Monthly Archives: December 2014

“Old Things Passed away, NEW Things Have COME!”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message taken from 2 Corinthians 5:17 entitled, “Old Things Passed Away, NEW things have COME!”

“The Context of Christmas” Pt. 3

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a min-series, “The Context of Christmas,” part 3 taken largely from Luke chapter 2.

“The Context of Christmas” Pt. 2

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a min-series, “The Context of Christmas,” part 2 taken largely from Philippians 2:5-11.

There is  a video clip played (midway through the sermon) from the movie, “Coming to America,” with Eddie Murphy.  You can view the clip below…

If there are words for Him, I don’t have them…

I love Kari Jobe’s, “Forever,” song.   Every word of that song is powerful and inspirational.

I especially love the poem Isaac Wimberley recited toward the end of the song.  (Found at 6:40 in video)

If there are words for Him then I don’t have them.

You see, my brain has not yet reached the point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God, and my lungs have not yet developed the ability to release a breath with enough agility to breathe out the greatness of his love, and my voice, you see, my voice, is so inhibited, restrained by human limits that it’s hard to even sing the praise of…

You see… if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.

My God,
His grace is remarkable, mercies are enumerable, strength is impenetrable, He is honorable, accountable, favorable, He is unsearchable yet knowable, indefinable yet approachable, indescribable yet personal.

He is beyond comprehension, further than imagination, constant through generations, king of every nation.

But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them…

You see, my words are few, and to try to capture the one true God, using my vocabulary will never do, but I use words as an expression, an expression of worship to a savior, a savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise, so I use words.

My heart extols the Lord, blesses his name forever, He has won my heart captured my mind and has bound them both together, He has defeated me in my rebellion, conquered me in my sin…

He has welcomed me into his presence, completely invited me in. He has made himself the object of my sight, flooding me with mercies in the morning, drowning me with grace in the night.

But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them….

But what I do have is good news, for my God knew that manmade words would never do, for words are just tools that we use to point to the truth, so He sent His son Jesus Christ as “The Word”, living proof,

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation, for by Him all things are created, giving nothingness formation, and by His words he sustains, in the power of His name, for He is before all things and over all things he reigns, holy is his name, so praise him for his life…

The way he persevered in strife, the humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice, praise him for his death… that He willingly stood in our place, that he lovingly endured the grave, that he battled our enemy and on the third day rose in victory

He is everything that was promised, praise Him as your risen king, lift your voice and sing for one day he will return for us and we will finally be united with our savior for eternity, eternity.

So it’s not just words that I proclaim, for my words point to “The Word” and “The Word” has a name,

hope has a name…

joy has a name…

peace has a name…

love has a name…

and that name is Jesus Christ.

Praise his name forever!

A Different Look at the Incarnation…

I used this clip Sunday to talk about the incarnation…

If you’ve seen Coming to America. Eddie Murphy plays an African Prince next in line for the throne. There is a woman raised from birth to fulfill his every desire. She has been trained from birth. As you can see in the scene… you can’t have much of a relationship in such a situation.

So the Prince comes to America looking for someone who would love him for who he is and not only because he will one day be king. So he comes to America not as a prince, but as an ordinary person.

Sound familiar? Isn’t that what Jesus did for us. If Jesus came in all His glory we would be forced out of the sheer power of His glory to “bark as a dog,” if you will. We would have no choice, but to bow and the moment you take choice out of the relationship… you take love out of it as well.

 

“The Context of Christmas” Pt.1

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist in a mini series entitled, “The Context of Christmas,” from John 1:1-14.