28Feb

S7E21: Ash Wednesday (Selah - Life in a Minor Key pt. 1)

The season of Lent is upon us, and with it comes a new series based on the Psalms. The word "selah," as we have explored in the past, is a Hebrew word that most scholars believe means "pause, and reflect on what you just heard." Last week God told Peter, James, and John to listen to Christ, and so we are pausing to listen to what God is saying to us.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. It is a somber and solemn reminder of the sin that separates us from a holy God, the sin that sent Jesus Christ to the cross. Though we lament our sin with fasting and mourning, we mark our sorrow with the ashes of repentance, and we are reminded in scripture that God's grace is greater than our sin, and that the promise of repentance is the promise of restoration in Jesus Christ. Today we look at the words of Psalm 51, which is David's outpouring of repentance after his grave sin in 2 Samuel chapters 11 and 12. This Ash Wednesday, we invite you to reflect upon your sin, repent, and trust in the Lord Jesus for your salvation.

Psalm 51:1-17 (2 Samuel 11-12)

Recorded at Hudson UMC on February 26, 2020

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26Feb

S1E15: Beauty from Ashes (Ash Wednesday 2014)

Ash Wednesday is a solemn observance that leads into a period of fasting, abstinence and penitence. These forty days remind us of the period of fasting that our Lord observed in the Judean wilderness. Today as we receive the ashes we are reminded that we come from dust, and to dust we shall return. So grab your Bible, open it to Matthew Chapter 6, and join us as we look at "Beauty from Ashes."

Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Recorded at Hudson UMC on March 5, 2014 (First published April 4, 2014)

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25Feb

S4E27: Shine! (The Great Invitation pt. 8)

We come to Transfiguration Sunday and the end of our Great Invitation series. All along the way we have been challenged to obey the command of Christ to go make disciples of all nations... but have we? And if not, is there any reason that we ought to obey the word of Christ? We find out in today's episode.

Matthew 17:1-9

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 26, 2017 (First published March 15, 2017)

S.D.G.

24Feb

S7E20: Listen to Him (Transfiguration Sunday 2020)

On the church calendar, Transfiguration Sunday is a transition from the Odinary Time after the Epiphany into the season of Lent (which begins Ash Wednesday). This familiar story, told in all three synoptic gospel accounts and alluded to in John's gospel, is an apt bridge from Jesus' earthly ministry to his journey to the cross. Today we focus on God's command to the disciples, who wanted to busy themselves with mundane things. God told them to listen to Jesus. How often in our walk with God are we too busy to listen to him? Or how many times do we throw up arrow prayers and then close the connection with "inJesusnameAmen"? Today we take time. Today we embrace the silence and listen to God's gentle urging. We quiet ourselves and say to God, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening."

Matthew 17:1-9

Recorded at Hudson UMC on February 23, 2020

S.D.G.

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)

S.D.G.

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

S.D.G.

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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