Sermons from August 2020

Sermons from August 2020

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The Joy of Labor

The Joy of Labor                          13th Pentecost Psalm 105:1-6   August 30, 2020   Romans 12:9-21 Most of you know the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and how they disobeyed God and basically got kicked out of the Garden.  Eve was told that her punishment would be that her pains in childbirth were going to be increased, and Adam was now going to have to earn his food with hard labor.  His punishment is described like this: “Cursed is…
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Sent to Foreigners – A Slave Prince

Sent to Foreigners: A Slave/Prince                    12th Pentecost Exodus 1:8-2:10   Romans 12:1-8 When the kids were little, we used to watch a Disney movie called “The Sword in the Stone.”  Based on a novel by T. H. White called The Once and Future King, the story follows the life of a 12-year-old orphan known as Wart.  Wart stumbles into a relationship with the magician, Merlin, who becomes his tutor.  Now, England had fallen into a dark time because the king had died without…
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Sent to Foreigners – Joseph’s Brothers

August 16, 2020 Sent to Foreigners: Joseph’s Brothers              11th Pentecost Genesis 5:1-15   August 16, 2020   Matthew 15:21-28 My letters went to Curlew by accident.  I had moved from Seattle to Spokane to study counseling at Whitworth.  The secretary at my former church made a typographical error when publishing my new address in the church newsletter, and the ZIP Code was that of Curlew, WA, rather than northern Spokane.  As a result, the first several letters I received from folks in Seattle…
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Sent to Foreigners – Joseph

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b   Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Last week, I talked about our Family of Faith—a family that stretches back for thousands of years.  We have lots of characters in our family, some embarrassing events, and a number of miraculous events—but our Scriptures are full of this family history!  Today, I want to talk about an early event in the life of our family, one that shows how to put the FUN in dysFUNctional!  And I want to explore how God can use EVEN…

Empowered Despite Grief

Empowered Despite Grief                           9th Pentecost Psalm 17:1-7, 15   Matthew 14:13-21 Friends, you and I are one chapter in a l-o-n-g story—the story of God’s work in this world.  There have been some pretty embarrassing chapters about our spiritual ancestors—painfully recorded in Scripture.  And there have been some funny moments—like when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, and asked him to call him out of the boat and walk on water as well.  When he suddenly realized that he was walking on water, he started…