It’s a Hallelujah Morning

Isaiah 61:1-3; Matthew 28:1-10Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Jesus had died at three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact time of the sacrifice offering for sin at the Temple. Jesus had made the last and only sacrifice necessary for the sins of people throughout the ages. No other sacrifice would ever be necessary. It would only … More It’s a Hallelujah Morning

Lord, Save Us

Leviticus 23:4-8; Zechariah 9:9; Psalm 31:1-5; John 12:12-19Reverend Dr. Louise Barger The air was electrified with the events of recent days. If anyone was looking for a sign from Jesus, they could not have missed the miracle at Bethany. The drama had played itself out before the eyes of family and friends who had gathered … More Lord, Save Us

The Price of a Sacrifice

Exodus 12:21-28; Psalm 27:1-6; John 2:13-22Reverend Dr. Louise Barger We are now in the fifth week of Lent. Today we will reach Jerusalem with Jesus. Today we look at how easily we can prioritize other things over our true worship of Jesus. We find ourselves sometimes identifying with the people in our biblical accounts who … More The Price of a Sacrifice

Dying of Thirst

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:1-5; John 4:1-14Reverend Dr. Louise Barger We can live without many things, including food, for a long time, but we cannot live without water. We must have fluids to hydrate our body. We have the sensation of thirst to serve as a reminder that it is time for fluids. It has always … More Dying of Thirst

Blessed by Giving

Nehemiah 10:34-39; Psalm 89:1-2; Matthew 6:1-4Reverend Dr. Louise Barger In this third Sunday of Lent we are looking at almsgiving. In the scripture that was read from Nehemiah this morning, we find that God’s plan for caring for the needs of people was to require that each person give a tithe (10%) of their possessions … More Blessed by Giving

Please Forgive Me

Nehemiah 9:16-21; Psalm 130:1-4; Matthew 6:9-15Reverend Dr. Louise Barger We have now entered the second week of the Season of Lent. Lent is a time of prayer, penitence, and almsgiving. Today we shall look at penitence. Penitence is a holy sorrow and the asking for forgiveness for sin and fundamentally changing our behavior. Unfortunately, none … More Please Forgive Me

When You Pray

1 Chronicles 17:20; Psalm 25:4-6; John 17:20-25Reverend Dr. Louise Barger As we journey through the Season of Lent we will focus on prayer, penitence, and almsgiving. Today we will focus on prayer. The sermon this morning includes some thoughts, some scriptural teachings, and hopefully some things that will stimulate your thinking during the following week. … More When You Pray

Inside Out

Exodus 24:9-18; Psalm 93:1-2; Matthew 17:1-8Reverend Dr. Louise Barger Have you ever wondered what God looks like? That kind of questioning didn’t just begin recently. It harks back to recorded time. Humans have always had a problem worshiping an invisible God, so through the generations people have created gods that can be seen and touched. … More Inside Out

Let My People Go

Exodus 5:1-14Psalm 22 (Excerpts from Psalms/Now); Matthew 5:13-16Reverend Dr. Louise Barger President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear; courage is action in spite of fear.” The people that we shall look at today were not without fear, but in spite of the danger to their very lives they were faithful … More Let My People Go

Go Where I Send Thee

Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 59:9-12,16-17; Acts 16:1-10Reverend Dr. Louise Barger The people in the stories of today could not be more different in their background, in their preparation, and in their environment. Jeremiah was a youth who was called by God to become a prophet to the people of Israel. The nation of Israel had strayed … More Go Where I Send Thee