“Times Up! Moving from Too Busy to Blessed” sermon on Nov 4th

Based on Luke 2:25-38

The two Greek words signifying time:

Chronos – quantitative, sequential, “chronological” time

Kairos – the proper moment that is right for something to occur

 

Average American spends:

  • 25 yrs    Sleeping 
  • 10.3 yrs Working (based on a 40 hr/wk week)
  • 9.1 yrs  Watching TV or 2.8  hrs / day!
  • 3.6 yrs  Eating  35 tons of food
  • 4.3 yrs  Driving
  • 290,000 times we will laugh out loud
  • 12,000 cups of coffee 

“Past, Present, and Future, all for God” sermon on Oct 14th

Sermon Notes:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

How can I have an up to date faith?

  1. Trust my past to God’s grace .

“You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I would proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles.”     Galatians 1:13-16a (NLT)

  1. Trust my present to God’s care .

“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. Now all glory to God our Father forever and ever! Amen.”       Philippians 4:19-20 (NLT)

  1. Trust my future to God’s promises.

“If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”    Romans 14:8 NRSV

 

“Love That is Visible” sermon on Oct 7th

Sermon Notes:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT)

What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? James 2:14 (NLT)

How does Jesus want me to express my faith?

  1. Through on of the way and out of the way good works!
  1. Through good works we reflect Jesus’ character . 

Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. James 2:15-17 (NLT) 

  1. Through good works that reinforce Jesus’ mission .

Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.  James 2:26 (NLT)

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.  Matthew 5:16 (NLT)

“Fake vs Real Faith in Moving Mountains” sermon on Sept 30th

Sermon Notes:

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)

14 When they came to the crowd, a man came to him, knelt before him, 15 and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; he often falls into the fire and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him.” 17 Jesus answered, “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon,[a] and it[b] came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a[c] mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”[d]  Matthew 17:14-21 (NRSV)

What can I do when I face an impossible mountain?

I can put my faith in _________________.  or

I can put my faith in the ________________________. or

I can put my faith in the _________________________________________.

 

(myself or the mountains; or I can put my faith in the mountain mover – God)

” ‘No Matter What’ Faith” sermon on Sept 2nd

Pastor Kim reviews the Easter message from Jesus’ resurrection using all four gospel’s accounts. Jesus is our restorer, our courage, my purpose, and my certainty.

Here are the sermon notes that she refers to:

Why should I have faith in Jesus?

  1. Jesus wants to be my courage.

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:8-10 (NRSV)

  1. Jesus wants to be my restorer

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.”

Mark 16:5-7 (NRSV)

  1. Jesus wants to be my purpose.

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

John 20:19-21 (NRSV)

  1. Jesus wants to be my certainty

Based on Luke 24:13-35 and the Walk to Emmaus

“Riding in Circles: Getting Straight with Jesus” sermon by Roger Marum Aug 19

Roger Marum, one of the lay members of our congregation, gave the message during Pastor Kim’s vacation.  The scripture he explores is the passage from John 6:51-58 in which Jesus asks his followers to eat his flesh and drink his blood – a shocking request, particularly before anyone had been introduced to the idea of communion, and with the Jewish kosher laws prohibiting blood in food.