Sermons

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Aug 13, 2017What Makes Presbyterians Distinct? Part I Psalm 100, Romans 8:26-30
Aug 06, 2017Opposite of Fear
Aug 05, 2017Keeping, Strengthening, Faith Lamentations 3:19-24, Hebrews 11:1-3
Jul 23, 2017When Bad Things Happen, Part II Job 38:1-11 & 42:1-6 and Romans 8:31-39
Jul 16, 2017When Bad Things Happen, Part I Luke 13:1-5, John 9:1-7
Jul 02, 2017Boats in the Bible Genesis 6:13-16, Exodus 2:1-4, Mark 6:45-52, I Corinthians 12:27-29
Jun 25, 2017The Story in our Windows, Part III Matthew 13:24-30, 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Jun 18, 2017The Story in our Windows, Part II Genesis 7:1-5 8"6-12 & Revelation 15
Jun 11, 2017The Story in our Windows, Part I Matthew 21:1-11, Revelation 21:1-6
Jun 04, 2017In Their Own Words, Confirmation Joshua 4:1-9, Luke 2:41-52
May 22, 2017How Interesting Acts 17:22-34
May 14, 2017Loving God, Loving Each Other John 14:1-15
Apr 30, 2017Peace be with you Philippians 4:4-9, John 20:19-23
Apr 23, 2017Earth Day Genesis 2:4-9 & 15, Isaiah 55:6-12
Apr 16, 2017Making Sure Matthew 27:57-28:15
Apr 09, 2017I Love a Parade Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 21:1-11
Feb 26, 2017I wept and then I woke up. Exodus 24:12-18, Matthew 5:38-42
Feb 19, 2017Mother Teresa poster
Jan 02, 2017The Nightmare After Christmas Matthew 2:1-23
Dec 25, 2016Listening to old voices Hebrews 1:-10, 10-14, Titus 3:4-7
Nov 14, 2016John Vette's thoughts on supporting the church The Church in the Mirror: John Vette, November 13, 2016
Nov 05, 2016The Church in the Mirror Michelle Ruhl-Ortiz, on the Preschool
Oct 09, 2016The Church in the Mirror Community Breakfast Al Ritsema
Aug 28, 2016A Little Humility Luke 14: 1-6 and 7-14
Aug 14, 2016A Day of Rest Deuteronomy 5:12-15, Mark 2:23-28
Jul 31, 2016The Belhar Confession Mathew 7:1-5, Galatians 3:27-29
Jul 17, 2016A Brief Statement of Faith John 1:1-13, Romans 14:7-9
Jul 03, 2016The Confession of 1967 Esther 4:14, II Corinthians 5:14-20
Jun 12, 2016Grace is weird Psalm 5:1-8, Luke 7:36-8:3
May 29, 2016Who's in? Who's out? Luke 7:1-10, Galatians 1:1-12
May 22, 2016On the Trinity Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-32, Romans 5:1-5
May 15, 2016Winds of the Spirit Genesis 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21
May 08, 2016The cost of faith Acts 16:16-34
Apr 24, 2016Worshipers of God Acts 16:9-15, Revelation 21:1-6
Apr 17, 2016He restores my soul Psalm 23, Acts 9:36-43
Apr 10, 2016The Conversion of Paul/Saul Acts 9:1-20
Apr 03, 2016Who Is Your God? Exodus 12:11-13, Acts 4:32-35
Mar 27, 2016Laros, An Idle Tale? Isiah 25:6-11a, Luke 23:54-24:12
Mar 25, 2016The New Commandment John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Mar 13, 2016Anosmic Isaiah 43:16-21, John 12:1-8
Mar 12, 2016Meditation for Moriah Munsch's Witness to the Resurrection Psalm 23 & 139:1-18, Romans 8:31-35, 37-38
Mar 06, 2016"...and his brother..." Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Feb 28, 2016God Provides Isaiah 55:1-9, Luke 13:1-5
Feb 21, 2016God Calls Back Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18, Philippians 3:17-4:1
Feb 14, 2016Grace and Gravity Psalm 147:1-12, Hebrews 11:1-3
Feb 07, 2016Mountaintop Experience Exodus 34:29-25, Luke 9:28-36
Jan 31, 2016Giving Good Gifts John 2:1-121
Jan 24, 2016Gifts of the magi Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:11-12
Jan 24, 2016A Third visit from the Wise Guys Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 17, 2016Another Visit from the Wise Guys Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 17, 2016Baptism Mark 1:1-11
Jan 10, 2016A Visit from the Wise Guys Matthew 2:1-12
Jan 03, 2016New Times Two Matthew 9:14-17, 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2
Dec 24, 2015Telling Old Stories Luke 2:1-20
Dec 13, 2015Refugees Zephaniah 3:14-20, Matthew 2:13-15
Nov 22, 2015"What Kind of King? Psalm 132:1-12, John 18:33-37
Nov 15, 2015...in the meantime... ! Samuel 2:1-10, Mark 13:1-8
Nov 08, 2015Dreamin' Joel 2:28-30, Mark 12:41-44
Nov 01, 2015Not far from the kingdom Psalm 24, Mark 12:28-34
Oct 25, 2015Seeing Clearly Mark 10:46-52
Oct 11, 2015The Gifts of Children Mark 10:13-16
Sep 20, 2015What Are You Called to Do? Joel 2;21-27, Acts 2:37-47
Sep 18, 2015Recush - רֽכֻש Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34, Luke 12:32-34
Sep 13, 2015The Power of Words James 3:1-12
Sep 06, 2015Ever New Lamentations 3:19-24, II Peter 3:8-13
Aug 30, 2015Do What You Know James 1:17-27
Aug 23, 2015Choose. Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18, John 6:56-69
Aug 09, 2015Experiences from The DOOR Mission Trip Proverbs 31:8-9, I Corinthians 11:26
Jul 19, 2015On Prayer, Part II Matthew 6:5-1, Luke 11:1-4
Jul 12, 2015On Prayer Psalm 130, Romans 8:26-27
Jul 05, 2015On Depression Psalm 31:7-13, 55:1-7, 16-19
Jun 14, 2015Presbyterians and other believers--we are not alone! Psalm 47:5-9, Acts 10:36-45
Jun 06, 2015On Predestination Romans 8:28-30, 10:5-13, Philippians 2:12-15
May 31, 2015An Eternal Mystery Isaiah 6:1-8, Romans 8:12-17
May 24, 2015Vocation Jeremiah 1:4-10, Mark 2:13-17
May 17, 2015Judas Buys the Farm Matthew 27:3-10, Acts 1:15-26
May 10, 2015Live Love John 15:9-17, Acts 10:44-48
May 03, 2015God Started It! I John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8
Apr 26, 2015The Lord is MY Shepherd Psalm 23, John 10:11-18
Apr 19, 2015The Body of Christ I John 3:1-7, Luke 24:36-48
Apr 13, 2015Humor and the Gospel Proverbs 26:11, 17-19, 27:2, 5 & 21; Matthew 23:23-38
Apr 05, 2015Just Like New Times Isaiah 25:6-9, John 20:1-18
Mar 22, 2015Waiting... Psalm 51:1-17, John 12:20-32
Mar 15, 2015Snake on a Stick Numbers 21:4-9, John 3: 14-21
Mar 08, 2015The Gift of Rules Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 19
Mar 02, 2015Is Anything Too Wonderful for God? Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Romans 4:13-25
Feb 22, 2015"United in Wonder" Psalm 8, Psalm 19:1-6
Feb 22, 2015Signs in the Sky Genesis 9:8-17, Mark 1:9-15
Feb 15, 2015What We Don't See and Hear (Yet) I Kings 19:10a-13b, Romans 1:20
Feb 08, 2015Who Is Like God? Isaiah 40:21-31, Mark 1:29-39
Jan 25, 2015A Hope-filled Tale Jonah 3:1-5, Matthew 12:38-41
Jan 18, 2015Ready...at last...maybe I Samuel 3:1-20, John 1:43-51
Jan 12, 2015When God Began... Genesis 1:1-5, 26-27
Jan 04, 2015Another Beginning John 1:1-18
Dec 24, 2014The Christmas Difference Luke 2:1-20
Dec 21, 2014You Promised Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Luke 1:26-38
Dec 14, 2014Rejoice! Luke 1:46b-55, I Thessalonians 5:16-24
Dec 07, 2014In the Dark Isaiah 40:1-11, 2 Peter 3:8-15
Oct 19, 2014What Do You Love About Your Church? Exodus 33:12-23, Matthew 22:15-22
Oct 12, 2014Joy Psalm 106:1-5, Philippians 4:1-9
Sep 28, 2014Happiness for a Lifetime Philippians 2:1-13, Matthew 21:23-32
Sep 21, 2014That's not Fair! Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16
Sep 14, 2014Extreme Forgiveness Exodus 14:19-31, Matthew 18:21-35
Sep 08, 2014Happy New [Church] Year! Exodus 14:19-31, Matthew 18:15-20
Aug 31, 2014Gratitude Multiplies Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
Aug 24, 2014Wake Up and Smell the Cat Food: Report from Work Camp Isaiah 58:6-12, Matthew 25:31-46
Aug 17, 2014Finding Our Brothers and Sisters Psalm 133, Genesis 45:1-15
Jul 20, 2014It's Complicated Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:3-8
Jul 20, 2014You Will Know Them by Their Fruits Dr. Mark Achtermeier, Address to General Assembly
Jul 20, 2014FAQ's about General Assembly Action on Marriage Covenant Network June 2014
Jul 13, 2014A Day of Rest Genesis 2:1-3, Mark 2:23-28
Jun 29, 2014Water Changes Everything Psalm 69:1-5, 13-15, Acts 8:26-39
Jun 22, 2014On Science and Faith Psalm 8, 1 Corinthians 4:1-2
Jun 08, 2014Renewable Energy Numbers 11:24-30, John 7:37-39 & 20:19-30
May 19, 2014On Gratitude Psalm 103:1-5, 19-21 Luke 17:11-19
May 11, 2014On Guardian Angels Psalm 91, Matthew 18:10-14
Apr 27, 2014The Humor of Christ Luke 6:39-42, Matthew 15:21-28, 23:23-26
Apr 13, 2014Song of Victory Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Matthew 21:1-11
Mar 16, 2014Walking Off the Map Genesis 12:1-4a, Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Mar 09, 2014Implicit Theology Psalm 85:8-13, Acts 8:26-35
Mar 04, 2014Penny Power Mark 12:41-44, 14:3-9
Feb 23, 2014Catching Faith Psalm 25: 1-10, James 1:22-27
Feb 16, 2014Ruling Elder Mariana Berbert Psalm 133, Ephesians 4:1-16
Feb 09, 2014The Gift of Wonder Psalm 139:17-18, Ecclesiastes 8:16-17, Matthew 28:16-20
Feb 02, 2014The State of the Church Psalm 122, 2 Corinthians 4:5-15
Jan 26, 2014Ruling Elders I Corinthians 12:4-11
Jan 20, 2014Servant Leadership Psalm 40:1-11, John 13:3-17
Jan 12, 2014Epiphany Isaiah 60:1-6, Ephesians 3:1-12
Jan 05, 2014Always New(s) Luke 7:36-43, Hebrews 13:7-10
Dec 22, 2013Wildcard Birth Isaiah 7:10-16, Matthew 1:18-25
Dec 15, 2013The Desert Shall Bloom Isaiah 35, Matthew 11:2-111
Nov 24, 2013Der Kostenloselebensmittelmitgebringenendefreigeber 2 Corinthians 9:8-12 Matthew 10:5-10
Nov 17, 2013Where to Put Your Heart Matthew 6:19-21, 25-34, Luke 12:32-34
Nov 10, 2013Empty the Vault John 10:7-17, Mark 11:1-11
Nov 03, 2013Moses, Michael Jordan, Vince Tornatore Exodus 18:13-24, I Corinthians 12:14-22 & 27
Oct 28, 2013Minute for Stewardship Greg Zillges
Oct 27, 2013Why Are We Here? Psalm 119:105, John 15:7-17
Oct 20, 2013Stewards of the Mysteries I Corinthians 3:18-4:1
Oct 06, 2013Lament...and Beyond Lamentations 1:1-6, John 11:1-16
Sep 15, 2013What Are You Going to Do About it? Ephesians 2:4-10, James 2:14-24
Aug 25, 2013Forgiveness Part 3 Matthew 18:15-22, John 20:19-23
Aug 11, 2013Astrobiology Jeremiah 10:11-16, Hebrews 11:1-3
May 19, 2013Confirmation Joshua 4:1-9, Luke 2:41-52
Mar 31, 2013I Have Seen the Lord! Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, John 20:1-18
Mar 17, 20135th and 6th Great Ends of the Church: The promotion of social righteousness and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world Isaiah 58:6-11, I John 3:13-24
Mar 10, 20134th Great End of the Church: The Preservation of the Truth Isaiah 45:18-19, John 14:17
Mar 03, 20133rd Great End of the Church: The Maintenance of Divine Worship Psalm 95:1-7a, I Corinthians 14:23-33
Feb 24, 20132nd Great End of the Church: The Shelter, Nurture and Spiritual Fellowship of the Children of God Deuteronomy 6:4-9, I John 1:1-4
Feb 17, 20131st Great End of the Church: The Proclamation of the Gospel for the Salvation of Humankind Isaiah 55:10-13, Romans 10:1-15
Dec 25, 2012The Sense of Wonder Luke 2:1-20
Oct 28, 2012Tell the Story, and Tell it Well Mark 8:34-38, John 15:9-16a
Sep 30, 2012Tell Your Story John 1:35-46, Acts 17:16-34
Sep 16, 2012Carol Joubert Farewell Psalm 1, II Corinthians 4:7-12
Jun 24, 2012Something New Under the Sun? Psalm 19:1-6, Ecclesiastes 1:1-10
Apr 29, 2012Some Meanings of the Atonement 2 Corinthians 5:13-21, 1 Peter 2:21-25
Apr 22, 2012On Friendship Psalm 133, John 15:9-18
Apr 08, 2012The End of the Story? Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24, Mark 16:1-8
Feb 12, 2012On Churches Disafilliating from the PC (U.S.A.) Acts 10:9-16 & 15:1-11
Jul 17, 2011Survery results July 17, 2011 Psalm 19:1-6, I Corinthians 15:39-41
Jul 10, 2011Survey Results July 10, 2011 Luke 12:38-42
Jul 10, 2011Sermon July 10, 2011 Deuteronomy 5:1-5, 12-15, Luke 10:38-42
Jul 03, 2011"Exceptionalism" Philippians 2:1-8
May 16, 2011Suggested titles for "Untitled" preached May 15, 2011 Exodus 12:37-39, Ephesians 3:7-13
May 15, 2011"Untitled" Exodus 12:37-39, Ephesians 3:7-13
Apr 24, 2011"Going Ahead" Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 27:66-28:10
Apr 18, 2011Turmoil
Jan 16, 2011On Amendment 10-A Leviticus 11:1-12, 19:19, Deuteronomy 5:17-18, Matthew 5:21-22 & 27-28 and Mark 7:14-23
Dec 24, 2010"The Spirit of Christmas Presents" Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-20
Jul 11, 2010"Scoundrels" 4th in Prodigal Son Series Luke 15:11-32, 16:1-9
Jul 04, 2010"Ceremonial Deism" Exodus 20:1-7 Mark 14:53-64
Jun 13, 2010"The Prodigal Son through Turkish Eyes" 3rd in Proidgal Son Series Luke 15
May 09, 2010"An Unfinished Parable" 2nd in Prodigal Son Series Luke 15
Apr 11, 2010"...and his brother" 1st in Prodigal Son Series Luke 15
Apr 19, 2009"Testimony-Countertestimony" Lamentations 3:1-20, 22-33
Apr 12, 2009"Laros-Λήρος" Luke 24:1-12 Isaiah 25:6-10a
Aug 17, 2008"Drawing the Line Between Church & State" Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:15-22