1Dec

S3E19: The Ebnd of All Things (Advent 2015)

Sermon #142

The word "Advent" comes from a Latin word that means "to draw near."  That is what we are doing with the Advent season, drawing near to the coming of Christ.  But as most of us associate Advent with the first coming of Christ, perhaps the more important focus of the Advent season is the anticipation of Christ's return.  While we don't cower in shadows or hide in sanctuaries impatiently awaiting the second coming of Christ, we are to live our lives prepared for when he does come - and the words of Jesus today in Luke's gospel advise us to do just that.  So as we begin a new liturgical year, let us also draw near in anticipation to the return of Christ.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Luke chapter 21, and prepare your heart and mind as we consider Christ's return and the end of all things.

Luke 21:25-36

Recorded at Hudson UMC on November 29, 2015 (Originally published November 30, 2015)

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29Nov

S6E25: Stand (Prepare the Way pt. 1)

Sermon #311

On this first Sunday of Advent (2018) we begin a new series titled "Prepare the Way."  Throughout the Advent season we will be looking at old testament prophecy and how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that word of God.  Advent is a time when we celebrate the three incarnations of Christ.  First, he came as a babe in Bethlehem, born to become a man who would bear the sins of the world on the cross.  Next, he lives in each of us in word and in spirit.  Finally, at the end of all things he will come again in the clouds in great glory and power.  At that time, we who have put on Christ may stand in the presence of our God.

Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16 and Luke 21:25-36

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on December 2, 2018 (Originally published December 7, 2018)

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28Nov

Lectionary Readings for First Sunday of Advent, Year C

November 28, 2021

Old Testament: Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalter: Psalm 25:1-10

Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

Gospel Lesson: Luke 21:25-36

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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14Nov

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28), Year B

November 14, 2021

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 1:4-12

Psalter: 2 Samuel 2:1-10

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 10:11-25

Gospel Lesson: Mark 13:1-8

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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8Nov

S9E13: Presence (The Vows We Make pt. 1)

Sermon #468

When we as Methodists become members of the local church, we make a vow to fully participate in the ministries of the local church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness (United Methodist Hymnal p. 38).  Frankly, many of us forget that we made such a vow after we join the church and quickly abandon those areas of our Christian walk.  So every once in a while I like to bring out those vows and remind our congregation of the promise they made when they joined the local church.  Today being Reformation Sunday, we look at what it means to participate in ministry by our presence.  How do we find joy in attending to both the outreach ministries and the worship of the local church?  The pandemic gave people permission to worship at home, and I thank God that we had the technology in place to do so.  But if we love God and love our neighbor, then our desire should be to be with each other, and that is what it means to be present in the ministries of the church.

Mark 12:28-34

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 31, 2021

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7Nov

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27), Year B

November 7, 2021

Old Testament: Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17

Psalter: Psalm 127

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 9:24-28

Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:38-44

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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1Nov

Lectionary Readings for All Saints Day, Year B

November 1, 2021

Old Testament: Isaiah 25:6-9

Psalter: Psalm 24

Epistle Lesson: Revelation 21:1-6a

Gospel Lesson: John 11:32-44

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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31Oct

Lectionary Readings for Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 26), Year B

October 31, 2021 (Reformation Sunday)

Old Testament: Ruth 1:1-18

Psalter: Psalm 146

Epistle Lesson: Hebrews 9:11-14

Gospel Lesson: Mark 12:28-34

Scripture quotations from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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28Oct

S7E57: GC Talk - On Stewardship

The mere mention of stewardship in a church environment causes one to clutch at his or her own wallet.  But as we will see in today's talk with Pastor Zach Taylor, stewardship is about so much more than the finances of the church and how we are to give.  It is an all-encompasing lifestyle of being a faithful manager of the resources that God gives to us.  While that does include financial resources, it also incorporates our resources of time and ability as it pertains to the needs of the local church.  Are we compelled to give?  What is the biblical standard of giving?  And what is our attitude when giving?  All these questions and more are addressed in today's GC Talk.

Recorded via Zoom Meetings on May 8, 2020 (Originally published May 9, 2020)

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27Oct

S9E12: Real Healing (Ordinary Time 2015)

Sermon #137

As we look at the healing of blind Bartimaeus on the road to Jericho, we are forced to ask the question of ourselves:  When have I last asked God for real healing?  Not for a cold or a hurt finger but real, deep, life-changing healing.  What Bartimaeus shows us in asking to have his sight restored is that he not only believed that Jesus could heal him, but that he would heal him.  
In this sermon I tell a very personal story of an event that happened just the week before (October 18, 2015).  I do not take lightly what happened to my son, the many people who were praying for him, or the radical and real healing that took place in the half hour trip to the emergency room.  God truly did answer prayer and healed my son, and to God belongs all glory, honor, and praise.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 25, 2015 (Previously unpublished)

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