29Sep

S2E17: Of One Heart and Mind

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.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Philippians chapter 1, and join us as we look at a church that is of one heart and mind.

Philippians 1:21-30

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 21, 2014 (Originally published October 12, 2014)

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28Sep

S8E15: God of Mercy (The Attributes of God pt. 3)

How many of us when we are in crisis complain to the people around us?  That's what the people of Israel did when God led them to a place where there was no water.  Yet Moses, the man of God, went to God in prayer over the crisis.   In these two actions we see what to do and what not to do - either complain to human authorities or take our crisis to God directly.  And we will see in this lesson today how God's mercy is extended in ways we wouldn't expect - even to the point of God Himself being struck on our behalf, in the person of Jesus Christ.  

Exodus 17:1-7

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 27, 2020

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21Sep

S8E14: God of Abundance (The Attributes of God pt. 2)

Today as we continue to examine the attributes of God, we see that God is an abundant provider to those whom he calls his own.  The people of Israel had just been delivered from slavery, saved from death, walked through the Red Sea and witnessed the destruction of Pharaoh's army at the hand of God.  Yet they could only see the place where they were, not where God had brought them, and so they complained that God was not providing for them.  Indeed, God would provide for all their needs for over 40 years in the wilderness, and that is what we need to see from this reading - that we need to remember the blessings of God even when we are going through difficult times.

Exodus 16:2-15

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 20, 2020

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18Sep

S5E19: Forgiveness

In the prayer that we often call "The Lord's Prayer," we say "Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us."  But think about it.  If God forgives us the way we forgive others, does that make us feel good?  Or are we lacking in our forgiveness, according to God's standard of forgiveness?

Matthew 18:21-35

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 17, 2017

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17Sep

S2E16: Freedom in Forgiveness (Wednesday Worship)

At Hudson (in 2014), we 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.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Matthew chapter 18, and join us as we look at freedom in forgiveness.  

Matthew 18:21-35

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 17, 2014 (Originally published October 9, 2014)

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16Sep

S2E15: Respect and Mutual Love (Theology for Ministry pt. 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.  So grab your Bible, turn to Romans chapter 14, and join us as we look at what it means to treat each other with respect and mutual love.

Romans 14:1-12

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 14, 2014 (Originaly published October 7, 2014)

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14Sep

S8E13: God of Power (The Attributes of God pt. 1)

Over the next several weeks we will be in a new series based on the Old Testament texts in Exodus and Deuteronomy, called "The Attributes of God."  We will be looking at who God is by what He has done as recorded in the pages of the Bible, and we begin by looking at his awesome power as demonstrated in the parting of the Red Sea, and in the destruction of the Egyptian army.  Sometimes we in the 21st Century attempt to explain these events by scientific means, rather than simply accepting and appreciating the omnipotence of the God who spoke the universe into existence.  Today I invite you to consider the God of Power who delivered the Israelites, the same God who delivers us today from bondage to sin and death.

Exodus 14:19-31

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 13, 2020

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11Sep

S5E18: Love Is the Key (Riches in Romans pt. 12)

The finale to our Riches in Romans series brings to a fine point the central theme of the Gospel.  Why does God show grace to sinners?  Why did Christ go to the cross for my sins?  What sets Christians apart from other people?  When faced with unlocking the mysteries of faith, we find that love is the key.

Romans 13:8-14

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 10, 2017 (Originally published October 4, 2017)

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9Sep

S2E14: Who Owns You? (Theology for Ministry pt. 11)

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.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Romans chapter 13, and join us as we ask: who owns you?

Romans 13:8-14

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 7, 2014 (Originally published October 6, 2014)

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7Sep

S8E12: Give Thanks (The Gospel-Worthy Life pt. 9)

When we receive the blessings of God, do we give thanks?  As Christians, giving thanks ought to be like muscle memory, an automatic response to all that God has given us.  And as Christians, we believe that all good things come from God.  Yet few of us are quick to give thanks to God.  In the conclusion to our series, Paul demonstrates his quick willingness to give thanks to God and acknowledging all that God has done for and through him for the furtherance of the gospel.  

Philippians 4:10-23

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on September 6, 2020

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