Sermons from July 2018

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Pentecost 10B: 7/29/2018

Pentecost 10B

Elisha’s servant thought that 20 loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain were too little to feed 100 people. But Elisha made it to be more than enough. Andrew thought that the 5 barley loaves and 2 fish were not enough to feed the 5,000, but Jesus made it to be more than enough. Paul wrote to the Ephesians about God’s ability to accomplish abundantly far more than we can imagine. But how hard it is sometimes for us to recognize abundance.

Pentecost 9B: 7/22/2018

Pentecost 9B

Our God cannot be contained within a mortal shepherd, or a house, or a temple, or within one ‘elect’ people. You and I can find God, see God, and experience God everywhere and anywhere. We should look for God to be in unexpected places.

Pentecost 8B: 7/15/2018

Pentecost 8B

The Scriptures show us a study in managing self-esteem. We see HUMILITY in Amos, who claimed only to be a herdsman, and a tree-trimmer. But he also claimed the power of God working through him to speak the truth to Israel. Then we see the strong PRIDE that motivated Herod to execute John the Baptist. To think more highly of ourselves that we ought to is PRIDE. And so we are taught to show humility.

Pentecost 6B: 7/01/2018

Pentecost 6B

Jesus healed two women in the Gospel reading today. He healed both of them by touch; by touch that was against the law. He healed the woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. That ailment made her ‘unclean’, and by laws set out in Leviticus, she was to touch no one, not attend church, and keep herself away from other people – in this case, for twelve years.

Of course, Jesus ignored the regulation, and healed her.