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The Federated Church
July 14, 2019

HABAKKUK: Fortuitous Events

HABAKKUK: Fortuitous Events

We may not like the way the world is today. We may not like our elected leaders. We may not feel we have much control over our own destiny. But it is just possible, even highly probable, that God is working behind the scenes to fulfill God’s vision for the world. We often simply cannot […]

July 7, 2019

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

NAHUM: Understanding God’s Judgment

Jesus took God’s judgment on the cross. All our wicked and vile sins were nailed there with Him. He alone is our Savior. Nahum’s words to Nineveh serve as a warning for us, driving us to the cross of Jesus. For there we see God’s perfect combination of love and justice. God poured out God’s […]

June 30, 2019

MICAH: The Stuff-less Soul

MICAH: The Stuff-less Soul

Due to difficulty uploading the PDF document, we have included the sermon below:  “Home is where your dog is.” That’s a lesson author Megan Edwards learned living life on the road. Her adventure began when a firestorm roared out of the hills above Pasadena, California, in October 1993. Her “nice house in a nice neighborhood […]

June 23, 2019

JONAH: A Missionary Posture

JONAH: A Missionary Posture

The simple truth is that Christians have much yet to say to a hurting world. God offers us a vision for how life may be transformed, like it was for the Ninevites, when we seek first God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness. The helpful and hopeful word that Christians offer is the last, best chance to […]

June 16, 2019

OBADIAH: Get Off the Sidelines!

OBADIAH: Get Off the Sidelines!

Just wait a while. You will see that God always has the final word, the ultimate victory. The last chapter in every story is always God’s and it is always good. Which is why Obadiah concludes his prophesy with these words: “The kingdom will be the Lord’s” (v. 21). Judgment and victory are in God’s […]

June 9, 2019

AMOS: Living Level and Plumb

AMOS: Living Level and Plumb

Knowing that our lives are not always level or plumb, but trusting in the cross of Jesus, we can believe the words God spoke through Amos: “I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine, and they […]

June 2, 2019

Joel: Choose Hope

Joel: Choose Hope

As we will see in the coming weeks, the story of God’s people will have further turns-for-the-worse. In part, that’s because Joel is offering a “someday” promise and not the immediate and incomplete blessing of a prosperity gospel. The key to Joel’s text is that hope is an option. It’s always an option because of […]

May 26, 2019

Hosea: The Darwin Awards

Hosea: The Darwin Awards

Hosea’s story is a cautionary tale for those who seek to do their own things and go their own way. Hosea’s story is also a persuasive case for the grace and mercy of God toward God’s people. Jesus’ death and resurrection made it possible for us to leave our sins behind and to return to […]

May 12, 2019

What the Sheep See

What do our “sheep” see when they look at us? We’re called to hear the shepherd’s voice and then, as leaders of the flock, to lead them in following Jesus. We do that by reflecting his care: ensuring that people are well-fed spiritually and physically; creating an environment of peace where people feel valued, cared […]

May 5, 2019

Hefted Shepherds

English shepherds use the word “hefting” to describe the way in which a flock of sheep becomes accustomed and acclimated to a patch of land. Shepherds can also be “hefted” in this way, their lives and fortunes tied to a place and a flock that they love. Jesus is looking for good shepherds who will […]

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