Weddings are expensive. If you've ever planned one, or been a part of the planning process, you know that you have a lot invested in this event! When people don't show after they said they would, it's hard to fathom their reply. The Kingdom of Heaven is no different. But rejoice that you are invited.
Sermon Index – Rev. Benjamin Delin
We don't like authority. It makes us feel small, unimportant or just frustrated. These concerns can lead to large faith issues when it comes to trusting the One who hold all authority in heaven and on earth.
There have been many conversations in the public square that keep the idea of "fairness" ever present in front of us. Prayfully we'll be able to keep perspective and relate to the world with compassion where life certainly isn't fair.
What does a simple discussion about food have to do with Christ's judgement seat? God has woven together the details of our daily life with His eternal rule.
It's rare that we have such a close comparison between America and 1st, 2nd and 3rd century Rome. In this sense we have much to think about in our need for a Good Shepherd who calls us to live as citizens of two kingdoms.
Paul's list is overwhelming for us. What are we supposed to do with this list of God's desires for us? What does it realistically look like for us to live in this way?
What does it mean to be a "living sacrifice"? That isn't a question that usually makes us excited to answer because we know what kind of sacrifice Jesus made for us. But you may be surprised what it means to be a servant of God.
If we look too closely at the details of this passage we may have difficulty understanding Paul's greater goal and vision of God's mission. Consider stepping back from the text to view, from a distance, the image that God is bringing you by means of Paul's letter to the Romans.
The nails were not the only thing that held Jesus to the cross.. What held Him to the cross, he now gives to you...purpose. By means of the love of God, He now wraps you with His purpose to take His Good News to the ends of the earth. Go!
It isn't always easy, it isn't always fun, but we are called to live a life of paradox. A life that acknowledges suffering while also living in hope.
We live in a world of paradox between suffering and glory. We do not only see one side, but live in the reality of both. We are "awkwardly positioned between the sufferings of this present world and the glory yet to be revealed." For this reason, we have hope.
We are children of God. This short sentence should surprised you. To call God "Abba Father" is something so bold that is should scare us.
God works our little stories into His greater story. It's amazing how our simple stories are invited to join God's greater story.
We often separate Christ's resurrection from the other times that He demonstrates his power over death.
It can be hard for us to make the concrete connection between Jesus' salvific work for us and how we live in the shadow of that light. Prayerfully this image will help.
Today we start a sermon series on Romans that will last 12 weeks. It is based on one that Seminary professor Dr. David Schmitt wrote and used with his permission. The themes and photographs are his illustrations that we'll be using for our benefit during this summer season on Pentecost.
Feelings that you're unqualified to be a disciple or fear of what the job will entail are common reactions when you learn of what God would like you to do in His name. This is why worship and Bible study are so significant for us as disciples. We come to know what is expected of us and how to faithfully do the work that God has given to us. Go in peace. Serve the Lord.
Pentecost is an easy day to get excited about...and just as easy to be confused by it. The grand opening of the Church is ushered in by many exciting and extreme circumstance, to which have not been repeated.
If we're asking the wrong questions about Christmas we will undoubtedly come to the wrong answer. Genesis 3:15 is the first promise of the Gospel that God will send a savior to restore creation. But who is this person? And when will they come? And now you're ready to hear the Good News that comes at Christmas.
"Where is the best place to remember your family members who have died in the faith? As your going to communion. You are closer to them spiritually than you ever were in this life." The sacrament is the heart of our religion. Communion is an All Saints' benefit.
In a world of participation trophies it is easy to get sucked into thinking that we should receive equal praise for our work in the Kingdom of God. But Jesus has a humility reminder for His Apostles that we definitely need to hear.