Sunday, May 28, 2017

Act according to your faith!

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  • Romans 5: 1-11 — Justified by faith
It has been acknowledged by researchers and historians that in this post-modern world, many people have left the institution of church because the church has failed to live according to what it believes. There are countless examples of different churches and different denominations and faithful leaders and people, acting in ways that harm others, that lack integrity, that demonstrate the weaknesses of humanity. Paul reminds us that suffering produces endurance, character and in the end hope. He believes this because he has experienced the love of God and the power of the love of God to sustain each of us through suffering. How will the love of God poured out on us, empower us to act according to our faith, and not our own desires?
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Act according to your faith!


Romans 5: 1-11 — Justified by faith

It has been acknowledged by researchers and historians that in this post-modern world, many people have left the institution of church because the church has failed to live according to what it believes. There are countless examples of different churches and different denominations and faithful leaders and people, acting in ways that harm others, that lack integrity, that demonstrate the weaknesses of humanity. Paul reminds us that suffering produces endurance, character and in the end hope. He believes this because he has experienced the love of God and the power of the love of God to sustain each of us through suffering. How will the love of God poured out on us, empower us to act according to our faith, and not our own desires?
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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Who is at your table?

Easter 5 Scripture: Romans 1: 1-17 — Mutually encouraged by one another’s faith Sermon Who is at your table? Jesus is always making people uncomfortable. It was the people who followed him! Poor and needy, full of questions or accompanied by loud children! That is because Jesus saw their true selves. He also knows our true selves. He not only makes us One spiritually, he asks us to live and work as One literally! Even “those” people are invited to the party! Even YOU are invited! listen view

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Is your faith ALIVE or idol/idle?

Acts 13: 1-3, 14:8-18 — Paul and Barnabas heal in Lystra We will hear today of a man whose faith was so alive it could be seen in his eyes. Can your faith be so easily seen? One way to be alive in faith is to work continuously cleansing our lives of idolatry and fear. Let us live up to the call of being disciples and as Paul declares: bring good news! listen view

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Strange co-workers

Strange co-workers
Scripture: Acts 10:1-17, 34-35 — God shows no partiality We are taught to tell others about Jesus’ compassion and forgiveness as well as to pray that as many people as possible both tell and hear the Good News. But what do we do when the teller is not someone we recognize as a co-worker? What do we do if we are called to listen to a stranger to hear Jesus better? Can God truly be active in anyone? Even Italian soldier named Cornelius? Like the disciple Peter we have to learn to hear Good News from any of God’s children! listen view

Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's our time now.


  • Matt 28: 16-20 — Make disciples of all nations
This is the moment of transition from discipleship to mission and ministry. The scripture captures the final commissioning where the disciples are called and empowered by Jesus to do as Jesus did. Their mission is to spread the good news, to teach, and to heal. The Stewardship theme this year is “Knock, knock…believe, seek, share.” This is the great commissioning. But beware the lure of such power, and stay grounded in the spirit of discernment and the social gospel.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Deep Hope for the World

Psalm 118: 19-24
Matthew 28: 1-10

As people we are living in a time of deep darkness, and uncertainty, but this is not the end of the story, for we see and we enter a great light. This light will show us a way through conflict, the light of Christ gives us a new vision of a world where we are engaged, where we come together, where we find a way to remove the stumbling blocks of people seeking power for themselves. Through the practice of truth telling, forgiveness and prayer we find ourselves able to respond to the hurts of the world in community rather than isolation. There is deep hope for this world and that hope rests in Jesus Christ.
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