“Then he opened their minds to understand the scripture …”

Pastor Mark preaches on the importance of reading scripture and its urgency to the vitality of faith and vitality of church. Mark asks the question: "How will we have a conversation with Jesus, and how will he be able to interpret scripture for us, if we are not acquainted with it?"  The sermon text is Luke 24:36b-48. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“Now the whole group of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions . . . There was not a needy person among them.”

Is Easter like a first aid kit that we keep in the trunk of our cars in case we need it in an emergency?  Is our faith like that - kept in the trunk for the difficult times in life? But in the early church, their faith was no first aid kit in the trunk thing. Instead, the love that triumphed over death on Easter was triumphing in their lives every day. The sermon text is Acts 4:32-35. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“Do not be afraid … he is not here; for he has been raised as he said.”

What day is this? Is it Easter? Or is it April Fool's Day? On this day, the revelation that Christ has risen has made foolish the wisdom of the world and has turned into weakness the world's pretense of strength.  What a day this is! The sermon text is Matthew 28:1-10; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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Sometimes We Fail

Peter denied Jesus three times.  Does that mean he failed?  Does Jesus give up on him?  Is there nothing left for him to do in the Kingdom of God? The sermon text is Mark 14:27-29 & 66-72. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

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“…and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Pastor Mark talks about the graffiti of God - where God has promised to write upon the hearts of His people. God has written, "Mine" on our hearts; we belong to God. The sermon text is Jeremiah 31:31-34. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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How Do We Serve? A Reflection on the Loaves and Fishes

Pastor Jason uses the story of the feeding of the five thousand as a model for doing ministry in our community, both as individuals and as a church. This model has seven steps: (1) realization and compassion, (2) despair and doubt, (3) inventory and collaboration, (4) prayer, (5) generosity, (6) mutuality, and (7) count on God to work a miracle. The sermon text is Mark 8:1-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

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“…but to us who are being saved, (the cross) is the power of God.”

Pastor Mark talks about our inherent need to control: to control our lives, and to some extent the lives of others. But, as John Irving wrote, there are forces beyond our control that we don't have the faith to feel, and fail to believe in. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Corinth, writes of the power of God who takes matters out of our hands. Mark challenges us to believe in the power of God and to let go and let God. The sermon text is 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“ …a man possessed by an evil spirit came out…”

Using the story of Legion, Pastor Mark breaks the silence around mental illness and raises questions about how it is dealt with, or fails to be dealt with, in the Christian church. The sermon text is Mark 5:1-15. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“I am now setting up my covenant with you … and with every living thing…”

Pastor Mark tells the story of the covenant God made after the flood. Mark notes that the covenant is with all living creatures, not just humans. This has profound implications for our relationship with nature. On this first Sunday in Lent, Mark suggests that we not give up anything for Lent, but that instead we use this time to reconnect with God's creation. The sermon text is Genesis 9: 8-17. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“This is my son, whom I love. LISTEN TO HIM!”

Pastor Jason preaches on the story of the transfiguration. Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up to the mountain top and God speaks directly to the disciples, telling them to listen to Jesus. At this point in Jesus' ministry his focus changes; after this he focuses on going to Jerusalem and his impending crucifixion. To the disciples, following Jesus is suddenly not so promising. They are being asked to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Jesus. Whoever wants to save their life, will lose it, and whoever wants to save their life for the gospel, will save it. This is a tough message to hear. The sermon text is Mark 9:2-9; the reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

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