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So far Madison Shockley has created 51 blog entries.

January 2019

What Child Is This? ~Matthew 2:1-12

By | January 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 6, 2019 Today is Epiphany Sunday, also known as  the "Twelfth Day of Christmas." A society is judged by the way they treat their children. Our reading speaks to the way children are treated. We have a crisis today on this issue. All children are God's children. Currently, children ...

December 2018

Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Wrapping Paper~ Luke 2: 41-52

By | December 30th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 30, 2018 The secular Christmas and the religious Christmas have very different calendars. The secular Christmas starts right after Halloween while the religious Christmas starts on Christmas day. The Advent season prepares us spiritually for the arrival of Jesus but is not the actual Christmas season. As soon as ...

Born of God~ Luke 1: 26-31 34-35 John 1: 5-9 12-14

By | December 24th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2018 On this Christmas Eve, we contemplate Jesus's birth. The child born to Mary shall be holy. Those who believe in Jesus were given the power to be children of God. Each of us is a child of God. Our belief allows us to give birth to a brand ...

An Ordinary Woman~ Luke 1: 46b-55

By | December 23rd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley December 23, 2018 Merry Christmas! Mary has had many doubters over the centuries. People doubted her story of the visit by an angel, doubted her story on how she became pregnant, and doubted she never slept with Joseph. In ancient times, it was not unusual for a god to impregnate ...

Don’t Be A Christmas Tree~ Luke 3 7 15

By | December 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley and Rev. Vernon Ummel December 16, 2018 Reverend Shockley returns to the pulpit today. In the text, John tells the crowd about trees. They must bear fruit or be cut down and thrown in the fire.  Christmas trees are beautifully decorated, stand tall, and may have a star or angel ...

September 2018

The Price of Membership~ Mark 8: 34-38

By | September 16th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 16, 2018 The reading today is one of the core passages of our faith. If you want to be a follower of Jesus, you must take up your cross. When this passage was written, the law of the land was through the Roman Empire. It was a peace ...

Faith Without Works? Dead!~Mark 7: 25-30

By | September 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 9, 2018 Today, we look at all four of the texts from the lectionary. While modern technology has changed the world, human nature remains unchanged. These texts remain fresh today. The poor are defenseless yet they are the ones who are robbed. They are the victims of a ...

God is Watching, God is Listening~ Exodus 3: 1-10

By | September 2nd, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on September 2, 2018 On this Labor Sunday, the reading offers us inspiration concerning workers.  God has seen the misery of the people. The Lord delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians.  Today, the state of the worker is troublesome. We have full employment but stagnant wages. In this time of ...

August 2018

If I Had Three Wishs~ I Kings 3:5-13

By | August 19th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 19, 2018 Everyone has dreamed of having a jinn grant them three wishes. This concept goes back to 2500 BC. This legend has even been blended with King Solomon. Using a powerful ring, Solomon summoned the jinn who was stealing the royal jewels. He then condemned the jinn ...

The Second Stage Is Anger~ Ephesians 4:25-5:2

By | August 12th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 12, 2018 There are five stages of grief. These stages are not just for the loss of a loved one but for any loss; a job, a relationship, etc. Denial helps us survive the loss. As the denial fades, anger begins. The more you feel, the sooner it ...

A Parable of Perilous Power~ 2 Samuel 11:26-12:9a

By | August 5th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on August 5 2018 The reading today is a powerful parable. The prophet, Nathan, came to King David to confront him on the taking of Bathsheba after murdering her husband. Nathan told David a parable then revealed that he was the man in the parable who has committed a horrendous ...

July 2018

The Paradox of Power~2 Corinthians 12: 5b-10

By | July 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev Madison Shockley on July 8 2018 Paul preaches that power is a paradox. Where we think it is, it is not. Where we least expect it, it is there. One of the greatest examples is the story of David and Goliath. That power is a paradox is one of the fundamental beliefs ...

June 2018