Sermons tagged with ‘God’

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They Entered the Cloud

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They Entered the Cloud

Following Jesus can be really hard. But in the Transfiguration, we have a story about following the path, even when it forces us to face our fears. The Transfiguration shows us how to face our fears Transfiguration | Luke 9:28-36 Jesus chose three disciples to join him up a mountain, for prayer. It must be […]

In the Midst of Chaos: GOD

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We’re arguing about all these other things, while Jesus is literally saying that this road leads to his death. We’re all just following along with a “eh, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.” But now Jesus is saying that bridge is toast. It’ll be thrown down and we are woken from our […]

The Scandal of Jesus

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…and the Bitterness of His People Proper 9B / Mark 6:1−43 Jesus doesn’t force us to believe. Jesus doesn’t want us to work on the earnestness of our belief: just believe harder – believe more – believe right: to force us to get it. Jesus gives us signs and invitations and these opportunities to see […]

Of What Are We Afraid?

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The Power of GOD and the Faith of the People Proper 7B / Mark 4:35−41 This is what trust looks like, what faith looks like. Not only in the mustard seed, but in the calming of storms. Not only in the theoretical, but in our lives; in our triumphs and challenges; in our doubts and […]

Asking for What Isn’t Ours

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The Perfect Leader, the Perfect Community, the Perfect Church Proper 6B / Mark 4:26−34 & 1 Samuel 15:34−16:13 We receive a GOD, who like Samuel, weeps over Saul and the people’s rejection. Or scatters seeds in strange places and allows them to grow, even without our help. Or sends us a promise in a new […]

Choosing GOD Means Looking Funny

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The Sort of Liberation Jesus Offers Comes with a Helping of Crazy Proper 5B / Mark 3:20−35 & 1 Samuel 8:4−20 We don’t have to commit ourselves to oppression and isolation and these things that destroy our spirit and drive away the Spirit from us. We can make GOD more important than our country and […]

Encountering the Love of GOD

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…in the Lifting Up and in the Groundwork Trinity Sunday B / John 3:1−17 Because that is what GOD does. GOD loves the world; GOD loves creation and the people and wants better for us. We remember that this is about GOD, and what GOD is doing. And GOD loves it all, not just some […]