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Credo-Life

Credo-Life

By Fr. Thomas Reeves
Some of the more recent sermons of Thomas Reeves, the pastor of The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Roanoke, Va. www.churchofpeterpaul.org/ Fr. Tom is the author of "Was Jesus an Evangelical: Some Thoughts about the American Church and the Kingdom of God" released by eLectio Publishing (a small traditional publisher) in September 2017. He is also the author of "The Creedo-life Blogspot". credo-life.blogspot.com/
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Harm and Forgiveness - Matt 18:21-35

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A Dramatic Turn of Events - Gen 41
Those that stay on the path, will find the magnificent treasure they seek
27:20
October 19, 2020
Signs of a Faithful Plan - Genesis 40:1-23
The eyes of faith can see the blessings of God - even in the darkest of times.
23:43
October 5, 2020
Wisdom and Deception in Dialogue - Matt 21:23-27
Misplaced motives must be discerned for wisdom to emerge
28:11
September 27, 2020
Everlasting Mercy and an Ungrateful Heart - Jonah 3:10-4:11
Selfish hatred and entitlement leave us little room for joy
28:43
September 26, 2020
Harm and Forgiveness - Matt 18:21-35
Those transformed by mercy, give it to others.
27:40
September 15, 2020
God's Unthwartable Ways - Gen. 37:1-11
God uses our faithfulness, ignorance, and sin to accomplish his plans. (due to audio editing limitations, the listener will have to fast-forward through the episode to the sermon as the entirety of the service was recorded. Peace.)
48:51
August 30, 2020
Lasting Consequences - Genesis 25:19-34
The way we live now has long-term ramifications.
25:40
August 26, 2020
"The Idolatry of Technology" - Gen 11:1-8
Our pride in our self-sufficiency always leads to emptiness (podcast #106)
24:13
August 18, 2020
"The God on our Behalf" - Rom 8:31-39
The Spirit-empowered children of God have already won
23:24
August 12, 2020
"The Road to Glory" - Romans 8:18-30
Suffering is the path to our final hope
28:40
August 1, 2020
"Real Hope" - Romans 8:12-17;23-25
Our battle through the power of the Spirit gives us real hope
29:13
July 27, 2020
"Want To" Romans 8:1-11
In Christ, we can defeat sin in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit
31:56
July 12, 2020
A Covenant of Salvation - Gen 15 & 17
We are redeemed and brought to everlasting life together
26:10
July 11, 2020
Making it Happen - Genesis 16:1-15
God’s way and timing is always right
25:23
July 2, 2020
"A Solitary Steadfast Faith" Gen 9:6-22
The blameless obey God’s commands even when they must stand alone
31:08
June 27, 2020
Worship from the Heart - Genesis 4:1-12
The motivations and actions we bring to worship reveals all
32:21
June 19, 2020
The Character of Our Community - Selected Scriptures
God has put eternity in our hearts and has redeemed us to His eternal ways.
29:53
June 7, 2020
The Gifts of the Spirit - I Corinthians 12:1-13
The Spiritual Gifts are for others not us.
33:36
May 31, 2020
That Anticipation - Acts 1:11-14
Times of confusion, waiting, and prayer characterize the life of God's people.
27:22
May 24, 2020
A Comparative Outlook - John 21:20-25
Following Jesus means accepting our own calling.
31:19
May 19, 2020
Preparing to Love John 21:15-19
Theme: True love cannot be purchased and is worth much more than any fortune.
27:16
May 14, 2020
A Need to Know Basis - John 20:30-31; 21:20-25
There is no life-giving belief outside of the embrace of mystery.
24:43
May 3, 2020
Evidence and Belief - John 20:24-29
If we embrace the revelation of Jesus, doubt becomes faith.  For Video of entire service see the below link: https://www.churchofpeterpaul.org/liturgyandmedia
23:04
April 26, 2020
Once For All - Hebrews 10:1-18
Our sins past, present, and future have been forgiven once for all.
11:58
April 21, 2020
Night and Day - John 20:1-18 (Easter Sunday)
Only those who mourn will dance with joy For Video of entire service see the below link: https://www.churchofpeterpaul.org/liturgyandmedia
21:37
April 17, 2020
Those Powerless Powers - John 19:17-25 (Good Friday)
God’s purposes for the Salvation of the World will never be thwarted. For video of the entire Good Friday service see: https://www.churchofpeterpaul.org/liturgyandmedia
23:06
April 16, 2020
Disruption - Matthew 21:1-11 (Palm Sunday Sermon)
With the Gentle King comes disruption. For the entire Palm Sunday Service on video see https://www.churchofpeterpaul.org/liturgyandmedia
21:19
April 16, 2020
When Community Counts - John 19:17-25 (Maundy Thursday)
Even on the cross, our Lord cared for his Covenant people See entire service on video at: https://www.churchofpeterpaul.org/liturgyandmedia
10:12
April 16, 2020
A Leap of Faith - Genesis 12:1-5
God often calls us to leap without a net.
25:25
April 15, 2020
The Great Deception - Genesis 3:1-7
God is good, but we are constantly tempted to believe otherwise.
33:26
April 15, 2020
The Right Kind of Treasure - Matthew 6:1-6;16-18 (#80)
There is a lot of confusion among American Christians regarding the kind of "awards" awaiting us someday in heaven. Some preachers even teach getting rewards (like material possesions or riches) as a motivation for Christian behavior. Is this what Jesus is talking about when he teaches the importance of "laying up treasure in heaven"? Theme: The right attitude desires the right kind of treasure
16:45
February 29, 2020
Being Human - Gen. 1:26-31
The Redemption of Christ makes us fully human once more.
31:51
February 19, 2020
Form and Function - Gen 1:1-5;21-25
The Lord is outside, above, and over His creation.  So why does this matter with how we live our lives?
32:38
February 5, 2020
Exiting The Pit - Psalm 40
God always comes through for his waiting people, and his timing can be trusted.
35:18
February 5, 2020
The Creator and Creation - Gen 1
When we try to make Genesis a modern science book, we hide the truth, beauty, and clarity contained in its pages.
44:58
January 30, 2020
The Surprising Freedom of God - Acts 10
No matter our expectations, our obedience reveals our faith in God.
30:16
January 16, 2020
The Ultimate Big-Brother - Hebrews 2:10-15
Jesus becomes one of us, that he may make us truly free
23:05
January 16, 2020
A Great Light - Matthew 4:12-17 (The Feast of Epiphany)
Jesus is a light for the entire world.
33:40
January 10, 2020
A Child Reigns (Sermon) - Isaiah 9:6-7 (Feast of the Nativity)
No matter how dark it gets in the world around us, through faith in Christ, we share in the Child's kingdom that only knows peace and justice.
20:51
January 9, 2020
A Child Reigns (Intro) - Isaiah 9:6-7 (Feast of the Nativity)
No matter how dark it gets in the world around us, through faith in Christ, we share in the Child's kingdom that only knows peace and justice.
00:42
January 9, 2020
The Right Kind of Help - Psalm 146:1-10
We can always depend on the right kind of help.
22:59
December 25, 2019
The Reorientation of Repentance - Matthew 3:1-12
Repentance and faith is a way of life for the Disciple of Jesus
31:03
December 25, 2019
Sensationalizing the Day - 2 Thessalonians 2:1-10
If we are prepared, nothing will surprise or alarm us...and no one can manipulate or deceive us.
26:53
November 13, 2019
Coming Up Short - Luke 19:1-10
A life of continual salvation is offered to those who hungrily pursue Jesus, readily turning from sin and welcoming the forgiveness and mercy offered by God.
22:28
November 8, 2019
Our Source of Justification - 2 Timothy 4:6-8; 16-18; Luke Luke 18:9-14
Righteous and faithful behavior looks like something and has eternal ramifications.
25:34
November 8, 2019
Willing To Die - John 19:1-16
It is hard to intimidate or manipulate those who are willing to die
29:01
October 21, 2019
Speakingly Rightly - John 18:19-24
Being authentic and truthful is costly.
23:19
October 21, 2019
Living the Truth, When the Truth Doesn't Matter - John 18:28-38
We often prefer the truth of the kingdoms we know.
23:00
October 15, 2019
In Search of Honor - Luke 14:1, 7-14
True exaltation comes in the strangest of ways
24:56
September 5, 2019
An Undeniable Impact - John 17:20-26
The character of God informs the mission of his faithful church
26:29
August 27, 2019
Jesus In the World Today - John 17:11-19
 Like Jesus, the church is in the world but out of place in the world
28:19
August 21, 2019
Sharing in the Work of God - John 17:6-11
   We, the Church, are Christ’s body in the world, but will only reflect his glory in truth and unity.
30:09
August 14, 2019
The Absent Presence - Psalm 22
The God who is absent, is the God who is there.
23:01
August 9, 2019
"The Heart of God" - Hosea 11:1-11
   Our covenant-making God is loving and gracious, but he is no fool.
27:43
August 6, 2019
A God Who Answers Prayer - Luke 11:5-13
The Lord willingly answers our prayers, giving us only good gifts.
28:54
July 30, 2019
Speaking Plainly - John 16:25-33
  It isn’t easy to understand salvation and life through Jesus Christ.     
24:05
July 30, 2019
BT - A New Christianity? (Part 1)
  Embracing the unchanging character of God, his revelation to humanity, and our insatiable desire for newness and novelty A second segment in our "Brief Thoughts" series.
06:56
July 26, 2019
Hymn - Let All On Earth Their Voices Raise
"Let All on Earth Their Voices Raise!" 
02:45
July 25, 2019
The Meeting of the Divine Council - Psalm 82
   Theme: God cares about the powerless and weak of every nation
25:55
July 17, 2019
Friendship with the King - John 15:9-17
 Intimacy with Christ can only grow through a spirit of obedience and love. 
25:08
July 3, 2019
"The One Who Helps" - The Feast of Pentecost 2019 - John 14:12-17;25-27
 The Holy Spirit is the power, guide, and presence of God among us 
31:23
June 19, 2019
The Definition of Love - John 14:18-24 [Season 1, Episode 18]
   God only dwells with those that understand true love.
30:19
May 29, 2019
BT - A New Christianity? (Part 2)
Hurry up and amuse yourself.
04:07
May 22, 2019
The Vacancy of the Father's House - John 14:1-7 [Season 1, Episode 17]
 There is an eternally warm welcome for those who choose the only path to the Father 
30:07
May 21, 2019
The Worship of the Lamb - Rev. 7:9-17 [Season 2, Episode 23]
   Any suffering in this life is engulfed by the presence and care of our Lord in that final day.
29:33
May 14, 2019
Gone Fishing - John 21:1-14 [Season 1, Episode 16]
   Our resurrected Lord graciously feeds and guides us as we grow to know him better
25:11
May 8, 2019
A Kingdom of Priests - Revelation 1:4-8
 We have a blessed and powerful position as God’s forgiven and faithful people 
30:07
April 30, 2019
The Answer to Fear - Lectionary Readings
   Theme: The Resurrection is the answer to Fear    But what if we weren’t afraid? What if we had nothing to lose because we had nothing to fear? What if we knew that everything had already been bought and paid for, that we were free to be creative, loving, and risky with our generosity and true love toward others because we knew all our needs would be met?  What if we knew that any pain that we faced was temporary and could be handled with joy and hope, so we had nothing truly to fear? What if the future world to which we were traveling was so divine, that the suffering, trials, mistakes, sin, guilt, and stupidity of our lives would someday be lost to our memories because they would be engulfed by the joy and true peace of the lives we would be living in harmony with others? What would a life like this look like? From our Old Testament Reading today: Is. 65:17 For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
17:36
April 24, 2019
The Gentle Conqueror - John 12:12-18
 The followers of the gentle and dangerous King have eternal life. 
20:58
April 17, 2019
BT - Our Fear of Intimacy with Others (Part 3)
Why are we so afraid to be vulnerable and intimate with other people?
09:44
April 9, 2019
The Waters of Faith - Colossians 2:11-15
God converts us through faith and baptism
29:05
April 9, 2019
The Sustaining Sacrament - Selected Scriptures
 The body and blood of Christ sustains us and unifies the New Covenant people of God 
32:42
April 9, 2019
Taking it Personally - Philippians 3:7-11
 A faith in Christ is very personal
20:45
April 9, 2019
BT - Our Fear of Intimacy with Others (Part 2)
Why are we so afraid to be vulnerable and intimate with other people?
05:38
April 3, 2019
The Mystery of Unbelief - John 12:37-42
 We must desire the praise of God, above the praise of mankind. 
25:24
March 29, 2019
The Centrality of Ceremony - Genesis 15:5-12; 17-18
In our commitment to and worship of God, ceremony and faith can never be separated.
35:11
March 17, 2019
Lights Out - John 12:27-36
   Through Jesus, the Father continually reaches down to those who reject the light
23:07
March 10, 2019
The Sacrament of Entrance - Selected Scriptures
  In baptism we are united to the triune God, to salvation through the work of Christ, and to the covenant people of God.
26:25
March 4, 2019
Living Out Our Baptism - Rom 6:1-11
 We have power and hope through our baptism because of the death and resurrection of Christ 
22:38
March 4, 2019
God's True Character - Luke 6:27-36
The mercy that we know intimately, we desire to give to others
33:00
February 28, 2019
When What We Want, Really isn't What We Want - Mark 9:30-37
 We don't always want those things that would bring us lasting joy and life. Jesus offers them to us anyway. 
34:47
February 25, 2019
Our Welcoming God - Matthew 15:21-28
Eternal life is only given to those who want it.
25:18
February 25, 2019
When No Answer is an Answer - John 12:20-26
The Gospel is disruptive to our perceptions of life
29:37
February 17, 2019
Ulterior Motives - John 12:1-8
Our perceptions are limited by what we can see.
26:11
February 14, 2019
From the Womb to the Tomb - Is. 49:1-7
The Lord is at work in our lives before we are ever born
35:00
February 7, 2019
The Bride of Christ - Is. 64:1-5
We are only saved together as the Church, the New Covenant people of God.
33:06
February 7, 2019
A Light for the Nations - Matthew 2:1-12; Lectionary Verses
 With the rising of the King, comes salvation for every ethnic people group across the globe.
33:12
January 8, 2019
That Blessed Dwelling - Zephaniah 3:14-20
The Lord dwells at the center of his restored people
26:20
December 18, 2018
That Righteous Branch - Jeremiah 33:14-18
The eternal rule of Christ, brings a holistic and complete salvation for the People of God.
23:56
December 3, 2018
A New Presence in a New Community - Hebrews 10:19-25
We engage the presence of God and the strength to endure when we worship together in the name of Jesus
36:40
November 26, 2018
That Heavenly Sanctuary - Hebrews 9:24-28
The sacrifice of Christ on our behalf, brings us near to God
25:59
November 26, 2018
The Problem with Jesus - John 11:45-54
When it comes to following Jesus, everyone makes a choice.
28:07
November 7, 2018
Those that Seek the Face of God - Psalm 24:1-6
Those who seek to know God, long to worship him
29:11
October 31, 2018
The Fame of the Lord - Habakkuk 3:1-15 [season 3, episode 7]
Our God’s power and glory wins out
25:34
October 17, 2018
Use and Abuse - Habakkuk 2:15-19
Our longing for justice comes from the very character of God
24:24
October 11, 2018
BT - Our Fear of Intimacy with Others (Part 1)
Why are we so afraid to be vulnerable and intimate with other people?
05:12
October 5, 2018
Resurrection on Demand - John 11:17-27
The resurrection power of Jesus is available for those who believe
27:01
October 2, 2018
Dazed and Confused - John 11:1-16
Trusting Christ in times of perplexity gives us faith
28:53
September 28, 2018
That Familiar Voice - John 10:1-10
The true shepherd gives; all others take.
31:12
September 22, 2018
It Comes Around - Habakkuk 2:5-14
Our investments determine the returns we receive.
27:13
September 11, 2018
Perfect Timing - Habakkuk 2:1-4
Because we know God’s timing is always perfect, we keep our faith in Him.
23:47
September 6, 2018
Embracing the Tension - Habakkuk 1:12-2:1
True faith perseveres even when God’s ways are confusing
26:01
August 28, 2018
Terrible Promises - Habakkuk 1:5-11
The promises of God’s judgement must be taken seriously.
28:58
August 19, 2018
Praise and Refuge - Psalm 34
The delivered are secure and live a radiant life of thanksgiving to God.
23:49
August 16, 2018
Honest Doubt - Hab. 1:1-4
In the life of faith, there is a place for honest questioning.
33:50
August 6, 2018
Groping in the Dark - John 9
Those given sight by Jesus want the truth about him and his ways
27:42
July 31, 2018
The Unsearchable God - Psalm 40
We serve a magnificent, mysterious, and caring God.
31:18
July 25, 2018
Simple Faith - John 9:1-12
Sometimes faith isn't that complicated; it just requires obedience.
30:38
July 25, 2018
In God Alone - Psalm 62
When we wait in silent pain, a powerful, loving and just God is our refuge
27:29
July 23, 2018
The Freedom that Frightens - John 8:31-38
Followers of Jesus love the truth and they are constantly pursuing the freedom found only in him.
31:45
July 20, 2018
Toxic Religion - John 8
Religious belief and behavior is poisonous where the love of God is absent
27:48
July 13, 2018
A Difficult Teacher - John 6
Jesus is life, and only his teaching and ways bring life
33:12
July 13, 2018
Dealing With Family - John 7
It is easy to worship and adore our loved ones above our Lord and Savior who is the only source of authentic and eternal life.
27:10
July 13, 2018