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Sermons

Jesus Is God’s “Yes!”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 for the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, August 2 & 5, 2018 This week in our Vacation Bible School, all the lessons were about God rescuing people. God saved baby Moses in the river (Exodus 2:1-10). God’s people crossed the Jordan and entered the promised land (Joshua 3-4). God healed Naaman…

“His heart went out to them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.”

Sermon on Mark 6:30-34 for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 19 & 22, 2018 Today’s Gospel is really a bridge lesson from last week’s Gospel about Jesus sending his disciples out to proclaim the good news and next week’s Gospel about the feeding of the five thousand. That doesn’t mean that this week’s lesson is unimportant—in…

Don’t Shoot the Messenger: The Mission & Message are the Lord’s, not mine!

Sermon on Amos 7:10-15 for the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, July 15, 2018   Did you know that the phrase, “don’t shoot the messenger” was first spoken by the prophet Amos?!  That phrase is used among us to tell someone to whom we deliver a message that the message was coming from someone else and…

“Death Struggles” Are “Life Opportunities”

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 4:7-15 for 6th Sunday after Pentecost, July 1, 2018   Have you ever heard someone say, or have you said, “I’m dyin’ here”?   (On a hot, humid July morning in our un-air conditioned sanctuary you might be saying it in your mind right now!)  I’ve heard it most often out of…

Thankfulness Leads to Faithfulness

Sermon on Matthew 25:14-30 for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 21 & 24, 2018 I’ve got a problem with the word “stewardship.” We have a “stewardship” section of hymns in the hymnal, we usually have some kind of “stewardship Sunday” in the fall, we have a three-week “stewardship” sermon series–and what do we connect that word…

Overwhelming Gratitude Leads to Overwhelming Generosity

A sermon on Luke 19:1-10 for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost June 14/17, 2017. The story is told of a local fitness center that was offering $1,000 to anyone who could show they were stronger than the owner of the gym. Here’s how it worked: The muscle-bound owner would squeeze a lemon into a glass…

God’s Three Sabbath’s for the Good of His People

Sermon on Mark 2:23–3:6 for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, May 31/June 3, 2018 I. The Old Testament Sabbath. We learned the Third Commandment the way it’s printed here in the bulletin: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” In the Old Testament, the Commandment was connected very much to the God even had…

Look at What Jesus Gave Us!

Sermon on John 15:26-27, 16:4b-11 for Pentecost, May 17 & 20, 2018 On the bulletin’s news-sheet this week there’s an announcement about a special coffee fellowship on June 3. One teacher is retiring, another is going to serve at a different school. We had a similar coffee fellowship and recognition a month ago for our…

The Risen Christ Protects His Disciples

Sermon on John 17:11b-19 for the 7th Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2018 In the name of our risen and ascended Lord Jesus, dear friends, To say that the world and society we live in is dangerous would be an understatement.  As a matter of fact, every day is stacked with danger; things go wrong…

Devotional Thoughts on Ephesians 1:16-23 for Ascension, May 10, 2018

It had been a long day. Work demanded our full attention leaving us on the go from the time we started until we left. Once we got home the kids beg for help with their homework, maybe even some projects they waited for the last minute to complete. The refrigerator is empty, so what will…

Jesus says, “Remain in My Love. Obey My Commands. Go and Bear Fruit.”

Sermon on John 15:9–17 for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Confirmation), May 3 & 6, 2018 “Remain in My Love.” Perhaps it has always been this way—but we see it more and more in our time. “Love” has a problem with its definition. You watch your favorite TV show and a commercial for cereal comes on. “I…

Faith Makes Jesus Known

A Sermon on Acts 3:11-20 for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 12/15, 2018. Have you ever had that “aha” moment happen in your life? The time, after many struggles with something, it all of a sudden becomes crystal clear. For me, it often happened in math class. A certain concept just would not stick….