Sermons

Living by Faith, not by Sight

June 17

Even Samuel had a hard time seeing what God sees when he was sent to anoint one of Jesse's sons as the next king. Once again, Paul, speaking to the Corinthians, reminds us not to live by a worldly point of view, but to live by faith, not by sight.

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Be Careful What You Ask For

June 10

In Samuel's Day, the Children of Israel didn't know how good they had it. All they knew is they were different from their neighbors and they wanted to fit in and have a king just like the other nations did. They were fixing their eyes on their present circumstances. Centuries later the Apostle Paul would remind the Corinthians there is a lot more to see than that which is right in front of our noses.

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We Preach Jesus

June 3

The Apostle Paul was not shy in telling the Corinthians it wasn't about him; it was always about Jesus. What we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus . . . he said. Jesus is the treasure; we are the earthen vessels where he can be found. And it is his light that shines forth from our hearts.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

May 27

In Isaiah 6, the prophet shares a powerful vision he had of being in the presence of God. One cannot read his account without being awed by how Isaiah is moved and changed by this experience. In fact, Isaiah models for us what it is to be in the presence of God in worship.

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The Holy Spirit Guides us in Truth

May 20

On Pentecost we remember the powerful and dramatic way the Holy Spirit came to the disciples. And then we remember, with them, what Jesus has foretold them about the one he referred to as “the Advocate.”

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Schoolyard Pick

May 13

When picking teams, most of us have been a part of a schoolyard pick wherein team captains alternate in choosing team members. And no one likes to be the last one picked! In today’s passage from Acts, the eleven disciples have to choose a new disciple to replace Judas. How did they do it? As 14 new disciples take their place this morning and confirm their baptisms, how are they like that first replacement?

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Love Languages

May 6

In 1995 Christian Gary Chaplain published his magnum opus: The Five Love Languages, suggesting that each of us has one primary and one secondary love language that we are fluent in (receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service, and physical touch). When we love someone, we do well to learn what that person’s love language is so we can speak it to them. Two thousand years ago, Jesus gave us some clues as to what God’s love language is.

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Confirmation-led Worship

April 29

Our confirmation class of 2018 leads the congregation in worship at both services, preparing the liturgy and the message with Pastor Steven. Scriptures include:

  • Proverbs 16:31-33 (Wait for God and Listen)
  • John 15:18-27 (The World Will Hate You)
  • Joshua 1:1-9 (Be Strong and Courageous)
  • John 1:1-10 (Your Word is a Light to my Path)

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