Gospel of Matthew

June 2019

February 2019

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 ...

January 2019

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 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 ...

September 2018

November 2017

I See You ~Matthew 25:31-46

By | November 19th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 19, 2017 Today is World AIDS Sunday. We are proud to participate in this important day. We refuse to stay silent and honor all those who are living with and have died from this terrible disease. We work hard to remove the stigma this disease still carries. The reading ...

Funding the Resistance – The Gospel of Matthew 9:35-10:4

By | November 12th, 2017|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley November 12, 2017 Jesus is known to have traveled the countryside healing, teaching and preaching the good news about the coming of the reign of God. This last aspect is often written off as something that happens after you die. Jesus's message was more present oriented though. The realm of ...

September 2017

Seeing Beauty In Humble Places

By | September 3rd, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/232768716 Given By Dr. Fred Arzola September 3,2017 There are two types of people, ones who do the same thing over and over and those who try new things. Those who are introverts and those who are extroverts.  It is natural to be drawn to like-minded people. Unfortunately, people also tend to divide into two ...

August 2017

Risk Taking and Water Walking

By | August 13th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/230246506 Given By Neal Washburn August 13, 2017 This week, the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, fit in with today's scripture reading. The counter-protesters are like Peter, all are risk-takers. The reading talks about Jesus walking on water. The disciples are in a boat battered by high winds and surf. As Jesus approaches, they are in ...

July 2017

Healing Conversations

By | July 30th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/229075209 Given By Steve Meineke July 30, 2017 Our guest minister speaks to us today on healing the current rift between progressive and evangelical Christians. He is not downplaying the differences we have on important social issues though. There is a path of peace and reconciliation through conversation. Today's reading talks about how Jesus asks ...

April 2017

The Least of These

By | April 30th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/216572308 Given By Rev. Carl Crider April 30, 2017 Racism is the subject of today's sermon. Rev. Carl Crider recalls the first incidence that he experienced being taught how to live in a racist society. His grandmother scolded him for drinking from their black servant's cup. He was only four years old.  Twenty years later, ...

Celebrating Resistance

By | April 9th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/214352048 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 9, 2017 Each of the four Gospels tells us something concerning Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem.  Matthew goes overboard with his description. He has Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt. Matthew lacks the understanding that in Hebrew poetry there is synonymous parallelism. They say one thing then ...