Sermon Archives

Pastor Doug Dent
February 18, 2024

Why We Sing Sad Songs

The book of Psalms is the playlist for the people of Israel. Many psalms are upbeat songs of praise. “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth” (Psalm 100:1). “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1). “Praise the Lord, my […]

January 14, 2024

A Word from the Wise

The Bible tells many stories that include the audible voice of God; but I think it far more likely that God speaks to us through the sort of faint shiver that emerges out of the silence, as Jayber Crow experienced it. Samuel’s call in the Bible is neither flashy nor grand. He hears a voice […]

January 7, 2024

A Word from the Wise

Baptized by the Holy Spirit, we are prepared for ministry and mission in the way of Jesus. Released from slavery to Sin, we can now live the life for which God created is from the beginning, the “abundant life” of people made in the image of God (John 10:10; Genesis 1:26-27). Baptism in the Spirit […]

December 31, 2023

A Word from the Wise

Imagine how the biblical story would be different had Simeon and Anna focused on the bad things that were happening all around them! They lived with disease, famine, banditry, and slavery. Life expectancy was short. The Roman overlords stepped up their oppression of the Jewish people. There was no shortage of bad things to commiserate […]

December 24, 2023

A Wonder-Filled Life

Louis Armstrong expressed this famously in his song, “What a Wonderful World.” One of the verses mentions babies, appropriate for this Christmas Eve: I hear babies crying, I watch them grow, They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know, And I think to myself what a wonderful world, Yes, I think to myself what a […]

December 24, 2023

Reflect the Light

This is also the meaning of Christmas! Our theme this Christmas is Psalm 36:9 – “In your light, we see light.” We are not the light, but the Light has come to us in Jesus, born in Bethlehem. We are invited to receive His Light, to celebrate and share His Light with one other, and […]

December 24, 2023

Mary Didn’t Know

Mary knew she could trust in God, that this pregnancy was probably scandalous, but that her son would be someone special. She didn’t get a lot of details or have great clarity, but Gabriel told her, “You will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and […]

December 3, 2023

Garbology and God

“Do not fear,” says God through the prophet Isaiah. “I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine” (43:1). With the help of God, we are never destined for the trash heap, no matter how messy our lives become. We recycle ourselves by seeking justice, practicing generosity, being changed by prayer, […]

November 22, 2023

Whose Harvest?

November 5, 2023

No Faking It with God

Jesus, on the other hand, wanted people to be treated fairly, in courts of law and everywhere else. Jesus worshiped God instead of money, and Jesus focused his ministry on healing, helping, and feeding the most vulnerable people around him. Honesty and justice mattered to Jesus, and he practiced these virtues in everything he said […]

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