Sermons (Page 3)

Sermons (Page 3)

Children’s sabbath “Be the Change”

This Sunday the children and youth will be leading in worship as we celebrate Children’s Sabbath.  Not only will we hear our children sing songs and our youth give the message, we will unite around the mission to lift all children out of poverty in this nation.  It has been several years since the service has been entirely youth-led, I hope you will come as we see the young leaders in ministry among us.  Scripture will be taken from Luke 17:…

Say Thank You

We continue with the sermon series from Luke’s Gospel, Luke 17: 11-19, “What Disciples Do: Say Thank You.” As we anticipate Sunday’s congregational meal and 2020 budget presentation, thank you to the Finance Committee for your hard work and dedication in creating a budget that supports the many ways this church is spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ and making a real difference in this community. To God be the glory!

Believe in the Impossible

What Disciples Do: Believe in the Impossible from Luke 17: 5-10. In this passage, the disciples believe they need to have more faith, one that is bigger, better, and more glamorous. Jesus quickly rebukes this idea. He reminds the disciples that a life with him is not about acquiring more, even if it’s faith.  Life with Jesus is not about ego and recognition, but suffering, persistence, and faithfulness. It sounds impossible, doesn’t it?

Practice Generosity

We continue in Luke with the  Fall Sermon Series: What Disciples Do. This week “We Practice Generosity.”  In our scripture for Sunday, Luke 16:19-31, Jesus tells the powerful parable of “The Rich Man and Lazarus.”  It is a story of two men; one is wealthy and has plenty to eat, the other is hungry and homeless. It is a cautionary tale that calls us to acknowledge the privileges we have and to use those privileges to alleviate the suffering of others.  Join me on…

We Resist Greed

What Disciples Do:  We Resist Greed Luke 16: 1-13 Mark Twain once said, “It ain’t those parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it is the parts I DO understand.”  In this passage Jesus continues to respond to the Pharisees who have criticized him for eating and drinking with “sinners.”  He tells a parable that seems pretty confusing, but then he concludes with words that are clear and specific:  No slave can serve two masters…You cannot…

Search for the Outcasts

In Luke 15: 1-10, Jesus has thrown the religious leaders into a panic. They cannot believe the people who Jesus is hanging out with: the tax collectors and the “sinners.” These are the folks of ill-repute, ones who don’t really belong anywhere, and who live life on the fringes. They are the ones that respectable citizens would most likely avoid. Time and again, we see Jesus in the scriptures loving people across social, religious, and ethnic boundaries of the day. In his…

Take Faith Seriously

“Follow Me…”  Jesus says this when he calls the ordinary and unexpected to be his disciples. In what ways are we following Jesus?  Although many Christian circles are very focused on what one particularly believes, Jesus seems to care more about what his followers did. Belief and practice go together. This Sunday we begin the sermon series, What Disciples Do.  Each week we will look at Jesus in Luke’s Gospel and see what he is doing and what he expects us to do.   This…

Have Faith: When Waiting Is Hard

We finish our 3-part series “Have Faith,” with the sermon “When Waiting is Hard” from Luke 14: 1, 7-14. Jesus has been invited to a dinner party by a “higher up” religious leader.  When many of the guests raced to grab the best seats at the table, Jesus calls them out.  Those “higher ups” were acting selfish and greedy, believing themselves to be of utmost importance. ……..

Have Faith: Believing Is Seeing

This Sunday begins a 3-week series entitled “Have Faith.”  In times of distress or sorrow, people will often tell us to just “Have Faith.” We’ll begin to explore what this means in Believing Is Seeing from Luke 12:49-56 .

Call Us Mara

25I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 33I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace……  John 14:25 , John 16:33 

Bigger Makes Better?

Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”……  Luke 12: 13-21 
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