Sermon: When the First Word is Love

Matthew 20:1-16 See, the kingdom of heaven is like this. Some day laborers were hired at six-o-clock in the morning to go work in a vineyard. At six-o-clock in the evening, they got paid the usual daily wage (what they had agreed to receive). This was a problem. See...

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Sermon: Before the Beginning, After the End

Matthew 18:15-35 This year, our Wednesday Lenten Study will explore the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson is the director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization in Montgomery, Alabama which aims to provide legal representation to those...

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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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