sermons

March 2021

The Past Isn’t Past~ John 1: 1-5 & 12: 31-36

By | March 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. David Hall March 21, 2021 The past is not dead or gone. It lives on and affects everyone. Our traditions and culture are shaped by the past. Our words originated in our past. Knowledge is past down from generation to generation. The concept of the division of something conceptually into two opposed ...

Lift Up The Light~ John 3: 14-21

By | March 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 14, 2021 Our focus today is the idea "God so loved the world". This is the sentiment of the early church according to John and his community. It is a message of love. We need to hear this message now more than ever. We live in a love-infused universe. ...

The Mystery of Martyrdom~ 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25

By | March 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley March 7, 2021 Our message today comes from Paul's letter to the Corinthians. The message about the cross is about the power of God. Martyrs throughout history have inspired others to finish the task they sacrificed their life for. Lincoln was a martyr. Lincoln was killed by a white supremacist because ...

February 2021

In Order to Follow You’ve Got To Move~ Mark 8: 33-38

By | February 28th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 28, 2021 The further we go in the Lenten season, the higher the stakes become. Jesus is concerned with more profound dimensions of self-denial. He wants to know what you are willing to give up for your life and follow him. It is about your soul. Today, society is ...

Visions and Voices~ Mark 1: 9-13

By | February 21st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 21, 2021 In our reading, Jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days. There he had visions and heard voices. As we enter the season of Lent, we realize that, due to COVID, 2020 was the longest Lent on record. It feels like we have been in the wilderness ...

Out of The Darkness~ 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6

By | February 14th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 14, 2021 God's words tell us to let light shines out of the darkness. Carter G. Woodson created the first Negro History week in 1926. It grew into Black History month by 1976. Woodson wanted to reclaim black history which had been erased due to slavery/racism. Woodson wanted to ...

Risky Business~ John 8: 3-11

By | February 7th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley February 7, 2021 Being a Christian is risky business. It can be difficult to act on what we know. In today's reading, Jesus knew better than to think the woman was the only sinner there. By siding with her, he placed himself in danger with her.  Like Jesus, we must ...

January 2021

False Idols and Alternative Facts~ 1 Corinthians 8:1 -3

By | January 31st, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 31, 2021 Over the last 4-5 years, we have seen individuals who practice the same religion believe two different views of the world. Some Christians have come to believe in some unusual ideas. One example of this is QAon. A person going by the name Q, who is supposedly ...

The Truth Will Make You Free~ John 8: 31-33, 44-47

By | January 17th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 17, 2021 Today is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. We are also getting ready to celebrate the inauguration of a new president.  In our reading today, Jesus tells his disciples that if they continue doing his work, then they are truly his followers. They will know the truth and ...

Why We Love New Year’s Day~ Jeremiah 31: 7-14

By | January 3rd, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley January 3, 2021 Happy New Year everyone! Never has there been a more anticipated new year than 2021. Quoting the poet, Kahlil Gibran, Rev. Shockley describes how our sorrow relates to joy. The deeper the sorrow, the greater the feelings of joy. New Year's Day is a turning point. We ...

December 2020

The Greatest Gift of All~ Galatians 4: 4-7

By | December 27th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 27, 2020 Today's reading is from Paul's letter to the Galatians. It offers a different perspective to the virginal birth of Jesus. Jesus was born of a woman. This topic has caused trouble for many. Yet, you do not need to believe in a miraculous birth to be a ...

Christmas Eve Meditation 2020

By | December 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 24, 2020 Tonight we celebrate. A child was born and named Prince of Peace.  Isaiah foretold of this child. His message also pointed to God being within all of us. Every child is Emmanuel. Each is a savior, counselor, and prince of peace. Each can do God's work on ...

Mission Impossible~ Luke 1: 26-38

By | December 20th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 20, 2020 Our passage tells the story of the visit by an angel to Mary. The angel reminds her that nothing is impossible with God. For Luke, the theological assertion that Jesus was special to God and the evidence was shown throughout Jesus's life was the most important point. ...

A Case of Mistaken Identity~ John 1: 6-8, 19-28

By | December 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 13, 2020 According to our reading, John was sent by God as a witness so others could believe in the Light. Jesus and John the Baptist are linked. Many mistook John for the messiah. Both were prophets preaching redemption and the arrival of a new world order, the empire ...