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September 2021

How Good Is Good Enough?~ Mark 8: 27-38

By | September 12th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Steve Meineke September 12, 2021 Everyone tries to live up to expectations. These can be from parents, teachers, society, work, and even ourselves. This takes time and energy. What does God expect of us? Are we worthy of the divine gift of life? We feel guilty when we often fall short. We ...

Are We There Yet?~ Romans 8:31-39

By | September 5th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Adrienne Armes September 5, 2021 Everyone has asked the question. Every parent dreads the question. Are we there yet? Life is about the journey, not the destination. Sometimes, that journey seems so difficult. Surprises occur. Detours are needed. The journey is not simple. Sometimes the goal changes. There can be loss. Sometimes ...

June 2021

A Covenant of Love~ 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5 ;18:10-16

By | June 20th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 20, 2021 Today we celebrate Father's Day and the return to in-person services. June is also Pride Month. Our reading talks about David and Jonathan feeling like their souls were bound to each other. Their love was greater than the love of women. This was a love story. When ...

May 2021

No Greater Love~ John 15: 9-17

By | May 9th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 9, 2021 Happy Mother's Day! The reading tells us there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for others. Love is the core of our faith. God is love. Mothers model love to their children. They teach us how to love. We learn to put others ...

April 2021

Everything But A Child of God~1 John 3: 1-7

By | April 18th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 18, 2021 We are God's children. John's letter offers the most compelling reason to be a Christian. God is love. Because God has claimed us, we should love one another. John's message is a reflection of Christian life. Love is the beginning and end of Jesus' teachings. According to ...

What’s Resurrection Got To Do With It?~ Acts 4: 32-35

By | April 11th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley April 11, 2021 Luke continues the story of Jesus after the events of the crucifixion. The movement grows until it reaches the capital of the known world, Rome. Resurrection is a temporary state. Jesus does not come back from the dead to resume his life but just manifests for a ...

March 2021

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. ...

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 ...

December 2020

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. ...

October 2020

Love is Love~ I Corinthians 13: 1-8a

By | October 11th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley October 11, 2020 Today is Coming Out Sunday. Our reading from Paul reminds us that love never ends. The community of Corinth was divided just as we are divided today. The various churches tried to show their devotion to God. Their works can be distorted if these works are not ...

September 2020

The Life We Ought To Live ~ The Gospel According To Mark 1:14-15 and Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians 4:1

By | September 13th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Dr. James M. Lawson September 13, We are honored to have with us today, the esteemed Dr. James Lawson. The readings tells us the kingdom of God is at hand. These readings were chosen since the message of Christianity does not coincide with the teachings of Jesus. The words "kingdom of God" ...

August 2020

Have You Heard About Love?~Romans 10: 12-15

By | August 9th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley August 9, 2020 Today we are talking about love. The apostle Paul says God is love. Those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.  By substituting the word love for God, the text takes on a deeper meaning. Currently, the world is in the worst ...

May 2020

Truth~ The Gospel According To John 14: 15-17

By | May 24th, 2020|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley May 24, 2020 As the reading today tells us, truth is in us. Truth is defined as being according to fact or reality. There is a second definition. It is a judgement or idea that is true or accepted as true. These two definitions can be in conflict. A truth ...

March 2020

Our Only Health is the Disease~ John 9: 1-11

By | March 22nd, 2020|sermons|

Given by Steve Meineke March 22, 2020 During this season of Lent, we are talking about our spiritual health. Since we are experiencing a global pandemic currently, health is on our minds already. The disease we are talking about today is guilt. Contrary to most people's belief, guilt is not always bad. According to Dr. ...

January 2020

December 2019

Do You Know What Time It Is? ~Romans 13: 8-12

By | December 1st, 2019|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 1, 2019 During these dark winter months, we all need a little lift. Our reading from Paul gives us that lift. Love does no wrong. Now is the time to wake from sleep. Time is running out so put on the armor of the light. Paul continues that we ...