18
May
2015

Take the Stand

Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, for the 7th Sunday of Easter, Confirmation Sunday, about what it means to testify or give witness to Jesus, and what is the testimony of God. Why is God's testimony greater than man's? Jesus' resurrection as God's testimony of who He is.

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11
May
2015

Faith in Jesus is Victory!

Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, for the 6th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day, about how faith and love are inseparable, and how they are the identity of new believers, who are children in God's family. How does faith give victory? Why are Jesus' commandments not burdensome to the new child of God? How does Christianity maintain the importance of the physical world?
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4
May
2015

God’s First-Love

Sermon on 1 John 4:1-11, for the 5th Sunday of Easter, about how we know what is "of God" or "not of God." The spiritual warfare between truth and error. Love as a sign we are children of God. God is Love, and what does that love mean or do?

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27
Apr
2015

No other Name

Sermon on Acts 4:1-12, for the 4th Sunday of Easter, about the inclusivity and exclusivity of Christianity and Jesus as the only way to salvation. A sermon about the Name of Jesus, and how it suffers dishonor, persecution, and defamation, but what is the power, the glory, and honor of that Name. How Christians bear that Name.

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13
Apr
2015

Walking in God’s Light

Sermon on 1 John 1:1-2:2 for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, about walking in light or darkness, about the fact that God is Light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Why are we urged to confess our sins? How does this passage speak against hypocrisy? Where do we find help to face the constant struggle of sin?

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6
Apr
2015

Path of Life

Sermon on Psalm 16 and Mark 16:1-8, and the parallels between the Exodus of the Israelites led by Moses, and the new, Second Exodus led by Jesus. A sermon for Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and how He makes known to us the path of life.

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30
Mar
2015

Meditation on the Passion of Our Lord

A brief meditation on the Passion of our Lord Jesus, following a narrative reading of the Gospel of Mark, chapters 14-15, about the betrayal, trial, suffering and death of our Lord.

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23
Mar
2015

Helper of the fatherless

Sermon on Psalm 10 for Life Sunday, about how the abortion industry continues to take the innocent lives of nearly 1 million American babies a year, and what we as Christians can do to respond with the love of Christ and to advocate for the voiceless and fatherless. What is a father's role, for good or bad, in abortion? How can the church encourage a new generation of parents?

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16
Mar
2015

The Path left behind, and the Path chosen for us

Sermon on Ephesians 2:1-10, for the 4th Sunday in Lent, about sin, our sinful nature, God's immeasurable love and grace in Christ Jesus, a brief description of grace and faith, and the role of our good works in the Christian walk.

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9
Mar
2015

Destroy this Temple

Sermon on John 2:13-22, for the 3rd Sunday in Lent, about the zeal of Jesus when He cleansed the Temple. What does it take to "light a fire" in you? What is the difference between good zeal and bad zeal? What did Jesus aim to do by cleansing the Temple? What happened when He did it a second time? Why did Jesus refer to His own body as a Temple?

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2
Mar
2015

Self-denial and cross-bearing

Sermon on Mark 8:27-38, for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, about the marks of discipleship, and how Jesus calls us to see our life of discipleship to be modeled after His own self-denial and cross-bearing. What does it mean to bear our crosses, and how do we find strength or victory? What does it mean to reject or say no to ourselves?

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23
Feb
2015

Victory in Him!

Sermon on Mark 1:9-15, about the Baptism and temptation of Jesus, and how that relates to our own struggle in bearing our cross and facing temptation, and how we find victory in Jesus. How does the world make light of sin, the devil, and temptation? What is the Bible's view of the consequences of sin?

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23
Feb
2015

Fading Glory, Lasting Glory

Sermon on 2 Corinthians 3:12-13; 4:1-6 for the Transfiguration of our Lord. A sermon about how Paul compares the glory of the Old Covenant with the New, and shows how Jesus' glory is a greater and permanent glory--but also how He chooses to reveal it in humility. How do Christians today experience and encounter the glory of Christ?

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9
Feb
2015

Free from all, servant of all

Sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:16-27 for the 5th Sunday after Epiphany, about the joy and reward that motivated Paul to preach the gospel free of charge to the Corinthians. How is the Christian life a paradox of freedom and service? How has the Christian church misunderstood Paul's "becoming all things to all people", and how should we understand this for how we serve and reach the lost? How did Jesus do all of this for us?

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2
Feb
2015

The Prophet and Mediator

Sermon on Deuteronomy 18:15-20, for the 4th Sunday after Epiphany, about how Jesus is the Greater Prophet and Mediator that Moses foretold. What does this passage tell us about the responsibilities and dangers of being a prophet? The responsibilities of the people? What happened at Mt. Horeb (Sinai), that caused the people to ask for Moses to be a mediator? Why mediation with God necessary, and how do we find it?

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