Sermon: Because of God’s Mercy

Because of God’s Mercy… Romans 12:1 August 30, 2020 A few weeks ago, Americans received an unexpected COVID-gift from the United States government.  And the topic quickly became, “what are you going to do with your money?”  Some paid bills.  Some paid down debt.  Some made purchases for which they had been saving.  Some gave […]

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Sermon: Failure and Faithfulness

Failure and Faithfulness Romans 11:11-16 June 28, 2020 The past four months of COVID-19 and unrighteous killings and riots have led to many questions, and few answers.  Many questions have not just been asked about our political leaders, but also about God.  All the questions about God might be summarized by three questions asked by […]

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What the world needs now

I was going to say it Sunday, but I forgot.  I had thought of it while on a run last week, but I didn’t have a pen and paper handy at that moment, and then forgot to write it down later.  So when I wrote last Sunday’s sermon, it didn’t get included.  When we think […]

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Sermon: What is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel? Selected Scriptures January 12, 2020 Ask the question, “What is the gospel?” (even in the church) and you will get almost as many answers to that question as there are people.  There just does not seem to be much consensus on that question. In his book, What is the Gospel? Greg […]

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God’s shocking grace

In Romans 10:20, as Paul recounts the revelation of the gospel to the Israelites, he notes that Isaiah is “very bold” when he writes what he does in Isaiah 65:1ff.  The word “very bold” has the sense of words that are daring, astounding, and even shocking.  What God says through Isaiah is unanticipated and unexpected.  […]

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Sermon: The Message of Faith

The Message of Faith Romans 10:9-10 November 3, 2019 This week there has been significant conversation on the internet and elsewhere about October 31.  No, not chocolate and Halloween, but Reformation Day.  The discussion about the Reformation has been a good reminder about the gospel and its significance. As someone has said, “The gospel is […]

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Sermon: No Excuses

No Excuses:  The Message of Faith Romans 10:5-8 October 20, 2019 According to a UPI news item, MetLife has received some unusual excuses for accidents from its automobile policyholders over the years. The following are just few: “An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car, and vanished.” “The other car collided with mine […]

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Sermon: Gospel Longings

Gospel Longings Romans 9:1-5 May 26, 2019 What makes you sad?  What makes your heart ache?  What are your greatest sorrows? We likely have similar kinds of lists of sad things: Illness of a loved family member Cancer and terminal diseases in children (I was often profoundly sad walking halls of Cooks Hosp) Broken and […]

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Sermon: God’s Great Gospel

God’s Great Gospel Romans 1-8 May 19, 2019 Today we close the book on Romans 8.  That means we are halfway through this great letter.  It means that we are transitioning to the fourth major section in the book — the sovereignty of God (chs. 9-11).  It means that we are leaving one of the […]

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Sermon: God’s Gospel

God’s Gospel Ephesians 2:8-10 February 24, 2019 If I were to ask you to complete this sentence, how would you finish it?  The most well-known verse in the Bible is… My guess is the first thing you’d say is, “John 3:16.”  Then you might suggest, Genesis 1:1.  Or Psalm 23.  Or Romans 3:23 (“all have […]

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The power of the cross, exemplified

We have noted that the cross is powerful.  We need to be convinced of its relevance, power, and wisdom.  That’s Paul’s message in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. But just how powerful is the cross? In 1838, Robert Murray M’Cheyne preached a sermon, “God Let None of His Words Fall to the Ground.”  To demonstrate the power […]

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