Sermons by “Pastor Ball”

THE STORY – Chapter 5

God presents his people with his commands, outlining his expectations for the covenant community. God’s central desire is to have a people with whom he can dwell in relationship and through whom he can reveal himself to the world.

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THE STORY – Chapter 4

Can you imagine being in Moses sandals? Being told to go back to a place where you are wanted dead or alive… being picked as the leader of millions… totally unprepared.

Now, that’s an opportunity to see the difference that God’s presence makes!

God’s story just gets better as we go! Please consider inviting a friend this week.

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THE STORY – Chapter 2

God Builds a Nation: “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7)

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Lazarus & the Rich Man

Jesus tells a story about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had an earthly life filled with abundance, and he ignored the poor man who was in misery outside his gate. This story gives us pause and causes us to think about how we are treating our neighbors in need. It also reminds us never to trust in our earthly wealth and possessions, but rather to trust always in our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

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Increasing Our Faith

Mercy is loving people where they are at. Mercy is forgiving those who have wronged us. Mercy is canceling debts. Not holding people hostage for their past actions or current shortcomings.

The Prophet Micah tells us that living in mercy is one of God’s greatest wishes for us. He says:

“The Lord has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Our God is a God of mercy and we are here to share this mercy with the world. It’s just what we do.

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The Shrewd Manager

O Lord, keep Your Church in Your perpetual mercy; and because without You we cannot but fall, preserve us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen!

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Lost Sheep

If the Lord describes Himself in Scripture as our “Shepherd,” it follows that we, as those who belong to Him, are His “sheep.” True to our broken nature, we all wander away from our Shepherd’s provision, wrongly assuming we can find our own way. We all stand in need of rescue! We all are the lost sheep who have wandered away. He pursues His wanderers. Finding us and claiming us, He carries us home. And that’s exactly where He gathers us today: at home in His presence so that He, our Shepherd, can fill us, His sheep, with His love and mercy.

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Philemon

As we gather before the throne of the Lord this day, we are restored in the presence of our Savior and through the fellowship of His Table. For we, like Onesimus, are all repentant runaways when we turn to our Master, Jesus, and confess our guilt before Him. And we, like Onesimus, are all restored brothers and sisters in Christ when we both receive from Him and share with others the good news of His forgiveness.

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