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October 2019

Faith Never Faints~ Luke 18: 1-8

By | October 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 20, 2019 Faith is not what you know is going to happen but what you trust will happen. Today's parable is about the faith of a widow seeking justice from a judge.  She was persistent in her cause. There are many ways to interpret a parable. Today we ask, ...

The Only Thing That Counts is Faith Working Through Love~Galatians 5: 1-6

By | October 13th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 13, 2019 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Rev. Shockley shows us a video on a pre-Christian society that embraces non-binary individuals. There were many cultures before Christianity began. One of these is the Hawaiian culture. Non-binary individuals are Mahu. Hawaiians lived in harmony and the Mahu were valued members ...

The Hard Work Of Christian Fellowship~Colossians 3: 11-15

By | October 6th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley October 8, 2019 Making friends can be difficult once we leave school. Out in the real world, we are among people who may not shared our background, experiences, or interests. Many people join a church to connect with others. Today's scripture talks about this. Being one body of Christ, we ...

September 2019

Don’t Sell God Short~ Jeremiah 32: 1-3a, 6-15

By | September 29th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 29, 2019 Everyone understands the difficult and complicated process of selling a house. The reading today details such a sale. Jeremiah is offered some property by his cousin who needs the money. This was not a normal transaction though. During this period, Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians.  ...

For Christ’s Sake~Paul’s Letter to Philemon 1-21

By | September 8th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...

August 2019

Right Place, Right Time~ Luke 13: 10-17

By | August 25th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 25, 2019 There are many stories of healing by Jesus. Today, healing is done through science. Humans have always suffered and sought relief. We have tried almost everything to gain relief. Jesus was known as a healer. Our reading tells of Jesus healing a woman on the Sabbath causing ...

Divided We Stand???~Luke 12: 49-53

By | August 18th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley August 18, 2019 Our theme is the reverse of an old saying. Aesop told us, united, we stand, divided, we fall. This conventional wisdom has echoed throughout history. Even the Gospel of Mark tells us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus offered a different view in the Gospel of ...

July 2019

Knock, Knock~Luke 11: 1-10

By | July 28th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 28, 2019 Our reading is referred to as a passage on prayer but it also includes a parable called the friend at midnight. Most people think the neighbor was a terrible friend for not getting up to lend his neighbor some bread. This is not a parable about friendship ...

Freedom!~ Galatinus 5: 1-2, 6

By | July 7th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley July 7, 2019 We recently celebrated the United States of America's freedom as a country. While it benefited some, giving some people religious and political freedom, it caused great pain to others, such as the deaths of thousands of indigenous people and the enslavement of Africans. The USA and slavery have had ...

June 2019

Two Cakes and A Cup Of Water~ I Kings 19:1-8

By | June 23rd, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 23, 2019 Our theme concerns spiritual food. Elijah had been driven from the city in fear of his life. He was ready to give up but an angel brought him two cakes and a cup of water. It renewed his energy and enabled him to continue his journey. Throughout ...

Who Is The Greatest?~ The Gospel of Mark 9: 31-41

By | June 9th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley June 9, 2019 Welcome to Pentecost Sunday. The reading today tells the story of the apostles arguing about which of them is the greatest. Jesus tells them that whoever wants to be first shall be last and servant to all. Pentecost is the foundational myth of the Christian Church. It ...