Week 6 of "Obscure" sermon series. This week focuses on the Book of Esther. The story of Esther (and her cousin Mordecai) is a story of standing up for what is right, staring down an uncertain future, and having hope. Mostly Esther's story is one of finding hope when all seems lost.
Week 5 of "Obscure" - This week we look at the Book of Joel, one of the "minor prophets" (minor because the books are short). Joel is unique among the prophets for several reasons - all which make it worth reading and studying. Joel proclaims the "Day of the Lord" and seeks to help the people choose and prepare for a Day of the Lord marked by and mercy.
Week 4 of "Obscure" - this week we take a look at the Book of Hosea, to see how what God has spoken to the people through this prophet. Hosea is a fascinating prophet, whose life and words were used to call the people back to God and to show them the beauty of God's promises.
6/20/21 - Week 3 of "Obscure" - This week we look at Paul's Letter to Titus. Paul sent Titus on a mission to help resolve problems in churches in Crete, and offered him advice for the work he was about to undertake. Paul's advice to Titus centered around allowing God's grace to transform his life so that others would see and know God's goodness and allow themselves to be transformed by God's grace - and become more like Christ.
6/13/21 - Week 2 of "Obscure". Scripture Focus: Lamentations 3:19-33
Lamentations is an often ignored part of the Bible. Yet, it can help us to better understand grief and sorrow, pain and suffering, hope and trust. Lamentations shows us the importance of expressing our emotions, calling upon God to hear us and restore us. While things might not always work according to our plan, we can trust in the fact that God is always faithful and God's steadfast love lasts forever.
6/6/21 - Week 1 of sermon series "Obscure", looking at some lesser known books of the Bible. This week focuses on Paul's Letter to Philemon. In this letter we discover the message Paul worked to share: if you want to be a Christian/follow Jesus, if you say you are a Christian/follow Jesus, then your life needs to be like Jesus' life. Paul was willing to offer himself for Onesimus as his way of showing the power of Jesus' sacrifice for us, and the power of life-changing grace that God offers to us all.
5/30/2021 - Trinity Sunday can be a time of confusion as we struggle to understand the nature of our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Or, Trinity Sunday can be a time when we recognize that the transformation our lives can undergo because of the gifts God has given us in Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit.
Scripture: Romans 8:12-17
5/23/21 - On Pentecost Sunday, we remember the day the Holy Spirit was poured out on the disciples. Acts 2 describes how something like a powerful wind and tongues of fire was poured out on the disciples, and how that event was perceived by many others. Pentecost marks a shift from focusing our attention on what Jesus has done for us to understanding that we are called to be disciples of Jesus, offering God's grace and sharing Jesus with all the world.
Week 4 of "Open Our Eyes"
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42
While the life of a follower of Jesus can be a difficult one, Jesus wants us to know that there are always blessings to be found. All we have to do is welcome others, and be welcomed by others, just like God has welcomed us.
Week 3 of "Open Our Eyes" sermon series
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 10:24-39
We understand Jesus' instructions for us to "go and preach the good news" - but do we recognize when others are proclaiming the Gospel, helping us to hear God's word?
Week 2 of "Open Our Eyes" sermon series
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:8
Jesus said many things in this passage, but do we pay attention to why he said them? Jesus wants to turn our attention to the people around us -the people whom Jesus came to serve. Do we hear his call to see and serve others in his name? Do we listen to Jesus telling us to go and build his kingdom?
Week 1 of "Open Our Eyes" sermon series
Scripture Lesson: Matthew 28:16-20
When Jesus appeared before the disciples for the final time they all worshipped him but some doubted, Matthew wrote. Can we do both? Worship and doubt? How does this strange combination play into the instructions Jesus gave them to "Go and make disciples..."?
9/15/2019 - Week 1 of Sermon Series "Back to Basics"
The Bible is a book that Christians claim to read and revere. We call it "holy", we make references to it, we count on it to have answers. But, in reality, the Bible is more complicated than a simple instruction manual or rule book. The Bible is a guide given to us so that we can come to discover the beauty of grace, the necessity of faith, and the importance of everyday actions. We explore these ideas as we also dig into Paul's words in 2 Timothy 3:14-17: 'In other words, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”'