Sermon Archives

November 22, 2015

Grace in the Body of Christ

Grace in the Body of Christ

We welcome Salvador Villegas, a Christian Orthodox Jewish priest. He shared about the body of Christ, the Messiah. The church becomes whole through the body of Jesus. The scriptural body of Jesus is the light bringing resurrection from darkness. The Redemptive nature of Christ won our salvation.

November 29, 2015

Freedom Bound: The Path of Justice

Freedom Bound: The Path of Justice

The prophets declare that God’s justice is coming through the promised Messiah. A moment of moral and spiritual clarity awaits us in this Advent as we pray for God’s Spirit to strengthen our hearts and lead us on pathways of justice. Freed from what keeps us captive, we can live in more caring and just […]

December 6, 2015

Freedom Bound: The Path of Mercy

Freedom Bound: The Path of Mercy

In this second week of Advent, images of God’s mercy wash over us. The most striking image is of light that enters the darkness–dawning on us, illuminating our darkness, and giving us the strength to make the changes we need to be on this freedom way. We light this candle as a reminder to take […]

December 13, 2015

Freedom Bound: The Path of Trust

Freedom Bound: The Path of Trust

Fear of the unknown, fear of the past and fear for our security entangles and paralyzes us. On this third Sunday of Advent we bring our fears to God. We long to be released from their power over our lives. Instead of life-denying servitude or a jobless acceptance of fate, our passages counsel God’s people […]

December 20, 2015

Freedom Bound: The Path of Love

Freedom Bound: The Path of Love

From the smallest tribe of Israel, from a poor teenager, from the margins God is bringing real and unexpected freedom. The fourth Sunday of Advent explains what God’s labor of love will mean for the world. The upheaval that Mary sings about is nothing short of revolutionary. Freedom is coming. On this fourth Sunday of […]

December 27, 2015

Freedom Bound: The Path of Service

Freedom Bound: The Path of Service

The gift of Jesus is a gift that shapes the church’s life. After Christmas celebrations, in which we spend time with our families and friends, it is good to remember on the Sunday after Christmas that our primary family is the church. Freedom in Christ is evidenced by a spirit of cooperation, not competition, through […]

January 3, 2016

Freedom Bound: The Path of Inclusion

Freedom Bound: The Path of Inclusion

The light Jesus brings into the world challenges and illuminates all the distinctions between us that we elevate as ultimate goods. For if the light has the power to draw wise men from afar and overcome barriers of former religious outcasts, what power does it still have to bring new freedom into our church and […]

January 10, 2016

Solomon – The Healing Power of Words

Solomon - The Healing Power of Words

This Sunday our focus is on the wisdom of Solomon. Several proverbs are related to wise speech. Words have power, and proper use of that power requires wisdom. This message explores the positive use of the power of speech, and gives direction for exercising wisdom in what we say. Control your impulses and speak wisely. […]

January 17, 2016

Jeremiah – Defining Moments Can Lead to Change – Or Not!

Jeremiah - Defining Moments Can Lead to Change - Or Not!

We continue our Bible reading and this week we have been reading through Jeremiah so we look to the life of Jeremiah. Today’s sermon led us to think about God’s call on our lives as we read in Scripture about Jeremiah’s call which spoke to him throughout his life as a prophet. It wasn’t an […]

January 24, 2016

Dare to be a Daniel

Dare to be a Daniel

Our focus for this Sunday combined the daring, bold faith of Daniel along with the stories of faith of some Anabaptist/Mennonite Christians to recognize Mennonite World Fellowship day. Daniel, while captive in Babylon, elevated the name and power of God within the pagan society, so much so that even the kings began to recognize God’s […]

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