Sermon: Life Crisis

Matthew 16:24-17:8 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote is from Gandhi. Recently, it’s something I’ve been hearing Anthony say often: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” It...

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Sermon: Uninvited Prophecy

Matthew 13:24-43 and (I Kings 17:8-24) From "Guest Speaker" (woman from Zarephath, widow, mother, amateur baker, time-traveling ghost) You can probably guess: I’m not from around here. Don’t get me wrong. It’s good to be here, I like how you let a stranger walk into...

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Sermon: Laughing With Us

Matthew 7:1-14, 24-29 Something I enjoy about getting older: it gives me the chance to look back on my life and see how the world has changed. Back in my day, we did not go around carrying the internet with us on rectangles that fit in our pockets. That is amazing!...

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Sermon: Forgiving God

Matthew 6:7-21, 25-34 Here is something I have noticed: It is not uncommon for a person to come to church when she is seeking instruction. We all want to know what we’re supposed to do. This can lead us back to prayer even when it’s been a minute; it can drive us to...

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Sermon: You Will Change

Matthew 5:1-20 Imagine being in the crowd on that afternoon. Here we learned Jesus had come to town. He was on tour preaching the good news of the kingdom of heaven, curing disease, healing despair. So when he went up the mountain, we went with him; you remember. Once...

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Sermon: Where the Heart Is

Matthew 4:1-17 If you have ever attended or worked at a summer camp, you might share my appreciation: camp nurses have a difficult job! In addition to managing scores of allergy meds, and epi pens, and inhalers; in addition to managing twisted ankles, and poison ivy,...

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Sermon: Never Asked For This

Matthew 2:1-23 It was just a few days ago. All of us were gathered in this room hearing the words of the angels: “Do not be afraid… To you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior who is the Messiah.” Then all the world answered with songs of glad rejoicing....

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Sermon: Beyond the Benefit of the Doubt

Matthew 1:18-25 God love the angels. Again and again, they show up heralding their catch phrase “Do not be afraid” as though this time, maybe we’ll be convinced. But here’s the problem, angels are terrifying. Whether they come disguised as strangers or six-winged...

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Sermon: By the Tender Mercy of our God

Isaiah 42:1-9 When Elizabeth got pregnant, her husband, Zechariah, didn’t even believe it, so the angel Gabriel made it so Zechariah could not speak until Elizabeth gave birth to John. Once she did, Zechariah took a long look at his baby. Once he named the baby John,...

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