Sermons & Worship (Page 3)

Blessed by Giving

Scriptures: Nehemiah 10:34-39 Psalm 89:1-2 Matthew 6:1-4 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 to the Temple to be used by the priests. They brought not only money, but a tithe of their crops and their fruit, their grain and their…

Please Forgive Me

Scriptures: Nehemiah 9:16-21 Psalm 130:1-4 Matthew 6:9-15 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 of us is exempt from the possibility of sin. John reminds us that “if we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the…

When You Pray

Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 17:20 Psalm 25:4-6 John 17:20-25 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. It is NOT everything you always wanted to know about prayer. That would take us a lifetime. As we gather in worship every Lord’s Day, we begin…

Inside Out

Scriptures: Exodus 24:9-18 Psalm 93:1-2 Matthew 17:1-8 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. They have created gods made of wood and stone and precious metal. It is quite possible that Jesus knew that at least a core group of his…

Let My People Go

Scriptures: Exodus 5:1-14 Psalm 22 (Excerpts from Psalms/Now) Matthew 5:13-16 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 to God and to their moral compass. They stepped up to follow God’s bidding, follow what was the right thing to do, follow what was morally…

Go Where I Send Thee

Scriptures: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 59:9-12,16-17; Acts 16:1-10 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 so far away from a life that reflected the worship of Yahweh that they now worshiped the idols of Baal, including burning their children as offerings. The…

“Ain’t I a Woman?”

Scriptures: Exodus 3:1-9 Psalm 115:1-2 Galatians 5:1 Slavery has existed for millennia.  It has affected all races, genders, and age groups. The Code of Hammurabi, dating about 1758 BC codified the institution of slavery.  A number of countries in the Middle East adopted parts of that Code. It would have been about 1500 BC when Moses led the Hebrews in their escape from slavery in Egypt. The first slaves to arrive in America was a group of 20 people who…

Wilderness Days

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 30:11-18; Psalm 40:1-3; Matthew 4:1-11 This account of the wilderness experience of Jesus is different from any other account in the Gospels. It is different because Jesus was the only one who was present except for the adversary. It occurs straightaway after His baptism by John the Baptizer and immediately after the heavens had been opened to him and he heard the voice of God saying, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Alone,…

From Carpenter Shop to Cross

Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 16:8-11; Psalm 29:1-2 (Psalms Now); Mark 1:4-11 For each one of us there are those “ah ha” moments that happen, those events that happen, those insights that come to us, those decisions that we make, that have the possibility of changing the direction of our lives forever. We have an epiphany; we make a great discovery about ourselves or about our goals in life. Maybe it was about where you are going to live. Maybe it was…

Letters from Prison

Scriptures: Amos 5:21-24; Micah 6:6-8; Psalm 92:1-4; Philippians 1:27-29 Justice, justice! Where there is no justice there is no peace. Where there is no justice, the people perish. Generation after generation after generation finds individuals whom God calls out to speak words of truth to the generation in which they live. Those who bring the message of the displeasure of God about how the people or the society is acting are often martyred for their unpopular message. We might just…