Sermons from January 2017

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The Fire Is Burning Hot

Reading from the Gospel                 Matthew 5:1-12
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain;
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst
for righteousness, for they will …

Fridays Can Be Hard

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures        Psalm 46 (CEB)
God is our refuge and strength,
a help always near in times of great trouble.
That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart,
when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea,
when its waters roar and rage,
when the mountains shake because of its surging waves.
There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city,
the holiest dwelling of the Most High.
God is in that …

The Litmus Test

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures               I Corinthians 1:1-10
I, Paul, have been called and sent by Jesus, the Messiah,
according to God’s plan, along with my friend Sosthenes.
I send this letter to you in God’s church at Corinth,
Christians cleaned up by Jesus and set apart
for a God-filled life.
I include in my greeting all who call out to Jesus,
wherever they live. He’s their Master as well as ours!
May all the gifts and benefits that come …

The Work of Christmas

Reading from the Gospel      Matthew 2:1-12
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,
wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking,
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?
For we observed his star at its rising,
and have come to pay him homage.”
When King Herod heard this, he was frightened,
and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together
all the chief priests and scribes of the …

Silence Is No Longer an Option

Matthew 25:31-46 The Message
“When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty
and all his angels with him, the Son of Man
will take his place on his glorious throne.
Then all the nations will be arranged before him
and he will sort the people out,
much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats,
putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right,
‘Enter, you who are blessed by …