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August 14, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

Call Stories: Esther

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This sermon looks at the story of Esther, particularly the political intrigue that provides the context of the story and Mordecai’s calling of Esther to action.

The prayer at the end of my sermon was written by by Richard Einerson, and published in Prayers of the People. I found it at: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/09/pastoral-prayer-esther.html

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August 10, 2017 @ 9:12 am

Call Stories: Isaiah’s Lips

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Here I take a look at the call of Isaiah from Isaiah 6. How does Isaiah react to God's presence, and how does his response lead to his response to God's call? We must all walk the road from "Woe is me" to "Here I am."

 

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August 1, 2017 @ 4:27 pm

Call Stories: Elijah’s Whisper

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This is a continuation of my series of the great call stories of the Bible, but this story is not typically thought of as a call story. It is really a re-call story as God calls Elijah away from Elijah's plans and back to God's plans.

Two notes: 1. This was an outdoor service and I did not have a sound system. I was projecting my voice a lot and walking around. 2. I am indebted to a great sermon that Timothy Keller did on this passage that you can download at http://www.gospelinlife.com/the-still-small-voice-9091.

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July 27, 2017 @ 8:54 pm

Call Stories: Moses and the Burning Bush

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Sermon series on the great stories of God's call from the Bible. In this one I take a look at Moses and the Burning Bush. Why is the symbolism of the desert, the bush, and the staff so significan to his call?

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July 17, 2017 @ 10:51 am

Call Stories: Abraham’s Great Nation

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This is a new series titled "Call Stories." I will take a look at a few of the great call stories of the Bible. I want to help us reflect on how God calls us in our lives and as a church. It is interesting that all these call stories are different. God calls his people to different things in different ways. Further, the responses of his people are equally diverse. So looking at these stories provides us some insights into how we should respond to God’s leading.

In this sermon I take a look at the call story of Abraham and what it means for us today.

 

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July 12, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

No If’s, And’s, or But’s

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This sermon was given to address some anxiety my church is going through as we get low on our savings and try to discern what that might mean for us having a full-time pastor in the future. The first part of the sermon is a bit of a state of the church address, but I then get into the need to trust God when feel anxious and how we do that.

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July 4, 2017 @ 11:46 am

True Freedom

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Special sermon inspired by the Fourth of July looking at what the Bible means by Freedom and how we so often choose to return to slavery.

 

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June 26, 2017 @ 8:32 pm

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Procrastinated

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Jesus seemed late sometimes. He was "long expected" at his birth and procrastinated with Jairus' daughter and he friend Lazarus' death. But Jesus is never late, he just doesn't run on our time. 

This sermon is part of a series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name.

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June 22, 2017 @ 11:28 pm

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Loved to Party

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Jesus was at parties all the time with the wrong sorts of people. He had a reputation as a glutton and a drunkard, and was criticized for his party guests. We should learn from him.  

This sermon is part of a series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name.

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June 7, 2017 @ 9:29 am

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Appeared Wasteful

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This sermon is part of a series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name. This sermon takes a look at how Jesus, in his actions and his stories, appears wasteful. He makes too much wine, too good of wine, the sowers wastes the seed, the father wastes the fatted calf, and Jesus lets Mary waste money on ointment to wash his feet. Why does Jesus appear so wasteful?

 

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May 28, 2017 @ 10:38 pm

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Spit

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Spitting is a bad habit, yet Jesus spit in three of his mracles. In fact, Jesus may have even healed with a wet-Willy.  

This sermon is part of a series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name.

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May 24, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

The Bad Habits of Jesus: Jesus Hung out with Children

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This sermon is part of a series called "The Bad Habits of Jesus." We are not looking at Jesus as sinful, but rather how Jesus often broke social norms and expectations because he lived in a different kingdom. The series is inspired by a book by my teacher Leonard Sweet of the same name. This Sunday was Children's Sunday, where the kids helped lead the worship. I was intentionally a little more off-the-cuff to fit the service better. I take a look at the relationship that Jesus had with children.

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