Render Unto Caesar (Matthew 22:15-22)

Separation of Church and State.  We often hear this phrase thrown around, and frequently today's passage is cited in that context.  But what was Jesus really calling the Pharisees to?  At the heart of the answer to the unanswerable question lies another question: are we truly giving unto God what is God's?  This convicting thought touches the heart of any who truly love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 15, 2014.


By Our Presence (Colossians 3:12-17)

We continue our look at the five ways we participate in ministry.  This week we look at how we participate by our presence.  Presence means being there, and it's more than just showing up.  Paul in his letter to the church at Colosae exhorts the colossians to be a part of the body of Christ.  We are not called into isolation, but community.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 12, 2014.


By Our Prayers (Philippians 4:4-9)

We Christians know how important it is to pray.  Jesus Himself taught his disciples to pray, and modelled prayer for us by his very life.  So why do so few of us pray on a regular basis, outside of Sunday worship or mealtimes?  Today we begin a new series based on the five promises we make as United Methodists - to participate in the ministries of the local church by our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 5, 2014


Be Like Christ (Philippians 2:1-13)

This week we continue to look at Paul's letter to the church in Philipi, as he exhorts the believers there to model their lives after the life of Christ.  He points to Jesus' humility and obedience and asks that we, the church, follow his lead.  Living a life worthy of the gospel is not easy to do, but when we consider the lengths God went to for us, we must ask, what then am I willing to do for Him? 

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 28, 2014.


Of One Heart and Mind (Philippians 1:21-30)

This week we begin a new series based in Paul's letter to the church in Philippi, known as the book of Philippians.  Paul opens his letter - written from a Roman prison - with joy and thanksgiving, and then exhorts the believers in Philippi to stand firm and strive together in the faith.  It's a model of the church that we in the 21st century can learn from and live by.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 21, 2014


Freedom in Forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-35)

At Hudson, we have started a Wednesday night contemporary worship service.  In this message, the first preached at the Wednesday night service, we look at what forgiveness is, and how it heals, not just the forgiven, but the forgiver as well.  It's been said that holding on to anger is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.  When we offer forgiveness, we free ourselves from the shackles of anger and resentment.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 17, 2014


Respect and Mutual Love (Romans 14:1-12)

We conclude our sermon series in Romans, "Theology for Ministry," by looking at how we as a body are to welcome new believers.  A common criticism of the modern church is that the many different denominations and different interpretations indicates that we are not a unified body.  But today we will look at how, even in our differences, we have Christ in common, and that is what unites us into, as the Nicene Creed states, one universal and apostolic church.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 14, 2014


Who Owns You? (Romans 13:8-14)

Who owns you?  Or to whom do you belong?  It's an odd question in a free society, but Proverbs tells us that the borrower is slave to the lender.  So do we choose to be indebted to our flesh, which offers us only death, or to God, who offers us life?  It's a question we must ponder, and a question that demands an answer.


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