WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?

1 Kings 19:9-18, Matthew 14:22-33 Jeff Davidson My original plan was to talk about this passage in light of our discernment process with the Brethren Nutrition Program. I’ve moved away from that specific focus over the course of the last couple of weeks, but my conclusion still applies to that process and to the discussion…

LISTEN TO HIM!

Exodus 34:29-35 & Luke 9:28-36 Micah Bales When I was in college, I visited Mexico for the first time as a foreign exchange student with Brethren Colleges Abroad. I spent seven months there, living mostly in the eastern city of Xalapa, Veracruz – where Xalapeno peppers come from. But first, I spent several weeks studying…

O PRISONERS OF HOPE

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67, Zechariah 9:9-12, Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 Nate Hosler Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!     Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you;     triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey,     on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim     and the…

FROM DEATH TO LIFE

Genesis 22:1-14 & Romans 6:12-23 Micah Bales This is a tough passage to preach on. It’s one of the most iconic stories of the Bible – the time that Abraham and Isaac went up to that mountain, and Abraham only thought only one of them was coming back.   God told Abraham to take his…

ROOTS

Jeremiah 20:7-13 Monica McFadden While I was studying abroad in London this past year, I got completely hooked on the Netflix series “The Crown.” If you haven’t heard of it, the show follows the newly coronated Queen Elizabeth II and her experience acclimating to her role as Queen, including the many struggles involved with politics,…

THE HARVEST IS PLENTIFUL

Genesis 18:1-15 & Matthew 9:35-10:8 Micah Bales   This morning, I want to tell you a story about Stephen Grellet. Stephen Grellet was a French-born Quaker minister, one of the best-known Quakers of the early 1800s. He traveled extensively and preached to thousands. One day, as he was in prayer, he felt that God was…

FERVENT WAITING

Psalm 47; Luke 24:44-53; Acts 1:1-14 Jenn Hosler Last Saturday, Nate and I celebrated eleven years of marriage. Eleven seems crazy, sounds like a long time, but when I think about it, it has indeed been long since the days when we needed to part for summer vacations in college. Before we were married, Nate…

What is the Spirit of Life?

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17, John 3:1-17 Micah Bales Throughout his ministry, Jesus speaks of a mystery that can only be described in parables and metaphor. We heard a lot of these last month as we went through the Sermon on the Mount together. Jesus tells us that we are the salt of the earth. We’re the…

ASTOUNDED

Matthew 7:13-29 Jeff Davidson This has been a tough sermon for me to write. That’s not unusual; sometimes sermons come easily but most of the time they are a struggle, to one degree or another. There are a few challenges with this sermon in particular though, a couple that were probably common to all of…

JACOBY AND THE THREE DOTS

Luke 1:39-55 Jeff Davidson I love old game shows on TV. How many of you remember the TV show Password? If you never saw it, the original version of Password ran from 1961 to 1975. The original host was Allen Ludden, Betty White’s late husband. We had a board game of Password when I was…