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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2
Feb
2015

God Relented

Sermon on Jonah 3:1-5, 10, for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany, about the prophet Jonah being sent to Nineveh, and their repentance at God's Word. How does Jonah foreshadow Jesus? How does the book of Jonah address our attitudes and God's attitudes toward the lost? How does it demonstrate God's mission for the lost, and His mercy?

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19
Jan
2015

Speak, Lord, for your servant hears

Sermon on 1 Samuel 3:1-10, for the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, about the prophet Samuel and his first vision from the Lord. Is the Word of the Lord "rare" in these days? Are we listening? How is God still speaking? How do we respond, and who is the faithful servant of the Lord?

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12
Jan
2015

Baptized into Christ

Sermon on Romans 6:1-11, for the Baptism of our Lord, about how we die and rise with Christ in our Baptism, and how we face our life together with Jesus.

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5
Jan
2015

Worship the Light

Sermon on Matthew 2:1-12 and Isaiah 60:1-6, for Epiphany, the visit of the Wise Men. Why did they come, and what kind of king and kingdom did they discover when they came? Jesus is King for all people.

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29
Dec
2014

Waiting for the Lord

Sermon on Luke 2:22-40, for the 1st Sunday after Christmas, about the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple, and how Simeon and Anna were waiting for Him. How do Christians fruitfully occupy their time while waiting for the Lord's return? What does the example of Simeon and Anna, and our own vocations, teach us?

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29
Dec
2014

Christmas day Carol service meditation

A brief meditation on the celebration of Christ's birth, and why it is "forever blessed."

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29
Dec
2014

The Place for Love

Sermon on 1 John 4:7-16 & Matthew 1:18-25, for Christmas Eve, about how God had to prepare a place for Love to enter the world through the person of His Son Jesus Christ, and how He continues to prepare that place in our hearts.

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22
Dec
2014

King of the House of Jacob

Sermon on Luke 1:26-38, for the 4th Sunday in Advent, about the universal and eternal kingdom of Jesus Christ, who would be born from the Virgin Mary. How do we share in the blessing that Mary received? How does the establishment of Jesus' kingdom and its growth come about?

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18
Dec
2014

Fears and Comfort in Forgetting and Remembering

Sermon for Advent 3 Midweek, about fears and worries about losing memory, or wanting to forget hardships but being unable--and the comfort of knowing what God forgets and remembers. The following readings are incorporated into the sermon: Psalms 9 & 25, Isaiah 49:15-16, and Luke 12:4-7.

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15
Dec
2014

The Will of God

Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, about how God's will for us is to lead a joyful, prayerful, and thankful life. How is this possible for the Christian who faces the world's troubles? Is sanctification my spiritual do-it-yourself project?

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