REPENT, AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL

Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; and Mark 1:14-20 Micah Bales I don’t need to tell you that we’re living in a particularly dark, chaotic time. We can all feel it. Our national government is off the rails in a very visible way with the present federal shutdown. But our dysfunction as a society goes…

TANGIBLE FAITH (OIL, SONG, AND PRAYER)

James 5:13-20; John 9:1-12 Jennifer Hosler This is the tenth and final sermon in our sermon series on the book of James.  Since it is Thanksgiving weekend, it would be rather appropriate to start my sermon with some gratitude. I’m thankful for many things but one which came to mind is my fantastic and caring…

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

  Luke 24:13-35, 1 Peter 1:17-23 Nathan Hosler Earth Day Sunday was last week. Though I wasn’t here (I’m going off the word on the street) I heard that while mentioned and in some manner included in the prayer time it was not a main theme. In the end, the point is to focus on…

DO NOT BE DISMAL (PIETY POINTS)

Matthew 6:1-18 Nate Hosler “Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them;” A dialogue last week: Nate—I should buy a stole (clergy sash). Jenn—Why? Nate—For when I pray in front of people (at a vigil or protest). A standard approach to scripture is that Jesus said ____ but what…

WE’RE ALL IN THE WILDERNESS NOW. WHAT COMES NEXT?

 Psalm 40:1-12 & John 1:29-42 Micah Bales   The wilderness beyond the Jordan river is where God appeared to Moses in the burning bush. It’s where the Hebrew people wandered for forty years after their escape from Egypt. In this same wilderness, Elijah heard the still, small voice of God. The wilderness is a place…

A SERMON IN FOUR SCRIPTURES

Exodus 32:7-14    Psalm 51:1-10     1 Timothy 1:12-17    Luke 15:1-10 Jeff Davidson If you look up a dictionary definition for “preach,” you will find that one of the definitions is “to give religious or moral instruction, particularly in a tedious manner.” One popular form of preaching is “expository preaching.” According to Wikipedia, this is a…

Root-Bound

Root-Bound Jennifer Hosler             Very rarely do we hear news stories about genuine repentance.  We often hear PR statements, statements regretting the fallout of actions, words that express regret for the pain caused – but often not apology and claim to wrong action. We might hear “I’m sorry that my words offended you”.  We probably…