CM – Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp

Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp The Lord be with you. I’ll begin with a quote: “You don’t want the first time that they have to dig deep [to be] when they have to face one of our enemies.” Those are the words of Maj. Gen. Pete Johnson, the commander of theContinue reading “CM – Sermon for Lent IA: Jesus goes to Boot Camp”

CM – Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ The Lord be with you Bob Dylan once wrote: “Democracy don’t rule the world, you better get that in your head. This world is ruled by violence but I guess that’s better left unsaid…” One of the metaphors that the Bible uses about life in this ageContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Epiphany VI — Standing Firm in Christ”

CM – Sermon: Epiphany V — Three ways of walking in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany V — What is involved in walking in Christ? The Lord be with you. Health experts tell us there are many benefits to walking. Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise. It can be done almost anywhere and at any time. It is safer than other forms ofContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Epiphany V — Three ways of walking in Christ”

CM – Sermon Epiphany IV — Walking in Christ (Eph 4:1-7)

SERMON: Epiphany IV – Walking in Christ Ephesians 4:1-7 The Lord be with you. Let’s begin with a review. In approaching Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, I have encouraged us to follow observations from a devotional book I read long ago. Its author suggested that Ephesians shows us three postures that the one who trustsContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany IV — Walking in Christ (Eph 4:1-7)”

CM – Sermon Epiphany III: How to Pray for Our Friends in Christ

Sermon: Epiphany III – How to Pray for Our Friends in Christ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your innerContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany III: How to Pray for Our Friends in Christ”

CM – Sermon Epiphany II: Ephesians 2:1-10

SERMON: Epiphany II (Ephesians 2:1-10) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which GodContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany II: Ephesians 2:1-10”

CM – Sermon Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)

SERMON for Epiphany I (Ephesians 1:3-14) Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places… (Ephesians 1.3) • The Lord be with you. On our recent trip to Europe something I hadn’t anticipated happened. One day we took theContinue reading “CM – Sermon Epiphany I: In Christ (Eph. 1:3-14)”

CM – Sermon: Sit, Walk, and Stand — The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)

SERMON: Sit, Walk, and Stand – the 3 postures of the Christian (Ephesians) The Lord be with you. Today we are deviating from the church calendar in order to begin the Epiphany season. Epiphany is tomorrow, January 6. It is the time of the church year when we mark how Jesus brought light to ourContinue reading “CM – Sermon: Sit, Walk, and Stand — The Three Postures of the Christian (Ephesians)”

Sermon: The first family Christmas

Note from CM: We are on the road for a few days, so no Sunday sermon for this post. Here is the sermon I preached on Christmas Eve, giving a different perspective on what that first Christmas might have been like. • • • Sermon: Christmas Eve 2019 The first family Christmas The Lord beContinue reading “Sermon: The first family Christmas”

Sermon: Advent IV — How Silently, How Silently

Sermon: Advent 4A
 How Silently, How Silently (Matthew 1:18-25) The Lord be with you. Whereas the Gospel of Luke tells the story of Jesus’ birth from Mary’s perspective, Matthew tells it through the eyes of Joseph. Both of these accounts share common elements in describing what took place. Both testify that Jesus was to beContinue reading “Sermon: Advent IV — How Silently, How Silently”