Past Sermons

“Unknown God?”

“Unknown God?”

In the passage we are reading this morning, Paul is in the city of Athens. We know from history that Paul focuses on preaching to the Jews and Gentiles, each group coming from a different historical understanding of who God is in the practical world. And we also know that Paul is an excellent orator, and he is very persuasive in building a case for faith in Jesus Christ, a case for faith in Jesus Christ, being sensitive to where each faith group comes from.

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“Who’s Really Free?”

“Who’s Really Free?”

You will remember that last week we talked about the conversion of Saul to become the man Paul. Paul who had such energy and determination to establish the new churches and spread the word about Jesus. Time has gone by now, and I like to compare these two pictures, a picture of a man holding pent-up anger and aggression and a picture of a man with a face of peace and joy. Paul became a changed man. He is now actively living into the call Jesus placed on his heart on that road to Damascus. 

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“God Breaks In!”

“God Breaks In!”

Before we read our scripture this morning, we need to orient ourselves to the time and place in which the events take place. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, we remember from last week that Jesus appeared multiple times to the disciples over a period of time. But now he has ascended and is no longer present in bodily form. Another thing to remember is Saul who is mentioned in the passage is the same person we know as Paul.

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“Faith, Fears and Doubts!”

“Faith, Fears and Doubts!”

Here we are, the Sunday after Easter. Our lives are probably the same for most of us, but maybe you’ve started contemplating that Expansive Life I talked about last week! For sure, life has changed dramatically for the disciples and the close followers of Jesus. The disciples are now hiding behind closed doors in fear. They had heard the tomb was empty, and Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found. Their lives have been shattered and turned upside down!

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“An Expansive Life”

“An Expansive Life”

This morning we have gathered together to witness the empty tomb, death did not have the last word, and it still doesn’t. Jesus Christ has indeed risen from the dead. Even as I say, this all seems so external, far away from us, not really having anything to do with us right here and right now.

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“Even The Stones Cry Out”

“Even The Stones Cry Out”

We continue our series “Full to the Brim” with the subtitle, Even the Stones Cry Out.  Now saying this must not make much sense right now…stones crying out, but as we continue to explore our scripture passage this morning, I hope that we will all have a greater understanding of what Jesus was saying to the Pharisees and the very meaning it had for the people in Jerusalem and for us today. 

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“Brazen Acts Of Beauty”

“Brazen Acts Of Beauty”

This morning our Full to the Brim series draws us near to Holy Week. The title, “Brazen Acts of Beauty,” gives us just a brief glimpse of where we are going today. It all begins with news that Lazarus has died! Now Lazarus is not just anybody, and he was a dear friend to Jesus. Jesus heads to Lazarus’s home and sees Mary weeping as he approaches. Scripture tells us Jesus was disturbed in spirit and greatly moved and that he began to weep.

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“Prodigal Grace”

“Prodigal Grace”

As we continue with our theme “Full to the Brim,” this morning, we will find another way God fills our very souls full to the brim, and it’s all about grace. This morning we will explore the concept “prodigal grace.” I’ve never thought about the word prodigal being used with the word grace. The two just don’t seem to go together. But that word prodigal rings a bell, doesn’t it? What does it bring to your mind? Yes, the prodigal son, that is our scripture passage this morning. The story is about the prodigal son and his brother. 

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“You Are Worthy”

“You Are Worthy”

Here we are in our third week of Lent, following our theme “Full to the Brim.” This morning our scripture passage is a parable about a fig tree. Now I don’t know much about fig trees, so I had to do a little research. This is what I found out. In ancient days, figs trees were the most valuable of all trees. Fig trees were very productive, bearing three crops within a year’s time. It was, in fact, typical for a fig tree to have fruit ten months out of the year. And this is the very reason fig trees were often planted in vineyards. If the vines failed, they could always count on the fig tree to pull through with fruit! Here is another interesting fact about fig trees, it took three years after planting for the tree to produce fruit. 

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“Under God’s Wing”

“Under God’s Wing”

This Sunday, we enter into our second week of Lent. We continue with the series “Full to the Brim.” The scripture passage is from the book of Luke the 13th chapter, where Jesus laments over the city of Jerusalem. He cries out, “Jerusalem Jerusalem”…he cries out while at the same time is facing the reality of his future, the cross that lies ahead.

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