sermons

May 2022

Deja Vu All Over Again~ John 21: 1-14

By | May 1st, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Steve Meineke May 1, 2022 Everyone's spiritual life has ups and downs. We can get a sense of deja vu sometimes. We feel we have been through this before. Sometimes one can get stuck on the down side and forget how to turn things around. The month of May is Mental Health ...

April 2022

Have You Found Jesus?~ Luke 24: 1-12

By | April 17th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 17, 2022 Happy Easter! Resurrection is a difficult concept. Unlike Jesus's birth, his resurrection was not an observable event. In order to reverse the death of Jesus, the writers talk about an empty tomb. The early writers were not talking about a bodily resurrection. They sought a moral and ...

Marching For Peace In The Face Of War Luke 19: 28-40

By | April 7th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 10, 2022 We have an unfortunate habit of domesticating and sanitizing Jesus and his message. We being the main stream, middle class state sanctioned religion. People forget what events took place during Holy Week in Jesus's time as we celebrate. There is a disconnect with the word crucifixion and ...

What Have You Done for Christ Lately~ Philippians 3: 4b-14

By | April 3rd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 3, 2022 Paul talks about status in his letter to the Philippians. He is trying to convince them that all human status is worthless compared to the status of every follower of Jesus.  Many early Christian communities had trouble divesting themselves of their worldly status. It was especially difficult ...

March 2022

What Went Wrong In The Garden Part 2~ The Acts of Paul and Thecla 1: 11-22

By | March 27th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 27, 2022 Our readings today are part of the hidden gospels. The question most people don't ask is who edited the Bible. This editing was a historical process over several centuries. There are many writings that were not included that still represent traditional Christian expressions. Today we ask the ...

Dealing With The Devil~ The Gospel According to Luke 4: 1-13

By | March 13th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 13, 2022 We begin this Lenten season with the story of Jesus's baptism and journey into the wilderness. It is there that Jesus confronts the "devil". The devil represents the power that always opposes humanity's desire to please the Divine. Humans have been dealing with the devil since the ...

Courage~Psalm 27 :1-5

By | March 6th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 6, 2022 As you read today's reading, we ask that you think of the people of Ukraine. We also want you to keep in mind that the Psalms are songs and were sung in ancient times. While we have lost the music, we still have the lyrics. This particular ...

February 2022

Redeemed~ Luke 21: 23-28

By | February 27th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 27, 2022 This is a time to stand up and raise our heads. Redemption is a popular theme in both the Hebrew and Christian faiths.  In ancient times, the first of everything was given to God - crops, animals, and first-born child. People gave the crops and animals to ...

The Hardest Ask of All~Luke 6: 27-32

By | February 20th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 20, 2022 Jesus told us to love our enemies. This is at the core of his teachings yet this is the hardest ask of all. Let us look at Jesus's goal with this lesson. The Roman Empire was known for its harsh punishment of its enemies. Jesus taught the ...

Please God, Don’t Bless Me~ Luke 6: 17, 20-26

By | February 13th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 13, 2022 After Luke's description of a Christian, are you sure you want to be a Christian? He tells us that some will hate you, curse you, exclude you, mistreat you, and abuse you. You will weep. This makes it hard to want to be blessed. The Beatitudes make ...

Eyes Wide Shut~ Isaiah 6: 8-10

By | February 6th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 6, 2022 Today's passage is mentioned in the gospels to help explain why those exposed to the Good News failed to understand that God was working through the life and ministry of Jesus. God is ready to receive each of us without us having to do anything.  God is ...

January 2022

Filled and Fulfilled~ Luke 4: 14-30

By | January 23rd, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 23, 2022 The life of Jesus was bracketed by danger. Luke tells the story of Jesus visiting Nazareth during his ministry. At first, the people welcome him. They liked his powerful message and teachings. After his baptism and spiritual journey into the wilderness, Jesus gained the power of the ...

Does God Go To Church?~ Amos 5: 21-24

By | January 16th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 16, 2022 Amos tells us of the anger of God at the hollowness of the ancient Israelite religion and the shallowness of their faith. Religion is like a cult. A cult is any community that is organized to venerate, worship and propagate a person. The ancients saw the Jewish ...

On Fire For Jesus~ Luke 3: 16-21

By | January 9th, 2022|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 9, 2022 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA The Bible was not written all at once but evolved over thousands of years. Luke used the Gospel of Mark as a starting point and then used other sources to fill out his gospel. After adding the birth narrative, Luke has ...