Welcome to Focus on
After preaching for several years, I have
come to realize that these sermons are nothing more than my personal
journal about my personal struggles. Although the specific problems I
wrestled with as I wrote each sermon is not revealed. Only the concepts
learned in the struggles are revealed. I can only hope that these sermon
journals will help others in the midst of their struggle to focus their
lives on God.
The name "Focus on God" is significant.
Jesus came saying, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." He
came to a divided religious world intent on focusing lives on God. He
preached the kingdom of God was at hand. His message and miracles were
about God's presence in a lost world. Focusing lives on God was the only
means to salvaging a lost world. The message continues to be relevant to
the 21st century.
The Bible came into being as God revealed himself through
the lives of real humans, as they sought to focus their lives upon him.
God wants to reveal himself in your personal world, through you, as you
focus your life upon Him. It is
absolutely essential that believers look beyond the divisive issues and
focus on God. This requires a personal focus; it is something for which
each of us must strive.
Christ came to give us a clear picture of
God. Lives focused on Christ are focused on God. He is the expressed
image of God. To know Christ is to know God. Jesus prayed to his Father
saying, "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true
God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent" (John 17:3 NIV).
Focus on God Sermons are prepared with the
belief that each chapter of the Bible has an important message
for the 21st Century. The Bible is inspired
of the Holy Spirit given to us as he worked through the
writers of the Scriptures. The real challenge is to reveal the
relevance of each chapter and verse in God's scheme of things.
Looking back on some of these sermons there is a realization
that some go awry in meeting this challenge. Those sermons are
posted anyway in hopes that at least some truth will be
These sermons span years of preaching.
Some are my very first attempts at writing and some were written when I
used the King James Version Bible exclusively. Later I switched to the
New International Version Bible for its ease of readability. I haven't
made an attempt to change version references or rewrite old sermons. Rather than spending
time rewriting old sermons,
the time is spent meeting the challenge to make the next
sermon more focused on God through Christ.