Sermon Archives

The Federated Church
October 14, 2018

Please, Don’t Drop In!

Although we often say we are willing to help, like good Christians should, we rarely drop by and do anything. Although we often see the need, far too often we don’t make the effort to get off our donkeys, lift up fallen persons, and escort them to safety. The victims of our world — and […]

October 7, 2018

Unhappy Servants

This parable forces us to ask: What if we saw our jobs not as something to be endured, but as part of our vocation as followers of Jesus? What if we spent every day, not comparing ourselves to others, but doing all in our power to lift others up? Jesus calls us to be part […]

September 30, 2018

The Four Soils

When we proclaim the Gospel or teach the Word of God to our neighbors, the results will vary according to the condition of the hearts of our hearers; but success or failure does not hinge on our skill as sowers or the quality of the seed. Some of the seed we scatter will fall on […]

September 23, 2018

Jesus Loves a Good Deal

Sometimes the ordinary turns out to be extraordinary! Jesus knows there’s great treasure in you, too. In fact, he died to prove it to you. Jesus loves a good deal. Jesus believes you are worth everything he had to give up, including his life, because he wants you to have the treasures of God’s Kingdom. […]

September 16, 2018

One Ominous Day In Galilee

This encounter between Jesus and the Pharisees is essential to understanding Jesus and his Gospel: love and care for people always surpasses strict obedience to the law. This story confronts us with God’s truth and dares us to believe it. This story challenges us to put aside what we think we know, and to listen […]

September 9, 2018

Celebrating Our Critical Mass

Celebrating Our Critical Mass

The church is the place where “see-to-it-personally” people come together to “see to it together.” Will you be part of the two-or-three this morning? Will you join the critical mass forming in this church for a new day, for a new year, for a new future? The start of a new church year is a […]

September 2, 2018

Can A Christian Be Lazy?

Can A Christian Be Lazy?

Christians are not lazy people. Christians are hard workers. And you get this, not by hacking into your brains, but by hacking into your hearts where the Word of God lives in you, and the love of Christ grows in you, and the Holy Spirit encourages you to reach out to share the hope that […]

May 27, 2018

Guardian of the Galaxy

Jesus the Guardian redeems the Galaxy from sin and death. God is not only the Guardian of the galaxy, but God has a special place in the divine heart for humankind, making us in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). In Proverbs 8:31, we learn that God rejoices in the inhabited world and delights in […]

May 20, 2018

The Holy Spirit Guide Service

On this Pentecost Sunday, we remember that when the Holy Spirit Guide arrived, he launched the disciples on a new adventure. Following Jesus is never about retreating from the world to a tropical island and “getting away from it all,” but about following the way, the truth and the life of Jesus to reorient the […]

May 13, 2018

Paul, the Epistler

It doesn’t matter the task we face – providing meals in our community, building homes for our neighbors, caring for the sick, visiting those in prison, lobbying for equal pay, speaking out against human trafficking, mentoring a teen – we already have within us the power we need to succeed. Paul wrote to encourage us […]

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