Sermons


16
Apr 2019
Journey to Jerusalem: the King Enters

Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion,Look, your king......

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09
Apr 2019
The Pestering Widow and the Unjust Judge - Pastor Bonnie Wilcox - Luke 18:1-8

The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge The last of our parables in the Short Stories of Jesus, we find that Jesus does not begin the parable like the others. Instead of saying, “The Kingdom of God is like…,” he says that this story is about the need to pray always and not lose heart. Pastor Bonnie wonders with us what these two difficult-to-like people may be up to. Luke 18:1-8 Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a......

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26
Mar 2019
In Contempt or In Grace? - Pastor Jill Bergman - Luke 18:9-14

Luke 18:9-14 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.’ But the tax collector, standing far......

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14
Mar 2019
Daring to be a Neighbor - Pastor Jill Bergman - Luke 10:25-37

Luke 10:25-37 The Parable of the Good Samaritan Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to......

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05
Mar 2019
Life at the End of the Suffering Road - Pastor Jill Bergman - Matthew 16:24--17:8

Matthew 16:24-17:8 The Cross and Self-Denial Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of......

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19
Feb 2019
Wheat & Weeds: The Patience of God - Pastor Bonnie Wilcox - Matthew 13:24-43

Matthew 13:24-43  The Parable of Weeds among the Wheat He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy......

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12
Feb 2019
Building a Community that Loves Both Saint and Sinner - Pastor Jill Bergman - Matthew 7:24-29

Matthew 7:24-29  Hearers and Doers “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat......

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12
Feb 2019
Who are the blessed ones? – Pastor Jill Bergman – Matthew 5:1-20

Matthew 5:1-20 The Beatitudes When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in......

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12
Feb 2019
When You Don't Know How to Pray - Rachel James - Matthew 6:7-21

Matthew 6:7-21  “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven,    hallowed be your name.    Your kingdom come.    Your will be done,        on earth as it is in heaven.    Give us this day our daily bread.    And forgive us our debts,        as we also have forgiven our debtors.    And do not bring us to the time of trial,        but......

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15
Jan 2019
Messy Relationships, Relatable Love - Pastor Jill Bergman - Matthew 3:1-17

Matthew 3:1-17  The Proclamation of John the Baptist In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:‘Prepare the way of the Lord,    make his paths straight.’” Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him,......

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