Sermons on Facing Life's Challenges

Sermons on Facing Life's Challenges

May 12: The Power to Endure

  May 12 – Ascension Sunday Ascension Day is always the 40th day (a Thursday) of the Easter season; Ascension Sunday is usually observed the Sunday following. The Ascension was the act of Jesus returning to his place of Heavenly glory in his physical body as witnessed by the Apostles, and marked the close of his post-resurrection appearances. The Ascension was recorded in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51, and Acts 1:9-11. Scriptures: Acts 1:1-11; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53 Two weeks ago…

Feb 18: Trust While Tossed

  Feburary 18 – First Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed (this sermon) #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: Mark 1:9-15 A lot of people use the daily devotional Jesus Calling. Each devotion is written using the voice of Jesus, as if it’s Jesus speaking the words on the page to the…

March 12: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

  Scriptures: Psalm 22 and Mark 15:22-37 3rd Sunday of Lent: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? (3/6) Other sermons in this series“The Seven Last Words of Christ” #1: Father, Forgive Them #2: Today You will Be With Me in Paradise #4: Woman, Here Is Your Son #5: I Am Thirsty #6: It Is Finished I know I’ve shared with you before about the time I was so angry with God that I literally shook my fist…

Feb 6: What DID Jesus Do?

  This is the second in a 4-part sermon series called “Living Faithfully.” In this series, Pastor Drew will be addressing some of the deeper truths by which we profess our faith in and commitment to following Jesus Christ, even as our denomination faces the likelihood of separation later this coming summer. The theme for today’s message is the power of Jesus Christ to keep Christians connected despite our differences and disagreements. Sermon #1 – January 30: “God’s Still in…

November 14: Not One Stone

  Audio of FULL service Video of FULL service November 14, 2021 – 25th Sunday after Pentecost Scriptures: Mark 13:1-8; 1 Samuel 2:1-10 How many of you have been to the top of what will always be to me the Sears Tower in downtown Chicago (which is now named the Willis Tower)? At 110 stories, it was the tallest building in the world until 1998. Today, it’s the 12th tallest building in the world. The 103rd story is the Skydeck,…
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August 29: That Was Then, This Is Now

  This worship service was an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of those members of our congregation who passed away during the COVID-19 pandemic, when funerals and memorial services were not being held in churches, and funeral homes limited the number of guests who could attend. This service was designed to have the feel of a memorial service while still retaining its “Sunday worship” character. Scriptures: Isaiah 25:1, 6-9; Psalm 126; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; John 20:19-22 I…

June 20: Enduring the Storms

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that I’ve begun a new phase of life. I’ve recently noticed that when I get together with certain friends, we’ll talk about our body aches, compare our medications, and report on our most recent trip to the doctor. The fact is, I’m no longer just an active listener to these tales of woe (which, as a pastor, I’ve been for years), but an active participant! But here’s what…