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April 2019

“A Brief History of Time: 5. Tomorrow: New Life”/Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 11:11-15, 17-20, 23-26, 34-45; Romans 8:6-11 (NJB)/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-14-19 

By |April 18th, 2019|Sermons|

Today’s sermon concludes our series called  “A Brief History of Time.” The title of the series, as explained before, was borrowed from Stephen Hawking’s book by that name, but while he looked at the physical history of the universe, things like big bang theories and expanding galaxies, we’ve looked at what can be called “salvation history” – a history of God’s relationship with humanity. For three weeks we looked at the Past: the creation of humanity at the beginning; humanity’s insistence on sinning, which became obvious very shortly after the beginning; and God’s act in the life and death of Jesus Christ to reconcile God and people, to bring us together, in spite of that sin. Last week’s topic was labelled “Today,” or the Present: How do we respond to God’s love? And today’s topic is labelled, very loosely, the Future, or “Tomorrow”: what will be the outcome of a relationship with God? […]

“A Brief History of Time: 4. Today: We Respond to God”/Eph. 5: 8-15, 19-20; John 9: 1-41, selected verses/Rev. Rodger Allen/4-7-19 

By |April 16th, 2019|Sermons|

In Part One of our “brief history,” God created us. Male and female, with certain responsibilities to carry out together. In Part Two, we responded . . . by messing up. We reviewed the fact that all human beings, from the very beginning, stray from that which God intends for us. In Part Three, God responded – by reaching out, through Jesus Christ, so that human beings might be reconciled to God in spite of their sin. This did not happen because we deserve it, or because God owes us, but because God loves us and chooses to act on our behalf. Now in Part Four of our series, it’s our turn to respond again: how shall we respond to the love God has shown to us? […]

“A Brief History of Time:/3. God Responds”/Rom. 5:1-11; Gen. 11:27-12:8/Rev. Rodger Allen/3-31-19

By |April 4th, 2019|Sermons|

Some of you may have noticed that there are a lot of books in this building. There are shelves of books in the Koinonia Kafe, available to be borrowed and read. There are books in the Pastor’s Office, which Laurie and I brought here with us. There’s a wonderful collection downstairs, a Children’s Library, available for you. Plus the Bibles and hymnals in the pews – lots of books. As I was rooting around through some of the books one day, I came across two books that have some very interesting stories in them, and I thought I might tell you some of those stories today. The odd thing about both books, however, is that they each seem to have some pages missing, because it appears that the whole stories aren’t in there, just pieces. And it gets frustrating, because they’re good stories, and we want to know the rest; we’d like to hear the whole thing. […]

December 2018

“A Steady Light Shining in the Dark”/12/2/18/Scripture: John 1:1-10; Luke 2:25-32/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |December 5th, 2018|Sermons|

          I can’t tell you how many people I hear every week talk about how awful and dark the world is now.  Focusing on that too much is not good for one’s mental health.  The world has always been a dark place.  Nature can be cruel.  Accidents happen.  Loved ones become ill.  Human beings sin.  That is our reality with the cycle of life and death.  Still, hope is so important to hold onto as a Christian people, as is bringing that hope to as many others as we can.  Yet, the fact of the matter is that we do hear much bad news, sometimes daily.  We may feel bombarded by it.  With technology the way it is, at times we know of something minutes after it happens anywhere in the world.  We definitely can feel weighed down by it all. […]

November 2018

“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?  […]