31Jul

S5E09: Children of God (Riches in Romans pt. 5)

Today we continue examining Romans chapter 8 and we discuss what it means to be adopted into the family of God. 

Romans 8:12-25

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 23, 2017 (originally published August 1, 2017)

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30Jul

S2E07: Joining Creation’s Song (Theology of Ministry pt. 6)

It's a mistake to think that coming to Christ will automatically exempt us from the bad things that happen in life.  We are never promised an easy life for coming to Christ.  We have to endure hardships just like everyone else.  But the difference is, we have faith that God is always in control, and that our suffering is just for a season.  This week we look at one of the greatest and hardest promises in the Bible, the promise of Romans 8:28.  So grab your Bible, open it to Romans chapter 8, and join us as we Join Creation's Song.

Romans 8:26-39

Recorded at Hudson UMC on July 27, 2014 (Originally published August 10, 2014)

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27Jul

S8E06: Lights in the World (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 4)

When we talk about our life as Christians we talk about light and darkness.  Jesus said we are the light of the world.  The thing about light is that it pushes out darkness.  Darkness cannot overcome even the weakest of lights.  In fact, the more complete the darkness is, the more even a weak light will shine.  In the reading in Philippians today, Paul is exhorting the church in Philippi to be the lights in the world, and we can take his words to heart for ourselves as well. 

Philippians 2:12-18

Recorded at Hudson UMC on July 26, 2020

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22Jul

S2E06: Joining the Spirit’s Groan (Theology of Ministry pt. 5)

As Christians, do we suffer? Do we groan? Today we continue our look at the theology of ministry in Paul's letter to the church in Rome. The difference for us as Christians is that when we suffer and groan, we have hope for God's glory to come. So grab your bible, turn it to Romans chapter 8, and prepare your heart and mind as we join the spirit's groan.

Romans 8:12-15

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 20, 2014 (Originally published July 21, 2014)

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20Jul

S8E05: True Humility (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 3)

Humility in the modern era has been twisted to mean something that it did not mean when the Bible was written. Nowadays it means to do something for someone in order to gain their favor for a later time. But Jesus modelled true humility for us by becoming a man and dying for us, His creation. When Paul exhorts the church in Philippi (and us as well) to have the same mind of Christ, he is telling us to be humble as Christ showed us how to be humble.

Philippians 2:1-11

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 19, 2020

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19Jul

Lectionary Readings for Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 11), Year A

July 19, 2020

Old Testament: Genesis 28:10-19a

Psalter: Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Epistle Lesson: Romans 8:12-25

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

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17Jul

S5E08: No Condemnation (Riches in Romans pt. 4)

We come to the eighth chapter of Romans and we unpack in particular verse 1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. This verse carries the full weight of the gospel and the promise of our assurance of God's grace, and should be in the heart of every Christ follower.

Romans 8:1-11

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC on July 16, 2017

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15Jul

S2E05: Focused on the Spirit (Theology of Ministry pt. 4)

Do we focus on the flesh, or do we focus on the Spirit? It's an ongoing battle that we as Christians face every day. This week we will look at three ways that God's spirit speaks directly to us, and ways in which we can more keenly hear Him. So grab your Bible, open it to Romans chapter 8, and join us as we become more focused on the spirit.

Romans 8:1-11

Recorded at Hudson UMC on July 13, 2014 (Originally published July 15, 2014)

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14Jul

S8E04: GC Talk Testimony Tuesday: Catherine

I met Catherine on TikTok and the circumstance of our meeting was, shall we say, contentious at the start. I had made a comment on another user's video which raised a lot of ire (I asked what Jesus' "radical political" views were). Catherine came to my TikTok page and started a debate over the issue, and at the end of it we both came away with an appreciation for each other's views. So I asked if she would be interested in giving her testimony, and she agreed. The conversation we had was real, and it can be raw at times but then, this is how we come to God. I hope you can appreciate the struggle of another child of God who is seeking to find her place in the body of Christ. I know I've been there, and if we're honest I bet most of us would agree. We come to God with all our baggage and he welcomes the prodigal home with a loving embrace.

Recorded on July 10, 2020

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13Jul

S8E04: Joy in Our Circumstances (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 2)

Today in Paul's letter to the Philippians, we find out what the source of his joy is, despite his imprisonment. We find that Paul can find joy in his circumstances by rejoicing in the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. This is the central focus of everything that we do as Christians. When our life is hard, when we endure suffering for a season, even when we are persecuted as some are in other countries, we can find joy because we have an eternal hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Philippians 1:12-30

Recorded at Hudson UMC on July 12, 2020

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