Sermons & Media Outlet

The Winds of Faith

Today we hear the wonderfully familiar “Gospel in a nutshell” from John 3. The first words of the passage say it well: “God so loved.” God is loving even when we are less than lovable. In the season of Lent, we see God’s love at work in the cross of Jesus. Here in worship, we receive God’s wonderful gifts that demonstrate His amazing love.

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Jesus in the Back Seat

Pastor Kay’s sermon this weekend was based on Matthew 4:1-11 where “Jesus faced all the temptations that any one of us face day in and day out. We hunger, we seek power, we want god-likeness. Jesus is with us wherever we go and whatever we are doing. Haven’t we traditionally understood the temptations of Jesus as being for us? Jesus faced the devil on our behalf. He remained true to his trust in his Father, and so abided by the words of his heavenly parent. He did not fail, even though he was tempted, and certainly understands any of our temptations. He remained obedient to the will and desire of his Father, thus being an example for us and a savior when we fail.” Praise God!

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Intentional Time!

Take time daily to give thought to God, and to give Him our love. And when we pray, may it be in the sincere desire of strengthening the bond between Christ Himself, in the holy meal set before us. Who knows where else we might experience a mountain-top event with our God? Watch for it, and, by all means, make time for it to happen. May our time for God be intentional every day!

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After Church

In Pastor Kay’s sermon this weekend, he tells us that “The Spirit of Christ dwells here among us and with us and in us. As St. Paul welcomed two beautiful children into our community of faith this weekend through baptism; and from us, this congregation of faithful people, they will learn what a Christian is. It is demonstrated in our behavior, words, thoughts and actions with one another within this community or congregation, and anywhere and everywhere we are after church. The peace of the Lord be with you!”

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New Sherriff in Town!

The appointed Psalm for this day in the life of the Church is the first eight verses of the longest chapter in the Bible—Psalm 119. Set in the original Hebrew as an acrostic poem, where the first word of the first section begins with the first letter of the alphabet (Aleph) and each of the following sections uses the next letter in order (Beth, Gimel, etc.). The careful structure of this Psalm and all of our worship underscores the importance of what we are about as we gather in Christ’s name. God is here among us, sharing His goodness and mercy. And, to borrow the words of the psalmist, “blessed are those…who seek Him with their whole heart” (Psalm 119:2).

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No Secrets!

Pastor Ball tells us this weekend that “Some of the greatest taste and light we have to share comes in the form of forgiveness. And that begins here at St. Paul in the way that we treat one another. When we raise children who daily repent of their sins, we send light out into the community. Jesus’ cross, while a mystery to many, is not meant to to be a secret among us. The power of forgiveness is too life-changing not to share!”

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Happy!

It takes patience to be merciful and to act as peacemakers. Staying calm when being persecuted for righteousness’ sake takes patience. Enduring unfair criticism takes patience as well. There may even be a need for patience as we share with the saints in the worship life of the Church. May it be fully evident among us at all times!

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Saturated in Holiness

“This is My beloved Son!” exclaims God the Father at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. God knows well how to love. His love is not limited to His Son or even to His chosen people. His love extends to all humanity. As God’s well-loved people, we reflect that love in our interactions with those around us. The extending of that love by showing forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives is truly God pleasing.

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