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Andy Wulff

Andy Wulff
Role: Lead Pastor

I’m a pastor’s kid that survived moving from the Midwest to So Cal between Jr. High and High School. I made a profession of faith at age 5 but grew tremendously when several men invested in my life during my high school years. It was then I sensed God moving me toward ministry. In 1993, I married my high school sweetheart, Melissa. And since then God has given us 5 kids.

In 2005 God brought us to Huntsville. As transplants to the south, we quickly fell in love with the area and now call it home. In my spare time, which isn’t much with 5 kids, I enjoy woodworking and watching football.

You can contact me @ 256-830-5544 x11 or follow me on Facebook or Twitter

Latest sermons by this teacher

Sermon 10-4-2020
Sun, Oct 04, 2020
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. - Philippians 2:12–13 (ESV) I'm thinking about starting a new program at Hope. I'm think of calling it the 'Tag-a-long' ministry. In this ministry, I'll come to your home and live with you for 72 hours. It won't be a teaching ministry. I'll just be around. I'll go with you to work and out on appointments. I'll just be there. Don't worry I won't get in the way. If I started the ministry by being with you, how would that change how you work? Or how would it change what happens in your home? How would it change your interactions with those in your life? We have a built-in tendency to act differently when we are being watched. We slow down when a cop drives by. Paul recognizes this idea. However, he wants to call the Philippians to a life of integrity and obedience if he is there or not. This week we continue to open up Philippians in chapter 2. Would you take a few mintues and read through the chapter to prepare your heart and mind to worship together?
The Joy of Humility - Part 2
Sun, Sep 27, 2020
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. - Philippians 2:5–8 (ESV) Your true desires and character are often revealed in the pressure cooker of stressful situations. When the things you rely on get removed and the bare, raw realities of life are exposed, we simply have nowhere to run. It's in those moments that our selfishness is seen. Paul had lived in that state for many years. Imprisoned and awaiting a verdict that could mean release or death. In the midst of this, he found joy in humble service. Where did that orginate from? This week Paul points us to the center of the doctrine of Christ. His work and example provides not only the path but the power to live humbly in the middle of our strains and stresses. I want to encourage you to read and worship in Philippians 2 as we prepare to look at this passage. Many consider it an ancient hymn (that might even pre-date Paul). Take some time to slow down and soak it in. What is it telling us about Christ's nature, character, and work? And how does that help us to live beyond our selfish defaults?
The Joy of Humility - Part 1
Sun, Sep 20, 2020
complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:2–4 (ESV) You deserve it. Treat yourself. You have to love yourself. Without self love you can't show others love. These are all phrases and ideas that show up around us. How we think of our self is important, but how should we think about ourselves? How does that effect how we think and ultimately treat those around us. This week we venture into Philippians chapter 2. In this chapter, Paul addresses one of his big concerns for this church - their unity in the middle of difficulty. How are they to respond to others that disagree or annoy them? How are they to love those that are hard to love? What gives them the motivation and power to do something that seem supernatural? I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to read through Philippians 2. Side-by-side in this chapter are practical commands and mountain top theology. As we unfold it, we will see how they are vitally connected.
Gospel Spreading Joy
Sun, Sep 06, 2020
I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. - Philippians 1:12–13 (ESV) What feeling or emotion comes to mind when we start to talk about evangelism? I think for many people it's fear. We are afraid that we won't have the answer to a question. We are afraid of rejection. We are afraid of persecution. We are afraid our lives won't match what we say. There are a lot of fears, but what if one of the ways to discover joy was actually evangelism? This week we are going to explore Philippians 1:12-18. Paul's plans and programs for the advancement of the gospel didn't go as he planned. God had a different plan, a grander plan, a better plan. Watching that plan play out brought joy to the heart of Paul. Take some time to re-read Philippians 1 and see if you can hear the joy of his words over the clink of his chains.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 2
Sun, Aug 30, 2020
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1:9–11 (ESV) Where did you find joy this week? Did you remember that God is not finished with you even when you feel like a failure? Did that bring you joy? This week we will look back at Philippians 1:3-11 to see what brought joy to Paul. We learned last week that Paul found joy in the Philippians partnership. He found joy in the truth that God's work is not finished in him or the Philippians. I want to encourage you to re-read Philippians 1 to prepare your heart and mind to worship together.
Joy Filled Prayers - Part 1
Sun, Aug 23, 2020
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. - Philippians 1:6–7 (ESV) In the Chinese calendar each year is represented by an animal. If I was making the calendar for 2020, I think this years animal should be Eeyore. That's right, the sad donkey from the beloved children's story. I mean that's what 2020 feels like right? It has seemed like an endless string of horible circumstances that only worsen. (You have heard there is a double-hurricane sorta headed our way). So I'm calling it! 2020 is the year of the Eeyore. In the midst of all of this where can we find joy? I'm not talking about slapping on a smiling face and ignoring hard realities. I'm talking about real, true, honest joy. Joy that shines in the middle of gray. Joy that holds even when things get worse. Paul is going to help us discover that in Philippians. He is in chains and may be facing death. But he has joy. Where does it come from? And what is it's source? And what sustains it? This week be begin with Paul's opening prayer in Philippians 1:3-11. Will you take a few minutes and read through Philippians chapter 1? Ask yourself, what is driving his prayers? What is giving him hope?
Finding Joy in Unprecedented Times
Sun, Aug 16, 2020
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. - Philippians 1:1–2 (ESV) You have seen the memes. You probably have talked about it or at least you have felt it. 2020 is weird. It's the oddest collision of circumstances I can remember in my lifetime. A virus, confinement, endless cancellations and re-arrangements, unrest, political conflicts, disconnection and disunity, financial instablity, etc. It will be a year to remember (although we'd like to forget). It might feel like it's so unique that we are on our own to sort it out, but what if there was help to deal with the craziness? What if there was a book written while in lockdown? What if there was a book that addresses the conflicts and divisions we face? What if there was a book that called us not only to survive but see the gospel advance in a time like this? This week we are going to begin studying the book of Philippians. This is an encouraging letter written by Paul while in prision. He wanted the church at Philippi to share his joy. Yep - joy in prision. He wanted them to struggle for unity and he wanted them to do all of this as citizens of a greater kingdom. I'm excited to jump into this book that I believe can help us navigate this odd and awkward time. Take a few minutes to read through Acts 16 and the first chapter of Philippians.
No One Like Him - Creator and Creature
Sun, Aug 09, 2020
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. (ESV) - Deuteronomy 29:29 This summer we have been exploring the attributes of God in our series - No One Like. One of the obvious truths to come through in this series is God is not like us. (It was literally in the title of the series!) He is not just a bigger, super powered version of us. He is fundamentally different then us. He is omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, loving to name just a few attributes. You are probably thinking at this point, 'Of course. We have heard and experienced these truths over and over in our exploration. What's your point?' While this distinction of God as Creator and us as creatures may be apparent it may not be seem obvious there are some important implication and applications you may not have wrestled with. And it's these I want to clarify this week as we close out the series. I want to encourage you to read through Jeremiah 18. As you ask yourself is God's the Divine Potter and I'm the clay, what does that say about our relationship, obligation, and connection. And come with your head and heart ready to receive on Sunday at 10AM. We will be livestreaming on FB and Youtube.
No One Like Him - God is Love
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:16-21 (ESV) If there is one attribute of God that people know and generally are comfortable with it is that God is Love. When most people conceive of a god, they make him as a benevolent deity. It is one of the three things that scripture directly and specifically says that God is. (Spirit (Jn 4:24) & Light (1 Jn 1:5) are the other two). That should make this week easy, warm, and non-controversial. Right? Well, not exactly. The problem we encounter is just like other attributes we want to make God like us. We want to think of His love in very human terms or we want to make His love the overarching, predominate attribute. Most of us conceive of God's love as first and primarily directed toward us. When we do we will shrink Him and His love into a creature-sized package. This week we continue in our series - No One Like You - to talk about God's Love. What we find in the scripture is surpising and encompassing. It will confront (and empower) us. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through 1 John 4 and consider God's Love.
No One Like Him - God's One-ness
Sun, May 31, 2020
He cuts down cedars, or he chooses a cypress tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. Then it becomes fuel for a man. He takes a part of it and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Also he makes a god and worships it; he makes it an idol and falls down before it. - Isaiah 44:14-15 (ESV) We are monotheist. We believe and confess that there is one God. That's one of the things that makes Judeo-Christian belief unique both historically and among world religions. We almost take it for granted that people would believe otherwise. But what does that mean? How does the scripture talk about it? And why is that important? This week we begin to look at the attributes of God through our doctrinal statement by considering the Oneness of God. I want to encourage you to read through Isaiah 44 as we start this study. This will provide an important grid for the rest of our study.
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