21Feb

S4E26: This, Not That pt. 2 (The Great Invitation pt. 6)

Question: What does Jesus mean when he says "You have heard that it was said... But I say to you..."?

In part 2 of "This, Not That," we continue our look at the Sermon on the Mount and how Jesus calls his disciples to a deeper understanding of the law, rather than what was said in the oral tradition.

Matthew 5:21-37

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 12, 2017 (First published February 18, 2017)

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19Feb

S4E25: This, Not That pt. 1 (The Great Invitation pt. 6)

As we continue our Great Invitation, Jesus begins to pick apart the contemporary interpretation of God's law by saying "You've heard that it was said... But I say to you..." both affirming the validity of the written word and his own authority as the Son of God.

Matthew 5:21-37

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 12, 2017 (First published February 15, 2017)

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18Feb

S7E19: God Gives the Growth (Somos del Senor pt. 5)

Ultimately, when we identify more with the church we belong to than the God that we worship, we are missing the point. Paul calls such people immature in their faith, and insists that he cannot feed them spiritual meat but that as infants in Christ they are still being fed spiritual milk. It's a harsh rebuke for the church in Corinth, but also a stern reminder for us all. What makes us one is our identity in Christ, not the church of denomination we belong to. Ultimately, the church we belong to is where we come to meet the risen Lord. We belong to Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 16, 2020

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14Feb

S4E24: Salt & Light & Righteousness Abounding (The Great Invitation pt. 5)

What does it mean to be the "salt of the earth?" Or what does it mean to be the "light of the world?" Jesus says WE are salt and light. We'll take a deeper look at just what that means in the life of a believer today.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 5, 2017 (First published 2/7/17)

Matthew 5:13-20

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12Feb

S7E18: With a Demonstration (Somos del Senor pt 4)

We often use churchy words that Christians understand in our evangelism, without ever considering that these words are completely foreign to our audience. When Paul first went to Corinth, it was a pagan city and ignorant of Judaism or the theology of one true and living God. So he had a certain way of preaching to these unbelievers, keeping the message simple so that they could understand. To the now-growing church of disciples in Corinth, he speaks with the wosdom of God, but initially he brought these unbelievers to Christ by simply preaching Christ, and him crucified. We would do well to remember to keep it simple in our evangelistic endeavors, as well.

1 Corinthians 2:1-16

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 2, 2020

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10Feb

S7E17: Consider Your Call (Somos del Senor pt. 3)

Keeping it green. It's a phrase used in 12-step programs to remind recovering addicts and alcoholics to remember where they came from, so that they wouldn't be tempted to go back there. It's something that we as Christians ought to do, as well. After all, we all have a time before and after we came to Christ, and we can often see a marked change from one to the other, a transformation if you will. In today's reading, Paul is calling on the church in Corinth to consider their call, and to remember that all of our efforts must be bathed in prayer or ultimately fail. It's not our wisdom that wins souls to Christ, but the wisdom of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Recorded at Hudson UMC on February 2, 2020

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4Feb

S7E16: Same Mind & Same Purpose (Somos del Senor pt 2)

After Paul's greeting and praise for the church in Corinth, he immediately moves into a situation which had been reported to him that needed addressing. Some of the Christians in Corinth were dividing themselves according to the person they followed, and Paul said that this must not be, that they must be of the same mind and same purpose - that of preaching the gospel of Christ. These words could easily have been written to the church today, and with the same call to faith - we, too, though fractured by denominationalism, must be of the same mind and same purpose to win souls for Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:10-18

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on January 26, 2020

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27Jan

S1E09: Follow Me (Matthew 4:12-23)

Have you ever wondered why the accounts of Jesus calling the disciples differ between John's gospel and the others? Well, today we look at this very question as we examine the way Jesus calls us all, and how we respond to his call.

Matthew 4:12-23

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 26, 2014 (First aired January 17, 2014)

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24Jan

S1E08: Come and See

There are many churches today that are welcoming churches, including the two that I serve. But today I challenge the congregation at Ebenezer United Methodist Church to be not just welcoming, but invitational. So grab your Bible, turn to John chapter one, and join us as we "Come and See."

John 1:29-42

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on January 19, 2014 (First aired January 19, 2014)

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22Jan

S4E20: Come and See (The Great Invitation pt. 2)

We don't have to have all the answers as evangelists. All we have to do is to bring them, and Jesus will make them see.

John 1:29-42

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 15, 2017 (First aired January 22, 2017)

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