Sneaky Grace

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Thanks for joining us again this week. I usually say when we are in a sermon series that we are “on a journey.” Well this time it is overly intentional. The series is the Journey of Grace. We are discovering how discipleship isn’t a math problem to be solved, but rather a trail to be … Continue reading Sneaky Grace

The Journey of Grace – The Compelling Invitation

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I'm going to start this new sermon series by addressing some criticism. It’s not personal to me or to our church, but rather criticism some folks have about the Christian Faith and Christian churches. The top criticism not believers and non-church goers have about church is that it’s filled with hypocrites. We hear this frequently, … Continue reading The Journey of Grace – The Compelling Invitation

UnComfortable: The Sins of the Father

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A Series on topics we'd rather not talk about. I’ve titled today’s message “The Sins of the Father.” Today we will look at several verses in the Bible that address this concept. Here’s something uncomfortable to start with: a cursory reading of them might lead you to believe they contradict one another. Where one insinuates … Continue reading UnComfortable: The Sins of the Father

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UnComfortable: “That is what some of you were”

A series discussing topics that we'd rather not. Uncomfortable topics. Out of all of them, today is one I am probably least comfortable with. Perhaps you are in the same boat. You know about this topic, you have beliefs about this topic, and perhaps you wouldn’t mind discussing it…but not in a church setting. That … Continue reading UnComfortable: “That is what some of you were”

UnComfortable: Port Authority

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I’m going to decide that the length of my shoe = 1 Foot, because ya know it’s 1 foot. One of my feet at least. This is not a standard that everyone can measure by. Some people have smaller feet and others, longer feet. If we determined the length of our church sanctuary using that form of measurement, using our own feet as the measurement for “1 foot,” we’d all come up with something different. This is an illustration of our world today. For many people, Truth is not absolute. There is no standard. No consistent measurement. And this is the problem. It was Pilate’s problem.

Proverbs 28 – Cloudy with a chance…

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“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty.”Proverbs‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Have you ever seen the movie, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs?" It's about a young inventor who tries to use science to make it rain food. It sounds silly and of course … Continue reading Proverbs 28 – Cloudy with a chance…

Proverbs 29 – Justice For All?

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“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.”Proverbs‬ ‭29:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬ For me this seems like a verse that can easily translate into our life. A Leader (king) who actually enforces the laws, supporting justice: all of that gives the area over which they lead - … Continue reading Proverbs 29 – Justice For All?

Proverbs 26 – Smooth Lips Make Bad Pottery

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“Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware are fervent lips with an evil heart.”Proverbs‬ ‭26:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ There is an ancient Japanese art of repairing old pottery by infusing it with liquid gold. It’s called kintsugi. What is described here in proverbs 26:23 sounds like the opposite. Instead of the pure metal being added to … Continue reading Proverbs 26 – Smooth Lips Make Bad Pottery

Proverbs 18 – I Know Just How you feel…

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“To answer before listening— that is folly and shame.”Proverbs‬ ‭18:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Have you ever started sharing something personal to some one, they jump in with some sort of quip that appears to be empathetic in nature? “I know just how you feel!” And then they go one about their experiences and such. Did you find … Continue reading Proverbs 18 – I Know Just How you feel…

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Proverbs 15 – He Sees You When You’re Sleeping…

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.Proverbs 15:3 Did you ever wonder why people believe St. Nicolas could "see you when you're sleeping," and "knows when you're awake?" It is really the next line that takes the cake: "he knows if you've been bad or good." This is a god-like … Continue reading Proverbs 15 – He Sees You When You’re Sleeping…

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Proverbs 14 – Different kind of work

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.”Proverbs‬ ‭14:23‬ ‭NIV‬‬ I work two jobs. One, I am a Pastor. I write sermons every week, plan Sunday worship service, connect with my church folks. The other, I work in a grocery store. I’ve had several roles in the store: barista, grocery … Continue reading Proverbs 14 – Different kind of work

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Proverbs 8 – Wisdom and wealth

Choose my instruction instead of silver,    knowledge rather than choice gold,for wisdom is more precious than rubies,    and nothing you desire can compare with her.Proverbs 8:10-11 NIV "I wish I had a million dollars!" Have you ever said this phrase before? Heard someone else say it? The pessimist in me thinks, "but after you get that money, taxes … Continue reading Proverbs 8 – Wisdom and wealth

The Problem with Beacons

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Genesis 11:1-11 (This message originally presented and recorded on Sunday, July 3rd 2022.) Independence day weekend! Traditionally, we’d hear a message on the topic of freedom, independence, or justice. We might recount the wars and the biblical tie-ins to their call to arms. We could talk about the Constitution and the bill of rights. Identifying … Continue reading The Problem with Beacons

Sowing Doubt for Fun and Profit

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Sowing doubt is a classic thing to get a person to reconsider what they believe or trust in. We will look at two stories of temptation or “testing” in the bible and address the fake news used to sow doubt. We will also discuss how we might be able to respond when someone tries sowing doubt in our heart. And the trouble is that the enemy will unusually use just enough truth in the lie to make it believable.

Risen from the Dead

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An Easter Sunday Message - To listen to the audio recording, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom. Today is the Sunday we Historically set aside to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The Son of God. The Messiah. If you were expecting colorful plastic eggs and fluffy bunnies, that’s just misinformation. Just as … Continue reading Risen from the Dead

“Who is Jesus? Well, I’m not a Theologian…”

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A Palm Sunday Message Today is the day in Christianity where we celebrate when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, people laid down their coats and palm branches, and shouts of praise echoed in the streets of the city where the Temple of God resided. In Christian tradition, the observance of this celebration, a … Continue reading “Who is Jesus? Well, I’m not a Theologian…”

Doing What We’re Not Used To

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This is the final message from the "PRAY" series about the Church of the Nazarene's missional impact and the various prayers and praises from these world regions. This message is about USA/Canada Region and the Mesoamerica Region and how, much like the story of Naaman in 1 Kings, these two regions did things they were … Continue reading Doing What We’re Not Used To

PRAY – What God Can Do With a Boat

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Water. It’s powerful. It’s dangerous. It’s lifegiving. As we talked a few weeks ago, many missionary works in the world begin by meeting the basic need for clean drinking water for the people group being reached. Water can refresh you if you drink it, shock you awake if you are slashed with it. Kill you … Continue reading PRAY – What God Can Do With a Boat

Lent – What God Can Do with Open Hands

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This message was part of the Mid-week community Lenten series "Open My Life Lord" hosted by the Vernon Community Ministerial Association. I’m Pastor Matt Angell from the Church of the Nazarene. I’ve titled the following message, “What God Can Do with Open Hands.” Over the next few moments together, we are going to look at … Continue reading Lent – What God Can Do with Open Hands