Sunday, 14 January 2018
Duration: 13 mins 57 secs
“Lord, you have searched me and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.” The opening words to the Psalm this week could - and probably should - give us anxiety. Do we want to be known in this way? Every detail and inner thought in our minds on perfect display? The truth of the matter is that all of us hide pieces of who we are. Whether we’re hiding things from coworkers, family, friends, or even our spouses, we are timid to divulge ourselves in full. What causes the anxiety is the fear that we won’t be loved as a result of our inner-self. But the gospel teaches us that God, through Jesus, sees beyond our sin to know and to love us.
Sunday, 29 October 2017
Duration: 15 mins 15 secs
In this week’s Gospel reading (Matthew 22:34-46), Jesus disrupts our lives. He doesn’t just interrupt our lives, he completely disrupts them.
He tells us to love. No, He commands us to love both God and neighbor.
Do you find this kind of love nearly impossible? You’re not alone. Truth is, none of us can love this way. There’s only been one Man to do so. The secret to fulfilling this commandment is to recognize Who is at the center of it. It’s not you or me, it’s God. When we rightly recognize God at the center of love itself, we can identity with Christ Who makes this disruptive love possible.
Sunday, 27 March 2016
Duration: 15 mins 29 secs
Death is known as the great equalizer. It is that which all men must find their end. It is also when we will ultimately realize just how powerless we really are. Death is the great opponent that none of us will defeat on our own. All men live and die; only one man died and lives, and his name is Jesus. It is by and through his victory that the power of death no longer constrains us. The Resurrection is not a moment tied to history. Rather, Jesus' Resurrection opens to us a new history that screams victory amidst our failures, forgiveness over our sins, and rightly crowns Jesus with his eternal crown. Come celebrate with us this Sunday as we pop champagne and sing praises to our Savior. Alleluia! -Kyle
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Duration: 10 mins 14 secs
The season of Lent begins with the story of Christ in the desert. It's a battle of cosmic importance. The Devil himself wages war against the Son of God. He tempts him with bread, honor, and self-importance. At each juncture our Savior remains victorious over the temptations he faces. This image is important for us to keep in mind as we begin Lent. We enter into a similar desert as Christ did, but the battle we wage we have already lost. Our sins are magnified in this season. Lent is not merely fasting, but it also repentance of our wrongs. As we enter into the desert, this passage from Luke reminds us that it is only by Christ's victory that we stand a chance at all. Join us this Sunday as we begin the journey to watch our Savior's march toward Easter.
Sunday, 24 January 2016
Duration: 13 mins 55 secs
Jesus delivers a 20 second sermon that changed the course of mankind. In Luke 4 the Gospel is revealed to us in a pithy, yet powerful way to illustrate the thrust of Jesus' mission. Namely, that He gives us freedom. But what does freedom in this sense mean? Jesus offers us something much more inclusive than our consumerist mindset might think. Freedom is more than a vote in an election, much more than a choice between double-stuffed Oreos and regular Oreos. Christian freedom is what makes us more human than we were before.
Sunday, 20 December 2015
Duration: 16 mins 16 secs
When my sister was having her first child 10 years ago, my entire family sat anxiously by the phone waiting for the phone call I'm in labor! There was so much excitement in our family since this was the fist child of a new generation for us. It marked a new day, a new season for our family. When Elizabeth was greeted by the Virgin Mary, her child "leaped for joy." The excitement for my sister's kid cannot even begin to compare to the excitement for the birth of the Messiah. In the 4th Sunday of Advent, we anxiously await a new day in salvation history with Mary. Both Mary and Elizabeth knew that the Son of God was preparing to enter the world through Mary's womb. O Come, Immanuel.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Duration: 13 mins 26 secs
If you're bored with happiness, I recommend watching the news. The evils of this world are noisy gongs and clashing cymbals. It's a sure way to become depressed. It causes us to pray more fervently the Lord's Prayer. "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven." We long for that Day when the wrongs will be made right, evil washed away, and justice, peace, and love will all harmoniously work together on earth to create a symphony of praise. Come celebrate with us, not only that coming Day, but also the King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ the King.
Sunday, 06 September 2015
"Praise the Lord!" is the echoing theme that litters the final 5 Psalms of the of the largest book of the Bible. The first of these 5 Psalms acts as an exhortation to the self. A reminder, an appeal, an act of will to constantly be worshiping the Lord because of His good deeds. This week we will be exploring the beautiful Psalm 146 more closely with the intention of bringing us into a time of praise and worship.
Sunday, 02 August 2015
Duration: 15 mins 32 secs
Augustine once said, "How many there are who seek Jesus, only to gain some temporary gift...Jesus is scarcely sought for Jesus' sake." Have you ever caught yourself putting God to the test? For example, "If I can only do this better, maybe God will give me what I want." Oftentimes, what we really want is never what we need. Jesus' sermon following the famous feeding of the 5,000 in John 6 confronts our misguided motivations for seeking Jesus. This Sunday we explore what we truly need to live a nourished Christian life.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Duration: 14 mins 47 secs
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