Jan 19, 2020
“Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
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     Today is Sanctity of Human Life Day which is the closest Sunday to the original January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Abortion has major emotions that run deep on both sides. On one side is the thought that a woman’s choice to carry a baby to term or end the pregnancy is hers alone and no one else’s. On the other side are those who believe that all human life is sacred, including the life of an unborn child, and no one has the right to take another person’s life. Democrats and Republicans are found on both sides of the issue.
     To me, this is not primarily a political issue but a moral issue. We will look at some facts about abortion, what God says about human life and when it begins, and if one takes a pro-life stand what should our response be to abortion.
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  • Jan 19, 2020“Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
    Jan 19, 2020
    “Abortion and the Sanctity of Life”
    Series: (All)
         Today is Sanctity of Human Life Day which is the closest Sunday to the original January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Abortion has major emotions that run deep on both sides. On one side is the thought that a woman’s choice to carry a baby to term or end the pregnancy is hers alone and no one else’s. On the other side are those who believe that all human life is sacred, including the life of an unborn child, and no one has the right to take another person’s life. Democrats and Republicans are found on both sides of the issue.
         To me, this is not primarily a political issue but a moral issue. We will look at some facts about abortion, what God says about human life and when it begins, and if one takes a pro-life stand what should our response be to abortion.
  • Dec 29, 2019“Unwrapping Christmas”
    Dec 29, 2019
    “Unwrapping Christmas”
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          After Christmas, when we have focused so much on joy, giving, love, hope, kindness, and grace, we have to go back home where we encounter all sorts of nasty things, negative people, events, problems, messes, illnesses, and crap that seem to suck the joy right out of us.      Joy takes work! It does not grow on trees! If you want to keep hold of that joy as you start into 2020, you need to be learning the lesson that Simeon gave Mary and Joseph all those years ago. The main point is this: the blessings of God are not meant to keep us on the mountaintop, they are meant to keep us going through the next valley.   
  • Dec 22, 2019“The Angel’s Announcement to Mary”
    Dec 22, 2019
    “The Angel’s Announcement to Mary”
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         Last week we looked at the character traits seen in Joseph’s life that were important in God’s choosing him to help raise Jesus, the Son of God. Today we’re addressing the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary about God choosing her to bring Christ, the Messiah, into the world.      There is a lot of confusion as to what the angel’s words to Mary meant. We will look at the specifics of the announcement and how she responded to his words when she considered what the public, her family, and her fiancé might think about this surprise pregnancy.      Mary was a remarkable young lady for her age. What can we learn from her commitment to God?
  • Dec 15, 2019“Joseph: A Person of Godly Conviction”
    Dec 15, 2019
    “Joseph: A Person of Godly Conviction”
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                Of all the men in the town of Nazareth, why do you think God chose Joseph to be Jesus’ father figure? He was a carpenter and probably made enough money to provide food, clothing and shelter for his family but there wasn’t much left over. As far as we know, he was not well-educated. If someone today was looking at possible families to adopt their unborn child, I don’t think Mary and Joseph would be the first choice of many people. But God looks at things differently than we human beings.             As we look this morning at how Joseph related to God and Mary, we will see his godly convictions and character traits that God was, no doubt, looking for in the man who would be responsible to help raise Jesus, the Son of God. These traits are also important for us today; not just in men and fathers, but in each of our lives.
  • Sep 8, 2019“Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus”
    Sep 8, 2019
    “Let Us Fix Our Eyes on Jesus”
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       The theme this year for both our church and school is Fixing our Eyes on Jesus from Hebrews 12:1-3. The author reminds the Hebrew Christians he is writing to that this race called life can be difficult and agonizing.    The recipients of this letter had started their journey with Christ well but as they encountered times of persecution and hardship, they began to weaken and waiver in their faith. He tells them where their motivation and inner strength for being able to persevere comes from.    Because we live in a fallen world and relate to other fallen and broken people, all of us will experience difficulties of various kinds in our lives as well. This morning we will look at some things we need to take off and other things that we need to put on that will enable us to run our race of life well and how fixing our eyes on Jesus can give us the stamina and hope we need.
  • Aug 25, 2019“Surprising Lessons for our Faith Journey”
    Aug 25, 2019
    “Surprising Lessons for our Faith Journey”
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       Faith is truly a journey. As we move closer to the goal of Christ likeness, we either learn the lessons that our loving Father shows us, or we miss out on His best. Thankfully, God will give us time to rethink and receive. And He will display His precious works in those lives that are yielded to Him.    Like Naaman, we must learn the lessons of faith and believe so that we can see beyond our own needs, expectations and demands. God has great things to show us as He pursues His great purpose in the world.
  • Aug 18, 2019“Jesus the Healer”
    Aug 18, 2019
    “Jesus the Healer”
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  • Jun 2, 2019“Experiencing Healing and Salvation”
    Jun 2, 2019
    “Experiencing Healing and Salvation”
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       We welcome Reverend Terry Shanahan and his wife, Karlotta, today. Terry is the Northeast Regional Minister for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference denomination of which we are a member. He is also the Director of Regional Ministries nationally.    He and his wife, Karlotta, have two grown children and one granddaughter.    Terry’s message is on Mark 10:46-52. A poor blind beggar, known to the locals as Son of Timaeus sets out for a good day of begging. It is Passover season and he expects this will be the best day of begging he has ever had.  Throngs of people will be passing through Jericho on their way to Jerusalem.     He secures a spot on the roadway leading out of town.  He waits with anticipation.  Little did he know of the transformed life he would experience.     Completely through faith, not only physical healing but salvation would be his today.  Are you in need of such an experience?
  • May 19, 2019“I am the Light of the World”
    May 19, 2019
    “I am the Light of the World”
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       During this morning’s Children’s Day Service, we will be honoring our children, youth, and Christian Education volunteers. The sermon will be on the Children’s Ministry theme verse for the year, John 8:12, where Jesus proclaims, “I am the light of the world…”    We will look at the historical context of Jesus’ words which was during the annual Jewish Feast of the Tabernacles as well as what His words mean for us today.    During this feast, four 75 feet high candelabras were in lit in the outer temple. These fires commemorated the fact that God manifested Himself as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to protect and guide the Israelites during their 40 year wilderness journey in the desert. But this Feast was also meant to encourage God’s people to look forward to the promised coming of the Messiah.
  • May 12, 2019“Christianity and Women”
    May 12, 2019
    “Christianity and Women”
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       Many Mother’s Day sermons speak of the worth and value of mothers. Instead of focusing on mothers in particular today, we will be focusing on the value of women in general.    Some feminists argue that God, as he is portrayed in the Bible, and Christianity are extremely oppressive to women. They believe that Paul disrespects women and teaches that they are second-class citizens in his New Testament letters. They see him as a misogynist, “a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.”    Just the opposite is true. The reality is that Christianity is the best thing that has ever happened to women. We will look specifically at how the cultures of that day viewed women, some examples of how Jesus related to them, and some of Paul’s writings.
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