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Below are links to individual sermons beginning with the most recent. Previous sermons and various messages (eg. Ash Wednesday video meditation) can be found on the Previous Sermon, Series, and Messages page, where they’re listed by series.

April 14: Look Who’s Smiling!

  April 14 – 3rd Sunday of Easter Other sermons in this series“Depths of Love” #1: Union with Christ #2: Look Who’s Smiling (this sermon) Scripture Reading: 1 John 3:1-7 Here’s a question: What makes God smile? What brings the Lord happiness and joy? One of my favorite artistic renderings of Jesus is this. It’s commonly known as Laughing Jesus. Taking a cue from this painting, here’s a similar rendering of Jesus. And another one. I like these paintings of…

April 7: Union With Christ

  April 7 – 2nd Sunday of Easter Other sermons in this series“Depths of Love” #1: Union with Christ (this sermon) #2: Look Who’s Smiling Scripture: 1 John 1:1-2:2 On my way to work this past Wednesday morning I did something a bit foolish and stupid, all because I wasn’t fully consciously engaged in what I was doing. I was the second car at a red light, waiting to turn left onto Pinegrove Ave. At some point, my mind went…

March 31: His Death Certificate is Our Birth Certificate

  March 31 – Easter Sunday Scripture: Mark 16:1-8 It’s often been said that the Kingdom of God has a way of turning this world on its head; or turning it upside-down. What seems right and appropriate by normal standards is, in the eyes of God, found to be lacking if not outright wrong. What the world deems forward-facing is considered backward by Kingdom standards. The word used in the Bible most often used to depict this paradox is “foolishness.”…

March 24: Blessed is the One

  March 24 – Palm/Passion Sunday Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (this sermon) Scriptures: John 12:12-16; Mark 15:1-5, 25-39 Today is a day of contradictions. Not unlike the occasional Sunday when we mourn the death of a beloved church member and also celebrate the birth of a baby. Or a funeral,…

March 17: Whoever Serves

  March 17 – 5th Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves (this sermon) #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: John 12:20-33 I was talking with a young couple this week who got engaged at a Franky Avalon concert. But not just at the concert, it happened onstage during the concert. And Franky…

March 3: I Will Raise it Up

  March 3 – 3rd Sunday of Lent Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel #3: I Will Raise it Up (this sermon) #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) Scripture: John 2:13-22 When Moses was around 40 years old, he was shepherding his father-in-law’s flock one day when he saw something peculiar in the distance. It appeared to be a bush that had…

Feb 25: For the Sake of the Gospel

  Feb 25 – 2nd Sunday of Lent Scripture: Mark 8:31-38 Other sermons in this 2024 Lentent series“Depths of Love” #1: Trust While Tossed #2: For the Sake of the Gospel (this sermon) #3: I Will Raise it Up #4: Whoever Serves #5: Blessed Is the One (Palm Sunday) You’ve probably heard it said, “I should’ve left home when I was 13 and I knew everything!” What parent hasn’t been accused by their teenager of being utterly clueless about teen-aged…

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…

Feb 11: The Light is Still Breaking Through

  February 11: Transfiguration Sunday Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 and Mark 9:2-9 Many of you are probably familiar with the story of the Apostle Paul’s conversion, often referred to as his Damascus Road Experience. You can read about it in Acts 9. Here’s the story in a nutshell. As he and some traveling companions are nearing the city of Damascus for the purpose of rounding up and imprisoning as many Christ-followers as they can find, he’s blinded by a bright…

Feb 4: What Is My Ministry?

  February 4: 5th Sunday after Epiphany Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 and Mark 1:29-39 Over the course of life, each of us has far more experiences than we could possibly remember. They probably number in the millions if you include the most mundane experiences, such as washing your hands or turning on the television. Some of them we do so often or are so common that we don’t even realize they’re happening. But there are other occurrences that stick with…