Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Sermon Archive (Page 3)

Salt and Light 2020

How is an Inner Life Possible Today? Isaiah 58: 1-9a    Matthew 5:13-20 Is a rich inner life even possible today? You have to wonder sometimes. Many people today are desperate for a quiet interior in our lives! A calm inner refuge from the outer chaos and noise which we experience daily? How do we travel the rough terrain into that spiritual dimension? In a world which,…

Coping with an Impossible Situation

      Coping with An Impossible Situation?                              Titus 1:1-5, 12-16   Many people today are trying to cope with impossible situations— A serious predicament which is resisting all attempted solutions over some period of time. Many impossible situations are chronic. They seem to have no end. Some spring up suddenly as a bad surprise and paralyze…

When Things Make No Sense, What Then?

Isaiah 9:1-4, Matthew 4:12-23   Far too many things that we experience in the world—come under the heading—”That makes no sense.” At a celebration following the Chiefs victory over the Titans, people are murdered and badly wounded by gun violence. “That makes no sense.” A national leader in South America decides to cut down a significant amount of rain forest…

No Room in the Inn

No Room in the Inn!                                  Luke 2:1-20    “And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”  What a parable of our souls, our lives and the state of our world! There was no room in the inn! But there was room in a manger! Jesus…

The Dishonest Money Manager

The Dishonest Money Manager —Sermon Link — Luke 16:1-13 Prayer Sept 22, 2019 link My own translation of one of Jesus’ sayings in today’s parable of the Dishonest Steward will keep coming back to the center of today’s message. That is—“The people whose lives are focused on dealing with money—are more shrewd in dealing with their own matters than the people who…

The Triathlon of Faith

                   The Triathlon of Faith—Luke 11:1-13 The triathlon is one of the more demanding challenges in athletics. An Olympic event as of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Olympic triathlon challenges men and women to swim 1,500 meters (a metric mile), bicycle 40 kilometers(25 miles) and then run 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) Another triathlon, the Sprint Triathlon, is…

Five Minutes ‘Til Burnout?

Five Minutes ‘Til Burnout?—1 Kings 19:1-15, Luke 8: 26-39 Elijah was living in a time zone that I call “Five minutes ‘til burn out.” A stressful state of mind! All the time! Poorly paid! Nerves always frayed! Problems that can’t be solved! Conflicts that are never resolved! Death threats start to arrive!  How long, Lord?—Will he still be alive? Where can he hide! Elijah!…

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…