Sermons

Unexpected Places

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 23rd, 2017

No matter where your unexpected place is you can be sure that God will show up. In all places God promises to always be with you, to always keep you, and to always bring you back into his presence.

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Bible Passage: Genesis 28:10-19a

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Ask God Why?

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 16th, 2017

God isn’t like Louie who grew tired of Lily’s questions. God loves hearing from you, for you are God’s child, precious in his sight. So be bold and ask God all the “​why​”  questions you have. God wants to hear them. The Bible tells us “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask God anything, God hears us” (1 John 5:14). God does not grow tired of listening to you. God doesn’t grow tire of the “​why​” questions. God is always listening to you.

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Bible Passage: Genesis 24:19-34

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The Boy’s Cries

Third Sunday after Pentecost – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time – June 25, 2017

The story of Abraham is one of call; God’s call to Abraham. It is a story of Promise; God promises to make Abraham the father of many nations or people. It is also a call to Faith; God asks Abraham to be faithful, to trust God with his life. And this is where the train went off of the tracks. Abraham couldn’t be faithful.

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Bible Passage: Genesis 21:8-21

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Promises, Promises

Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 18, 2017, Father’s Day

In God, we rest secure that God’s promises will come to be, just as they did for Sarah and Abraham. At the Lord’s table we see God’s promises fulfilled. Our Father gave his Son to keep the promise that in Christ you have life. God is the perfect promise keeper.

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Bible Passage: Genesis 18:1-15

Bible Passage: Genesis 21:1-7

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In the Beginning

Trinity Sunday, June 11, 2017

First in a sermon series on Genesis.

In the beginning God. That is how Genesis begins. It begins with God. It always begins with God, not us. As a matter of fact, it’s never about us. It is always about God.

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Bible Passage: Genesis 1:1-2:4a

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Thoughtful Gifts

Pentecost, Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Gifts are given by God through the power of the Holy Spirit. These spiritual gifts are exciting, thoughtful, and lovingly given. God knows us more deeply than anyone else. God knows us more deeply than we know ourselves. The gifts God gives us are the truest gifts we could ever receive.

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:3-13

 

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Why Were YOU Given the Gift of Life?

A Sermon for Memorial Day ~ Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Why are you here? Out of all of the possibilities at the time of your conception, why were you given the gift of life? Was it by accident or design or a little of both? And, while we are pondering, “What is your Purpose in being here?”

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Acts 1:6-14

Bible Passage: I Peter 4:12-14

Bible Passage: I Peter 5:6-11

Bible Passage: John 17:1-11

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Spiritual But Not Religious

May 21st, 2017 – 6th Sunday of Easter

 When Sue and I were in seminary my wife took a theology class taught by Dr. Harold Niebelsick. Dr. Niebelsick had served as a chaplain in West Berlin shortly after World War II and had the enviable opportunity to meet many of the leading German theologians of the 20th century; Tillich, Barth, Bultmann and the like.

One day a new student asked Dr. Niebelsick if Islam, Jews, Buddhists and others worshiped the same God. Dr. Niebelsick slowly took off his glasses and leaned over his lectern before asking, “Please tell me, sir, just how many gods do you think there are?!”

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Acts 17:22-31

Bible Passage: I Peter 2:2-10

Bible Passage: John 17:1-11

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Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled

May 14th, 2017 – 5th Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day

Remember who you are, or more importantly Whose you are. Let not your heart be troubled. No matter what happens in life, walk in the Jesus Way and know what real Truth is. Experience real Life; life in God’s Eternal Love that will never ever let you go.

Sermon Notes

Bible Passage: Acts 7:55-60

Bible Passage: I Peter 2:2-10

Bible Passage: John 14:1-14

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Don’t Get It Twisted

Sunday, May 7th, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter (8 am service)

Laying in the street the smashed bike wasn’t anything like it was supposed to be. It had turned from one thing into another. That is something like what happened within the community of Christ followers that Jude was writing the letter to.

 

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Bible Passage: Jude 1:1-7

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