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Friday, 25 March 2016
Duration: 11 mins 19 secs
Good Friday Sermon
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Duration: 5 mins 43 secs
Sermon from Maundy Thursday
Sunday, 20 March 2016
Passage: Luke 19:28-40
Duration: 14 mins 7 secs
Come join us this Sunday for blessing palms, processing and celebrating Palm Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week and this year we are saving the Passion for Good Friday and concentrating on the many meanings of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem: King, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Victim, Event Planner… Soon enough, the crowds, like our own hearts, will turn on Him, but this morning, they are cheering for the glory of God and all of creation, even the stones are prepared to join in the chorus.
Sunday, 13 March 2016
Passage: John 12:1-8
Duration: 14 mins 32 secs
We have a God that makes a path in the sea, a way in the wilderness and a river in the desert. There are times when it feels like there is no way forward and fearful things surround every part of our life, or like we are heading on a path that just leads to our destruction, but God is at work shaping and sanctifying us. And like Paul, we are called to forget what lies behind and strain forward into the path God lays before us. With unusual understanding of what lays ahead of Jesus in Jerusalem, Mary pours out her gratitude for the life of her brother in the prophetic act of anointing Jesus’ feet with costly perfume.
Sunday, 06 March 2016
Duration: 14 mins 35 secs
Luke 15 is sometimes called the mini Gospel. It contains three amazing parables about lost and found. The parable of the prodigal Son is the most famous, but all three speak of the joy in Heaven over the return of one who is lost. God desires not the death of a sinner but that they repent and return to the Lord. Check Ezekiel 18:23 for the wording of this famous verse. Want to make Angels party? Repent and return to the Lord. Angels will dance with joy! -Ed
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Passage: Luke 13:1-9
Duration: 20 mins 17 secs
It is no secret that I am easily distracted...look a squirrel! It is part of my personality type. But is also true that most people focus on that which is immediately before them even when something vastly more pressing requires attention. We can't see the forest for the trees. In this weeks Gospel, Jesus attempts to refocus people's attention from recent tragedies to their need of repentance. "Unless you repent, you will all perish". Repentance is a great gift and spectacular good news. We can repent. Our lives now can change for the good. We can be freed from destructive habits and enjoy peace in this life and look forward to eternal life. -Ed
Sunday, 21 February 2016
Passage: Luke 13:31-35
Duration: 15 mins 5 secs
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" God longs to gather us under his wings; to shelter us in the day of trouble; that we may fear nothing. But He won't force us to love him, he won't make us prisoners for the sake of security. Instead He longs, and we either respond or resist.
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Passage: & Luke 4:1-13
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.
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Duration: 18 mins 17 secs
Do we really need Lent?
Sunday, 07 February 2016
I love that the season of great beauty and wonder immediately precedes the season of Lent. Epiphany is a season of great beauty. We may not often think of it in this way. I call it a season of great beauty as it is the season that focuses on the self revelation of God. We get glimpses of glory and are moved to wonder. Epiphany began with the adoration of the Magi, included Jesus’ Baptism and the voice of God, amazing wine at his first miracle at Cana of Galilee. This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration when Jesus is revealed in His glory. Such great beauty. On my recent trip to Israel I was stunned by the beauty of the Church of the Transfiguration. It is the most beautiful church I have ever prayed in. How appropriate. As I prepare for preaching this Sunday I am grateful that this season of beauty precedes a season of repentance. What better motivation for a change in heart and life direction than a vision of God’s beautiful love, life and desire for us? Please join me on Sunday as we respond to God’s love with our simple offering of praise and the turning of our hearts and minds. - Ed
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