30
Nov
2015

Enter the King

 Sermon on Luke 19:28-40, for the 1st Sunday in Advent, about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem as king. What is different/unique about Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, from all the kings and generals that entered the city before? What was the goal and outcome of His entrance, both into the world and to the city of Jerusalem? Who were the real enemies? Who did Jesus "disarm?" As part of His kingdom, what is the role of disciples as a "city on a hill?"

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30
Nov
2015

In a position to give thanks

Sermon on Deuteronomy 8:1-20, for Thanksgiving, about having an attitude of thankfulness in all circumstances. How do we learn from the example of the Israelites? What does God's providence show?

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23
Nov
2015

God’s Justice

Sermon on Isaiah 51:4-6, for the Last Sunday of the Church Year, about how God's justice would stand as a light for the peoples, and how God brings His justice into the world. What is the difference between human forms of justice and God's? Why do earthly hopes of peace and justice disappoint us, while God's will prevail? How did Jesus perfectly display God's justice?

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16
Nov
2015

Sermon on Daniel

Sermon on the Book of Daniel, especially 12:1-3, for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost. How Daniel received prophecies about what lay ahead for God's people, and how he found certainty in anxious times, and what is our one constant in times of chaos and uncertainty? How did Daniel respond to the visions he received? How does chapter 12 expand to a universal vision for all believers, and speak of the resurrection of the body, and the just and the unjust? Who writes our names in the book of life?

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9
Nov
2015

Abundance and poverty, emptiness and fullness

Sermon on Mark 12:38-44, for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost, about Jesus' teaching about the scribes and the widow's mites. How does being a religious or spiritual leader, pose particular temptations? Which of those temptations do we all share? How is the widow who brought her small offering to the Temple, a contrast to the pretense and show of others? How do we escape our temptations to self-flattery and ego, and find a humble and sincere trust in God?

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2
Nov
2015

Purifying God’s Children as He is Pure

Sermon on 1 John 3:1-3, for All Saints' Day, about how God calls us His children, how He calls us saints, and purifies us. What is a saint, and what are misconceptions about being a saint? What is purity, and how do we get or maintain it? How do we have worth before God?

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