Pursuing Jesus



Messages preached at First United Methodist Church, Pittsburg, Texas. Most are by Dr. Richard Heyduck.


  • Back to the Beginning: Sin

    Back to the Beginning: Sin


     How did sin come into the world? What can we do about it in our lives? We get some ideas looking at Genesis 3.

  • Back to the Beginning: Creation

    Back to the Beginning: Creation


     How should we read Genesis 1? How does it connect with what we call "science?"

  • Jesus Manifest(o)

    Jesus Manifest(o)


    Jesus, the Messiah, Son of God, and newborn King, becomes manifest as such to the Magi who have come from the East. This same Jesus, crucified and risen, becomes manifest to Saul on the Road to Damascus. In Ephesians 3 we see some of the consequences of this Epiphany.

  • What Mary Knew

    What Mary Knew


    Because of God's revelation, Mary knew she was bearing the Messiah, the Son of God, come to save us all.

  • The Joy of John the Baptist

    The Joy of John the Baptist


     We might not associate "joy" with John the Baptist, yet he had great joy proclaiming the coming Messiah, Jesus.

  • Ready for the Return?

    Ready for the Return?


     How can we be ready for the return of Jesus?

  • A Time of Testing: Pilates Election

    A Time of Testing: Pilate's Election


     In Matthew 27 we see Pilate offering a choice to the people - "Do you want Jesus Barabbas or Jesus the Messiah?" The people chose - elected - one Jesus over the other. Which Jesus will we choose?

  • A Time of Testing: Love

    A Time of Testing: Love


    How are we doing on the "love test?" Are we loving each other sincerely? Are we devoted to each other? Can the world see Jesus in the way we love?

  • A Time of Testing: Money

    A Time of Testing: Money


    God holds us accountable for how we deal with money. Whether we have little or much, we go through times of testing with respect to money.

  • A Time of Testing: Across the Finish Line

    A Time of Testing: Across the Finish Line


     We are going through a time of testing. We can learn from those who have crossed the finish line, the saints who have gone before us in the faith, as we seek to do well in these times.

  • Big Things: Truth

    Big Things: Truth


    Truth is having a hard time these days. That's not a new thing. In John 18:28-40 Pilate is confronted with the truth of Jesus. He retreats into the theoretical and misses God in the process.

  • Big Things: Freedom

    Big Things: Freedom


     Freedom is a big deal - for us and for God. God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt - so they could be his own wholly devoted servants. That theme echoes through the rest of the Old Testament and into the New. Freedom is also one of our highest American values, though we need to learn from Jesus how to do it well.

  • Big Things: Love

    Big Things: Love


     One of the BIG THINGS in the Christian faith is love. We see an account of love laid out in 1 Corinthians 13.

  • Spiritual Warfare: Our Victory

    Spiritual Warfare: Our Victory


     What does victory - winning - look like in church, for Christians? We get some ideas from 1 Corinthians 1:26 - 2:5.

  • Spiritual Warfare: Our Strategy

    Spiritual Warfare: Our Strategy


     Jesus' strategy for Spiritual Warfare was to get "up close and personal" with sinners, with broken people, with dangerous people. We see his strategy reach its culmination on the cross.

  • Spiritual Warfare: Our Weapons

    Spiritual Warfare: Our Weapons


     The weapons offered to us in the "armor of God" described in Ephesians 6 are designed to use FOR people, not AGAINST people.

  • audio Spiritual Warfare: Our Enemy

    audio Spiritual Warfare: Our Enemy


     Ephesians 6 tells us who our enemy is. No person, no human, no "flesh and blood" is our enemy. "Principalities and powers, spiritual rulers and authorities; Satan and his minions: They are the enemy. In spiritual warfare we are fighting FOR people, not against them.

  • Go For It!

    Go For It!


     We've talked about having a VISION for life in Christ, forming an INTENTION to pursue that vision, and taking up the MEANS, the practices that make that vision happen. Now the question is - will we do it? From Joshua's challenge to the Israelites and Paul's charge to Timothy, we see the call to respond to God's grace & action.

  • The Discipline of Service

    The Discipline of Service


     In Galatians 6 we are called to bear one another's burdens, serving each other in love. This service to others - and receiving service - doesn't eliminate our responsibility for ourselves.

  • Outdoors with Jesus: Fasting  Scripture

    Outdoors with Jesus: Fasting & Scripture


    Jesus relied on the disciplines of fasting and engagement with scripture when he confronted the tempter in Matthew 4. We can rely on those same disciplines.

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