Sermons

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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Marks of the True Christian

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.”

Seen anything in social media that made you angry lately?

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.”

How’s that working for us lately?

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Gentleness And Self-Control

Paul wrote the book of Galatians in a little bit of a panic.  He loved the people of Galatia, which would today be central Turkey.  He formed a church there and moved on, as he typically did in his ministry.  But then he heard that after teaching them about the all-inclusive love of God, the wideness of the Spirit, the life-saving promises of Jesus Christ, some other teachers came in.  Those teachers told the Galatians that Jesus wasn’t enough. You had to do something to get God to accept you. For those misleading the Galatians, that thing was circumcision.

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Conviction, Confession and Consolation

Conviction of sin is language that may be unfamiliar to many of you because it is language that we don’t use a lot anymore. Do you understand what it means to be convicted of your sin?

Think of it this way. When a prosecuting attorney gets a conviction in a criminal case, the truth about the criminal activity comes out and the guilty party is convicted and judgment is then pronounced.

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