30Aug

Lectionary Readings for 13th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17), Year A

August 30, 2020

Old Testament: Exodus 3:1-15

Psalter: Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c

Epistle Lesson: Romans 12:9-21

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:21-28

S.D.G.

28Aug

S5E16 Renewing Our Minds (Riches in Romans pt. 10)

Paul exhorts the church in Rome to not be conformed to the ways of the world (in contrast to the ways of God), but to be transformed (completely remade in God's image) by the renewing of our minds.

Romans 12:1-8

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on August 27, 2017 (Originally published October 2, 2017)

S.D.G.

26Aug

S2E12: Conforming to the Body of Christ (Theology for Ministry pt. 11)

In this, the eleventh part of our "Theology for Ministry" series, we look at how we can become part of the body of Christ.  Paul uses the illustration of the human body with its many parts, and just as the many parts of the human body work in concert with each other, so we as the body of Christ work together to build the Kingdom of God here on earth, and we each have a part.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Romans chapter 12, and join us as we look at Conforming to the Body of Christ.

Romans 12:1-8

Recorded at Hudson UMC on August 24, 2014 (Originally published August 24, 2014)

S.D.G.

25Aug

S8E08: GC Talk On Love with Pastor Adam Weber (Repost)

*NOTE* I am reposting this interview with Adam Weber since his book, "Love Has a Name," released today.  Be sure to check out this interview and get the book wherever you get your books.  Also, Adam's previous book, "Talking with God," is special priced at $1.99 today on Amazon.

We hear a lot about love these days.  We say "love wins," "love is love."  We in the church know that we are commanded to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  But what does it really mean to love?  On today's edition of GC Talk, I have a conversation with Pastor Adam Weber, author of an upcoming book called "Love Has a Name," and we talk about what it means to love like Jesus loves us, how to love when we don't feel like it, and especially, how to love the unlovable people in our lives.  You won't want to miss this episode or this book when it comes out on August 25.

Recorded via Zoom Meetings on July 30, 2020 (Originally published August 4, 2020)

Links:
Adam Weber's Website - access his podcast, "The Conversation"
Preach the Love Has a Name Series at Your Church
Embrace Church

Social Media:
Adam Weber on Twitter
Adam Weber on Facebook

Books by Adam Weber:
Talking with God: What to Say When You Don't Know How to Pray
Love Has a Name: Learning to Love the Different, the Difficult, and Everyone Else

S.D.G.

24Aug

S8E11: The Art of Rejoicing (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 8)

In our current climate it seems like we have no reason to rejoice.  But for the people of God in Jesus Christ, we have an eternal anchor for our soul to which we can look for joy.  Paul exhorts the church in Philippi, and us as well, to rejoice in the Lord always, and that is the key.  When we try to find joy in our circumstances, we can find temporary happiness, but lasting joy comes from an eternal source - God himself.  

Philippians 4:2-9

Recorded at HUdson UMC on August 23, 2020

S.D.G.

23Aug

Lectionary Readings for 12th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 16), Year A

August 23, 2020

Old Testament: Exodus 1:8-2:10

Psalter: Psalm 124

Epistle Lesson: Romans 12:1-8

Gospel Lesson: Matthew 16:13-20

S.D.G.

21Aug

S5E15: Mercy! (Riches in Romans pt. 9)

We often talk about God's grace, but what is the difference between grace and mercy?  Where is the evidence in the Bible of God's mercy?  Is it only a New Testament ideal or is God's mercy demonstrated in the Old Testament as well?

Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on August 20, 2017 (Originally published September 6, 2017)

S.D.G.

19Aug

S3E08: The Chosen People of God (Deep Questions pt. 7)

The question before us today is one of privilege.  Why would God, who created all people in his own image, have a particular chosen people?  It seems a bit unfair.  But as we will see in today's message, being the chosen people of God is not necessarily something that we should be jealous over.  Rather, when God chose Abram to bring a blessing on all the nations of the world, it was to bring about God's purpose, and it meant living a different way for Abram and his descendants.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Matthew chapter 15, and prepare your heart and mind as we take a look at what it means to be the chosen people of God.

Matthew 15:21-28

Recorded at Hudson UMC on August 9, 2015 (Originally published August 20, 2015)

S.D.G.

17Aug

S8E10: Press On! (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 7)

When we run a race, we don't focus on where we've been but on where we are going.  By staying focused on the finish line, we can run the race with stamina and press on to the end.  This is the image that Paul is using today when talking about the Christian life in his letter to the church in Philippi, and he ought to know.  Imprisoned in Rome, if Paul were to focus on his present circumstances he would surely lose hope.  Instead he keeps his focus on his goal - attaining the resurrection of the dead through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Philippians 3:12-4:1

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on August 16, 2020

S.D.G.

14Aug

S5E14: Can You Believe It? (Riches in Romans pt. 8)

If all we have to do to be saved is to confess Jesus as Lord and believe that God raised him from the dead, then why don't more people do it?  In fact, if it's that simple, then why isn't the entire world saved already?

Romans 10:5-15

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on August 13, 2017 (Originally published September 5, 2017)

S.D.G.

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