S8E44: Starting the Journey (Journey to the Cross pt. 2)

Sermon #432

As we begin our journey to the cross we go to the place where Jesus began his journey in Mark's gospel.  Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, before he had performed a single miracle as recorded in the Bible, he first was baptized by John in the Jordan river, and then went into the wilderness for forty days to be tempted by Satan.  Only then did he begin his earthly ministry - and he began it at home.  In this, we as Christians can identify with Christ as we, too, are baptized into the faith, are tempted and face adversity in our new-found faith, and begin our proclamation of the gospel at home - among our family, friends and neighbors.

Mark 1:9-15

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 21, 2021

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S8E43: For Our Sakes (Journey to the Cross pt. 1)

Sermon #431

This Lenten season we are going to be focused on the cross of Jesus Christ - what it meant to athe First Century Christians and what it means to us today.  For many of us, we don't appreciate the horror of the cross and what Jesus endured for our sakes.  But it is important to remember that Christ was afflicted for our sakes so that we could be reconciled to the Father.  In fact, Christ's sacrifice was a fulfillment of the Levitical laws of atonement that allowed the unclean to enter into God's presence cleansed.  This Ash Wednesday we invite you to join us as we begin our journey to the cross.

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10

Recorded at Hudson UMC on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021 

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S2E42: Three Pillars (Ash Wednesday 2015)

Sermon #101

In the Sermon on the Mount as recorded by Matthew, Jesus tells us of how we are to give, pray, and fast.  As Lent begins, we are given an opportunity to spend a little more time with God, deny ourselves for His sake, and give sacrificially that which was given to us by God.  In this context, giving, praying and fasting are seen as the three pillars of Christianity, spiritual disciplines that each Christian ought to engage in.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Matthew chapter 6, and prepare your heart and mind as we look at Three Pillars.

Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 (Originally published February 19, 2015)



S2E41: The Glory of the Lord (Transfiguration Sunday 2015)

What is the glory of the Lord?  We often talk about God's glory but what is it, really?  We learn in the old testament that God's glory shone from the face of Moses, and his glory dwelt on the mercy seat between the cherubim on the ark of the covenant.  Today we look at the transfiguration of Christ, and how God's glory is revealed in the person of Jesus.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 9, and prepare your heart and mind as we look at the glory of the Lord.

The in-person service was canceled on this particular day, due to adverse weather conditions.  This message was recorded at the Hudson UMC Parsonage.

Mark 9:2-9

Recorded at Hudson UMC Parsonage on February 15, 2015 (Originally published February 17, 2015)



S8E42: God Shows Up (God with Us pt. 5)

In the conclusion to our series, God with Us, we are looking at the Transfiguration of Jesus.  The Transfiguration marks the end of the season after Epiphany and points to the beginning of Lent which starts this coming Wednesday.  This event, which is recorded in three gospels plus Peter's second epistle, and alluded to in John's gospel, left an indellible mark on the three disciples who were there.  What we see from Mark's gospel is the point of view of Peter at the Transfiguration, and what we can learn is that when God shows up in the person of Jesus Christ, we must listen to him, and we can know with assurance that what he says is true. 

This sermon was recorded in the Hudson UMC parsonage on Valentine's day, 2021, as we in South Jersey had experienced an ice storm and the in-person service was closed.

Mark 9:2-9

Recorded at Hudson Parsonage on February 14, 2021




S8E41: Seeking God Among Us (God with Us pt. 4)

Sermon #429

We are a society of instant gratification.  We see what we want, we desire it in our hearts, and we get it.  We are the Amazon Prime free overnight shipping give it to me now generation.  But these things that we acquire do not satisfy that deep longing in our souls.  The French mathemetician and theologian Blaise Pascal tells us that it is because we have an infinite void in us that can only be filled with the infinite - that is, God himself.  And Ecclesiastes tells us that God puts eternity in the heart of people.  So the thing that we are seeking is God.  Yet in today's lesson we will find that it is not so much us that are seeking Him, but God who seeks us.

Mark 1:29-39

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on February 7, 2021




S2E40: Why He Came (Epiphany 2015)

Mark's gospel is a gospel of action.  We are still in the first chapter and we have already seen the baptism of Jesus, casting out demons, the calling of the first disciples and teachings in the synagogues.  In today's reading, we find out a key element of Jesus' ministry as he reveals what it is he came to do.  It's a message that we can take to heart as we go out into the world to be the light of the world and to emulate Christ.  So grab your Bible, turn it to Mark chapter 1, and prepare your heart and mind as we discover why he came.

Mark 1:29-39

Recorded at Hudson UMC on February 8, 2015 (Originally published February 17, 2015)



S5E31: In God’s Name (When God Speaks pt. 3)

Sermon #263

We are three weeks into our series "When God Speaks."  So listen up (Are You Listening?).  God has a clear message to us.  But now we come to an important instruction left to the people of Israel (and to us) about speaking in God's name.  When someone speaks in God's name, how do we know that it is really God's word?  Well in order to know that, we need to know the nature of God.  And so we hear a word from Moses in Deuteronomy, a dire warning for those who would speak in God's name and a good word for those who would receive it.

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 28, 2018 (Originally published February 17, 2018)



S5E30: God’s Message to Us (When God Speaks pt. 2)

Sermon #262

God calls to us but he does not reveal his message to us until we are ready to listen.  So what is God's message to us?  All throughout the Bible, God has a single message that repeats over and over again, and that is to turn away from our sin and turn back to him.

Jonah 3:1-5,10

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 21, 2018 (Originally published February 13, 2018)




S8E40: God’s Word (God with Us pt. 3)

Here in the 21st Century we have seen an onslaught of attacks against the Bible and its authority.  But what we see in the reading from Mark today, as Jesus taught in the synagogue from God's word, is that God's word is the ultimate authority, because it is God speaking directly to us.  In God's word there is an undeniable power that transcends mere words on a page.  The Bible is the most read, most widely distributed, most translated book in human history, and it has been supernaturally preserved in its entirety because it is what it says it is: the word of God.

Mark 1:21-28

Recorded at Hudson UMC on January 31, 2021


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