17Feb

S5E31: In God’s Name (When God Speaks pt. 3)

We are three weeks into our series "When God Speaks." So listen up (Are You Listening?). God has a clear message to us. But now we come to an important instruction left to the people of Israel (and to us) about speaking in God's name. When someone speaks in God's name, how do we know that it is really God's word? Well in order to know that, we need to know the nature of God. And so we hear a word from Moses in Deuteronomy, a dire warning for those who would speak in God's name and a good word for those who would receive it.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 28, 2018

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16Feb

Whoops!

175 episodes is what it took for me to publish a blooper!  The most recent episode (God's Message to Us) had no audio from the sermon, so there was about 28 minutes of silence in the middle between the intro and outro.  Fun.  Or... maybe it was just a sermon by Marcel Marceau?  No, I can't do that.  Sorry.  But it has been fixed, and if you downloaded it before, just download it again and all will be well.  (or maybe you needed 28 minutes of silence in your prayer life?  Sorry, I'm grasping at straws...)

13Feb

S5E30: God’s Message to Us (When God Speaks pt. 2)

God calls to us but he does not reveal his message to us until we are ready to listen.  So what is God's message to us?  All throughout the Bible, God has a single message that repeats over and over again, and that is to turn away from our sin and turn back to him.

Jonah 3:1-5,10

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 21, 2018

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26Jan

Are You Listening? (1 Samuel 3:1-10)

We are starting a new series for the season after Epiphany and looking at the Old Testament texts for insight into When God Speaks.  We begin with the story of a young Samuel who was called upon by God to deliver a message to the High Priest, Eli, in a time when Israel was on the cusp of falling into apostasy.  But sometimes we can hear without listening, and so we ask the question, When God Speaks, Are You Listening?

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 14, 2017

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13Dec

S5E28: We Adore Christ (Who We Are pt. 3)

When we pursue an object of our love, be it a person or some other thing, we go after it with everything we have. In the same way, Christ gave everything out of love for us. Why, then, wouldn't we as a church respond in adoration for our Lord?

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 19, 2017

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12Dec

S5E27: We Preach the Gospel (Who We Are pt. 2)

We continue looking at "Who We Are" as a church by examining the central message of everything we do: the Gospel (or the Good News).  But many modern Chistians face a dilemna: we don't know how to put the Gospel into words, and some of us don't really know what the Good News is, exactly.  In American society the Gospel has become watered down into a feel-good self-help message that doesn't challenge us out of our comfort zone.  Jesus said the Gospel would be an offense and a stumbling block.  But we are called upon to preach the gospel at all times, and so preaching the gospel as a church is what makes us who we are.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 12, 2017

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4Dec

S5E26: We Believe the Bible (Who We Are pt. 1)

What does it mean to be a Bible-believing, Gospel-preaching, Christ-adoring church?  We will be looking at this question over the next three episodes, beginning with the first part: who are we as a Bible-believing church?  What is the United Methodist stance on the Bible as God's holy word?  And what is the theological foundation of our belief?  We begin looking at Who We Are by first affirming: We Believe the Bible.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 5, 2017

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26Nov

S5E25: All For God’s Glory Alone (Five Solas Pt. 5)

The final sermon in our series commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Soli deo gloria means that everything we do is for God's glory alone. He alone is God and worthy of all praise, glory and honor.

Romans 11:33-36

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 29, 2017

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31Oct

S5E24: Grace Alone (Five Solas pt. 4)

The Church in the time of Luther added the burden of meritorious works and the sale of indulgences to the sufficient work of God's grace, and Luther and the reformers sought to free God's people by dismantling the scaffolding.

Ephesians 2:1-10

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 22. 2017

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30Oct

S5E23: In Christ Alone (Five Solas pt. 3)

Having established that we are justified through faith alone, the question remains: faith in what, or whom? The Bible tells us that whoever believes in Jesus will be saved. The Reformers restored to Christ's followers the understanding that it is faith alone in Christ alone, and that Christ is our only savior, the only sacrifice, and the only mediator between a holy God and sinful man.

Acts 4:5-13

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 15, 2017

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