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May 2019

Safe Space? Living At Peace In A Time Of Fear~ Psalm 23

By | May 12th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley May 12, 2019 Due to recent events, we must question whether we are truly safe in church or at school.  We especially want safe spaces for our children. Safe spaces are not just about physical safety but also emotional safety too.  One cannot have one without the other. Churches, synagogues, ...

April 2019

Resurrection Is Not A Strategy~ Romans 8: 15B-25

By | April 21st, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 21, 2019 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org Happy Easter! Christ is risen! This passage from Romans inspires hope. Since Easter falls so close to Earth Day, we reflect on what this means for both us and all creation. All of creation stands besides us and waits for ...

So Glad To See You!

By | April 14th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 14, 2019 On this Palm Sunday, we take our inspiration from Psalm 118. The words bring us hope and power. It has shaped our culture and civilization. The early church had a problem. They needed to convince people who had never met Jesus to follow him. They needed to ...

March 2019

Is God A Socialist?~ Isaiah 55 1-3, 6-9

By | March 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 24, 2019 The topic today speaks to what is a democratic socialist. Many today are trying to make others choose between declaring they are either a capitalistic (with us) or a socialist( against us). If you are a socialist, you must subscribe to all the failed experiments with Socialism. ...

Lost In Temptation~ Luke 4: 1-13

By | March 10th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley March 10, 2019 On this first Sunday of Lent, we recount the story of Jesus's time in the wilderness. He was tempted several times by the force which vies for our allegiance. Temptation distracts us from the primary purpose that God has for our lives. If we are not careful, ...

February 2019

Evil Intent/ Divine Redemption~ Genesis 43: 3-11 15

By | February 24th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 24, 2019 The reading today tells the story of Joseph and his brothers. The brothers were going to kill him but instead placed Joseph in a pit. One brother went back to the pit and rescued Joseph only to sell him into slavery. He ended up in Egypt. Joseph ...

When Good News Goes Bad~Luke 4: 21-30

By | February 3rd, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 3, 2019 Jesus's first sermon was short but powerful. He told the crowd he is bringing good news. At first, the crowd was excited. Soon after, they wanted to throw him off a cliff. Jesus reminded them that during a famine, Elijah was sent to only a widow in ...

January 2019

WWJD About SOTW~ Luke 4: 14-21

By | January 27th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 27, 2019 Today, we will talk about what would Jesus do about the state of the world. God is concerned about the entire world, not just the U.S.. Luke tells us about Jesus's first sermon. Jesus brings good news to the poor, releases the captives, and heals those in ...

Who Is My Neighbor\Enemy? ~ Leviticus 19: 13-23 Matthew 5: 43-44 46a-47

By | January 20th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 20, 2019 Several of the passages from today's reading are particularly poignant as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King  Jr.. With just his intelligence, eloquence, courage, and faith, he freed a nation from segregation. Rev. King took the words of Matthew and Leviticus seriously. Love your neighbor ...

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian ~Luke 3: 15-22

By | January 13th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley January 13, 2019 The reading today talks of baptism.  There are many ways to get baptized;  a few drops of water or a damp hand to full immersion.  Many people today were baptized as children. Jesus was baptized as an adult by John the Baptist. He was immersed in the ...

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 ...