Sermons by Vince McDonald

Sermons by Vince McDonald

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Who Would Like a Bottle of Stagnated Fresh Spring Water?

In reflecting on the sermon title question, does that sound appealing to you? As Pastor Vince continues his study in Matthew, he poses this follow up question: “Are people tasting the fresh source in your life or are they tasting the stagnated process? For, if I have tasted the kindness of the King, let the source flow through me to others. If I have experienced the lavish grace of God, it should be impossible for me not to forgive others.”…
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Good Night, John Boy

For those familiar with the The Waltons TV show, the ending scene of everyone saying good night to each other expresses a sense of peace – that all is well in their home and in their lives. Yet, moments like that can feel rare in our lives as we live with strife…that is our reality. But, as Pastor Vince shares from Matthew 18, Jesus is shaping His disciples – and us – to desire peace and know that it is…
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Who is the GOAT?

In Matthew 18, the disciples are talking about a phrase – GREATNESS – and Jesus says to them that they not only need to change their view of greatness but they need to also change how they pursue greatness.
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I Can’t See Clearly Now; But He Can

As a believer in Jesus, you can know where you’ve come from, know where you’re going, and know why you are here. Having said that, the fact is that our daily journey through life is not always one of clarity. Our plans are vulnerable; our life events are unpredictable; our sight gets blurry by pain, sickness and weariness. The road ahead can be confusing. Yet, there is good news – it’s all a part of God’s plan. He wants us…
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I Only Have Eyes For You

“Are your eyes fixed on the world’s opinion of you? Are your eyes fixed on what a Christian has done to you? Or are your eyes fixed on Jesus? Only Jesus.” Pastor Vince continues his study in Matthew and is in chapter 17 this week.
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Only One Life

In Matthew 16, Jesus reaches a key moment in His relationship with His disciples. Now that they know Who He is (see Matthew 16:16), He now tells them why He has come. In this week’s message, Pastor Vince’s message highlights three points: Jesus’ suffering; our following; and the one sure thing.
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If You See Something, Say Something

When one is suffering from Alzheimers, there is a point when they no longer recognize loved ones. We ask them, “Do you see me? Can you remember who I am?” Yet, they do not. Pastor Vince references this in his message in Matthew 16 when Jesus gets into the faces of His disciples and asks them if they see Him for Who He really is. “Jesus didn’t come to provide a little inspiration or encouragement to us – but He…
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Same Supper, New Now

This week’s subject is about a miracle where Jesus miraculously feeds thousands of people. Some may think, “Didn’t Pastor Vince already teach on this miracle? Is he trying to recycle a sermon?” While it does sound very familiar, these are two different miracles with two different messages. Take a little time to listen to this message to learn about the big shift in Jesus’ ministry – the “new now.” Matthew 15:32-39
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His Story

The ‘power of the people’ can have an impact on whether something rises or falls. Whether it be the success of a restaurant or Santa’s sleigh in the Elf movie. Yet, the power of the people has no impact on whether the true impact of the Christmas story will rise or fall. It doesn’t matter whether 1 person or 7 billion people believe in the Christmas story – the truth and impact of it remains the same. Your response to…
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The Three Amigas

Our life context is different than others around us – yet we can find comfort in the same thing: that the God of all creation is with us. That’s the Christmas story. It comes to our broken lives. Immanuel, God with us. Luke 1:39-45
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Sour Milk and Stale Cookies

During the holiday season, it’s common to see the word “Believe” on tshirts, in store displays, on cards. Yet, it begs the question: “Believe what?” What do you believe in? This week, Pastor Vince steps back from his study in Matthew and takes us to Luke 2 when he speaks on the man Simeon who is an excellent example of the beauty of belief and of holding securely to what he believes during the testing of waiting and pain. “When…
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Vince and Dan, and the Condition of Man

In this week’s sermon, Pastor Vince begins his message about a fight he had with his brother, Dan, when they were kids. He explains how this fight is a great example of our sin nature and the pain it can cause others. He then moves into his study of Matthew in chapter 15 when Jesus is sitting on a mountainside, overlooking the crowds, pondering the condition of man as the crowds approach Him. Pastor Vince describes the beginning, the broken,…