone once defined compassion as “Your Pain in My Heart.”   That is a great way to think of it.  Compassion is allowing ourselves to actually feel what another person is going through.  A lot of times that is what is missing when the church confronts the culture in which we live.  Jesus was known for His compassion.   The Bible talks about how He had compassion on the people because they were like sheep without a shepherd.  We need to ask God for that same type of compassion.

David Platt’s book challenges the reader to allow God to give us three things:  (1) Conviction (2) Courage and (3) Compassion in confronting today’s culture.  If any of those three things are missing we cannot really be effective in demonstrating the heart of Christ.

The challenge I would like to lay before you is to ask God for HIS heart.   Ask Him to see the world the way He sees it and ask Him for the conviction and courage to ACT in the way He would act.



Spiritual Disciplines

237917.spiritual-disciplinesI’ve noticed that summer is very spontaneous for people and it’s real easy to fall out of a routine, but with the beginning of school comes an opportunity to be more structured and organized with your spiritual lives; and it’s easier to get in a good routine.

What is your spiritual routine?

Some important components should include:

  1. BIBLE STUDY.   It’s vital to include some kind of consistent Bible Study to grow spiritually that include both group and individual aspects.   Some people give themselves over to a particular book of the Bible for weeks or months reading and studying it over and over again. Some people read through the Psalms. Some people the Proverbs. (There are 31 Proverbs… one for every day of the month) What’s your Bible reading plan?
  2. PRAYER.   What is your prayer life like? You should read the Bible with an attitude of prayer. “Lord, what is it that YOU want to say to me today,” but there ought to be other components of prayer as well. We are all different and the key is to find what works for you. I keep a prayer journal that I glance at and pray several times a day.   I think it’s also important for husbands and wives to have a time of prayer both with themselves and their children. My wife and I wouldn’t think about going to bed without praying together.  The other day I had one of my kids call me wanting prayer and it just absolutely touched my heart. The Core Coffee house has been known to STOP everything to pray for ANYONE that comes into their store for prayer.   We had a visitor last Sunday that told me that THAT was the reason he came to church.
  3. WORSHIP. Worship is a lifestyle that glorifies God and we can worship at all times and in all places, but I’m convinced that their needs to be some built in times in our day that we can shut the world out to WORSHIP and realign our spirit to the Holy Spirit. I don’t know what this might look like for you, but for me it’s shutting the door, getting my guitar out and singing with reckless abandon to the Lord. There’s a lot of truth to that old familiar line to the gospel song that says, “Let’s forget about ourselves and magnify the Lord and worship Him.”   Worship gives life perspective.
  4. GIVING. God is a giver and not a taker. We are never more like Christ than when we give because God is a giver. So make a commitment to be in some regular act of giving to Christian service. Make it part of your budget.   I would hope that you would support your church, but don’t limit your giving to just the church. There are many worthwhile places to give including the Core (YES, I’m plugging their ministry)
  5. ACTS OF SERVICE.   Romans 12:1 says, “I urge you therefore brethren by the mercies of God to present your body a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God WHICH IS YOUR SPIRITUAL ACT OF SERVICE.” I mentioned last Sunday that I’m convinced that God puts the poor and the oppressed in our lives for a reason because as we minister to them, it’s like were ministering to Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 25 that “as surely as you’ve done it unto the least of these you’ve done it unto Me.” So make a commitment to do at least one selfless act of service everyday and one major act of service every week and watch what it does to your soul.

My prayer for all of us that is that God would use these SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES to take is to the next level spiritually because if you’re not growing spiritually… your dying.



“Your Ever After”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on Heaven and Hell in a message entitled, “Your Ever After,” taken from Luke 16:19-31.

“Jesus Talks About Divorce”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on Luke 16:14-18 in a message entitled, “Jesus Talks About Divorce.”

“A Good Lesson from a Bad Example.”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on Luke 16:1-13 on the Parable of the Shrewd Steward in a message entitled, “A Good Lesson From a Bad Example.”