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'Lent' Tagged Sermons

Journey to the Cross: The Great Party

Y’all one of the things Jesus made clear through His ministry and through parables like this one is that God’s amazing and eternal party is going to include a whole bunch of people who wouldn’t get let in if the decision was made by the religious leaders of this world…or, well, any person.  Because the criteria for “getting in” has nothing to do with the ways of this world but has everything to do with the ways of God.

Journey to the Cross: A Triumph of Grace

As one of the last teachings of His earthly ministry, Jesus told this seemingly absurd tale of a landowner who paid every worker the same – regardless of how long or how hard each worked.  And Jesus told us that God’s kingdom is like this. We all receive the same grace…which means none receive more or less than others…and THIS is what true fairness and justice looks like.

Who Will You Choose?

I believe God discovered that people’s hearts were so stuck that they were going to make the wrong choice.  And, God being God, God figured out a way to work with THAT. God figured out a way to work with the most horrible, awful choice people could make.  God figured out a way to work with Jesus’ crucifixion. God figured out a way to turn worldly sin into Godly victory. That’s what I believe. And…God can STILL do that….regardless of what we choose.

Interruptions

I started the sermon by talking about the character Dug from the animated movie “Up”. And Dug had this way of stopping the important stuff to chase after squirrels. I’ll bet there are some Christians out there, maybe even in HERE, who think of taking the time and effort to share love with and be present with the seemingly most unworthy people is akin to chasing after squirrels. But in my reading of the scriptures, in my reading of the life and ministry of Jesus, it’s pretty much everything ELSE that is akin to chasing after squirrels. It’s pretty much everything ELSE that comprises the interruptions.

Love Your Neighbor

When I read Jesus’ greatest commandment, I hear Jesus saying we’re supposed to love God, we’re supposed to BE church, not exclusively or even mostly by gathering together for Sunday worship but MOSTLY but loving other people with actions that HELP them…the way Jesus spent his ministry loving people by helping them. So…First Christian Church, what can we do to love our neighbor?

But to Serve

Maybe I’m thinking too big. Maybe what Jesus wants is for us to stay in our houses of worship, talking to each other, and leaving everybody out there to fend for themselves. Maybe, but I don’t think so. Actually, I’m pretty sure those big dreams and visions I have about the way it could be – even just here, in Grand Junction – are more in line with what Jesus meant when he said:

Tempted to Forget

My friends, today is Palm Sunday. It is the day we have shouted Hosanna’s with the crowd. It is the beginning of the Holiest Week of the year for us. But it is also the day we remember that the crowd FORGOT. It is my hope and prayer for you that you will not give into that same temptation…so that the highs of your experiences with the ever-living Christ will not be confined to once a week or once a year or even a few times in your life but will rather become a constant in your life.

Tempted to Keep Jesus a Secret

Folks, all around us, as in the time of Moses, people are dying. Literally, everyone dies. Metaphorically, people are dying to the ways of this world long before their earthly bodies give out. Just as the people of Moses’ time had to gaze upon the serpent if they wanted to live, people of our time must gaze upon Christ, must look up to Him and experience Him and make a decision to follow Him, in order that they might have the new life God offers through Him. Will you give them a chance to see Christ? Will you help them look up?