Dave is Pastor of St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, TX. He earned his Masters in Divinity at Brite Divinity School. His messages are grounded in a theology that teaches a balance of love for God, Love for others, and love for self. It is through that three-dimensional love that we can truly experience "Spiritual Living in a Chaotic World."
Evangelism… The word brings many negative images to our minds. What if evangelism was something more than asking people, "Are you saved?"
Based on Acts 8:26-40 and 1 John 4:7-21
Originally presented 5/9/2021
St Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Pastor Dave interviews Jamie Blanton, Chief Advancement Officer for the Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home.
"The invitation to Peter is an invitation to us today, 'Christian, do you love me? Feed my sheep.'"
Originally presented April 25, 2021
St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford, Texas
In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus is talking about when he returns in the clouds of glory at the end of the age. Jesus talks about the judgement, and, as I read this, the main thing God is interested in is how we treat others. The verdict which is read out is simply this, “Whatsoever you did/did not do to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Because Jesus dwells within our hearts, when we mistreat oth...
"Scripture tells us that the early Christ followers added thousands to their numbers daily. Christianity, although it wasn’t called that until much later in history, was spreading like wildfire! Today, according to a report just released from Gallup shows that church membership has fallen to just below 47%! I have spent the better part my seminary life asking many questions… and the question of what makes a church successful wa...
"As we look at the account of the resurrection from John’s gospel, we see three people named in this version of the story… four, if you count Jesus… Then there were the angels. This morning I would like to look at those who experienced the empty tomb and explore what the resurrection meant to each."
Originally presented Easter Day, April 5, 2021
St Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church
"Jesus lived among humans healing the sick, casting out demons, and raising the dead. Jesus was fully God and fully human but as the author of Philippians 2:6-7 stated, 'Though he was in the form of God, he did not consider being equal with God something to exploit. But he emptied himself by taking the form of a slave and by becoming like human beings.'”
Originally Preached March 28, 2021
St Timothy Cumberland Presbyteria...
"Whenever Jesus talked about mustard seed faith, the original listener surely would have chuckled a little. Mustard seeds don't make big trees, they make invasive shrubs. Perhaps that was Jesus' whole point!"
Originally presented March 21, 2021
St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford
"Balak gave Balaam three opportunities at three different overlooks to curse the People of Israel, and each time, Balaam could only speak blessings... All because God interrupted Balaam in the middle of a road rage incident, while he was going about his life, looking out for his own interests. God turned the ordinary donkey ride on an ordinary donkey, into something extraordinary. "
Originally presented March 14th, 2021
"I wonder how many blessings do we miss out on for our lack of gratitude? How many blessings do we just flat out Miss because the manifestations of God are too small."
Based on Exodus 16:4-5
Originally presented March 7th 2021
St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bedford Texas
"Jonah built a shelter for himself, and sat where he could see the hellfire and brimstone that he just knew was going to happen on Nineveh. Despite all that, God did something very nice for Jonah. He created a bush. That's the thing right there that I want us to catch. We we see the Jonah and the big fish, we see the big storm... we see God in all these things but but God appeared in a small Bush to provide shelter over Jon...
Scripture tells us that there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces, but YHWH was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but YHWH was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but YHWH was not in the fire; and after the fire a “sound of sheer silence.” When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cav...
Rev. Harold was a man of God. You’ve heard of Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon and George Mueller? Rev. Harold was nothing like them, he was not as dynamic.
Based on 9:2-9
Originally preached February 14, 2021
St. Timothy Cumberland Presbyterian Church
"On this Denomination Day Sunday, I believe our forerunners have something they would want for us to remember. I believe that more than anything, those who have come before us would implore us to proclaim the gospel with everyone we come in contact with."
"Knowledge puffs up, love builds up"
Based on Psalm 111 and 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Originally presented January 31, 2021
Jesus calls each and every one of us to come and follow Him. Along with that call, Jesus gives us a job to do for further His Kingdom.
Originally presented January 24th 2021
Based on Mark 1:14-20 and Jonah 1-4
God is so big, so far beyond our human comprehension, that we cannot possibly understand the full mystery of God. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try… God is glorified when we think and talk about God… even though our human understandings fall short.
Based on Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 and John 1:43-51
Cumberland Presbyterians see baptism as a sacrament. We baptize because God has taken one look at us… created in God’s image… and has said, “That’s my Son, that’s my Daughter, They are created in my image, and they are VERY GOOD. God has made covenant with us that says, I choose these humans. The baptismal waters are a seal of that covenantal relationship between God and Humans!
Based on Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Mark 1:4-11, & A...
God wanted to make very clear to God’s people what his word really did mean. God didn’t want there to be any misunderstandings. So, God sent His Son into the world to be a living testimony to the word of God… Jesus was God’s word in the flesh! Put simply, if you want to get to know God better, if you want to know the true character of God, If you want to truly see God’s love for humanity, get to know Jesus… The only way that can ha...
Joy is an interesting gift you know. It’s actually contagious. Joy is best appreciated when it is given away.
Based on Luke 1:46b-55
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