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Burn The House Down

Sermon Text – 01.27.2019
 
[Genesis 32:22-32 and Job 38:1-3, 42:1-6]
 
          What is the difference between wrestling someone and fighting them? One of my absolute favorite things to do as a father is to wrestle with my boys.

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Freedom Of Religion

Sermon Text – 01.21.2018
 
[Luke 19:1-10 and John 8:1-11]
 

          This is a book called “Jesus Freaks, Volume 2” put together by a group called Voice Of the Martyrs alongside a band named DC Talk. They were a big deal in the 90’s. It’s a collection of stories of people who were killed for their faith. I wanted to read part of a story. The story is true, but they change the names to protect the families. It comes out of North Korea in 2001, about a young man named “Kim.”

    
      [read p20] – that young boy gave his life to Jesus that night, and his brothers did the same. He grew up and became a smuggler – bringing bibles illegally into North Korea – that’s how his story got told. You ever read a story, and just weep because you’re so thankful you live in America? We got problems, yeah – but not like this. The Constitution of the United States of America reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Simply put – America has freedom of religion. Praise God. But it’s not all good news is it? Freedom of Religion is a VERY tricky concept.
   
       Today is part two of our sermon series State of the Union. For the month of January we have been looking at the State of Our Union – and honestly? It’s kind of disappointing. The world continues to let us down. We’ve talked about political parties, but today I want to talk about freedom of religion. The struggles of our country and how Jesus would respond. Today, I want to talk about tolerance.

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Democrats VS Republicans

Democrats VS. Republicans – 01.13.2019
 
[Ezra 3:9-13 and John 1: 9-18]
 

          There was once an elderly gentleman who was sitting on a park bench, basking in the sun, when another elderly fellow sat down beside him. They looked at each other for a moment, but did not speak. Both men sat there for a short time, just staring straight ahead. After a little while, one of them heaved a big, heartfelt sigh. The other man jumped immediately and said, “Look, if you’re going to talk politics, I’m leaving.” Is there anything more uncomfortable than talking politics with someone you don’t know?  

Today we start a brand new sermon series called State of the Union. For the next few weeks we are going to take a close look at politics and piety – how do faith and politics come together in our lives? We’re going to look at the limits of tolerance, morality vs legality and we’ll close by talking about compromise. But to get us started, I wanted to talk about Democrats VS. Republicans. In this room, there are die hard right wing straight ticket republicans with a little tattoo on their shoulder that says “I heart Trump.” In this room, there are radical left wing straight ticket Democrats with bumper stickers that say, “Feel the Bern.” And then there’s a third group in the room this morning. A big chunk of us in the middle who feel sort of politically homeless – we don’t really like either party, and so we’re not sure what to do with politics. Before we get into all the pieces – we need to talk about our identity.

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Audio Sermon Archive

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December 2014

Words

James 3:1-14




Worry

Luke 12:22-34




Pride

1 John 2:1-11; 15-17




November 2014

Cradle to the Cross

Mark 13:24-37




Sheep and the Goats

Matthew 25:31-46




Defined by Generosity

Proverbs 11:24-27




Cultivating Contentment

Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16




What Are You Looking For

Acts 1:1-11




October 2014

Wisdom and Faith

Proverbs 22:2-6; 15-16; 20




When Dreams Become Nightmares

Matthew 16:24-28