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God’s Currency ~ Sermon, October 22, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 22:15-22 The Pharisees went and plotted to entrap Jesus in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do […]

Living in Christ in Perilous Times ~ Sermon, October 15, 2023

Dear Friends, At the end of my sermon yesterday I urged everyone to reach out to every Jewish person you have ever known to offer words of support and love following the horrendous Hamas attacks on Israel. But I made a serious, inadvertent omission for which I am very sorry. I neglected to ask you […]

Is Steadfast Love Possible? Sermon ~ October 8, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 21:33-46 Jesus said, “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves […]

Sermon ~ September 24, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 20:1-16 Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing […]

Which Gospel Speaks to You? ~ Sermon, September 17, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 18:21-35 Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times. “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to […]

Love Must Act ~ Sermon, September 10, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus said, “If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, […]

Do We Really Need to Carry a Cross? ~ September 3, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 16:21-28 Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid […]

Sermon ~ August 27, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 16:13-20 When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do […]

Praying With No [Apparent] Results ~ Sermon, August 20, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 15: 21-28 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not answer her at […]

Sermon ~ August 13, 2023

The Gospel ~ Matthew 14:22-33 Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, […]