Sermons

Sermons

Thinking Biblically – Reading the Epistles

What does it mean to thrive?  What does it mean to live abundantly?  Was Tolkien right?  Is it true that all that is gold does not glitter, that not all who wander are lost, that the old that is strong does not wither, that deep roots are not reached by the frost?  Paul’s implicit answers to questions like these, permeate this ancient and famous expression of hope.  So, let’s take a moment to walk through it, so that we can…

Thinking Biblically: The Gospels – Reading the Parables

  Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus.“Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do…

Thinking Biblically: The Gospels – Reading the teachings

 “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.  Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take…

Thinking Biblically: The Gospels – Reading the Story(ies)

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been…

Thinking Biblically: Studying The Bible

Proverbs 1:1-7 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: For learning about wisdom and instruction,     for understanding words of insight, for gaining instruction in wise dealing,     righteousness, justice, and equity; to teach shrewdness to the simple,     knowledge and prudence to the young— let the wise also hear and gain in learning,     and the discerning acquire skill, to understand a proverb and a figure,     the words of the wise and their riddles.  The fear of the Lord is…

Honest Hope: Hoping in the Future, While Living in the present

            Jeremiah 29:11 – “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope” is one of the most popular verses in the modern Christian world.  We put it on coffee mugs, and inspirational colanders, we share it social media posts, and hang it on our walls, painted in beautiful script across a pieces of fine canvas.  When a verse so completely…

I Believe: One

Ephesians 4:1-6 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God…

I Believe: Resurrection

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way.  Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.  Just…

I Believe: Return

Scripture Lesson: 1 Corinthians 15: 51-58 Listen, I will tell you a mystery! We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When this perishable body puts on imperishability, and this mortal…
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