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November 2018

“Old Testament Women of the Bible: Zelophehad’s Daughters”/11/18/18/Scripture: Numbers 27:1-11; Galatians 3:19-29/by Rev. Laurie Williams

By |November 20th, 2018|Sermons|

         The book of Numbers describes the forty-year period in which the Hebrew people wandered in the wilderness heading toward the land God promised to them.  It was the time of the Exodus.  The people were freed from slavery to Egypt but many of them would never see the land God promised they would be given in order to form a nation.  The ones who never saw it were the adults who had left Egypt at the beginning of the Exodus.  You may remember why they wouldn’t see the Promised Land; all along the way the people sinned against God and one another many times.  According to the priestly writers of Numbers, their punishment was to never see the Promised Land.  Their children would inherit the land when they got there. […]

“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.” […]

September 2018

“In Praise of Romantic Love”/Song of Songs 2:8-13, 8:6-7; Genesis 2: 18-24; Mark 10:6-9/ Rev. Rodger Allen/9-23-2018

By |September 25th, 2018|Sermons|

  The “Song of Songs,” also known as the “Song of Solomon,” has not had an easy time of it, as far as books of the Bible go. Whether or not it should be included in the Bible at all was more than once a matter of heated debate as the contents of the canon were being selected, and in fact it may have only squeaked in due to its already-established popularity among the people of Israel. We can easily imagine why some early Christian leaders raised questions about the Song. Picture a group of the early “Christian fathers”, in the third or fourth century or so, still making decisions about what’s right and wrong for their young church, having recently decided to make their stand on the belief that celibacy is the most desirable lifestyle for Christians when it comes to questions of male/female relationships. Oh, it’s okay to be married if you must, they have allowed, but the ideal to aspire to if possible is a life without physical intimacy, without desire, without involvement with the opposite sex. Priests, for example, are to be unmarried and celibate, as will also be monks and nuns. Intimacy is regarded at best as a necessary evil, and at worst as nothing more than a temptation, a sin, a failure. The ideal life, they have decided, is one without physical intimacy; that’s what God considers best. […]