Sermons from 2021

Surviving Earthquakes

Surviving Earthquakes: Security Change “All real change involves loss, anxiety and struggle.”  Michael Fullan We all have an emotional platform that is held up by various pillars of dependance. I feel seasick on my emotional platform Ps. 33:22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Zech. 4:7 Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.…

Christmas Sunday: The Mystery

The Mystery “Wow, now everything makes sense.” Hidden things win battles in a war. Col. 4:3 Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. Gen. 3:15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Genesis 12:3 And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I…

Locally Grown: Inward and Upward

Locally Grown – Inward and Upward God’s desire is to build a family/a nation/a gathering   Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! Church = Gathering Colossians 1:24 I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. The Gathering matters Our Christian faith is a team sport Somethings are better together Worship is Better…

Locally Grown: What is Church and Why Bother?

Locally Grown  – Nov. 21, 2021 What is church and why bother?  Jesus invented the church Church is the Gathering Matt. 16:16-18 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.…

Convince Me: Religions

Convince Me – November 14 Religions Jesus’ message and life are completely unique Matthew 5:20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. All religions recognize the gap All religions hope doing good closes the gap You can never close the gap by doing things James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is…

Convince Me: Science

Convince Me: Science True seekers find Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. God is the best explanation for everything God is the best explanation of Love and Justice Ecc. 3:11 He has also set eternity in the human heart God is the best explanation of our universe  In 2003, the mathematician Arvind Borde, and physicists Alan Guth and Alexander Vilenkin were able to prove that…

Convince Me: Moral Argument

Convince Me… Moral Argument Why do you believe in God? It’s not about the fight. It’s about the find. Questioning is an in between stage – not a final stage  Minds are like parachutes good to be open But eventually you’ll need to land 2 Tim. 3:7-8 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth… these teachers oppose the truth. They are people of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. In…

Friendship Sunday

Friendship Sunday Oct.  24, 2021 The Roseto effect Good friendships extended our lives  Asked to name the most exotic thing in the universe, most of us would mention either the very large black holes or the very small particles like quarks. But the most incredible structure in the entire universe may be what is sitting behind our eyeballs. Inside our heads is the most complex and sophisticated device in the universe. – Greg Peterson We are hard-wired for relationships Gen.…

Oh My Goodness: Made for Heaven

Oh My Goodness – Oct. 17th Psalm 27:13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Oh My Goodness 2 Cor. 5:1-4 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary…

Oh My Goodness: God’s Unchanging Character

Oct. 10, 2021 God’s goodness is a part of his unchanging character “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1 Life is hard God is good Ps. 31:19 How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world. God created wonders so we would Wonder God sends waves to mercy…