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Sun, Jun 28, 2020
Duration: 38 mins 31 secs
We all praise. It comes as naturally as breath. It comes when we lose our breath. Something beautiful, awesome, or memorable captures our attention and grips our emotion. We have to tell someone about it. This is praise. And when we pay attention to God, who he is and what he has done, praise is our response. Psalm 150 teaches praise as our primal response, appropriate ending, emotional engagement, and high volume shout of Hallelujah. Will you join the chorus?
Sun, Jun 21, 2020
Duration: 47 mins 9 secs
Saul was breathing threats and murder against Christians. Little did he know, we would soon join them as one of their chief spokespeople. Jesus stopped him on the way to Damascus, called his name, stole his sight, and gave him a new mission. Saul, who became Paul, converted, received his commission, and the rest, as they say, is history. His story is an example of Jesus taking the most odious breath and refreshing it. He did it with Paul; he does it with us.
Sun, Jun 14, 2020
Duration: 45 mins 29 secs
God made human beings special. We were for relationship and reflecting him in the world. The creation story in Genesis provides the backdrop for our origin. We bear God's image--male and female. He breathed life into us. This sermon celebrates our divine design and gives us a practice to keep the truth on our minds during the week.
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 52 secs
We all have a name and bus stop. Sometimes we confuse the two. Sometimes our names and bus stops tell a tragic story that only God, by his grace, can redeem. Mephibosheth has such a story. The orphan child receives forgiveness, fortune, fellowship, and family when King David invites him to the table. Jesus invites us to the table and offers the same. Moreover, he asks us to extend such grace to others.
Sun, May 31, 2020
Duration: 50 mins 58 secs
The apostle Paul calls believers in Ephesus to "walk worthy of their calling." These are diverse people, divided people, whom Jesus brought together as a single family. They share a single faith in Him who died for them and raised them to new life. This new, worthy life included living together in a spirit of humility. In our individualistic age, humility, gentleness, and sacrifice for others requires God's Spirit to help us.
Sun, May 24, 2020
Series: LOVED-13
Duration: 41 mins 39 secs
Our love for others -- church members, family, neighbor, and coworkers -- will never be perfect. We will be deficient in our care. Fortunately, if we are consistent in our care, it covers a multitude of failures and missteps. The apostle Paul closes out his lovely exhortation about love, speaking of its consistent nature: bearing, trusting, hoping, and enduring all things, always. As the message will illustrate, this is easier said than done.
Sun, May 17, 2020
Duration: 23 mins 56 secs
Jesus set aside his grief and followed his gut. A crowd had amassed, wanting his healing touch. Crowds can be demanding, feisty, fearful gatherings. This did not deter Jesus. Moved by pity, he tended their needs like a good shepherd. He provided food to feed 5000+. This miracle shows his pity moves him. It still does. He has compassion on you.
Sun, May 10, 2020
Series: LOVED-13
Duration: 44 mins 25 secs
Something pitiful in us likes to close our fist, fight, and own others. Our fear of shame and fiery anger motivate us to hurt them. The detailed tabs we keep--what others owe us and how they've hurt us --feed our bitterness. Sadly, sometimes we delight in news of another's demise. Paul observed such defective, self-protective love in Corinth. He called for it to stop. Love protects others, he wrote. The principle applies today.
Sun, May 03, 2020
Series: LOVED-13
Duration: 42 mins 5 secs
We tend to bend inward. Our hearts envy others, inflate our egos, and look for our own interests. This was the case in Corinth. Spiritual gifts and social groups bent the church inward. Rather than building one another up in love, they lived as rivals. We can suffer the same inward bent. Thus, Paul continues his masterpiece on love, encouraging his readers to look out for others. Love looks out for the inward bent and look outward to build up others.
Sun, Apr 26, 2020
Series: LOVED-13
Duration: 43 mins 12 secs
Love calls us to UP our game. We may put UP and shut UP in order to build UP others. These actions are expressions of patience and kindness, two positive aspects of love expressed by the apostle Paul in his magisterial chapter on love. Moreover, these aspects of love are essential to God, modeled by Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.
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