02/02/15 – James 1:1-27

James 1:1-27 I, James, am a slave of God and the Master Jesus, writing to the twelve tribes scattered to Kingdom Come: Hello! Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides.  You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true…

2/1/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Tyranny of the Urgent- Mark 1:29-39 Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother in Law Jesus heals the Multitude Jesus and Early Morning Prayer The Dilemma Jesus’s Calling- Proclaim the Message Spend Time Listening for the Important Communion Intergenerational Question When do you carve out time to spend with Jesus? Branching Out Read Mark 1:29-39. What strikes you…

The Blood of the Martyrs

01/28/15-Hebrews 11:24-40-The Blood of the Martyrs The persecution started almost immediately, as He had warned them it would. “A time is coming,” He said, “when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God” John 16:2.  Peter and John were the first to be arrested by the Sanhedrin. “Shut up!” they were…

1/26/15 – Hebrews 10:1-39

Hebrews 10:1-39 Note:  Many, many thanks for all the kind notes, emails, and wishes I’ve received while I’ve been away from the blog.  I’ve got five weeks left of Clinical Pastoral Education, and I preach on 8 March, so I’m planning on getting back to blog writing on Monday 9 March.  In the mean time,…

1/25/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes Following, Calling, and Changing Mark 1:14-28  The Great Interferer The Gospel- The Good News of God- Fishing for People Following Jesus changes Families Following Jesus comes with a Calling Priesthood of all Believers The Rev. Dr. MLK Interview with Zach Joy- Intergenerational Question How would you describe your calling? Branching Out Read Mark…

1/18/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

This Sunday morning we will be hearing from Laurie Polich Short- She will be speaking about some of the truth in her newest book… all are welcome- come and join us- January Memory Verse Mark 1:1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1 Rooted Reading Plan DAY…

1/15/2015–The Love that Will not Let us Go

Hebrews 3:1-19 It’s great living in a DVR age isn’t it? Did you miss a crucial scene or a big play? Hit rewind and catch up. I want to back things up a bit. I want to roll back to Hebrews 2:14-18: “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity…

1/11/15 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- The E Word John’s E-Section Preaching Evangelism- Family evangelism- Friendship Evangelism Nazareth- Can anything good come out of it? Come and See He was already known Wanna see more- The Angels of God ascending Sharing a Living Faith Intergenerational Question Tell about a family member or friend who shared a living faith with you?…

1/9/2015 – The Impotence of Death

Mark 15:21-47 Compelling Drama My Christmas break, like I am sure many of you can relate was filled with compelling drama. If there is ever a time of year where we face the collision of great joy and expectation with the reality of brokenness and disappointment it is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Aside…

1/8/2015–Man of Constant Sorrow

Mark 15:1-20 “I am a man of constant sorrows/I’ve seen trouble all my days” If you’re not familiar with those words. Imagine George Clooney playing an escaped con in the depression era south who accidentally cuts a hit single with a couple of other escaped prisoners. The film? O Brother Where Art Thou? The song? “Man…