Sermon for 05/17/2020 – “Sarah Laughed: Unraveled by Surprise and Unexpected Joy”

Genesis 18:1-15; 21:1-7 In the series “Unraveled: Seeking God when our plans fall apart” “Houston, we have a problem.” You might recognize that phrase from the Ron Howard film, Apollo 13. Those were the understated words of astronaut Jim Lovell (played by Tom Hanks) as they realized that there was an issue with the oxygen tanks

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Sermon for 12/24/2019 – “The Lord Is Come: Incarnate Joy”

Luke 2:1-20 In the series “Heaven and Nature Sing: 300 Years of Joy to the World” There is a story about Bishop and Mrs. Monk Bryan that illustrates the need for us to recapture the childlike approach to Christmas. Supposedly one Christmas Eve their young children were preparing to go to church for the candlelight

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Sermon for 12/15/2019 – “Make the Blessing Known: Unabashed Joy”

Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 1:46-55 In the series “Heaven and Nature Sing: 300 Years of ‘Joy to the World’” It is a very hard place for anything to live.  One of the hottest places on the face of the earth consists of rocky earth, salt flats, and sand dunes. It typically gets just two inches of

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Sermon for 12/01/2019 – “Prepare Him Room: Hopeful Joy”

Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14 In the series “Heaven and Nature Sing: 300 Years of ‘Joy to the World’” It’s December 1st today – 24 shopping days until Christmas. Twenty-four days to get in as much celebrating, as many parties and family gatherings, as many special musical and dramatic events in as humanly possible. We’re supposed

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Sermon for 12/16/2018 – “Gifts that Don’t Break: Joy”

Gifts that Don’t Break:  Joy Isaiah 12:1a, 2-6 The first time she played with him, Hannah smiled and giggled with glee, fascinated by her birthday gift. Her Grandma Laurie had given her a Step and Learn Scout.  This little green dog has a “leash” so she take Scout with her as she walked– and she

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Sermon for 04/29/2018 – “Laughing with God at Life”

Laughing with God at Life 2 Corinthians 4:7-18 with Philippians 4:4-7 Last in the series “Laughing with God” In the days of sailing ships, a terrible storm arose and a ship was lost in a deserted area.  A lone surviving sailor washed upon an uninhabited island. In his desperation, he prayed daily for God to

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