Sermon Archives

The Federated Church
May 30, 2021

Awestruck

God uses various entry points to come into our lives, and awe is one such gateways. Awe enables us to sense possibilities previously unimagined, which is very useful in scientific research, and can enable us to grasp a deeper sense of God. We may stand in awe when we see the beauty around us, or […]

May 23, 2021

Universal charger

The miracle of Pentecost is like that. God prepares spiritual power to flow into creation, but no inspiration will take place if the circuit is not completed. We need to position ourselves in such a way that the connection is made. Had the Jesus-followers not been “all together in one place,” ready for something miraculous […]

May 16, 2021

God is Dope!

In other words, the God who is dope (excellent), calls us to live and love as God does, following the model of Jesus Christ, relying on the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit to be as dope as God. Finding out how you can serve this Dope God throughout your life is your mission. […]

May 9, 2021

Buying Peace

Each of us deals with stress, but stress need not be debilitating. A massage is nice, yoga is good, and we need opportunities to be quiet and meditate. Ultimately, however, real stress relief comes from knowing that God loves us with an everlasting love, and that God has already conquered the world. We already have […]

May 2, 2021

A Companion for the Journey

We are all on a journey. God goes with us on the way. Oftentimes God is with us through the presence of those who accompany us on the road, even if they are with us for just a little while. May we be open to what we can learn from one another, so that we […]

April 18, 2021

A Holy Imagination

Imagining a Better Way. If we cannot imagine that we can have victory over sin, that is a good indication that we are not living as the children of God, but rather as children of the devil, who “has been sinning from the beginning” (1 John 3:8). But if we believe we are born of […]

April 11, 2021

Crowdsourced Christianity

The Christian Way still stands in contrast to the world. Instead of “me first,” it is “us first.” Instead of “hate your enemy,” it is “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:43-44). Instead of “store up treasures on earth,” it is “store up treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:19-20). In the Crowdsourced Christianity of first-century Jerusalem, Christians worked […]

April 4, 2021

Jesus is Dead? Easter Sunday

We see resurrection when we remember the full story of Jesus, from his ministry in Galilee to his crucifixion and resurrection. Even though some of the story is painful, it holds together, and it gives us a pattern for understanding our own experiences of death and new life, as individuals and as a community.   

April 2, 2021

”The Old Rugged Cross” Revisited – Good Friday

We wear crosses on chains, emblazon crosses on t-shirts, and stick crosses on our cars to remind ourselves that the Cross of Christ will see us through. A few years back, there were little cards printed with tiny wooden crosses pasted to them. Next to the cross was a little poem titled “The Cross in […]

April 1, 2021

No Safety for a Savior – Maundy Thursday

This is our time to die: to the world, to sin, to our selfish needs. Like Jesus, we must confront the conflict around us, as well as the conflict within us. We must confess that we desire a Jesus other than the one we are given in the gospels. We must confess our desire for a Jesus […]

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