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February 2020

Growing With God~ 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9

By | February 16th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 16, 2020 Pilgrim is a special place. Some have had encounters with the Divine. Friendships are deep and profound. It is who we are. Our leaders have planted, watered, and given us rich soil. We have grown. We come to church for God. Paul was trying to connect people ...

What Kind of Nation Are We? ~ Isaiah 58: 1-2, 9-12

By | February 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 9, 2020 Recent events in our nation require us to ask what kind of nation are we. We are looking at what happened at the National Prayer Breakfast. Prayer is important. We need to be clear about the purposes and practice of prayer in our country.  One does not accuse someone ...

Blessed are the Troublemakers~Matthew 5: 1-12

By | February 2nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 2, 2020 The Sermon on the Mount goes to the heart of Jesus's teachings. We need to put it in context though.  We must read the gospels through the len of a radical hermeneutic. We each bring our own interpretations to the text. We must acknowledge that bias as ...

January 2020

Follow Who~Matthew 4:12-23

By | January 26th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 26 2020 According to the church calendar, we turn our focus to Jesus's ministry. Last week, we talked about the baptism of Jesus. John the Baptist was his mentor. When John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee.  There he continued to spread the gospel. Jesus was spreading the movement. ...

In-Spirit-ed~ The Gospel According to John 1: 29-34

By | January 19th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 19, 2020 Inspirited...a new word to express what happens when one is inspired. It describes what happened when Jesus was baptized. The movement of the "spirit" is like a dove. John the Baptist was sent to baptize as many people as possible. One of those people would be special, ...

December 2019

A Tyrant, a Terror, and a Toddler~ Matthew 2: 13-23

By | December 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 29 2019 According to scripture, Jesus is in danger soon after he is born. The holy family must escape to Egypt from King Herod. We have a lot of historical information about Herod. He reigned for 40 years. Herod wanted to change the landscape of Israel in order to ...

Christmas Eve Meditation~ 2019

By | December 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24 2019 On this holy night, we reflect on a child's birth. We seek the world envisioned by Isaiah. A world governed by justice and righteousness. This world must be accomplished in the real world by real people. Into a world filled with corruption and greed, a child is ...

What Is Joseph So Sad About?~ Matthew 1: 18-25

By | December 22nd, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 22 Having a child is complicated. Joseph should have been happy. He was male, reasonably successful, and respected in society. Yet, having a child is a big responsibility. A woman's health is in danger during a pregnancy. Joseph had the added stress that Mary was not pregnant by him ...

Why Was Mary So Happy~ Luke 1: 46b-56

By | December 15th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 15, 2019 The question today is why is Mary so happy?  Her joy is so great that her very soul magnifies the Lord. Few have felt such deep joy. Looking at her life, she should have been miserable. She was a young teenager, set to marry an older man, ...

Do You Know What Time It Is? ~Romans 13: 8-12

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 1, 2019 During these dark winter months, we all need a little lift. Our reading from Paul gives us that lift. Love does no wrong. Now is the time to wake from sleep. Time is running out so put on the armor of the light. Paul continues that we ...

November 2019

Thank God For God ~ Psalm 146

By | November 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 24, 2019 Our reading this Thanksgiving week reminds us to be thankful for God. Praise music stimulates us spiritually. It takes us deeper into our soul. Studies shows if we focus on the positive in our lives, we tend to be happier. This is harder than it sounds though.  ...

The Goal Within Our Grasp~ 2 Corinthians 9: 6-12

By | November 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley November 17, 2019 On this Stewardship Sunday, we get straight to the point ,just like Paul did in our reading today. Those who sow bountifully will reap bountifully. When you give, do so with cheer. You must be willing though. As much as we kid, you are not under compulsion ...

October 2019