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Love ALL Your Neighbors

Our passage this morning is perhaps among the most infamous scriptures of all-time, for Christians and non-Christians alike know it. There are churches, schools, social organizations, charities, and hospitals named after The Good Samaritan.

And yet, this teaching of Jesus did not begin with him.
It is echoed throughout the Torah (teaching or law), the prophets of old, Jesus’ life and ministry, and within the letters of the Apostle Paul.

And yet, after all these centuries, we continue to talk the talk but we do not often walk the walk.

Within these past weeks, I have encountered numerous quotes on Facebook, in text messages, and otherwise that communicate this teaching well. But day by day, it seems that our world is becoming more and more divided. We live within a charged environment, where everything is used as a means to divide ourselves.

For example, a friend posted a song with one of its lines on Facebook, neither the line nor the song had political undertones. And yet, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 16, 2019 in Sermons


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Discipleship: Rejection and Wrath

I know Jesus’ words last week were harsh and hard to hear or listen to, but I do need to do a short recap for the connection to our texts today. These scriptures demonstrate the difference between the intention of Christianity and what it has become.

Christianity is the only world religion where we can be identified as a ‘believer’ without necessarily being an ‘adherent’ or ‘practitioner’.

Christians are identified as such by our profession alone that Jesus is our Christ, Messiah, and Savior. Denominational Christians are identified by the additional teachings they profess. These do not require specific rituals, spiritual practices, or moral code by which a person lives their life as such with non-Christian adherents/practitioners.

But, this profession of Christian faith with or without denominational affiliation should not be enough. We are called deeper into discipleship and to be ‘practitioners’.

Our texts from these Sundays, teach us about discipleship, or walking in Jesus’ steps.

Last Sunday, we were reminded that God’s grace is a free gift we cannot earn or lose by our own efforts. Paul reminded us, however, to not become intoxicated on said grace and its freedom. Elijah and Jesus reminded us that the proper response to said grace is sacrificial and costly, calling us deeper into our baptismal agreement: Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 9, 2019 in Sermons


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Be Salt! Be Light!

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Our text this week comes from Luke 10.

A scribe asks Christ, what he must do to inherent eternal life and what is the greatest commandment? Christ says that the greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul and to love your neighbor as yourself.

The scribe asks ‘who is my neighbor’ and Christ responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan.

This last week was Vacation Bible School. Our theme was Pets Unleashed. It focused on how we take care of our pets, how we are called to take care of one another, and how Christ takes care of us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 18, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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Shake it Off? Grace? Hellfire?

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Our texts this week comes from Luke 10.

Jesus sends 70 disciples, in set of two, to continue the ministry of John the Baptist. [He sends them] to literally prepare Christ’s way to Jerusalem through Samaritan land, now the Samaritans and Jews were known for their contentious relationships and Jesus tells them ‘do not take any of your resources with you, depend upon the goodwill of these Samaritans. [And] When a town accepts you, stay there, receive what they offer, do ministry, heal their sick and exercise demons. But if they reject you, simply wipe the dust of their town off of your feet in protest and proclaim that the kingdom of God has come near’.

This, perhaps, echoes two weeks ago, where Jesus (himself) is rejected by Samaritans and John and James questions ‘Lord, do you want us to command hellfire from heaven to come down upon them’.

I have had many questions in my mind this week. Questions about who are we called to be? What is our calling? How do we proclaim the Word of God in that? And how do we handle rejection or opposition to that calling or that proclaimed Word? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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