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August 13, 2017, The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Stretching our Faith
Genesis 37:1-4; 12-28
What starts as a family squabble turns into an inferno of bitterness when we read the account of Joseph’s life and the interaction he has with his jealous brothers. It’s important to see this story for what it is because it speaks to how we think about God and the the bad circumstances and harsh people He allows us to encounter that can actually serve as the occasion for the kind of growing faith that God want to see in us.
August 6, 2017
Scripture: Luke 9:28-36
Jesus' transfiguration reveals his true nature by showing us who he truly is. We can be genuine too by being transparent people. Transparency means that we let the light of Christ shine forth in us in the way that we love others. When we genuinely love with no strings attached we are being transparent.
July 30, 2017
The Immeasurable Worth of the Kingdom and our Response
Scripture: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52
God cares about people and so should the local church. In a culture where people are often used as a means to an end, the Christian focus and motivation for caring for people is kingdom-based. Christians are to be ambassadors of the Kingdom of Heaven because they are convinced not only of the immeasurable worth of the kingdom, but also of one of their most-important God-given roles; which is to be continually inviting others into this same eternal kingdom.
July 23, 2017
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God.
Scripture: Romans 8:14
The Rev. Rick Benson preaching and celebrating at St. Timothy's
July 16, 2017
Tuning Into God's Frequency
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
God cares for us deeply enough to show us a vision of what the Kingdom should look like in our lives. He wants us to seek after his Kingdom first and Jesus shows us that there can be varying responses to faith.
July 9, 2017 Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Text: Genesis 24:42-67
God led Abraham’s servant to a well where he met the maiden, Rebekah, that he had been asked to find for Abraham’s son Isaac. The interaction of each character in the story makes clear that each had a deep sense of knowing God. In fact, as we understand this story we can see that knowing God is what we are made for and is the chief aim we are to set for ourselves in life.
June 25 & July 2
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June 18, 2017
God's Timing is Perfect
Text: Romans 5:1-8
Olympic athletes train to outperform and it comes down to time measured in the hundredths of a second. Their timing and precision has to be perfect. Well, God's timing is even more perfect. While we were yet sinners, and at the right time Christ died, but not just for those that love him - even for those who wouldn't lift a finger for him. The radicalness of Jesus' love for us lies at the heart of the Gospel.
Image: of Olympic swimmer Katie Lydecki in 800M final of 2016 Olympics
June 11, 2017 - Trinity Sunday