Sermons

Taken Down, Raised Up

Grace and peace from God the father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Allow me to refresh your memories about the story of Joseph.

He was the favorite son of Jacob.

He is sometimes called the dreamer because Joseph had dreams that his brothers would bow down to him. Just for the record, his brothers didn’t like that about Joseph.

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Go

    Hey, I don’t want to freak you out, but you’re not safe here.  Did that sound a little ominous?  Good, because I meant it to.  I mean, don’t panic, but what you just heard, and what it means, and what it says God does in our lives?  That’s not safe.  God’s call to Abram, who God will later rename Abraham, it’s not a call to security or prosperity or reliability or stability.  If you want to stay safe in your faith, you’re not gonna like this.

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Intentional Renewal

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen. The root word for intentional is intention. Webster’s dictionary defines intention this way; a determination to act in a certain way or what one intends to do or bring about.[1] As you examine your own life, what kinds of things are you intentional about? In the context of your family, your work, your personal habits around health and wellness and yes, your spiritual life.

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Strengthen Your Hearts

Yesterday, Arizona Senator John McCain was laid to rest.  I didn’t always agree with him or his politics, but then, there’s never been a politician I can say that about.  I can say that I had respect for his intellect, service to country, personal morality, and leadership.  Someone who spent six years as a prisoner of war and twice lost on achieving his highest professional ambition must know something about suffering, endurance, and patience.

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Words Matter

I’m wondering how many of you had a parent say to you at some point in your growing up years; if you can’t say something nice about someone else, don’t say anything at all.

I heard that a lot growing up and I suspect many of you did as well.

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Dead or Alive?

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17 So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

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The Testing of Your Faith

For two months, you’ve been hearing sermons about faith practices.  Faith practices are those actions and habits that are not only a means to themselves, but also have the effect of building faith like a muscle every time they’re practiced.  We’ve talked together about practices like doing devotional readings, being immersed in reading scripture, and making the choice to be generous both with your money and your time. These faith practices are essential to an active, engaged, meaningful Christian life.

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Whatever You Ask For

Prayer creates the foundation of every single thing we do in faith.  This week, we end our summer sermon series on faith practices with prayer because prayer ultimately forms and shapes every other practice.  Worship, scripture reading, service, confession and forgiveness, generosity, self-denial, devotional reading, fellowship – all these things begin and end with prayer.

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The Windows of Heaven

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

For some people, money and religion is a sensitive topic as well as one that creates a lot of negative feelings. Some of that is well earned. We’ve all heard stories of people being financially manipulated and taken advantage of in the name of religion.

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