Sermons

There’s Room at the Table – Unlocking the Secrets of the Kingdom: The Parables of Jesus Pt 5

Luke 14:16-24 CareerBuilder.com sends out an annual ‘sick day survey,’ asking hiring managers the most bizarre excuses they’ve heard for missing work. A few of the actual excuses employees have used to avoid going to work include the following: “Employee woke up in a good mood and didn’t want to ruin it.” “Employee had been…

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Pray, Pray, Pray – Secrets of the Kingdom: Unlocking the Parables of Jesus

Luke 11:5-13 If you fly frequently, you know that most passengers ignore the pre-flight safety demonstration. It’s basically considered something they have to do, but I likely don’t need any of it. Of all the times each of us in this room have flown, it’s likely the only time we’ve seen the oxygen mask is…

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Secrets of the Kingdom: Unlocking the Parables of Jesus – Part 3

Familiar parable, hidden secret The story is told of an American Marine in Iraq getting separated from his team. While searching for them, he was ambushed & beaten by locals and left for dead. An ISIS commander happened by shortly after. Upon seeing this soldier with the fight taken out of him, the ISIS commander…

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Secrets of the Kingdom: Unlocking the Parables of Jesus Part 2

It’s All About the Soil Luke 8:4-15 Cynthia Thomas tells the true story from her brother’s honeymoon. The wedding and reception were wonderful. They danced till the wee hours of the morning, and so it was very late by the time the groom and his bride got to their hotel’s fancy bridal suite. They opened…

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Secrets of the Kingdom: Unlocking the Parables of Jesus – Part 1

  Our Father in heaven, may you be honored as holy. May your Kingdom come. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation,…

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Where have you come from, and where are you going?

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from Genesis 15:1-15; 21:8-20 What do you think is said around the YMCA more than anything else? If you walked around here 7 days a week listening, what do you think you would hear more than anything else? In the gyms, in the pools, on the sports teams that play and practice on our 116th…

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To Whom Will You Compare Me?

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“’To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One.” (Isaiah 40:25) That is our question this week in our series of questions God has for us.  The common thread running through all these questions that God asks of us is not so that we come out of Sunday mornings…

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How to Avoid Spiritual Drift

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Hebrews 2:1-4 The sign you see here is located at a beachfront in San Francisco. It reads: “Danger: rip currents. People wading and swimming here have drowned here.” You can find similar warnings at beaches on Lake Michigan—yes, a lake! You can find signs like this in coastal New York, where I was caught in…

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