SERMONS

Let Go and Live

↓ Download Service Folder 21st Sunday after Pentecost Mark 10:17-27 Intro: Are you familiar with the epic poem Dante’s Inferno?  If you’re not, it’s the fictional tale of a man who’s led on a guided tour of hell.  While it’s certainly not inspired Scripture by any means, the 14th century author Dante does have some…

He is not ashamed to be our brother

↓ Download Service Folder 20th Sunday after Pentecost Hebrews 2:9-11 Intro: I know people get uppity about putting out Christmas decorations too early. But it was snowing the other night and as I was pondering the portion of God’s word for our meditation this morning, the words of one of our Christmas hymns popped into…

The Lord Receives Sinners

↓ Download Service Folder 19th Sunday after Pentecost James 4:7-10 Introduction: Some time ago, back before I attended MLC.  My pastor at my home congregation and I were working with a prospect member.  She was a younger woman who had come in with her boyfriend, he was a member of our church.  It was a…

Be a Peacemaker

↓ Download Service Folder 18th Sunday after Pentecost James 3:13-18 Upset equilibrium: James was not there the day that the disciples quarreled and argued amongst themselves as to who was the greatest.  He wasn’t there that day to hear Jesus step in as peace maker and say, “Anyone who wants to be first must be…

A Face Set Like Flint

↓ Download Service Folder 17th Sunday after Pentecost Isaiah 50:4-10 Introduction: None of us can read anyone else’s mind, we can’t look into the heart of the person sitting next to us and see what is really going on there.  That ability alone belongs to God – to discern the innermost thoughts, OUR most intimate…

Listen to the Lord and Live

↓ Download Service Folder 15th Sunday after Pentecost Deuteronomy 4:1-8 What makes a sermon worth listening too?  I suppose there could be many answers to that.  Some might say, “well he’s a very engaging preacher!”  Others might say, “He has some colorful and entertaining illustrations that make his points.”  Still others might say that he…