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Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Forgiveness

  What a big day we are celebrating, today. It’s so great to begin our fourth Sunday of Lent with a beautiful baptism and then end it with a marvelous feast. Lent is often a time to fast from the things that keep us away from God. But as I reminded (B.) at Wednesday’s service each Sunday during Lent is considered a mini-Easter; we are given a day…

Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Grace (a Lenten sermon series pt. 3)

A man goes to his doctor because he’s been feeling very ill for the last couple of days. The doctor gives him several sets of pills, and lengthy instructions on how to take them. The doctor says; “Take the green pill with two big glasses of water when you get up. An hour later, take the white pill with another glass of…

Stand Firm on the Promise of God’s Righteousness

Have you ever uttered this phrase: “Lord, how much can a person bear?” If so, did you scream it out loud? Or did you stew on it silently within yourself, too afraid of sounding unfaithful? Either way, you are not alone. In fact, this is the number one question I am most frequently asked. “How much can a person bear?” This is…

Standing Firm on the Promise of God’s Word

There is something serendipitous about Valentine’s Day and the first Sunday in Lent occurring on the same day. It’s kind of like God is giving us a free pass to nosh on the chocolate without the guilt. Let us remember that every Sunday is a mini Easter, a time fit for feasting. Traditionally, Lent is about sacrifice and giving something up.  But the way I see it,…

An Open Table

Today on the liturgical calendar the church celebrates Transfiguration Sunday. But as you well know it’s also Boy Scout Sunday, Communion Sunday, and of course, Super Bowl Sunday. While each one of these traditions is a sermon all on its own, I feel compelled to squeeze them together into one. I will attempt to do this in five thought provoking, yet rapid…

You Are My Beloved

Let me begin by saying what a joy it is to welcome my mom and dad to our worship service this morning. There’s something to be said about a son preaching and proclaiming to his parents. This isn’t anything new to them. They have sat through many of my sermons before. And as I youngster, I certainly preached and proclaimed all sorts…

Promises Kept

While it strays from the traditional lectionary readings I believe Noah’s story is fitting for today’s celebration of Epiphany. If you are unfamiliar with this traditional Christian holiday the best way to describe it is to say it commemorates the Magi arriving in Bethlehem. By definition, the word epiphany means “manifestation” or “revelation.” It comes from the Greek word Epiphania, which means,…