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sermons

April 2019

Hello, Can You Hear Me?~ Isaiah 58: 1-12

By | April 10th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Youth Minister Anna Runion March 31, 2019 Our Youth Minister, Anna, is contemplating the changes that will occur in her and her husband's life as they raise their first child. In addition, what will the world be like in the unknowable forever? What will the world be like for this child? During the ...

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 ...

Where Did I Put Those Keys?~ Matthew 16: 13-20

By | February 17th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Neal Washburn February 17, 2019 The reading today offers us several topics to discuss. Peter is told he is the keeper of the keys to heaven. If you take the Bible literally, then the passage gives us several points.  These are Jesus is the messiah, heaven is real and has a gate that ...

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 ...

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 ...