"faith" Tagged Sermons

House of Cards

On April 15, 2019, the world watched in horror as the cathedral at Netre Dame burned. Estimates for rebuilding the cathedral are now approaching 2 billion dollars. The secular French government has committed to its reconstruction, “no matter the cost.” For many, Notre Dame and buildings like it stand as a representation of their religious traditions. For others, it is more about national pride and the cathedral’s history, art, and architecture. The deconstruction of such buildings is a tragedy affecting…

Bad Religion

The word “religion” stirs all kinds of emotions in us. They may be positive emotions associated with faith, traditions, and our connection with God. Or, they could be negative memories of manipulation, hypocrisy, or abuse. You might expect the Bible to offer a purely positive definition of “religion,” but in reality, the Bible offers more warnings about the dangers of religion than a positive defense of it. Join us for part three of Losing My Religion where we explore the…

The Holy Hand Grenade

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It is considered by many to be the foundation of two major world religions. It has been used by all kinds of people to justify all kinds of good and bad things done in the name of religion. But what if the Bible is not primarily a religious text, but a record of the failure of religion? What if the Bible is not the treasure, but merely the map pointing us…

Licking Cups

Recent surveys have revealed that a growing number of people no longer identify with any religion. They do not claim to be protestant or catholic, they are not affiliated with Islam or Hinduism, they simply claim no religious affiliation. They have come to be known as “nons.” If this group were its own religion, it would be the fastest growing in America. Jesus was a friend to the irreligious. He attracted the sinners and the tax collectors while the religious…

Destination

There are places we want to go and places we must go. We want to go on vacation; we must go to the dentist. We want to go to the movies or a sporting event; we must go to school or work. Whether it is a “want to” or a “must” go place, technology allows us to type in the destination and our phones will tell us how to get there. That’s exactly how many of us approach prayer. We…

Course Corrections

Mobile devices can warn drivers about everything from road debris to major highway construction. When activated and acted on, drivers can potentially save time by following the directions offered by their “smart” device. Then there are those people who assume their device is smarter than it actually is, and end up in a ditch off the side of a road. Unlike modern technology, however, God offers directions that, while they may not always make sense at the time, are sure…

Current Location

When you put an address into your favorite mapping software, you should get a clear picture of your desired destination, but if you want to go there, you’ll need to provide your current location. Fortunately (or maybe not), our “smart” devices frequently know where we are even when we do not! It’s difficult to chart a course if you do not know where you are beginning the journey. A journey to intimacy with God begins with an awareness of our…

Forever

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

Grace and Faith

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

The Church

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

God the Holy Spirit

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…

Jesus

In Chemistry, the periodic table is made up of 118 elements, everything from oxygen to Protactinim. While certain elements are essential to life in an abundant supply others are non-essential and are so rare they have only recently been discovered. Understanding the Christian faith can sometimes be compared to the periodic table; there are essential and non-essential elements. There are common beliefs held by a wide variety of Christians and there are those obscure interpretations that many Christians debate. Listen…
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