Liberty Baptist – Tipton, IN

Pt 2 Bathsheba’s Pain

**The Sermon will contain some sensitive content. Please use discretion for younger audiences or those with trauma history.** Message Title: Pt 2 Bathsheba’s PainTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13aScripture Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a or Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 78:23-29 Ephesians … Continue reading Pt 2 Bathsheba’s Pain

The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1

**The Sermon will contain some sensitive content. Please use discretion for younger audiences or those with trauma history.** Message Title: The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1Theme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: Ordinary TimeMain Text: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 or 2 Kings 4:42-44 Psalm 14 or Psalm 145:10-18 Ephesians … Continue reading The Beginning of David’s Fall Pt 1

The Roommate

Message Title: The RoommateTheme: Reruns & Glory DaysSeason: OrdinaryMain Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-14aScripture Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a or Jeremiah 23:1-6 Psalm 23 or Psalm 89:20-37 Ephesians 2:11-22 Mark 6:30-34, 53-56Focus: David intends to make God a home but God has other plans.Function: To turn our intentions for (insert thing) towards God’s intentions … Continue reading The Roommate

Lost & Found

Message Title: Lost & Found Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season:  Ordinary Time Main Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19; Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 24; Psalm 85:8-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29 Focus: David moves the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem. Function: To express gratitude for the … Continue reading Lost & Found

The Weird Thing About Grief

Message Title: The Weird Thing About Grief Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: Ordinary Main Text: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27 Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:7-15 RCL Scripture: 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 130; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43 Focus: David grieves two deaths. Function: To talk about our interaction with death … Continue reading The Weird Thing About Grief

Who Wrote This Script

6/20/2021 Message Title: Who Wrote This Script? Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: ordinary time Main Text: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:57-18:5, 18:10-16 or 1 Samuel 17:(1a, 4-11, 19-23), 32-49; Job 38:1-11; Psalm 107:1-3, 23-32; Psalm 9:9-20; Psalm 133; 2 Corinthians 6:1-13; Mark 4:35-41 Focus: David … Continue reading Who Wrote This Script

Comparison is a Thief

6/6/2021 Message Title: Comparison is a Thief Theme: Reruns & Glory Days Season: Ordinary Time Main Text: 1 Samuel 8 (Israel demands a king/Saul) Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) or Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130 or Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1; Mark 3:20-35 Focus: Israel demands a king … Continue reading Comparison is a Thief

The Word Made Flesh

Message Title: The Word Made FleshTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 17:6-19Scripture Reading: Psalm 1RCL Scripture: *Acts 1:15-17, 21-26; Psalm 1; 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19Focus: Jesus prays for his disciples.Function: To engage with scripture academically and spiritually.Other Notes: Next week is Pentecost! SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 1 The truly happy person … Continue reading The Word Made Flesh

What Friends Are For

Message Title: What Friends Are ForTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 15:9-17Scripture Reading: Psalm 98RCL Scripture: *Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17Focus: Jesus charges his disciples to act as friends. Function: To engage with the Chosen Family of God rather than divide.Other Notes: Mother’s Day SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm … Continue reading What Friends Are For

Palm Sunday: A Man with The Promised Plan

Message Title: A Man with The Promised PlanTheme: Holy WeekSeason: LentMain Text: Isaiah 42:1-9; 49:1-7; 50:4-9a; 52:13-53:12Scripture Reading: Mark 11:1-11RCL Scripture: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 or Psalm 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 11:1-11 or John 12:12-16 or Mark 14:1-15:47 or Mark 15:1-39, (40-47)Focus: God promises deliverance through the Suffering Servant of Isaiah.Function: To believe in … Continue reading Palm Sunday: A Man with The Promised Plan

WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)

originally preached on 4/18/2021 Message Title: WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)Theme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: Luke 24:36b-48Scripture Reading: Psalm 4RCL Scripture: *Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-7; Luke 24:36b-48Focus: The resurrected Jesus reveals the truth through a snack. Function: To look for the physical redemption of creation and not just … Continue reading WWJE (What Would Jesus Eat?)

Prunes or Pruned?

Message Title: Prunes or Pruned?Theme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EasterMain Text: John 15:1-8Scripture Reading: Psalm 22:25-31RCL Scripture: *Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8Focus: Jesus uses an analogy to prepare his disciples for his absence.Function: To reflect on the fruitfulness of our lives and prune off things that don’t help us … Continue reading Prunes or Pruned?

Maundy Thursday

April 1, 2021 at 6:30pm Instructions: sit in your quarantine groups. These are people you’re comfortable sharing food with, hugging, and sharing conversation. We will participate in the Maundy Thursday story together not only in action but in conversation. To get us started, I invite you to go around your table (introduce yourself if needed) … Continue reading Maundy Thursday

Easter Sunday: Unlikely Voices

Message Title: Unlikely VoicesTheme: Even the Rocks Will Cry OutSeason: EASTER!Main Text: John 20:1-18Scripture Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24RCL Scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Acts 10:34-43; John 20:1-18; Mark 16:1-8Focus: Women were the first to witness the resurrectionFunction: To realize that God can use me and join the celebration of hope.Other Notes: … Continue reading Easter Sunday: Unlikely Voices

Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Message Title: Is Christianity stuck in the Past?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Jeremiah 31:31-34;Scripture Reading: John 12:20-33RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12 or Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33Focus: God establishes a new covenant with his people.Function: To see the complexity of our faith and In the midst of our convictions, we can … Continue reading Is Christianity Stuck in the Past?

Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Message Title: Promise Breakers & Weird Record MakersTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Numbers 21:4-9Scripture Reading: John 3:14-21RCL Scripture: Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21Focus: God keeps God’s promisesFunction: To stop wishing for Egypt and look forward to breaking cycles by stepping forward with GodOther Notes: Guinness Records in Indiana https://www.indystar.com/story/life/2014/10/09/guiness-book-world-records-hoosiers/16960841/Continue reading Promise Breakers & Weird Record Makers

Laws Made To Be Broken

Message Title: Laws Made to Be BrokenTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Exodus 20:1-17;Scripture Reading: John 2:13-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22Focus: God makes a covenant with Israel through Moses.Function: To separate ourselves from the legalism of religion and enter into the spiritual journey of a faith focused on … Continue reading Laws Made To Be Broken

Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Message Title: Fancy Titles & Big GesturesTheme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16Scripture Reading: Mark 8:31-38RCL Scripture: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 or Mark 9:2-9Focus: God makes a covenant with Abram & Sarai and seals it with a sign.Function: To return God’s commitment with a commitment of our … Continue reading Fancy Titles & Big Gestures

Does God Break Promises?

Message Title: Does God Break Promises?Theme: Record Breakers & RedemptionSeason: LentMain Text: Genesis 9:8-17Scripture Reading: Mark 1:9-15RCL Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15Focus: God makes a covenant with all creation through Noah.Function: To set our minds for the season of lent and a renewed dependance on God.Other Notes: Guinness Records in … Continue reading Does God Break Promises?

Jesus Gets A Makeover

Originally Preached on Feb 14th, 2021 Message Title: Jesus Gets a MakeoverTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 9:2-10Scripture Reading: Psalm 50:1-6RCL Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9Focus: Jesus is transfigured before Peter, James, & John.Function: To acknowledge how we have changed the image of Jesus & Christianity … Continue reading Jesus Gets A Makeover

God Invented Rest

Message Title: God Invented RestTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:29-39Scripture Reading: Psalm 147:1-11, 20cRCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39Focus: Amid Jesus’ ministry, he took time to rest.Function: To accept the gift of rest and find time to recharge our own metaphorical batteries.Other Notes: Alfred L … Continue reading God Invented Rest

Can We Really Know?

Service originally recorded on 1/24/2021 Message Title: Can We Really Know?Theme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:14-20Scripture Reading: Psalm 62:5-12RCL Scripture: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20Focus: Mark depicts Jesus calling his first disciples different from John’s Gospel.Function: To find peace in the exploration of scripture by acknowledging … Continue reading Can We Really Know?

A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Service from 1/31/2021: I was contact traced during COVID and required to stay home for 10 days (incubation time) until I could test negative. This service was broadcast on Facebook live from my home. Message Title: A Message from BeyondTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EpiphanyMain Text: Mark 1:21-28Scripture Reading: Psalm 111RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; … Continue reading A Message from Beyond — quarantined service

Illuminated Discoveries

Message Title: Illuminated DiscoveriesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason:  EpiphanyMain Text: John 1:43-51Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18RCL Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20); Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51Focus: Nathaniel, the skeptic, becomes a disciple of Jesus.Function: To review the changes of the church over time and recognize the dawn of change to come.Other … Continue reading Illuminated Discoveries

Waters Changing Tides

Message Title: Waters Changing TidesTheme: Flopped Inventions & New DiscoveriesSeason: EPIPHANY (started Jan 6th)Main Text: Mark 1:4-11Scripture Reading: Psalm 29RCL Scripture: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11Focus: John the Baptist baptizes Jesus, and a voice claims Jesus as his son.Function: To commit or recommit to the continual transformation of our baptism.Other Notes: (Wisemen … Continue reading Waters Changing Tides

Shout it from the Roof Tops

Message Title: Shout it from the Roof TopsTheme: God’s consistencySeason: ChristmasMain Text: John 1:(1-9), 10-18Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:7-14RCL Scripture: Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:12-20; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 1:(1-9), 10-18Focus: Jesus was present & part of the plan from the beginning.Function: To practice awe and wonder while considering the implications of our beliefs on our lives.Other Notes: … Continue reading Shout it from the Roof Tops

Risky Business

Message Title: Risky BusinessTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 40:1-11;Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1-8RCL Scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8Focus: God speaks of a future peace for Judah.Function: To commit to a life of peace-bringing and search out ways to bring peace. Other Notes: Traditional themes each week: Hope, Peace, … Continue reading Risky Business

God, You’re Late

Message Title: God, You’re LateTheme: Waiting on GodSeason: AdventMain Text: Isaiah 64:1-9;Scripture Reading: Mark 13:24-37RCL Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37Focus: Isaiah asks God to provide Judah’s hope of restoration. (the People are blaming God)Function: To pick up our Gospel responsibility and leave God’s responsibilities to God.– To wait, trust, … Continue reading God, You’re Late

Farm Animals & Kings

Message Title: Farm Animals & KingsTheme: Christ the King SundaySeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 25:31-46Scripture Reading: Psalm 100RCL Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24; Psalm 100; Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46Focus: Jesus’ parable calls for action, not just pretty words.Function: To get involved in the messiness of the Gospel by loving people that are hard to love. Other … Continue reading Farm Animals & Kings

Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Originally preached on 11/15/2020 at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, In Title: Forest Roots: A Bonus EpisodeTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Judges 4:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:14-30RCL Scripture: Judges 4:1-7; Psalm 123; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, (9-11), 12; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30Focus:  Israel forgets the dependable character of God.Function:  To be a Christian … Continue reading Forest Roots: A Bonus Episode

Commitment to My Roots

11/1/2020 Sermon Message Title: Commitment to My RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Joshua 3:7-17Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:1-12;RCL Scripture: Joshua 3:7-17; Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37; Micah 3:5-12; Psalm 43; 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:1-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Psalm 34:1-10, 22; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12Focus: God commits to Joshua and makes it known to Israel through big … Continue reading Commitment to My Roots

Back to Our Roots

Message Title: Back to Our RootsTheme: KNOW YOUR ROOTSSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Deuteronomy 34:1-12;Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-46RCL Scripture: Deuteronomy 34:1-12; Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17; Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46Focus:  Moses dies and transfers leadership to Joshua as Israel enters the Promise Land.Function: To think about our roots as we plan our future … Continue reading Back to Our Roots

Do You Even Know Me?

Message Title: Do You Even Know Me?Theme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 45:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:15-22RCL Scripture: Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; Isaiah 45:1-7; Psalm 96:1-9, (10-13); 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22Focus: God speaks through the prophet to King Cyrus.Function: To worship God for his dominion has no bounds and to celebrate that God … Continue reading Do You Even Know Me?

Musical Heresy

Originally preached on 10/4/2020 Message Title: Musical HeresyTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 5:1-7Scripture Reading: Matthew 21:33-46RCL Scripture: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Isaiah 5:1-7; Psalm 80:7-15; Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21:33-46Focus: Israel did not stay faithful to the message God gave their ancestors.Function: To hold our love of history/tradition in balance with … Continue reading Musical Heresy

Unclear Expectations

Originally preached 10-11-2020 Postscript: This sermon also saw some changes between the preparation, practice, and preaching. I’ll share the video of the sermon when it is uploaded to youtube. Message Title: Unclear ExpectationsTheme: Heretics & Holy ProphetsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Isaiah 25:1-9Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 23; Philippians … Continue reading Unclear Expectations

Popular Kids

Postscript: the recording of this sermon was outside and a very windy day. Therefore, the audio is awful and I won’t be posting a video. Message Title: Popular KidsTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 21:23-32Scripture Reading: Exodus 17:1-7RCL Scripture: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Psalm 25:1-9; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew … Continue reading Popular Kids

That’s So Unfair!

Post Script: Once again, my sermon took an interesting turn compared to what I had prepared. What a fun conundrum on Sunday! I got to church and tried to print off my sermon, but the printer wasn’t working. I make an outline and used that in place of my manuscript notes. Here’s the full service … Continue reading That’s So Unfair!

Forgive and Forget

9/13/2020 at Homecoming Outdoor Worship Post Script: this sermon was not an easy one to write. I really struggled with this passage because of my own story of forgiveness. Message Title: Forgive & ForgetTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:21-35Scripture Reading: Exodus 14:19-31RCL Scripture: Exodus 14:19-31; Psalm 114 or Exodus 15:1b-11, 20-21; … Continue reading Forgive and Forget

Be the Bigger Person

Post Script: This sermon unfolded differently than the manuscript I prepared. Check out this link to my YouTube channel if you would like to compare the two: Sermon on 9/6/2020 Message Title: Be the Bigger PersonTheme: Life Lessons from the PlaygroundSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Matthew 18:15-20Scripture Reading: Exodus 12:1-14RCL Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Ezekiel 33:7-11; … Continue reading Be the Bigger Person

Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Outside Worship at Liberty Baptist Church in Tipton, IN on 8/30/2020 Message Title: Whose Redemption Story Is this?Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 3:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:9-21RCL Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b; Jeremiah 15:15-21; Psalm 26:1-8; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28Focus: God invites Moses to be part of the redemption of Israel.Function: To … Continue reading Whose Redemption Story Is this?

Unconventional Redemption

Message Title: Unconventional RedemptionTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10;Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-8;RCL Scripture: Exodus 1:8-2:10; Psalm 124; Isaiah 51:1-6; Psalm 138; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20Focus: God uses women in Israel’s exodus & redemption story.Function:  To find yourself and others in the Big Redemption story and see your little redemption coinciding with The Big … Continue reading Unconventional Redemption

Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Liberty Baptist on August 16th, 2020 Message Title: Sugar Coated PlansTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 45:1-15;Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32;RCL Scripture: Genesis 45:1-15; Psalm 133; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Psalm 67; Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32; Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28Focus: God redeems the story of 12 brothers.Function: To not blame or attribute God for our pains, … Continue reading Sugar Coated Plans (Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 2)

Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

Liberty Baptist on August 9th, 2020 Yes, the cinematics are terrible. My apologies. Message Title: Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1Theme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28;Scripture Reading: Romans 10:5-15;RCL Scripture: Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28; Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b; 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33Focus: Abraham’s family dysfunction is generational but … Continue reading Family Dysfunction Redeemed Part 1

By Any Other Name

Message Title: By Any Other NameTheme: Redeemer of StoriesSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Genesis 32:22-31Scripture Reading: Romans 9:1-5;RCL Scripture: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Isaiah 55:1-5; Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21Focus: Jacob wrestles a mysterious person and receives a name change.Function: To recognize the redemption arch in our own story and that God hasn’t finished … Continue reading By Any Other Name

Evil Plans Foiled

Message Title: Evil Plans FoiledTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 8: (12-25) 26-39; Scripture Reading:  Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52RCL Scripture: Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52Focus: Paul says nothing can separate us from God’s love.Function: To receive God’s unconditional love and to celebrate our adoption and how … Continue reading Evil Plans Foiled

The Constancy of Change

Message Title: The Constancy of ChangeTheme: Stories of TransformationSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Romans 7:15-25a;Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30Focus: Paul speaks about the struggle of following God’s word.Function: To pursue the upward spiral of spiritual formation by connecting with God, community, and education.Other Notes: COMMUNION// THE BUTLER (Cecil Gains changes his mind about the Civil Rights movement) … Continue reading The Constancy of Change

Playing Favorites

Message Title: Playing FavoritesTheme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18;Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:40-42RCL Scripture: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Jeremiah 28:5-9; Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42Focus: This psalm is a psalm of praise for the God that chose David to be king.Function: To … Continue reading Playing Favorites

God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?

Message Title: God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?Theme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18Scripture Reading: Matthew 10:24-39RCL Scripture: Genesis 21:8-21; Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39Focus: David asks for God’s help to smite his enemies.Function: … Continue reading God, Can I Borrow Your Smite Machine?

Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully Loving

November 11th, 2019 Message Title: Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully LovingTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12Scripture Reading: Luke 19:1-10Scripture: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4, Psalm 119:137-144, Isaiah 1:10-18, Psalm 32:1-7, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10Focus: Paul greets the Thessalonians a second time with a hopeful thought wrapped up in … Continue reading Not Hopelessly Romantic but Faithfully Loving

The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation

July 28th, 2019 Message Title: The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation Theme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19)Scripture Reading: Psalm 85RCL Scripture: Hosea 1:2-10, Psalm 85, Genesis 18:20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2:6-15, (16-19), Luke 11:1-13Focus: Paul moves from foundational beliefs on Christ to practical beliefs as believers.Function: to acknowledge our risk … Continue reading The Story of Assimilation or Confrontation

The History of Hymns

July 21st, 2019 Message Title: The History of HymnsTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 1:15-23Scripture Reading: Amos 8:1-12RCL Scripture: Amos 8:1-12, Psalm 52, Genesis 18:1-10a, Psalm 15, Colossians 1:15-28, Luke 10:38-42Focus: After Paul’s greeting, he grounds his letter in the gospel before proceeding into teaching. Function: To remember the foundation of our … Continue reading The History of Hymns

Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All Done

July 14th, 2019 Message Title: Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All DoneTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Colossians 1:1-14Scripture Reading: Psalm 82RCL Scripture: Amos 7:7-17, Psalm 82, Deuteronomy 30:9-14, Psalm 25:1-10, Colossians 1:1-14, Luke 10:25-37Focus: Paul introduces himself to the Colossians and expresses gratitude. Function: To realize that one job well done is only the … Continue reading Attaboy Doesn’t Mean All Done

Freedom Isn’t Free

June 30th, 2019 Message Title: Freedom Isn’t FreeTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Galatians 5:1, 13-26,Scripture Reading: Psalm 16RCL Scripture: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14, Psalm 77:1-2, 11-20, 1 Kings 19:15-16, 19-21, Psalm 16, Galatians 5:1, 13-25, Luke 9:51-62Focus: Paul reminds the Galatians that we are not bound by a law but are … Continue reading Freedom Isn’t Free

Roman Soldiers, Christians, and Unity

June 16th, 2019 Message Title: Roman Soldiers, Christians, and UnityTheme: History is Our StorySeason: Ordinary TimeColor: GreenMain Text: Romans 5:1-5Scripture Reading: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 RCL Scripture: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8, Romans 5:1-5, John 16:12-15Focus: Paul writes a letter to the Roman church to keep their faith grounded in Christ. Function: To step up as active … Continue reading Roman Soldiers, Christians, and Unity

Paint the Town Red

June 9th, 2019 Message Title: Paint the Town RedTheme: PentecostSeason: PentecostColor: RedMain Text: Acts 2:1-21Scripture Reading: GOING ROGUE!! Acts 10: 44-48RCL Scripture: *Acts 2:1-21 or Genesis 11:1-9, Psalm 104:24-34, 35b, Romans 8:14-17 or Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-17, (25-27)Focus: The Holy Spirit comes first to the Jews (all ages and genders) and later to the Gentiles.Function: … Continue reading Paint the Town Red

Churches, Families, and Unity

June 2nd, 2019 Message Title: Churches, Families, and UnityTheme: Skeptics, Heretics, and the GospelSeason: EasterColor: WhiteMain Text: John 17: 20-26Scripture Reading: Psalm 97RCL Scripture: Acts 16:16-34, Psalm 97, Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21, John 17:20-26 Focus: Jesus is praying for future believers to reflect the unity & love that the father and son share. Function: To be rooted … Continue reading Churches, Families, and Unity

Prayer & The Art of Listening

June 14th, 2020 Message Title: Prayer & The Art of ListeningTheme: Psalms and Songs: songs from 1960’s music with similar feelings to psalmsSeason: ORDINARYMain Text: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19;Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)RCL Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7); Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; Exodus 19:2-8a; Psalm 100; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)Focus: Our unknown author speaks of God rescuing … Continue reading Prayer & The Art of Listening