Are You Salty Enough to Overcome this Age of Darkness?

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: Numbers 11:4-6,10-16,24-29; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 I never knew how attached I was to the United States of America until I saw it being destroyed. I’ve always been critical of this and all empires. Every empire of this world stand under God’s judgment, and as the most powerful empire the…

Sow Thusly

Preacher: Nathan Hosler Scripture Readings: Psalm 1, James 3:13-4:10 “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” My…

Ecumenism and Interfaith

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture Readings: Psalm 133; Ephesians 4:1-6; Luke 9:46-56; Romans 12:9-21 Mini-Sermon 1: What does it mean to live together as the body of Christ? (Psalm 133; Ephesians 4:1-6) Ice cream comes in many flavors. My favorites include lavender honey, caramel pecan praline, cookies and cream, and a wonderful one called Double Dunker…

Crumbs for the Dog

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Reading: Mark 7:24-37 This is a Bible passage that always makes me think. There is something going on, and the text is not entirely clear exactly what it is. There are some traditional answers that have been used over the years, and I’ve probably used them myself. But as I stand…

Without the Spirit, The Body of Christ Is Just a Corpse!

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: 1 Kings 8:1, 6, 10-11, 22-30, 41-43, Ephesians 6:10-20, & John 6:56-69 “The flesh is useless.” In the Gospel according to John, Jesus says, “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless.” This is what the en-fleshed Word of God says to us. “The flesh is useless.”…

I Sought the Lord

Preacher: Jeff Davidson Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:1-8 Wherever it appears in the Bible, whenever I read the phrase “I sought the Lord” my mind goes to a song from 1965.  I was too young to know the song when it was a hit, but it continued to be played on the radio a lot for…

More Than We Can Ask or Imagine (or, There Will Be Leftovers)

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44; John 6:1-15; Ephesians 3:14-21 I ate a lot of leftovers this past week, while Nate was away at National Youth Conference. These leftovers were not, however, a sign of desperation or scarcity; they were a sign of abundant love. I had three types of leftovers. The first…

2018 Annual Conference Delegate Presentation

Delegate: Jerry O’Donnell Reflection I was deeply honored when asked if I would consider serving as our church’s delegate at this year’s Annual Conference in Cincinnati. I knew my biggest obstacle would be Congress’ schedule of votes. Once that wasn’t a problem, I requested time off from work, which was granted by my boss. I…

Living Parables

Preacher: Jennifer Hosler Scripture Reading: Matthews 9:35-38 You may find it funny that the title of my meditation is “Living Parables,” but that the scripture we read does not, in fact, include a parable. I thought it was a bit strange, but that’s because, at first, I didn’t get the right sense of the Annual…

In this Age of Darkness, We Need the Prophets

Preacher: Micah Bales Scripture Readings: Psalm 24, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29 Who are the prophets? The prophets are those on whom God has sent his Holy Spirit. This is the same Spirit that hovered over creation. The Spirit that breathed life into the first man and woman, creating us in the image of God. This is…