Sermon Archives

September 1, 2013

Where Are You Sitting?

In the passage from Luke we see that Jesus was being watched as he was at the home of a prominent Pharisee. As Jesus was being watched, he was watching the other guests. He watched as they chose their seats. The guests picked the seats of honor at the table. Jesus gave the guests advice […]

August 25, 2013

Should Not this Woman Be Set Free?

What affects you in your daily life? Many things can affect us in how we live and how we relate to others in our ongoing contacts in our lives. Jesus was teaching on the Sabbath in one of the synagogues. A woman was in the congregation who had been crippled by a spirit for 18 […]

August 11, 2013

Living by Faith

What do you have faith in? Do you have faith in the car that you drove to church this morning? Do you have faith in the pew you are sitting in? The writer of Hebrews defines faith as “confidence in the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” What does all […]

August 4, 2013

Are You Rich toward God?

There are frequent discussions in the news about the inequities in the amount of income received by persons. Some persons have even suggested that some people are too rich. Who defines too rich? What right does anyone have to say that another person receives too much in income or is too rich? Who declares them […]

July 28, 2013

God Made You Alive

Paul addressed the church at Colossae which was in present day Turkey. He urged the church to continue to live in Christ as they had received Christ. The church would be able to continue in Christ because they were rooted and built up in Him. Roots provide a way for nutrients to travel to the […]

July 21, 2013

Choosing What Is Better

Jesus was invited to Martha’s home along with his disciples. While Martha was busy preparing the meal, her sister Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to what he said. Martha was distracted by all the preparations and grew more upset as time passed. She eventually came to Jesus and told Jesus to tell Mary […]

July 14, 2013

Who Is My Neighbor?

The expert in the law came to Jesus to ask him a question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus turned the question back on the expert and asked him, “What is written in the Law?” The expert replied, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with […]

July 7, 2013

A New Creation In Christ

Paul talks about the different ways of looking at Christ. He said that he formerly looked at Christ from a worldly point of view. He does not any longer look at Him in that view. Paul talks about what is past. Then Paul points us in a different direction. He gives us an opportunity to […]

June 1, 2013

Five Practices: 5. Extravagant Generosity

5/26/13 Extravagant Generosity Philippians 4: 6-13,19-20 I was the associate pastor in a large old church in Pekin, Illinois. Our Adminstrative Board was holding it monthly meeting in the sanctuary because we had a problem. The paint was pealing and the plaster was falling in the sanctuary. To repair it was going to be a […]

May 21, 2013

Five Practices: Risk-taking Mission & Service

Five Practices: Risk-taking Mission & Service

5/19/13 Risk-Taking Mission and Service Matthew 25:31-46 ¬†Robert Schnase identifies Risk-Taking Mission and Service as one of the five essential practices of a vital congregation. For one last time I am reminding those in order to encourage you to continue in them. Do you know the names of all five practices? They are Radical Hospitality, […]

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