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Sermons

  • Making Change Stick, Week 4: Mature and Complete, Lacking Nothing

    This Weeks’ Text: James 1:2-4 Last week, we started in on the idea motivating the Elephant, our emotional and impulsive side. We started with the first two steps for the Elephant, which were to find the feeling and to shrink the change. We can make the change smaller, but we can also make our Elephant […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 3: Motivating the Elephant

    This Weeks’ Text: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21   The overarching illustration for this series is that of someone riding an elephant down a path. For the past two weeks, we have talked about how to direct the rider, which is the rational and intellectual part of our decision-making. This week, we turn our attention to the elephant–the […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 2: Directing the Rider

    This Weeks’ Text: Acts 15:22-35 When we make change stick, it becomes a habit, and that is key. What makes change so hard, the writers say, is that our current habits are comfortable for everyone. So, to make a change is to break the habit. But, if we can achieve it, then the things that seem […]

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  • Making Change Stick, Week 1: No Small Dissension and Debate

    This Weeks’ Text: Acts 15:1-11 The beginning of the year gives us that feeling of a fresh start and a blank slate. And, of course, there is the tradition of the New Years Resolution. But, of course, the challenge isn’t always thinking of the resolutions or changes we would like to make—the challenge is in […]

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  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

    This week’s text: Luke 1:26-38 This week, we turn to our third and final song, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” This song, like “Deck the Halls” has origins in the 1500s. This song is an English Christmas Carol from western England. The song gets off to a good start. It is a positive message […]

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  • Deck the Halls

    This week’s text: Psalm 126 This week’s Christmas carol is “Deck the Halls.” To give a bit of background, the tune we now know to be “Deck the Halls” is a Welsh melody dating back to the 1500s. By the late 1700s, the first printed version of the song appears, but it is not our […]

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  • Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

    This week’s text: Mark 1:1-8 “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” is certainly one of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time, but when you actually stop and think about it, it seems like the words and the upbeat music don’t actually really match. It is such a peppy, upbeat, and positive tune, but […]

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  • Hiding in Plain Sight

    This week’s text: Matthew 25:31-46 I would assume that your assumption is that today’s sermon is pretty predictable. We should do what the passage says—feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick, and visit those in prison. If we do these things, we will be […]

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  • Night and Day

    This week’s text: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 Running through today’s passage are images of night and day, light and dark, and being awake and asleep. We who know and follow Christ are awake and live in the day time. Those who do not know Christ are asleep and are experiencing life as night. He then warns […]

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  • Whom Will You Serve?

    This week’s text: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25 Last week, the people of God crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, and today we meet them as they are settling in after having won battles to claim the land from the people that were living there. We are at the end of Joshua’s life, and […]

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