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March 27, 2016 - Mark 16:1-8: The odd "ending" to the Gospel of Mark calls us to continue the story of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
March 20, 2016 - Mark 11:1-11: In the story of the Triumphal Entry we learn that sometimes the world is oblivious to the work we are doing for God, but we are to keep serving God trusting that God will accomplish God's will through our work.
March 13, 2016 - Mark 13:1-8, 24-37: When Jesus talks about the destruction of the Temple, he calls on us to trust that, whenever it seems the world is coming to an end, God is still present, working out God's purposes for us and for all creation.
March 6, 2016 - Mark 12:28-44: As Jesus teaches about the Great Commandment, we discover that one way we love others, and therefore one way we love God, is by appreciating what each person offers to God.
February 28, 2016 - Mark 12:1-12: In the parable of the wicked tenants, we learn that God has called us to serve people, not human structures.
February 21, 2016 - Mark 14:3-9: Tracey King-Oretega, PC(USA) mission co-worker in Central America, sees in Jesus' statement, "you always have the poor with you," a call for the church to live in solidarity with the poor.
February 14, 2016 - Mark 10:17-31: In asking the rich man to sell all he has and give it to the poor, Jesus challenges each of us to give up the earthly things we depend on to give us independence, and instead live a life of dependence on God.
February 7, 2016 - Mark 8:27 - 9:8: In calling us to "take up your cross and follow me," Jesus challenges us not to allow a fear of failure to prevent us from serving God.
January 24, 2016 - Mark 5:21-43: In the healing of Jairus daughter and the woman with a hemorrhage, we discover that the Kingdom of God is about more than fixing problems, it is a relationship with God.
January 17, 2016 - Mark 4:1-34: In the parables of the Sower and of the Mustard Seed we discover that the Kingdom of God has come to bless all people.
January 10, 2016 - Mark 1:1-20: In Jesus Christ, God is breaking through barriers to bring the Kingdom of God to us.
December 24, 2015 - Christmas Eve: Matthew and Luke make promises about what Jesus will accomplish. None of them would have come true if Jesus hadn't grown up.
December 20, 2015 - Luke 1:5-20: The miracle that Zechariah experiences gives him, and others, hope that God will perform a greater miracle.
December 13, 2015 - Ezra 1:1-4 & 3:1-5, 10-13: As the Jews begin to rebuild their lives in Jerusalem, they discover that sorrow can reveal the true source of joy.
December 6, 2015 - Isaiah 40:1-11: The exiles discover that nothing can prevent God from being faithful to God's promises.
November 22, 2015 - Isaiah 5:1-7; 11:1-5: Isaiah pronounces judgement on Judah for not living a life of trust in God, which has led to their fear of Assyria. The prophet's message challenges us not to fear aggressors like ISIS, but to trust in God and show God's compassion to the poor and powerless.
November 8, 2015 - Mark 12:38-44 and 1 Kings 17:8-16: Lost Creek and Trinity celebrated the Agreement on Full Communion between the ELCA and the PC(USA). Erin Bovendam's sermon about the widow's offering in Mark and Elijah receiving help from a widow in 1 Kings reminds us that every person we meet has a gift from God that they can share with others.
November 1, 2015 - 1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29: The division of Israel into the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah teaches us why it's important to live our lives as an example for future generations to follow.
October 25, 2015 - 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5: Prayer, Bible Study, and Worship are ways that God shows God's love to us and we grow closer to God.
October 18, 2015 - Ruth 1:1-17: When we feel we have nothing to offer others, Ruth reminds us that our faith in God is a valuable gift we have to share.
October 11, 2015 - Deuteronomy 5:1-21; 6:4-9: The 10 Commandments are a call to break away from the world's view of life and to start living a way that reflects God's grace.
October 4, 2015 - Exodus 1:8-14, 3:1-15: Because God is with us, our actions do not have to be driven by fear, but can reflect the grace and compassion of God.
September 27, 2015 - Genesis 32:22-30: This sermon was not recorded due to technical difficulties. In the story of God wrestling with Jacob we discover that, when we feel we are wrestling with God, it is God's way of building a relationship with us and transforming us into the image of Christ.
September 20, 2015 - Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7: God can be trusted to show us love and grace, and the church is to reflect that good news in its life together.
September 13, 2015 - Genesis 2:4-15: We begin another journey through the Narrative Lectionary by reflecting on how God is the source of all life, and we experience fullness of life when we trust and obey God.
September 6, 2015: The final sermon in this series was not recorded due to technical difficulty.
August 30, 2015 - Psalm 40:1-10: The Psalms (Part 5 of 6): Psalms of thanksgiving remind us that God can be trusted to save us, not because God is expecting a favor in return, but simply because God loves us.
August 23, 2015 - Psalm 27:1-6: The Psalms (Part 4 of 6): Psalms of trust invite us to reflect on God's faithfulness in the past so that we can trust God in the present.
August 16, 2015 - Psalm 69:1-16: The Psalms (Part 3 of 6): Psalms of lament encourage us not to "hold our tongue" when problems assail us, but to pour out a problems to God because we believe God will help.
August 9, 2015 - Psalm 113: The Psalms (Part 2 of 6): Psalms of praise not only express gratitude to God for God's activity in our lives, they also help lift up those who are feeling downtrodden.
August 2, 2015 - Psalm 1: The Psalms (part 1 of 6): Reflecting on the history of God's people, the psalmist discovers we are stronger when our lives are centered on God.
July 26, 2015 - Luke 1:39-56: Christmas in July (part 5 of 5). Mary is able to praise God after God restores her spirit through her visit with Elizabeth.
July 19, 2015 - Luke 2:21-38: Christmas in July (part 4 of 5). When Simeon and Anna see Jesus, they realize that he may not be the savior people were expecting, but he is the savior we all need.
July 12, 2015 - Matthew 2:1-12: Christmas in July (part 3 of 5). The story of the Wise Men reminds us that God's plans are not always our plans, and we need to consider how we are going to respond to that truth.
July 5, 2015 - Matthew 1:1-17: Christmas in July (part 2 of 5). Matthew's inclusion of 4 unconventional mothers in the genealogy of Jesus prepares us for a story of an unconventional savior.
June 28, 2015 - Luke 2:1-20: Christmas in July (Part 1 of 5). Luke describes Jesus being born in a house, not a stable. But the image of the stable may still be an appropriate image for us today.
May 31, 2015 - Romans 14:1-12: Paul's Letter on Mutual Forbearance (Part 5 of 5). The presence of the Holy Spirit means Christians do not have to be afraid of differences.
May 24, 2015 - Romans 8:18-39: Paul's Letter on Mutual Forbearance (Part 4 of 5). The Presence of the Holy Spirit gives us hope for the future.
May 17, 2015 - Romans 6:1-14: Paul's Letter on Mutual Forbearance (Part 3 of 5). Our memory of God's love empowers us to live for God alone.
May 10, 2015 - Romans 5:1-11: Paul's Letter on Mutual Forbearance (Part 2 of 5). We experience God's glory when we love those who hurt us.
May 3, 2015 - Romans 1:1-17: Paul's Letter on Mutual Forbearance (Part 1 of 5). Paul uses sarcasm in the introduction of his letter to warn the Romans they have a problem.
April 12, 2015 - Matthew 28:16-20: Our doubts do not disqualify us from serving God.
April 5, 2015 - Matthew 28:1-10: Why weren't the women terrified at the appearance of the angel?
March 29, 2015 - Matthew 21:1-13: What can we learn from Matthew's description of Jesus riding both a donkey and a colt?
March 22, 2015 - Matthew 25:31-46: How do we get trapped with the goats?
March 15, 2015 - Matthew 25:1-13: What made the "foolish" bridesmaids foolish?
March 8, 2015 - Matthew 22:1-14: How do we avoid being the guest who is thrown into the outer darkness?
March 1, 2015 - Matthew 20:1-16: How does a story that seems to be about generosity and fairness become a story about righteousness?
February 22, 2015 - Matthew 18:15-35: Why is forgiveness so important to Jesus? This sermon includes a video of the unforgiving servant created by the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. You can find their video here: http://www.fbcmf.org/videos
February 15, 2015 - Matthew 16:24 - 17:8: The story, "The Boys in the Boat," by Daniel James Brown illustrates Jesus' message, "Take up your cross and follow me."
February 8, 2015 - Matthew 14:13-33: Should we fear failure? (BTW there is an error early in the sermon. I said "brother's sister" but meant to say "brother's wife."
February 1, 2015 - Matthew 6:1-21: What is prayer, if not asking for things?
January 25, 2015 - Matthew 5:1-20: How does our world view affect the way we live?
January 18, 2015 - Matthew 4:1-17: What is at the heart of temptation?
January 11, 2015 - Matthew 3:1-17: Why did Jesus seek to be baptized by John?

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