Sermon Podcasts

August 13 – Pentecost 10

In fear and discouragement, Elijah comes to meet with God. God does not speak to him through wind, fire, or earthquake, but in “a sound of sheer silence.” That same God meets us in Jesus, who responds to our fear and discouragement with his gentle strength.  1 Kings 19:9-18

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August 6 – Pentecost 9

We are often tempted to go it alone, even though Jesus stands ready. When we give what we have (however little it seems) and follow his lead, Jesus is able to turn our meager offering into a blessing that flows through us and beyond us. He even makes us a blessing to others.  Matthew 14:13-21

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July 30 – Pentecost 8

What is the Kingdom of Heaven like? A little bit goes a long way. It’s worth everything we have. It’s where all evil will be removed. Fortunately for us, the price has already been paid. Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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July 23 – Pentecost 7

How are we to understand the suffering and evil in the world? If the earth is the Lord’s, if Jesus is King, then why is there so much? Jesus gives an explanation in this parable, along with the assurance that there will be a day when all suffering and evil will come to an end.  Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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July 16 – Pentecost 6

God’s word will accomplish God’s purpose. God’s promises will be fulfilled. We can be assured of this even when all indicators are to the contrary. Meanwhile, we can take steps to receive it well.  Isaiah 55:10-13, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

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July 9 – Pentecost 5

Jesus reminds us of the importance of having the receptivity and dependence of a child. When we come to him in that way, we can receive help with our burdens from the one who knows how to carry them.  Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

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July 2 – Pentecost 4

The teaching of Jesus here comes as both gift and challenge. It’s an t he entrusts his name to us. It is also a challenge to remember that we represent him. When we do remember that, we actually help others meet him in us. Matthew 10:40-42

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June 25 – Pentecost 3

Many messages from the world will lead us into a life of fear. The message of the gospel is one of confidence and joy in the love of God in Christ. His love casts out fear to give us life.

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June 18 – Pentecost 2

Jesus shows us the incredible love of God by his crucifixion and resurrection for us, even when we were actively opposed to the ways of God. He gives us peace with God, creating the opportunity of a life of confidence, humility and strength.

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June 11 – Trinity Sunday

At the end or the gospel of Matthew, Jesus gives the church the Great Commission. With all authority on Jesus’ shoulders, we get to join in passing on the fire of God’s love. Matthew 28:16-20

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June 4 – Pentecost Sunday

Guest preacher Rev. James Bullock speaks on the gift of the Holy Spirit to followers of Jesus.  Acts 2:1-21

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May 21 – Easter 6

Paul is set free to honor and respect the good already in the Athenians. He is also free to speak the truth of the risen Jesus, no matter what the reaction. The risen Jesus sets us free to witness to what he has done with gentleness and reverence.  Acts 17:22-34

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May 14 – Everything is New – A New Family

A New Family
The living Jesus invites us into the family relationship of the Holy Trinity. As sisters and brothers of Jesus, we are welcomed into the eternal family of God.  John 14:1-14

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May 7 – Everything is New – A New Way of Life

A New Way of Life. (A circle sermon!)
Jesus, our good shepherd, lives. He continues to speak to his sheep, to guide and lead us. He now gives us a new way of life. It’s no longer a life driven by unhealthy desires or unhealthy relationships. It is centered on his way of life, of listening to him and following where he leads.  John 10:1-10

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April 30 – Everything is New – A New Understanding

A New Understanding.
While Jesus walks the road with the disciples, he opens the scriptures to them, giving them a new (to them) understanding of God, history, and the world. The resurrection of Jesus opens our minds to a new understanding of God, history, the world, even ourselves, so that our hearts burn within us.  Luke 24:13-35

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April 23 – Everything is New

A New Peace
There are cries for peace from all kinds of people all around the world. The resurrection of Jesus gives us a new kind of peace, not like the world can give, rooted in the love of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit.  John 20:19-31

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April 16 – Easter Sunday – Everything is New!

The resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday was an earth-shaking event. It’s no wonder the women who were the first to hear the good news were filled with a mixture of fear and joy. Death is defeated. Everything is new. A new kind of freedom has been given!  Matthew 28:1-10

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April 9 – Palm Sunday

What did the crowds expect from Jesus? Did he deliver? Or were they disappointed by how he stuck to his own plan rather than theirs? What do we expect from Jesus? Are we willing to take him on his terms rather than our own? Can we submit to be obedient to him? Jesus will be obedient to the Father. The result will mean life for us all.  Matthew 21:1-11

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April 5 – Jonah 4

Jonah has delivered his message to Nineveh, but doesn’t like the results. He pouts on a hillside, so God issues him a challenge.  Jonah 4

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April 2 – Love in the Fray – Lent 5

Our most fearsome enemy is death. Jesus knows death and he knows grief. He knows what we suffer. He shows that he is more powerful than death by raising Lazarus with a simple word. So no matter what grief we face, he invites us to listen to his voice of life, the voice of the good shepherd.  John 11:1-45

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March 29 – Jonah 3

Jonah, now having been spewed onto the shore by the big fish, finally relents and does the mission to which God calls him …. barely.  Jonah 3

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March 26 – Love in the Fray – Lent 4

The way of the world is that even something good can be met with opposition. Jesus will not abandon us, but will continue to strengthen us. He will be with us in our darkest times.  John 9

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March 19 – Love in the Fray – Lent 3

When Jesus meets the Samaritan woman by a well in the middle of the day, he gives healing to some of her deepest pain. The healing becomes blessing not only to her but to her whole town, as her former pain becomes the place of her greatest ministry.  John 4:5-42

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March 15 – Jonah Ch. 2

Jonah has gotten himself thrown off the boat and into the belly of the big fish. Today, we hear him praying to God.

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March 12 – Love in the Fray – Lent 2

Nicodemus comes to Jesus under the cover of darkness, with much internal conflict and confusion. Jesus meets him and challenges him, moving forward into a deeper faith. We see how often he does the same with us. John 4:5-42

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