Southwest UMC


Sermons

  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 2: There’s a Stranger in My Boat

    This Week’s Text: Luke 5:1-11 This passage occurs right after Jesus had begun his ministry in the region- preaching, teaching, healing- and he was beginning to draw a crowd. As his ministry was growing, it was time to select some disciples. Jesus should have been looking for disciples among the best of the best religious school […]

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  • Dreaming in the Deep Water, Week 1: Recognizing Resurrection (Easter Sunday)

    This week’s texts: Luke 5:1-11, John 21:1-14 The traditional Easter Scripture passages tell the events on Easter Sunday morning. No one has any clue that the resurrection had taken place, and there was a problem when the women came to care for the body- there was no body. The tomb was empty. One of the women […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 6: Celebration

    This week’s text: Nehemiah 8:8-12, Luke 19:29-40 If you remember way back to the beginning of the series, we started by talking about disciplines in general. I asked how many people had positive and how many people had negative associations with the word “discipline.” Either way, there is a good chance that the discipline of celebration […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 5: Worship

    This week’s text: Exodus 20:1-3, Colossians 3:12-17 The term worship is simultaneously one of the most over-used and under-used words in Christianity. Or perhaps to put it another way, it is one of the most misused words in Christianity. We say that we are going to worship, or that we really got a lot out of […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 4: Guidance

    This week’s text: Matthew 18:15-20, Acts 4:32-33 Richard Foster begins the chapter on the discipline of guidance with these words: “In our day heaven and earth are on tiptoe waiting for the emergence of a Spirit-led, Spirit-intoxicated, Spirit-empowered people. All of creation watches expectantly for the springing up of a disciplined, freely gathered, martyr people who […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 3: Submission

    This week’s text: Philippians 2:5-11, Mark 8:34-36 If you scan the table of contents in “Celebration of Discipline,” you will see the twelve disciplines that Richard Fosters considers to be classical disciplines. There is one that stands out- submission. Kara and I got a puppy back in December. One of the most important things you have […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 2: Prayer

    This week’s text: John 15:1-8, Matthew 6:5-15 Real food, good food, is the kind of food that is fresh. This time of year is strawberry season. We got a couple cartons this week, and they were incredible. But with fresh foods, there is a window of time in which they are good. When you pick a […]

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  • Celebration of Discipline, Week 1: Solitude and Sabbath

    This week’s texts: Genesis 2:1-3, Mark 6:30-32 For some people, when you talk about the concept of solitude, their mind immediately jumps to loneliness and boredom. We live in a world where we are constantly bombarded at all times. It is hard to be alone. It is hard to find silence. The problem with this is […]

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  • Ash Wednesday 2014

    “Remember that from dust you have come and to dust you shall return.” In a few minutes, you will be invited to come forward and receive the sign of the cross in ash on your forehead. As you do, these will be the words you will hear. “Remember that from dust you have come and […]

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  • Glow in the Dark Jesus

    This Week’s Text: Matthew 17:1-9 Today is one a special day in the church calendar. Even though the length of time between Christmas and Lent is variable, no matter what, the last Sunday before Lent is always Transfiguration Sunday. You can picture Christ’s earthly life like a curve. Obviously, we know that Christmas and Easter are […]

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