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“This Is the Day That the Lord Has Made, Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad in It.”

 Text: Nehemiah 8:11-12  10 Nehemiah said, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep…go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord, and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. In these strange days in which we find ourselves, saying “let us rejoice” may seem a little…

The Anti-Religious God

Sunday            03-22-20                   4th Sunday in Lent Encore Presentation Sermon:  “The Anti-Religious God” Texts:   Isaiah 1:10-18   John 3:1-10 Our theme today is the anti-religious nature of God.  We will be hearing some interesting, funny, and oftentimes profound quotes from notable critics of religion like Mark Twain, H.L. Mencken, and Madeline Murray O’Hare.  But these folks are rank amateurs compared to the criticisms that God makes. So the next time someone criticizes the church, we can say honestly, “You’re…

Dent, Chips, & Stretch Marks

Our text is about Adam and Eve being cursed and expelled from Paradise.  I once saw a cartoon of these two running out of the Garden of Eden with a flaming, twirling sword behind them.  Eve is saying to Adam, “I think we’re in a time of transition!” One question we’ll be raising is, “Have we been out of the Garden so long, that the present world looks normal to us?”  The U.S. State Department rotates its embassy employees on…

The “So What” of Romans 1-11

Text:                Romans 12:1–8 Sermon:        “The ‘So What?’ of Romans 1-11”           This Sunday is the first day in Lent, the 40 days of fasting and penitence, from Ash Wednesday to Maundy Thursday.  The four Sundays within this time period are not counted among the 40 days of Lent because each Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus and cannot be used for mournful activities such as fasting and ashes.  This Sunday is also Youth Sunday and we are…

“Focus, Focus, Focus”

02-23-20               Transfiguration Sunday Text:                   Matthew 17:1-7 Sermon:            “Focus, Focus, Focus” We hear the story of the Transfiguration at least once a year and I must confess, I haven’t heard a really new idea about this text in 40 years.  Maybe we’re relying too much on logic to appreciate what’s happening here.  I know a story about a woman who asks her engineer boyfriend, “Do you really love me?”  He replies, “Premise number 1, you’re attractive.  Premise…

Liberation In Jesus

Our theme is “liberation,” a word that often has political connotations.  Liberation theology once fired the imaginations of Christians wanting to help the poor in developing nations.  Unbelievably, in Latin America, Liberation theology has been almost completely replaced by the “health and wealth gospel”  of folks like Joel Osteen.  (I strongly recommend this new Gospel if you happen to be healthy and wealthy!) Liberation always holds the promise of more freedom like the old joke:  What’s the definition of a…

What The Heck is Dominion? Part 2

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,…

The Problem with Happy Meals

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11-13

Flying in Circles

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength, They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Doing a 180

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of…