Sermons

Just Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

In Paul’s letter to the Romans he asked the church “Why do you pass judgment on one another?” (v.10) If one person thinks that they should worship on one day of the week rather than another, or thinks that they should not eat meat because it may have been offered to an idol and therefore eats only vegetables, what difference is it to you?

 

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Bible Passage:  Matthew 18:21-35

Bible Passage:  Romans 14:1-12

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And the Devil Laughs

15th Sunday after Pentecost – September 10th, 2017

A few weeks ago one of our college students asked me if I would be willing to read C. S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters with him. Well, that was music to my ears because I love The Screwtape Letters! I’ve led multiple adult studies on the book, including a couple here at First Federated Church. I love Lewis’s wit and insight into the nature of sin and how we can easily think that we are being all pious and religious and be neither!

 

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Bible Passage: Matthew 18:15-20

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The​ ​Fear​ ​Of​ ​God: Shiphrah​ ​And​ ​Puah’s​ ​Holy​ ​Awe​ ​and​ ​Reverence​ ​For​ ​God

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – August 27th, 2017

The​ ​book​ ​of​ ​Exodus​ ​is​ ​a​ ​special​ ​book​ ​to​ ​me​ ​because​ ​I​ ​so​ ​easily​ ​see​ ​myself,​ ​the best​ ​and​ ​worst​ ​of​ ​who​ ​I​am,​ ​in​ ​the​ ​people​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book.​ ​My​ ​story​ ​of​ ​faith​ ​is​ ​much like​ ​theirs,​ ​filled​ ​with​ ​temptation,​ ​fear,​ ​grace,​ ​deliverance​ ​and​ ​salvation.​ ​

 

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Bible Passage: Exodus 18:2-10

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The Big Reveal ~ Forgiveness

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – August 20th, 2017

For the last few weeks you have studied the book of Genesis. You have gone through different chapters and today we get to the big reveal—we get to the moment that everything has been leading too.

 

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Rendezvous with Reconciliation

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost – Sunday, August 6th

 

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Gypped: Picking Up the Pieces

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – July 30th, 2017

 How do you not become jaded and walk away from that which you love? The answer was maddeningly simple. You learn to become wiser and move on.

 

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Bible Passage: Genesis 29:15-28

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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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Match.com

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost, Sunday, July 9th, 2017

 

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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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