March 19, 2018
The recording missed the scripture reading, so here it is. John 12:20-33:
Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them,
"The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.
"Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say--'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself." He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.
March 12, 2018
John 3:16 is probably the best-known verse in the Bible. In this sermon, the pastor looks at this verse a little differently. These words show us that Jesus knew exactly why he was here and what he would accomplish. Using that knowledge as a guide, we are challenged to see our lives as a mission and know just what we are here for, and what we will be remembered for.
March 5, 2018
In the scripture reading, we see Jesus overturning the tables of the moneychangers and chasing those who were selling animals out of the Temple. The sermon hopes to lead us to think about changes Jesus would make in our lives so that we can be living temples -- holy places set apart for the presence of God.
February 26, 2018
During the Sundays of Lent, the sermons are looking at the things that Jesus tells us to do and shows us to do. Last week, we saw how Jesus demonstrates that we can fight temptation. This sermon looks at the way that Jesus calls us to walk forward with him. This means walking away from some things and stepping closer to the example of Christ. All of this is summed up in the call that Jesus gave to his disciples: "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and foollow me."
February 19, 2018
In this sermon, we look at the three temptations Jesus faced and think about how they represent our temptations. Since Jesus withstood these temptations, we can learn from him that we can, as well, when we follow His lead.
February 12, 2018
In this sermon, Pastor Eric looks at the event of the Transfiguration. What is usually a very "visual" event, in which Jesus is seen to glow bright and Old Testament patriarchs make an appearance, is also very important for what is HEARD. Pastor Eric focuses on this, and on the importance of listening for those who would follow Jesus.
February 5, 2018
As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.”
38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
February 1, 2018
In this sermon, Pastor Eric talks about what it means that Jesus was recognized as one who "taught with authority." Questions likek "Where did his authority come from," "What makes his authority different than other teachers," and "How does he use his authority iin our lives" are addressed.