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June 2021

The Real Holy Family~ Mark 3: 19b-22, 31-35

By | June 6th, 2021|sermons|

Given by Rev. Madison Shockley June 6, 2021 Our reading today talks about who would be considered part of our family. The answer is anyone who does the will of God. Jesus redefined relationships. He broke down hierarchy, blood, and nationality. Faith is thicker than blood.  While we would like to think of ourselves as ...

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 ...

January 2021

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 ...

September 2019

For Christ’s Sake~Paul’s Letter to Philemon 1-21

By | September 8th, 2019|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley September 8, 2019 The letter to Philemon is one of the historical writings from Paul. He applies the principles of the Christian faith to an everyday problem. Paul was evangelizing in the Greco-Roman world. This raised many questions as they were not familiar with Jesus or the Jewish faith. They ...

December 2018

What’s Your Story~ Luke 1: 68-79

By | December 9th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Jaime Romo December 9, 2018 There are many topics which relate to today's reading and current events. Sometimes we need to express what is going on in our lives that is powerful and life-changing. Stories are important and define who we are. There are three versions; founding stories, evolving stories, and sustaining stories. ...

February 2018

Has God Forgotten Us~Isaiah 40: 27-31

By | February 4th, 2018|sermons|

Given By Rev. Madison Shockley February 4, 2018 February is Black History Month. This is our inspiration for today's sermon. Few have a stronger case to ask if God has forgotten them than those of African descent. In America, slavery began in  1619. It continued for almost 250 years before being abolished. During this period, ...

June 2017

Hagar’s Children or God’s Second Family

By | June 25th, 2017|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/223548305 Given By Rev. Madison Shockley on June 25, 2017 In our culture, there are men who have more than one family. Sometimes the first family is unaware of the existence of this other family. Most of the time, it is simply due to divorce. Fifty years ago, this would have been a source of ...

September 2016

Do The Right Thing

By | September 4th, 2016|sermons|

Spike Lee  has inspired the title of this week's sermon. The reading from Philemon offers a unique perspective on race relations today. Although it is short, Rev. Shockley considers the letter from Paul to Philemon to be the most personal historical document of the New Testament. This letter deals with the question of slavery. Today, slavery is considered in most places of the world to be a crime. Back in Paul's time, it was a common practice.  In order to properly understand this letter, we must understand who is writing it and who is receiving it.

June 2016

Spiritual Leadership for the 21st Century

By | June 26th, 2016|sermons|

https://vimeo.com/173197065 Today's sermon comes from 2 Kings 2. We have been talking about Elijah, one of the greatest prophets. He lived during a time of great idolatry. Great times call forth great people. God called prophets to challenge, confront, and contest those in power, whether it be a king or a priest. A prophet went ...