Browsing Posts & Sermons by: Pastor Jeff Nelson

Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible Camp

Dear Friends, If you have been at the church any night this week, you have witnessed firsthand around 50 of our children on the “Rolling River Rampage” of Vacation Bible Camp. Laughter and songs echoed through our halls each night. “With Jesus in my heart, the spirit...
The Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses

“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross…” I have found myself singing this old hymn over and over since returning from Lithuania on Monday. I was in Lithuania with three of our leaders to visit United Methodist churches that Royal Oak First has been partnering...
In Humble Service

In Humble Service

Dear Friends, You are a blessing. That is why the church exists—to be a blessing. The church exists to take the love of Christ it knows and has experienced for itself and then turn around and share it with the world. And you, the people of Royal Oak First, are indeed...
Love (like) Jesus

Love (like) Jesus

Dear Friends, Christians talk often about how much they love Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? How does one love Jesus? Is loving Jesus an act of worship? Is it adhering to a set of beliefs? Is it an adherence to a set of doctrine? Is it through acts of personal...
The First 100

The First 100

Dear Friends, It all started in 1838 when the Reverend J.M. Arnold was assigned to organize a Methodist church in a small village just north of Detroit called Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Methodists met in a one room schoolhouse on the corner of Main and Lincoln. It was...
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

  “Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I got a name” Jim Croce, I Got a Name “Whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace. And at some point in our lives, we have to make peace with that place.” Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Orchard “Hello, Wisconsin!”...
What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

Dear Friends, So what is this Pentecost thing? The term Pentecost comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth” (50th). It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the “Feast of Weeks.” For the early church,...
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Dear Friends, Of all the Sunday’s of the year, Mother’s Day might be the hardest to preach. It is hard because Mother’s Day brings up a lot of different emotions. For me, it is a day that I just miss my mom who has been gone for 20 years. For others, Mother’s Day can...
The Power of an Uncommon Prayer

The Power of an Uncommon Prayer

Dear Friends, On my bookshelf there is a small little book called Uncommon Prayer. That book has been in shelf for nearly 30 years. When we move that little book moves with us. It will probably be with me until the day I die. If you open the inside cover of the book,...
The Meaning of Confirmation

The Meaning of Confirmation

Dear Friends, The 11:00 service this Sunday will be a milestone moment for 13 of our young people. For the past year, these young people have been meeting, sharing, learning, and praying together and today they will stand before us and we will confirm the faith that...
Feed the World

Feed the World

Dear Friends, One thing that Royal Oak First is passionate about is feeding people. We take very seriously Jesus’ words, “I was hungry and you fed me.” In taking care of the hungry, we know we are taking care of Jesus. Our feeding ministry takes lots of forms at Royal...
What next?

What next?

Dear Friends, What’s next? That is what the disciples were left asking themselves after that first Easter morning and it is what we are still asking some 2,000 years later. We have just finished our journey through Lent and onto Easter. 40 days of looking inward,...

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