Enjoy! There are moment of quiet in the audio where the congregation is talking to conversation partners. I've edited most of them out for this. However, if you're listening while driving, I left a minute or two in for you to do your own thinking on the question. If you want to discuss below:
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1. Where do you find comfort in your faith?
2. Who is on the hills of our world? Who might not be comforted when the hills are made low?
3. How do we bring comfort to others?
4. How does your baptism give you strength?
Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8, Advent 2
How understanding our place, Jacob's place, and Jesus' place all leads us to become better disciples and to trust ourselves, each other, and God. Based on Matthew 14:13-21 and Genesis 32:22-3.
Sermon preached on Genesis 24:24-38, 42-49, 58-67, including Matthew 11.16-18, 25-30
Yes, I am posting this a week late. Pastors are human! Stay tuned on facebook for more sermons.
On Sunday, we had our big installation party! It is not too late to leave us a blessing or donation by looking at this blog post. Bishop Wayne Miller preached the sermon, and this is the message I gave at the end of the service. More videos plus audio of Bishop's message will be published later this week. The texts of the day were: Exodus 18:13-22, Ephesians 4:11-16, and Matthew 28: 16-20.
Do you wonder what it all means? How is Jesus and what he says in the Bible relevant for us today? What does being a disciple of Jesus look like in the whitest denomination in the US? How does Jesus call us to respond when justice is not done? Listen here for some ideas, and leave a comment on your own thoughts. We have to start talking about it or we are part of the problem. Even if it is uncomfortable. If this sermon impacts you, please do one of the actions below and then leave a comment about what you did and what you learned.
Preached at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church on 6-18-17 on Matthew 9: 35-10:23, includes the verdict from the #PhilandoCastile case. You can read about it here from closer to the murder by the wonderful Jess Davis. You can read about the verdict here. Compassion means seeing the pain of others.
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