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November 2018

Move Along/2 Samuel 12:1-10, 13-24, Romans 6:6-11/Rev. Rodger Allen/11-11-18

By |November 12th, 2018|Sermons|

  Four Sundays ago, we left King David sitting on top of the world. He has become king of all Israel, having gained the support of the armies, the people, and God. He has captured the city of Jerusalem and made it his capital. He has heard God promise to bless his reign, while politely declining David’s offer to build a Temple. He has responded with a faithful prayer, praising God and asking for guidance, and he has been promised that guidance. Everything is going wonderfully; David, and Israel, are on top of the world. […]

“Where Is Your Treasure”/11/4/18/Scripture: 2 Kings 4:1-7; Mt 6:1-6, 19-21, 24/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 6th, 2018|Sermons|

          Ahhh, another Fall Campaign: so exciting!  Actually, I really like the theme the Stewardship Committee has presented throughout 2018 at various times and in a variety of ways.  “Where Is Your Heart?” comes from our Matthew, chapter 6, passage and is focused on verse 21:  “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Notice that it doesn’t say that the treasure follows the heart, but that the heart follows the treasure.  It points to what is central in our lives, whatever our most important treasure is:  is it money?; is it family?; is it cars?; is it God and the will of God?  […]

“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Rebekah”/10/7/18/Scripture: parts of ch. 24 and 25/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 1st, 2018|Sermons|

    For those of you who have heard all or most of my Old Testament Women of the Bible sermon series so far, you know that I have been rescuing some women in the Old Testament from their bad reputations.  True, there are some women who do terrible things in the Bible, yet even those who ought to be praised are often ridiculed for some reason or another.  In my first sermon, Eve was often spoken of being inferior to Adam even though she was the same status as a partner, and for having caused sin and humanity’s separation from God even though Adam ate the fruit of the forbidden tree right along with her.  […]

October 2018

“Who Needs a House?” Rev. Rodger Allen 10-14-18 II Samuel 7:1-17; Psalm 89: 20-29

By |October 18th, 2018|Sermons|

In I Samuel 16 to II Samuel 6, we read the story of David’s rise from unknown shepherd boy to king; anointed by the prophet Samuel, at God’s direction; his defeat of Goliath in battle; gradually winning over the states of Israel, from supporting King Saul’s family to supporting him; conquering Jerusalem and making it his capital city. This was all possible because God had chosen David, a man, the Bible says, of “clean hands, pure heart, true faith, and true speech.” As our Scripture lesson for today began, David was finally firmly-established as king: “The king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him.” […]

“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Esther”/9/30/18/Esther 1:1-4, 7:1-20, 9:20a, 21, 22; James 5:13-16, 19-20/Rev. Laurie Williams

By |October 1st, 2018|Sermons|

          As most of you know, my past three sermons are a part of a series about Old Testament women.  To this point, I have been rescuing them from the bad rap they have received by some biblical scholars and commentators down through the ages.  We have heard of Eve, Sarah and Hagar, and Tamar.  Today I will jump way ahead in scripture and talk about Esther as it is also in the Revised Common Lectionary for this Sunday.           While there are no known documents of a historical nature concerning Esther, she is very important to the Jewish faith story and consequently our faith too.  This story tells of the salvation of the Jewish people, residing as refugees in Persia, from certain death.  The King in the story is Ahasuerus.  His Persian name was thought to be Xerxes who reigned from 479 to 465 B.C.  […]