Am I Accepted

Seven Essential Questions – Lent 2020 8 1 While Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and makingContinue reading “Am I Accepted”

Seven Essential Questions: Who is God?

11 Finally, brothers and sisters, good-bye. Put things in order, respond to my encouragement, be in harmony with each other, and live in peace—and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12 Say hello to each other with a holy kiss.[a] All of God’s people say hello to you. 13 The grace of the Lord JesusContinue reading “Seven Essential Questions: Who is God?”

Seven Essential Questions – What Matters Most?

28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with allContinue reading “Seven Essential Questions – What Matters Most?”

Sell Your Stuff… Give to the Poor (Sunday Sermon)

17 As Jesus continued down the road, a man ran up, knelt before him, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to obtain eternal life?” 18 Jesus replied, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except the one God. 19 You know the commandments: Don’t commit murder. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t steal. Don’t giveContinue reading “Sell Your Stuff… Give to the Poor (Sunday Sermon)”

The Well is Deep

               5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. 7 A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her,Continue reading “The Well is Deep”

On Being Slugged in the Jaw (Psalm 3)

Lord, I have so many enemies!    So many are standing against me.2 So many are talking about me:    “Even God won’t help him.” Selah3 But you, Lord, are my shield!    You are my glory!    You are the one who restores me.4 I cry out loud to the Lord,    and he answers me from his holy mountain. Selah5 I lie down, sleep, and wake up    becauseContinue reading “On Being Slugged in the Jaw (Psalm 3)”

Fish Stories

Sermon for 1/26/2020 5 One day Jesus was standing beside Lake Gennesaret when the crowd pressed in around him to hear God’s word. 2 Jesus saw two boats sitting by the lake. The fishermen had gone ashore and were washing their nets. 3 Jesus boarded one of the boats, the one that belonged to Simon, then asked himContinue reading “Fish Stories”

Enter the House (Psalm 5)

Psalm 5 For the music leader. For the flutes. A psalm of David. 5 Hear my words, Lord!    Consider my groans!2     Pay attention to the sound of my cries, my king and my God,        because I am praying to you!3 Lord, in the morning you hear my voice.    In the morning I lay it all out before you.    Then I wait expectantly.4 BecauseContinue reading “Enter the House (Psalm 5)”

Sleep in Peace (Psalm 4)

Psalm 4 For the music leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. 4 Answer me when I cry out, my righteous God!    Set me free from my troubles!        Have mercy on me!        Listen to my prayer! 2 How long, you people,    will my reputation be insulted?How long will you continue    to love what is worthless    and go after lies? Selah3 Know this: theContinue reading “Sleep in Peace (Psalm 4)”

Refuge in God, the Church (Psalm 2)

2 Why do the nations rant? Why do the peoples rave uselessly?2 The earth’s rulers take their stand; the leaders scheme together    against the Lord and against his anointed one.3         “Come!” they say. “We will tear off their ropes        and throw off their chains!”4 The one who rules in heaven laughs; my Lord makes fun of them.5 But then God speaks toContinue reading “Refuge in God, the Church (Psalm 2)”