by Robert Foster
Isaiah 31:1: Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, seeking salvation from horses and putting their trust in numbers of chariots, and riders because they are very strong. But they have not looked for salvation from the Holy One of Israel and they have not sought the LORD.
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by Shannon Mayfield
Isaiah 58: 3-10:
“Why do we fast, but you do not see?
Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?”
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast day, and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today
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“The Voice of the Healer”
Homily by The Rev. Joe Gunby
John 5: 2-9
March 11, 2018
Audio of this sermon is unavailable.
John 5:2: Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Bethesda, which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had
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by Daniel Malec
Romans 12:2 (NSRV): Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.
“Let the Monkey Run”
One of the fasts that I have chosen for Lent is a sleep fast. … Read the rest
by Erin Barger
Romans 8:26-7: “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will … Read the rest
People who “pray in the runs” tend to get desperate when they pray, and sometimes it may feel like God doesn’t answer our prayers. We may feel that God is not with us.
There are a lot of times in Scripture where God’s presence is obvious to the reader, but the attention of the people is elsewhere. When Jesus was … Read the rest
Sermon by The Rev. Joe Gunby
March 26, 2017 • Fourth Sunday of Lent
God is always open to having a relationship with us. But often things get in the way of our relationship. One such thing our human desire for recognition, which can lead to self-righteousness. Jesus addresses this when he tells us in Matthew 6 that when we pray, we should do so in secrecy. Those who pray loudly and publicly trump their Christianity … Read the rest
When the disciples asked how they should pray, Jesus replied with the words to what is now known as “The Lord’s Prayer.” It’s a prayer that Christians often cite, but rarely reflect on the power of the words being said.
Although there are many formal words in The Lord’s Prayer, the essence of the prayer is what’s essential. We are … Read the rest
Ever felt like God isn’t listening? You pray and pray, and even act, but sometimes it feels like our prayers are left unanswered.
It’s easy to lose hope, and to stop praying. However, the mystery of prayer is the beauty of prayer. God is with us, every step of the way.
The Word in Song: “Standing in the Need … Read the rest