Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

A Miracle of Contagious Joy!

If you were to try to distill the mission of Jesus followers into a single sentence, it is to create modern—everyday—life changing miracles. Embrace!— the Creative Mystery of God in our daily encounters & experiences! Share!— the Wonder of Divine Love that is liberated from the world’s grinding demands. This extraordinary mission begins in our personal lives with how…

Like a Mother Hen

LIKE A MOTHER HEN—Luke 13:31-35 People who followed Jesus in the years after his life and death were focused on communicating a message with two basic thrusts~ First—Jesus’ own message and teachings! The faith of Jesus! Second!— a message about Jesus! His life and deeds of power. Within 50 years of his death on the cross—three gospels emerged: Mark, Matthew and Luke. Mark…

The Art of Awakening (Transfiguration)

 Old Testament: Exodus 34:29-35   New Testament: Luke 9:28-36 One of life’s greatest purposes is awakening to who you really are. Becoming who you were born to be! So many obstacles stand in the way. For instance: The most loving parents may still not be able to conceive of who you might become. Even if parents are able to do this, your awakening may happen later in life…

What Are You Being Prepared For?

What Are You Being Prepared for? (Luke 4:14-30) Today’s passage from Luke is short enough that we can do a group Bible study of its verses. If you wish, you may turn to this passage on page 57-58 in the New Testament section of your pew Bible. When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. This…

Epiphany- Wisdom of Seeking Christ

On Becoming Wise—Matthew 2:1-2 During this long holiday season—starting with Thanksgiving and continuing through Christmas, now into the New Year— I wonder how often you have felt a need for a strong dose of wisdom. In a certain conversation????—help me become wise!! Or in a series of challenging conversations—haven’t you wanted wisdom? Or in some relationship! Or in a…

Seeing Beyond Judgementalism

To Be or Not to Be Judgment Free?—Mark 9:38-50   Before scripture reading (Mark 9:38-50) “This is a story about Jesus’ disciples becoming judgmental! And spreading tales about the people they were judging! And Jesus’ liberating response!”   Before sermon: ‘This is a sermon about the good news of the joys of becoming non-judgmental in life. Making judgments and being…

Greatness Everyone can Experience

Re-thinking Our Concept of Greatness—Mark 9:30-37 What does it mean to be great? Images of greatness flash across our phone and computer and television screens every single day. This past week a Kenyan runner, (Eleeood Kipjoje) broke the world record in the marathon by over a minute—a great achievement—and he foreshadowed the day, not far off, when a runner will run the…

A Different Kind of Denial

A Different Take on Jesus’ Words: “Deny Yourself!”                                        Mark 8:27-38    I am wondering today about this question of denial. Jesus says to his disciples “Deny yourselves, take up your cross and follow me.” Denial can mean many things! Denial can mean different things—to different people. For example, it is common these…

A Prayer for all Problems

A Prayer for All Problems   Recently, when a problem suddenly arose in my afternoon—   And I was feeling a little pity for myself : “Why did this happened to me at an otherwise peaceful and undisturbed time—   I wrestled around inside my own head for a while.   Then I remembered,   “Scott, you need to pray the Serenity Prayer.”   And I did.…