August 1, 2020 - September 30, 2023
Sermons in Pentecost
September 30, 2023
Sermon Date: October 1, 2023
Ezekiel 18:30-32, 36:22-32:
"30 Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so, turn, and live."
"22 Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. 23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. 24 I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. 25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. 28 You shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29 And I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. And I will summon the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine upon you. 30 I will make the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field abundant, that you may never again suffer the disgrace of famine among the nations. 31 Then you will remember your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves for your iniquities and your abominations. 32 It is not for your sake that I will act, declares the Lord God; let that be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your ways, O house of Israel."
Philippians 2:1-4, 14-16:
"1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."
14 Do all things without grumbling or questioning, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labour in vain."
September 23, 2023
Sermon Date: September 24, 2023
After 40 years in ministry, including Seminary training, and listening to and speaking with innumerable persons struggling with life's tragedies and in life celebrations, I have compiled an imaginary conversation with God.
September 16, 2023
Sermon Date: September 10, 2023
"21 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22 Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: But, Until seventy times seven. 23 Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 24 And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 27 Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 28 But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 29 And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 30 And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33 shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee? 34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 35 So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."
September 2, 2023
Sermon Date: September 3, 2023
"24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?"
Romans 12:1-2, 9-16:
"1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
"9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight."
August 26, 2023
Sermon Date: August 27, 2023
Matthew 16:13-18 ( Expanded Bible):
"13 When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi [C 25 miles north of Lake Galilee near Mount Hermon], he asked his followers [disciples], 'Who do people say the Son of Man is?' 14 They answered, 'Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah [C some Jews expected Elijah to return in the end times; Malachi. 4:5], and still others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets [Deuteronomy 18:15].' 15 Then Jesus asked them, 'And [But] who do you say I am?' 16 Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.' 17 Jesus answered, 'You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because no person taught you that [ flesh and blood did not reveal this to you] [ But; Rather] My Father in heaven showed you who I am [revealed it]. 18 So I tell you, you are Peter [ the Greek petros, like the Aramaic Cephas, means "rock" or "stone"]. On this rock I will build my church, and the power of death [gates of Hades/the underworld] will not be able to defeat [overpower; conquer; prevail against] it."
A Rocky Metaphor of Life (Pastor Mike)
"We see the top of rocks but not the bottom; settled and embedded. We see where the winds of life have weathered those tops over the years. We see where the rivers of life have washed over them, somewhat battered and pitted. We see them tumbled and scuffed by life experiences, hardened by storms and gales. We see where the Rock of Life Jesus, comes into human contact among us and rolls alongside in the journey; leading and guiding through mountain tops and deep valleys crossing the shadowlands into the light. Maybe you're old enough to understand how this works, but maybe you’re just starting out. Maybe you can have compassion for those whose lives aren't smooth but are jagged, coarse, sharp, and rough. Maybe you see those who aren't gems but just scraggly rocks, who need the compassionate yet firm hand of a stone-cutter to shape and perfect those rocks into something new, not yet seen or imagined. Maybe you are those stones, those rocks, fragile, crumbly, loose, and sliding, encrusted and hiding within a beauty yet to be revealed by the Master Stone-Cutter’s Word, the chisel in His hand."
August 19, 2023
Sermon Date: August 20, 2023
"21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.' 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and begged him, saying, 'Send her away, for she is crying out after us.' 24 He answered, 'I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.' 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, 'Lord, help me.' 26 And he answered, 'It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.' 27 She said, 'Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.' 28 Then Jesus answered her, 'O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.' And her daughter was healed instantly." Galatians 5:19-23:
"19 What human nature does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; 20 in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; 21 they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God. 22 But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 humility, and self-control. There is no law against such things as these."
August 5, 2023
Sermon Date: August 6, 2023
"13 Jesus … withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children."
July 29, 2023
Sermon Date: July 30, 2023
Matthew 13:51-52 ( Expanded Bible):
"51 Jesus asked his ·followers [disciples], “Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” 52 Then Jesus said to them, “So every ·teacher of the law [scribe] who has been taught about [become a disciple of] the kingdom of heaven is like the owner [head] of a house. He brings out both new things and old things ·he has saved [from his treasure/storeroom; knowledge of the Old Testament provides insight into Jesus’ “new” message of the kingdom of God]."
This question is meant for us too. Have we understood all that Jesus has spoken about the kingdom of heaven? Psalm 119:73:
"Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments." Psalm 119:104:
"Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way." Psalm 119:130:
"The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple." Psalm 119:144:
"Your testimonies are righteous for ever; give me understanding that I may live." Proverbs 14:29:
"Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly." 1 John 5:20:
"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life." Colossians 1:9:
"And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding," Ephesians 4:18:
"They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart." 1 Thessalonians 2:13:
"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers." 2 Thessalonians 3:2:
"... and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith." 2 Peter 1:20-21:
"First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."
July 22, 2023
Sermon Date: July 23, 2023
"18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; 20 for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; 23 and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
2 Corinthians 5:17-20:
"17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."