Apr 21, 2019
Jesus’ Doubting Friends (Sermon 4/21/19)
Flowers, a riot of colors, the joy of spring and new beginnings- flood our senses at Easter. Many celebrate the unofficial ending of winter and new life seen growing from the ground. Others celebrate and rehearse the core of their faith- the truth of the resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. Still others live in a closet of doubt that any of this is true.  Can I doubt and still be a “Friend of Jesus?”
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  • Apr 21, 2019Jesus’ Doubting Friends (Sermon 4/21/19)
    Apr 21, 2019
    Jesus’ Doubting Friends (Sermon 4/21/19)
    Flowers, a riot of colors, the joy of spring and new beginnings- flood our senses at Easter. Many celebrate the unofficial ending of winter and new life seen growing from the ground. Others celebrate and rehearse the core of their faith- the truth of the resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. Still others live in a closet of doubt that any of this is true.  Can I doubt and still be a “Friend of Jesus?”
  • Apr 14, 2019Jesus’ Parade of Friends (Sermon 4/14/19)
    Apr 14, 2019
    Jesus’ Parade of Friends (Sermon 4/14/19)
    On this Palm Sunday, we get to see all the different groups of Jesus “friends” gathered in one place at the same time. Throughout the encounter, Jesus remains true to His purpose, his mission and highlights who are his true friends.
  • Apr 7, 2019Jesus’ Rich Friends or “The Tale of Two Checkbooks” (Sermon 4/7/19)
    Apr 7, 2019
    Jesus’ Rich Friends or “The Tale of Two Checkbooks” (Sermon 4/7/19)
    Many people have an ingrained prejudice, or even hatred, towards the wealthy. We so often see the characterization of wealth as bad, or even evil. So, what does Jesus do with the rich around him? The Rich Young Ruler and the Rich Tax Collector?
  • Mar 31, 2019Jesus’ Challenged Friends (Sermon 3/31/19)
    Mar 31, 2019
    Jesus’ Challenged Friends (Sermon 3/31/19)
    People who know they need Jesus seem to find Jesus. People who don’t know they need Jesus, have a hard time breaking through their preconceived ideas, traditions and even pride. Each of these types of people have their own challenges in being a friend of Jesus.
  • Mar 24, 2019Jesus’ Friends and Enemies (Sermon 3/24/19)
    Mar 24, 2019
    Jesus’ Friends and Enemies (Sermon 3/24/19)
    If you were to identify a “Friend of Jesus,” what would you look for in his or her life? Church attendance? How they speak? How they vote? In today’s scripture, Jesus gives us two signs by which you can tell if someone is a “true friend” or not.
  • Mar 17, 2019Jesus’ Political Friends (Sermon 3/17/19)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Jesus’ Political Friends (Sermon 3/17/19)
    In this series, we are exploring the “friends of Jesus” who may not immediately come to mind. This week, we see how Jesus interacts, not just with the “down and out,” but also those officials not held in highest esteem.
  • Mar 10, 2019Jesus’ Shamed Friends (Sermon 3/10/19)
    Mar 10, 2019
    Jesus’ Shamed Friends (Sermon 3/10/19)
    Most people have watched crime shows where the suspect at the end of the story turns out to be someone different from whom you expected. In this familiar story in Jesus’ life, the real subject of the lesson is not the one it first appears to be.
  • Mar 3, 2019Jesus’ Outcast Friends (Simon the Leper) (Sermon 3/3/19/)
    Mar 3, 2019
    Jesus’ Outcast Friends (Simon the Leper) (Sermon 3/3/19/)
    When you hear the phrase, “A friend of Jesus’” what goes through your mind? Peter? John, Paul? Other great people of faith? People who tell you Jesus is their friend? In this Lenten series, we will be looking at some of the lesser heralded, “friends of Jesus.” Some of the people Jesus spent his time around and was willing to draw close- and maybe asking each of us to do the same.
  • Feb 24, 2019Do I Want a Supernatural Church? (Sermon 2/24/19)
    Feb 24, 2019
    Do I Want a Supernatural Church? (Sermon 2/24/19)
    It is easy to build a church. Charismatic leader- check. Amazing music- check. Good coffee and food- check. State of the art facility- check. Encouraging words- all set. Great marketing- check. When all is said and done, we can build an amazing church- but is it supernatural?
  • Feb 17, 2019Forget God’s Will (Sermon 2/17/19)
    Feb 17, 2019
    Forget God’s Will (Sermon 2/17/19)
    “If I only knew God’s will for my life I would do it.” “I wish God would show me what to do.” There are very few people in history who have ever known all of God’s will for their lives from beginning to end. If we are honest, it’s easy to say we will follow God someday instead of today.