The Coming Shepherd (Ezekiel 34:11-16,20-24)

A shepherd has a very particular relationship with his sheep.  He gathers in the ones that wander away from the flock and he protects them from the wolves that seek to devour the strays.  On this Christ the King Sunday, we see how God promises to his people Israel, through the prophet Ezekiel, to be the shepherd for his own people - a promise that he kept when he came to Earth as the man Jesus Christ.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 23, 2014.


Playing by the Master’s Rules (Matthew 25:14-30)

What do you do with the talents and gifts that God has given to you?  Provide for your family?  Make a name for yourself?  The world today tells us we need to do as much as we can for ourselves.  But in today's lesson we will look at how God trusts us with certain abilities, and how he expects us to use them, for his sake.  It's another mid-week lesson at our Wednesday night contemporary service.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on November 19, 2014.


The Cycle of Sin and Redemption (Judges 4:1-7)

You know how on shampoo bottles it says "Lather, Rinse, Repeat?"  We human beings have been stuck in an endless cycle of sin and redemption, and it dates all the way back to Genesis chapter three.  But in today's lesson we see how God's abundant grace is the only reason this cycle continues.  God could have given up on us long ago, yet he continues in his love and forgiveness to extend to us the mercy and grace of the cross.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 16, 2014.


Words of Eternal Life (John 6:53-69)

Well this week we have a bonus sermon, one that I gave a couple years ago when I was a layperson.  From the Gospel of John, this message centers on Peter's declaration to Jesus, "You have the words of eternal life."  We sometimes forget that we can only be satisfied in Christ.  We try to fill our lives with things that the world tells us to value.  In this message, from the Summer of 2012, we look at what the world has to offer, and how it pales in comparison to God's abundant grace.

Recorded at Pitman Grove Tabernacle on August 26, 2012.


Whom Do You Choose? (Joshua 24:1-3,14-25)

We all make choices, all the time, every single day.  We might choose which shirt to wear for the day or what to eat for breakfast.  Today as we begin to look at some old testament texts in the weeks leading up to Advent, we take a look at the choice that Joshua laid out to the people of Israel: choose to serve the Lord, or choose not to.  It's a critical choice to make and one with eternal repercussions.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on November 9, 2014


By Our Witness (Matthew 28:16-20)

In 2008, the United Methodist General Conference added "witness" to the vows that a Christian makes when he or she joins the local church.  Witness is an important part of our Christian walk, but the vast majority of Christians are reluctant to talk about their faith to unbelievers.  Even so, everything we do as Christians is our witness - the way we live and the things we say bear witness to who we are as Christians.  The question is, what does our witness say about us?  And what does our witness say... about Christ?

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on November 2, 2014.  Portions recorded at Hudson UMC.


By Our Gifts (1 Chronicles 29:1-9)

As we continue our look at the five promises we make when we join the local church, we look at what it means to faithfully participate in its ministries by our gifts.  Giving is an unpopular topic in the church, and often a sermon about tithing gives the impression that the church only wants our money.  But we will see that stewardship is not about an amount, but the faithful management of the resources that God gives to us, and our giving is a response to the love and grace He has already shown.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on October 26, 2014


By Our Service (John 13:3-15)

We continue our look at the five promises we make to the local church when we become members, and this week we look at what it means to participate by our service.  Our guest speaker Jen Andrade has quite a unique perspective on service, being active in the United Methodist Women and also serving as a missionary in residence to La Palmilla, Mexico.  She delivers quite a strong message, based on Jesus' washing of his disciples' feet.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on October 19, 2014


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