April 9, 2017 “Empty” – Philippians 2:5-11

Philippians 2:5-11 “Empty” April 9, 2017 – Palm Sunday I talked about this passage to Native Alaskan pastors while we were in Nome, particularly verse 7 which tells us that Jesus “emptied himself” when He became one of us, when He became human. Later the pastor of our church in Nome, not a native himself, […]

March 19, 2017 “Security” – Matthew 6:25-34

Matthew 6:25-34 “Security” March 19, 2017 – Third Sunday in Lent Was Jesus practical? What I just read for us may seem to you about as far from practical reality as you can get. His words sound like lovely images and beautiful ideals. But He is not really telling it like it is about our […]

March 12, 2017 “Money” – Matthew 6:19-24

Matthew 6:19-24 “Money” March 12, 2017 – Second Sunday in Lent You may have heard that Jesus talked more often about money than He talked about any other single subject. That factoid would certainly justify a sermon on money… if it were true. Like several “facts” Christians, and preachers, take for granted, it needs checking […]

March 5, 2017 “Stuff We Want” – Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 4:1-11 “Stuff We Want” March 5, 2017 – First Sunday in Lent How many of you have given up something for Lent? Don’t worry if you didn’t raise your hand, because, as our bulletin said last week, giving something up is not the only way to observe Lent. But if you did give up […]