You Are God’s Child. You Are God’s Gift to the World.

In this sermon, Pastor John begins by talking about how to see loss and change with the eyes of faith. Then he reminds us that we are God’s children. Further, each one of us is actually God’s gift to the world. Doesn’t that change your perspective on who you are and what your’re about?? Video […]

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Love over Rules

We, humans, love our rules. We like to measure and compare. After the 10 Commandments came over 600 other rules. Then came rules about the rules, called the Mishnah. Then came rulings about the rules about the rules, call the Gemarah. Jesus only used the word “command” once: “Love one another.” We want to tighten […]

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“I am the vine, you are the branches… abide in me” (sermon 2018APR29)

This sermon didn’t get recorded, so I did a Facebook live video in my office and then I posted it as a YouTube video and a  podcast. You’ll hear the switch story about moving into discipline. We’ll talk about what it means to “abide” in Christ. And we’ll spend a little time on meditation or […]

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Hearing the Voice of the Good Shepherd

Jesus said that he is the Good Shepherd. His sheep will hear his voice and follow him. Chew on that for a bit with pastor John. (BTW – This sermon is recorded at a home worship service, so the quality is a bit different.) Audio

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Choose Peace (and meet the couple who met Jesus face-to-face)

When Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, the first thing he said was, “Peace be with you.” This peace is for us, but we must make the choice to trust Jesus. Along the way in this sermon, you will get a new look at the couple walking along the road to Emmaus who […]

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How Thomas Wasted Seven Days – You Don’t Have To

Thomas, the apostle, had a very different week than the other apostles following the resurrection of Jesus. The other disciples were full of joy because Jesus was alive. Thomas refused to believe even though Jesus said he would be raised and all his associates gave their eyewitness account of seeing Jesus. Thomas spent a week […]

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The Resurrection Redefines Reality — Easter Sermon 2018

Science has shown us that our intuition about reality isn’t very reliable. Subatomic particles pop in and out of existence. Time and space are stretchy. Even something as common as a microwave oven is counter-intuitive. How can you make food hot without using heat? The resurrection of Jesus is counter-intuitive. We don’t expect people to […]

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Plots & Placebos – How Holy Week Rewrites the Story of our Lives

Placebos are fakes — fake pills, fake surgeries, fake acupuncture, fake athletic performance enhancers, etc. The thing about placebos, though, is that they change people. This is because a placebo is a story we tell ourselves about what’s going to happen. Then, in many cases, it happens even when there are no active ingredients in […]

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Expect Jesus to Make a Mess

Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers and drove the animals out of the temple courts. Jesus made a mess of the lives of people around him. And if you interact with Jesus, you can expect Jesus to make a mess inside of you, too. He loves you and accepts you just as […]

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You, Too, Can Be Satan
You Too Can Be Satan Sermon Image

At one point in their time together, Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan.” Pretty rough words! What happened? And what can we learn from it? Pastor John goes deep in this sermon, asking us to evaluate our own reasons for the things we do in the lives of those we care […]

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