Sermons on Living our Faith

Super Glue for Marriage

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. The excitement of young married couples is contagious. They speak in such glowing terms about each other. “How could I not love her silly little giggle?” “Picking up after him won’t be a problem for me!” Unfortunately, that only continues for half of the couples in our country with a divorce rate of 50%. What happened? It starts small, but over time it grows into conflict. Every marriage experiences it. Where there…

Be A Salty Disciple

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. A surgeon may need to go to extreme measures to save a person’s life. If a part of the body has a life-threatening infection it endangers the whole body. The surgeon would need to remove the infected part to save the person’s life. Join us to understand why Jesus would use that same picture in Mark’s Gospel.

Discipleship

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. At most wedding receptions, toasts are made to the bride and groom from several well-wishers. It usually begins with a short(?) speech for the newlyweds, and then ends when the guests are asked to “raise their glass” to celebrate the couple and wish them well. One of our lessons this weekend at St. Paul’s is Psalm 116. In verse 13 the psalmist says: “I will lift up the cup of salvation and…

Who is the greatest?

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. Sermon Text: Mark 9:30-37 Muhammad Ali boasted, “I am the greatest!” In almost every sport there is discussion about the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time). Our society is obsessed with coming in first and seeking recognition for yourself. In our lesson this weekend, Jesus explains that greatness is about being last and serving others. That didn’t line up with his disciples’ viewpoint. What about being first and being served by others? That’s…

A Time to Pause

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. Sermon Text: Mark 7:31-37 This weekend, America pauses to remember what happened 20 years ago. We will remember what happened on 9/11 with a special prayer and hymn at St. Paul’s. 20 years have passed, but the memories are fresh in the minds of those old enough to remember. This weekend, St. Paul’s pauses to remember what happened 125 years ago. The founders of this congregation recognized the need for Christian education…

A Bloody Sword

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. There is a huge difference when you are on the receiving end of somebody doing something for you because they “have to,” or because they “want to.” We know and confess that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of whole world. Since you live in this world, that means Jesus died for you. Did he “have to” die for you, or did he “want to” die for you? It…

Spiritual Olympics

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. Sermon Text:1 Corinthians 9:24-27 We know him best as the “Apostle” Paul, but we could certainly call him “Coach,” as well. In 1 Corinthians 9 he says: “Run in such a way as to get the prize.” He’s coaching us, as Christians, to train, like an Olympic athlete going after the prize. (During Paul’s time, the winner’s “prize” would have been a laurel wreath. Today, it is a gold medal.) As the…

Jesus Stops By

You can also watch on our Vimeo page. Sermon Text:Luke 10:38-42 What would you do if Jesus dropped by your house? Would you race around the house and tidy things up, then head to the kitchen to prepare a meal? You would because this is Jesus! You’d want everything to be just right for him. But that doesn’t leave much time to visit with him. Or, because this is Jesus, and you’d want to spend every moment with him ……