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Church for the Highlands

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Sermons from Revised Common Lectionary and other audio
"This is Serious Business"
Learning from Elijah and Elisha, Jesus and the disciples what job God has for us to do in the world and what is required. Third Sunday after Pentecost, Sunday, June 26, 2022.
June 26, 2022
"When Things Are Out of Control"
Learning from Elijah and a demon-possessed man about what to do when things around and within us are spinning out of control. Luke 8:26-39; 1 Kings 19:1-15a Rev. Dr. John Henson
June 21, 2022
"All Fired Up"
A sermon on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022 Church for the Highlands and St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Shreveport, LA Rev. Dr. John Henson
June 06, 2022
"What Jesus Left Behind"
Sermon on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. More words from Jesus to his followers about what he is leaving behind for them after he departs.
May 24, 2022
"Love Like This"
Sermon on the Fifth Sunday of Easter Jesus instructs his followers with a new commandment--to love one another as he has loved them. He then demonstrated such love by washing their feet.
May 24, 2022
“On Being Rescued Sheep”
Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day.
May 09, 2022
“Breakfast with Jesus”
What we learn from Peter and other disciples when they encounter the risen Jesus around a campfire.
May 03, 2022
"An Easter Rollercoaster"
Identifying with Mary Magdalene's emotions at the empty tomb and with the risen Christ Easter Sunday, April 17, 2024
April 20, 2022
"Lessons on Service from Jesus in His Last Week"
A sermon given by Rev. Dr. John Henson at the annual Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Holy Week Service Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at Church for the Highlands
April 13, 2022
Palm Sunday 2022: Several Ways to Respond this Holy Week”
Responding to Jesus like the disciples and crowd as Jesus goes on to Jerusalem.
April 12, 2022
3 Things to Do before Easter
What we learn from Martha, Mary, and Lazarus' dinner party Fifth Suday in Lent, April 3, 2022
April 05, 2022
"When We Return Home"
3 things we find when we return home to God as the younger son returned to his father in Jesus' parable of the prodigal son. Luke 15. Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 27, 2022. Rev. Dr. John Henson.
March 29, 2022
"When Manure is a Good Thing"
Jesus tells a story about a fig tree as a lesson about the work that is necessary for fruitfulness. Luke 13:1-9 Third Sunday in Lent, March 20, 2022 Rev. Dr. John Henson
March 21, 2022
"A Hen on the Way to Jerusalem"
Learning from Jesus on the way to Jerusalem during Lent. Luke 13:31-35
March 14, 2022
"Clearly Jesus"
A sermon on Transfiguration Sunday, February 27, 2022 Rev. Dr. John Henson
March 03, 2022
“How to Handle an Enemy”
Learning from Jesus and Joseph how to handle enemies. Luke 6: 27-38, Genesis 45:3-11,15. Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany.
February 21, 2022
"Encountering Jesus in Our Frailty"
Sermon on the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 13, 2022. By Dr. John Henson
February 13, 2022
“Living on Purpose”
What we can learn from Jesus about living on purpose—for the benefit of others with risks and resources. Luke4:21-30 John Henson
February 02, 2022
“Jesus on Purpose”
Jesus talks to his hometown about his purpose and identity after reading from Isaiah. Luke 4:11-21.
January 26, 2022
“New Wine Divine”
Sermon on the second Sunday after Epiphany, January 16, 2022. The Wedding at Cana. John 2:1-11. Rev. Dr. John Henson
January 16, 2022
"When Jesus Gets Baptized"
A sermon on Baptism of the Lord Sunday, January 9, 2022 Rev. Dr. John Henson
January 10, 2022
"What Good is an Epiphany?
Sermon delivered on the Second Sunday after Christmas, January 2, 2022, and for Epiphany Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA By Rev. Dr. John Henson
January 05, 2022
“When a Carol is an Ear Worm”
Sermon on First Sunday after Christmas 2021 on John 1:1-18
December 27, 2021
"Finding Ourselves in the Story of Christmas"
Christmas Eve Sermon, 2021 Rev. Dr. John Henson Church for the Highlands, Shreveport
December 26, 2021
“Finding Joy in the Dark”
Sermon on 3rd Sunday of Advent, Zephaniah 3:14-20
December 12, 2021
Channeling John the Baptist
Sermon for Second Sunday of Advent, December 5, 2021 Luke 3:1-6 at Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA Rev. Dr. John Henson
December 05, 2021
"Stumped by Hope"
Sermon on how and where to find hope in our world these days. Jeremiah 33:14-16 First Sunday of Advent, November 28, 2021 Church for the Highlands Rev. Dr. John Henson
November 28, 2021
"Elvis Was Right"
Sermon on Christ the King Sunday, November 21, 2021 Rev. Dr. John Henson
November 21, 2021
"There's a Therefore"
What we are to do in light of knowing what God has accomplished for us in Jesus: moving close to God, holding fast to our confession, and continuing to meet together.  Hebrews 10:11-25 Rev. Dr. John Henson Church for the Highlands
November 15, 2021
The Saints
Sermon on All Saints' Sunday, November 7, 2021 Being aware of where God is, where they (the departed), and where we are. Church for the Highlands Rev. Dr. John Henson
November 08, 2021
"A Love Like Reese's"
Loving God and neighbor mindfully, faithfully, and sacrificially. Mark 12:48-32 Rev. Dr. John Henson Sunday, October 31, 2021
October 31, 2021
Finding Our Place in the Universe
Sermon on Sunday, October 17, 2021 Hebrews 5:1-10 Finding our place in the universe by looking at the calling, humility, and submission of Jesus.
October 17, 2021
"Drawing Near to God"
Sermon from Hebrews 4:12-16 on our invitation to draw near to God in difficult times Sunday, October 10, 2021 Rev. Dr. John Henson
October 11, 2021
"Finding our Fixed Point"
Seeing, hearing, and experiencing God's reflection in difficult times. A sermon by Rev. Dr. John Henson, Sunday, October 3, 2021
October 04, 2021
Prayer Works
What, why, when, and how to pray, according to James 5:13-20 Sunday, September 26, 2021 Rev. Dr. John Henson
September 26, 2021
"Here to Serve"
Jesus tells his disciples, who were debating who among them was the greatest, that whoever wants to be first must be last and servant of all. Mark 9:70-37
September 20, 2021
"God's Heart for the Poor and Vulnerable"
How to have God's heart for the poor and vulnerable Sermon on Sunday, September 5, 2021 James 2:1-17, Proverbs 22, Mark 7:24-37 Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA Rev. Dr. John Henson
September 07, 2021
Nones and Dones
Sermon on James 1:17-27 about what "true religion" means Sunday, August 29, 2021 By Rev. Dr. John Henson
August 30, 2021
"Wising Up"
How we can get wisdom from God.  1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14, Ephesians 5:15-20 Delivered to Church for the Highlands Sunday, August 15, 2021 Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Rev. Dr. John Henson
August 17, 2021
"Just Generosity"
How and why to excel in generosity with God and others. Sermon from June 27, 2021.
June 29, 2021
Time for Renewal
A sermon on our need for renewal and how to get it. 2 Corinthians 4:13-18
June 09, 2021
Trinity Sunday
Sermon on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021
June 09, 2021
"Lighting Up the Darkness" sermon
on First Sunday after Epiphany Sunday, January 10, 2021 Church for the Highlands, Shreveport, LA Rev. Dr. John Henson
January 10, 2021
"When Following Jesus Involves a Sword"
Sermon from Matthew 10:24-39
June 24, 2020
"Well with Jesus"
What we learn from the woman Jesus met at Jacob's well, John 4:5-42
March 17, 2020
“Getting a Life”
Jesus talks with Nicodemus about being born from above
March 10, 2020
“When We Are Tested”
What we learn about Jesus and ourselves from Jesus’ time in the wilderness
March 04, 2020
Listening to Jesus
Transfiguration Sunday
March 04, 2020
"Fixing Broken Relationships"
In his sermon on the mount, Jesus teaches the disciples how to reconcile relationships.
February 16, 2020
"Becoming Effective"
Jesus teaches the disciples how to be great in the world.
February 09, 2020
What Jesus meant by “blessed” in his beatitudes
February 08, 2020
“When Dawn Breaks”
What happens when the light of dawn breaks upon us. Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23. Am
January 27, 2020
“Come and See”
Jesus calls his first followers
January 27, 2020
Your Role Model for Changing the World in 2020
Characteristics of Jesus our role model for changing the world from Isaiah 42 and Matthew 4
January 12, 2020
When God Gives You an Epiphany
Epiphany Sunday, 2020. Learning from the magi's response to the revelation of the Christ child
January 11, 2020
What the Shepherds Teach Us
Learning from the shepherds' response to the birth of Jesus
January 11, 2020
"What Joseph Teaches Us"
What we can learn from Joseph and his response to God re: Mary and Jesus
January 11, 2020
Finding Joy in Your Darkness
Third Sunday of Advent
December 19, 2019
Deconstructing for Jesus
Hearing what John the Baptist has to say about preparing for the arrival of Jesus; Matthew 3:-12
December 09, 2019
"Anchoring to the Shalls"
Learning from Isaiah how, in the midst of darkness, to anchor to the "shalls" from God in Isaiah 2:1-5 First Sunday of Advent, 2019
December 02, 2019
How a King Lives
Sermon from Luke 23:33-43 on Christ the King Sunday, 2019
November 27, 2019
Being Church in a Post-Church World, Part 2
What the church can learn from Jesus' comments in Luke 21:5-19
November 22, 2019
Being the Church in a Post-Church World
Finding wisdom for the church of today in the words of the prophet Haggai 
November 15, 2019
How to Pray and Not Give Up
Lessons from Jesus on prayer in Luke 18:1-8
November 15, 2019
How Jesus Heals
What we can learn from how Jesus healed ten lepers  Luke 17:11-19
October 19, 2019
"Do This"
Sermon from 1 Corinthians 11 at our Agape Meal on Sunday, October 6, 2019
October 09, 2019
“Whom To Trust These Days”
The psalmist in Psalm 146 gives reasons to trust God instead of powerful people.
September 29, 2019
"The Shape of Faithfulness"
A conversation at the gym and what Jesus has to say about being faithful (Luke 16:1-13)
September 23, 2019
"What Nine Year Olds Celebrate"
A sermon on our 9th birthday. Finding reasons for celebration in Luke 15:1-10.
September 16, 2019
Jesus or Elvis
When the Kingdom of God comes to town at the intersection of a crippled woman and Jesus in Luke 13:10-17
August 29, 2019
"What's Going On"
Jesus says he came to disrupt. Luke 12:49-56
August 18, 2019
How Not To Be a Tone-Deaf Christian
Learning what God really wants us to be and do in our world from Isaiah 1:1,10-20
August 14, 2019
How Not To Be a Fool
Life lessons from Jesus' Parable of the Rich Fool
August 08, 2019
repaired previous podcast: How to pray
Lessons from Jesus in response to the disciples saying, "Lord, teach us to pray."
July 31, 2019
How to handle distractions from what matters most
July 21, 2019
“What I Can’t Do Without My Neighbor”
Expanding our view of neighbor in light of Jesus’ Good Samaritan story
July 14, 2019