Sermons tagged with ‘Jesus’

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rehab: Intervention

Intervention is necessary when our way of thinking, our desires, our thoughts about right and wrong come in direct contradiction with God’s will as witnessed and proclaimed in the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

rehab: Wilderness

We begin Lent in the wilderness, because it is in our wilderness that Christ most closely declares, I walk with you … Christ too has wandered in the wilderness, and his victory is our victory, for neither death nor evil shall overcome.

Be the Change: Blessed are the Peacemakers

Jonah wasn’t just unfaithful because he tried to run from God, he was unfaithful because he didn’t want the Ninevites to experience God’s grace. Too often we also try to withhold God’s grace from those we consider outcast, sinful, or foreign. Yet, God does not withhold grace from anyone, much to our displeasure.

Be the Change: A Sinking Rock

In an odd twist of humanity, we enjoy watching as other people fail. Perhaps this is why we focus on Peter’s sinking into the water. But we should not be so quick to watch his demise; he did after all walk on water. There’s a lot to be learned from Peter’s brief experience defying gravity, and we might be the more faithful for focusing on his success than his failure.

Be the Change: In Pursuit of Faithful Discernment

Too often, we try to claim that if one is to be welcomed into the Kingdom of God, they must act, think, feel, look, and be like us. Yet, God’s will claims our limited knowledge is just that, limited. To be faithful to God’s will, we must be resilient in our humility, to acknowledge that God is definitive for justice, and that we must humble ourselves to receive God’s will as truth.

Be the Change: The Right, The Righteous, and the Reconciled

The natural response to naming one’s brokenness is grief. We mourn our inability to sustain and give ourselves life – both individually and corporately. But this is life giving. As Jesus says, “Blessed are those who mourn.”

Be the Change: The Dispirited

Admittedly, our national climate is one that leaves much to be desired. We have lost all attempts at civility with one another. But God calls us to be better in community. Christ offers the necessary traits for such a change in the Sermon on the Mount.

Gather at the River

Do you remember your baptism? It is an invitation and a claim on your identity. Recall Jesus’ baptism, and remember your own.

The Great Return of Christmas

Who were the Magi? And what’s their importance in the Biblical story? Perhaps with a Hallmark picture in mind, we place too much importance on the details, and don’t focus enough on the child they came to see.

Who-Ville: WHOs Coming to the Manger

The Grinch, like the shepherds, is considered an outcast – a dark soul. Yet, it is into such darkness that God sends the great light of the child, Jesus. When such a great light shines in the dark of each of our lives, and the darkness of our shared lives, humanity is offered the healing of shalom, in which we all unite as one great body praising the love of God in Christ.