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Sept 2, 2018: “If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts …“

Pastor Mark preaches on the effects of words and the harm they can do, even in the Christian communities we call churches. He asserts that unbridled tongues are far more damaging than sticks or stones; learning to bridle our tongues is an essential Christian practice. Mark draws a parallel between schools (as the environment in which children are taught reading, writing, and arithmetic) and the church of Jesus Christ as the school of love. The sermon text is James 1:17-27. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Aug. 26, 2018: “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

The congregation was invited to submit questions to the pastor before the worship service. Pastor Mark then addressed those questions during his sermon. Listen to see if the congregation stumped the pastor! The sermon text is I Corinthians 1:27-2:5; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Aug. 19, 2018: The Wisdom in Asking for Wisdom

Solomon could have asked God for anything: money, food, an army. But he didn’t. He asked God for wisdom. Pastor Jason leads us in a conversation about the wisdom of that choice. The sermon text is 1 Kings 3:3-14. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

Aug. 12, 2018: “…he asked that he might die, saying, ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life…’ “

Pastor Mark illustrates the problem of depression and suicide with the story of Elijah dealing with his depression. Elijah is finished with life, but God is not finished with Elijah. An angel came and touched Elijah. In the midst of depression one cannot see the light, but there is Another holding your hand who can and does see both you and the light. There is a light which no darkness can overcome, a love which will never let us go. The sermon text is I Kings 19:4-8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Aug. 5, 2018: “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call…one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.”

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church at Ephesus addresses divisiveness in the Christian community. Paul reminds us that there is one body, one hope, one Spirit, one baptism, one Lord, and one God. Given the history of the Christian church his message seems particularly applicable down through the ages and even today. Paul asserts that focusing on deeply loving each other, as God loves us deeply, instead of our differences and disagreements, is the solution to our divisiveness problem. The sermon text is Ephesians 4:1-16. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

July 29, 2018: Let Me Tell You a Story

Pastor Jason tells us a story about a father with two sons. In this story Pastor Jason asks us three questions: 1-Which son are you? 2-What in your life needs to change? 3-What is your role in God’s family? The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

July 22, 2018: What Brings You Healing?

Jesus was a popular guy. Why was Jesus so popular? Pastor Jason offers several reasons for Jesus’ popularity; one of the things that made people flock to Jesus was to be healed. People are still coming to Jesus to be healed. The question becomes: How can the church be like Jesus offering healing to us all? The sermon text is Mark 6:30-34; 53-56. Included in the podcast is the reading of the scripture and the ensuing discussion by the congregation. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

July 15, 2018: “Is not this the carpenter…?”

Is your faith growing? Or, are you stuck in your faith? Are there people around you who are stuck in their faith? Pastor Mark tells the story of how Jesus responded to those stuck in their faith when he taught in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. The sermon text is Mark 6:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

July 8, 2018

No podcast due to technical difficulties with the recording.

July 1, 2018: “Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees …”

Pastor Mark applies the message of the prophet Isaiah to our current administration in Washington and draws disturbing parallels between the treatment of Jews by the Nazis in Germany and our government’s treatment of immigrants. The sermon text is Isaiah 10:1-4. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 24, 2018: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”

Pastor Mark preaches on the peril of being too familiar, too casual with God. But the ultimacy of God is matched by an intimacy; while God is beyond our understanding, God understands us more deeply than we understand ourselves.The sermon text is Job 38:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 17, 2018: “… the kingdom of God, … is like a grain of mustard seed, …”

Pastor Mark begins with the assertion that Jesus has no idea who God is, and then confesses that he also has no idea who God is. If we open our eyes and minds to God’s creation, we discover a sense of awe, wonder, and mystery. We find a God who creates, who loves, who sustains, who transforms. The sermon text is Mark 4:26-34. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

June 10, 2018: “… my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning …”

Pastor Mark focuses on the beautiful, powerful poetry of Psalm 130 and reflects on what it means to “wait for the Lord”. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching. The reading of Psalm 130 is included in the podcast.