Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

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January 19, 2020 – Remain

A message on John 1:29-42 The DoveSeveral years ago, a dove started hanging out under the awning over our back porch. I’d look out my kitchen window, right next to the back porch, and see the bird flying in and out. At one point, I turned to Katie, and asked “What’s with the dove? It really seems to like to perch on our porch.” Katie said “hmm,” as she walked outside to investigate. Sure enough, on the porch she found the…

JANUARY 12, 2020 – Identity

A Sermon on Matthew 3:13-17 “May I see your ID?” Just this week I was asked that question when I went on a hospital visit. I have to admit that most of the time I take it for granted that I have an ID.  It wasn’t always that way, though. I remember going with my parents to the MVA to get photographed for my first ID. It wasn’t even a driver’s license. It was some other photo ID. I don’t…

January 5, 2020 – Beginnings

A Sermon for Epiphany Sunday on John 1:1-18 Several years ago, I had a powerful experience of grace. The Holy Spirit came into my life in a new way and brought a greater amount of forgiveness and freedom into my heart than I ever thought was possible. It was like light entered into the dark places of my heart. New life was breathed into me. God’s forgiveness and love were not ideas, but palpable realities. John 1 ceased to be…

December 29, 2019 – How Does God guide Us?

Last Sunday, we focused on the person of Joseph. An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him, “Don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.” We talked about how Joseph could have felt slighted by God, but instead he chooses to be obedient to his calling– which really was a calling to play second-fiddle to Mary and Jesus by being in a supportive role. Today,…

December 22, 2019 – Second Fiddle

A sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 by Pastor David Jacobson. We’re in the season of gift giving. Today I’d like to give you a gift. This is one of those gifts that doesn’t cost me anything, but I think many of you will really like it. Before I give you the gift, a little background. Some of you may remember that at the beginning of October, I plugged a prayer gathering taking place at Grace Community Church. Our church was well…

December 8, 2019 – Emptied / Squeezed

A Sermon on Matthew 3:1-12 We’re getting closer to Christmas and folks are starting to get more into the Christmas spirit. I’ve started getting Christmas cards from friends who live in other states. The Christmas parties are starting, too, which brings a great time to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.  Have you ever noticed at parties that, most of the time, one person will emerge to be the one who really stirs up interesting conversation. Maybe…

December 1, 2019 – Awakening

It’s wonderful to walk into church this morning and see the halls and sanctuary decked out, getting ready for Christmas. I was actually surprised to see it this morning, and so I’m so thankful for those that did it. Today, however, is the first Sunday of Advent, which is more than the season leading up to Christmas. The lectionary readings will remind us of this over the next few weeks.  The word “Advent” comes from the Latin word for “coming.”…

November 24, 2019 – King’s Cross

Imagine a king or a queen. Seriously, picture a king or a queen in your mind. What do they look like? How are they dressed? What are they doing?  My mind always goes to Queen Elizabeth whose coronation happened on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. I discovered some facts about that day that helped me understand what that day was like. Elizabeth was “driven from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in [a] Gold State Coach – pulled…

November 17, 2019 – Sticky Faith

Today I’d like to speak to you about “Sticky Faith.” It’s been said, “Observe the postage stamp; its usefulness depends on the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” That’s the type of faith that we want. We want a faith that doesn’t fall away when the going gets tough. Jesus speaks to his disciples in Luke 21, and he warns them that the going will get tough. The Temple will get destroyed, and they will be…

November 10, 2019 – Defending the Faith

Have you ever had your beliefs mocked? If you’ve been a Christian for more than a day or two, I’m guessing you have.  Today I’d like to talk to you about “Defending the Faith.” 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.” In the story from Luke 20, Jesus has his beliefs mocked and needs to defend himself. He is confronted by…