Al Stoltzfus

Messages by Al Stoltzfus

11/15

Living Present By Declaring Our Future

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
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Text: 1 John 4:1-6

10/25

Set Free by truth: overcoming generational strongholds

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Baptism, generational sin, Grace

God is right and just in holding both fathers and their children accountable for their rebellion against God. And yet, this cycle of generational sin need not be repeated. It has been broken. The blood of Jesus conquers all sin and judgment for all who believe, resulting in New Life as the ordinance of Baptism so richly illustrates.  Text: Exodus 34:5-7; Romans 6:1-14

09/27

Right With God

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Faith, justification, restored to life

Since the Garden of Eden the relationship with God has been marred by our fallen human condition. Question: Can that alienated relationship be restored? Answer: Yes, the relationship can be restored. In this passage we discover a right standing with God is accessible to all who respond in faith to Jesus Christ.  Text: Romans 3:21-26

08/23

If others shape up, my life will work out (Lie #2)

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: slander, speech, words

Why do we wound other people with our words? Could it be we unwittingly buy into the lie that says, ‘when other people shape up, my life will improve’. The lie is as subtle as it is dangerous. James exposes the lie, and Jesus offers a much better way to live and speak with one another.  Text: James 4:11-12; John 13:34-35; Proverbs 19:10

08/16

Pleasure will satisfy my longing for happiness (Lie #1)

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: conflict, Humility, repentance, words

Why do we fight with those we love? Could it be the problem is deep within us? A lie we have come to believe? Like a skilled surgeon, James diagnosis the source of relational conflict. Once exposed, he offers a simple, Christ-centered cure for conflict.  Text: James 4:1-10

07/12

What favortism is and why it is wrong

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: excellence, favortism, mercy, unity

Favoritism and her cronies nepotism and racism project a toxic vibe that has no place in a community of Christ followers. In Christ, all people are welcomed equally regardless of dress, social standing, race, color, history, and even family connections. James, the brother of Jesus, invites us to examine carefully how we view and treat one another. God chooses to show mercy over favoritism. We too ought to choose mercy over favoritism.  Text: James 2:1-13; Galatians 3:26-29

06/28

How People of Faith Respond to Trials

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Faith, goodness of God, Hope, trials

The letter of James, written by the blood brother of Jesus, calls us to a living, breathing, active, visible faith. It shows us a faith that moves. In these opening verses we are presented with the secret to a faith that moves with steadfast joy through life’s darkest and fiercest trials. Faith moves! James the brother of Jesus shows us how.  Text: James 1:1-18

05/17

Minding My Mind

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: anxiety, clinging to Christ, mind, sufficiency of Jesus, thought life

Anxiety is a very real emotion. Jesus himself experienced anxiety as he anticipated the cross (see Matt. 26:37-38). As followers of Jesus, we are called to love God with all of our minds. This is not about “trying harder” to think good thoughts, but rather it is”clinging tighter” as we learn to trust God in our thought-life and with our anxieties and fears.  Text: Philippians 4:8; Matthew 26:37-38; 6:25-34; John 15:1-8