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“Come follow me”, Jesus said…

Using the image of a labyrinth (click here to see the labyrinth), Pastor Mark traces the highs and lows of our faith journey as we follow Jesus. The sermon text is Mark 1:14-20. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

May 7, 2017: Rest for the Weary

How do we find rest from the stresses and strains of modern life? Julia Mueller, guest preacher, talks about the need for rest and renewal and offers some suggestions for how to find it. The sermon text is Matthew 11:28-30. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

April 30, 2017: “Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus.”

Three days after Jesus’ crucifixion, two of Jesus’ followers are walking along the road to Emmaus. It is seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus and it is all downhill. Jesus joins them, but they don’t recognize him until they stop for the night and Jesus breaks bread with them. How often do we travel the journey of life with Jesus accompanying us, and we don’t recognize him? When we experience disappointment in life and things seem to be heading downhill, how often do we fail to recognize Jesus accompanying us and offering comfort? What opens our eyes to the awesome God? Did you get a glimpse of Jesus, like the two on the road to Emmanus? The sermon text is Luke 24:13-35. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

April 23, 2017: “By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Pastor Mark preaches on the “doubting Thomas” who sticks his hand in Jesus’ spear wound and feels the very pulse of God and discovers that hope is still alive and beating. This story reveals to us the character of the Christian church. Ours is a living hope sustaining us and enabling us to give witness to the world of that living hope. The sermon texts are John 20:19-31 and 1 Peter 1:3-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

April 16, 2017: “… and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Is Truth Dead? Time Magazine posed this question on one of its covers recently. Pastor Mark answers, “Yes!”. He claims that truth died on a hill near Jerusalem at about 3 p.m. on Good Friday. But when lies and dishonesty danced to celebrate their victory, God said, “Wait a moment, I am not yet done.” Come Sunday, God made his move and truth re-emerged. Lies do not have the final word; the final word belongs always to Jesus. The apostle Paul asserts that we have already been raised with Christ; the death of truth has no dominion over us. The sermon text is Matthew 28:1-10 and Colossians 3:1-4. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

April 9, 2017: The King Who Rode a Donkey

Kings do their victory ride on stallions, but Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Did the people and the Romans get the joke? Our guest preacher, Shane Claiborne, provides the biblical context for Palm Sunday and some contemporary examples of the Church telling truth to power. The sermon text is Matthew 21:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

April 2, 2017: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

Pastor Mark talks about the role of the heart, in contrast to the brain, as the organ to which God relates in matters of faith. The psalmist asks God to create in him a clean heart. The prophets say that God will write the law upon our hearts. The sermon text is Psalm 51:1-12. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

March 26, 2017: What Does it Mean to Want for Nothing?

The psalmist says that we shall want for nothing. Does this mean God will give us all the money, good health, and happy relationships, etc. we could possibly want? Or does the psalmist have something else in mind? Pastor Jason suggests that the latter is the correct interpretation. The sermon text is Psalm 23; the singing of the psalm as a chant has been included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

March 19, 2017: A Good Cleaning

Winter is coming to an end and it is time to think about spring cleaning of our homes. What about spring cleaning of our hearts? Is it time for that also? The sermon text is Psalm 51:1-12. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jackie Colbert preaching.

March 5, 2017: “If you are the son of God …”

After his baptism, Jesus went into the desert on a vision quest. It was a time for Jesus to prepare himself before starting his ministry. The devil attempted to divert Jesus from his mission by presenting temptations to him. The sermon text is Matthew 4:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

Feb. 26, 2017: “Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother, John and led them up a high mountain…”

Pastor Mark preaches on the mountaintop experience when Jesus was transfigured, while Peter, James, and John looked on in awe. What are we to make of this experience? The story reminds us that God is beyond the limits of modern man’s rational way of thinking, but not beyond our experience. Pastor Mark offers his thoughts about this transcendent experience. The sermon text is Matthew 17:1-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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