“Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus.”

Three days after Jesus' crucifixion, two of Jesus' followers are walking along the road to Emmaus. It is seven miles from Jerusalem to Emmaus and it is all downhill. Jesus joins them, but they don't recognize him until they stop for the night and Jesus breaks bread with them.  How often do we travel the journey of life with Jesus accompanying us, and we don't recognize him?  When we experience disappointment in life and things seem to be heading downhill, how often do we fail to recognize Jesus accompanying us and offering comfort? What opens our eyes to the awesome God? Did you get a glimpse of Jesus, like the two on the road to Emmanus? The sermon text is Luke 24:13-35.  The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ”

Pastor Mark preaches on the "doubting Thomas" who sticks his hand in Jesus' spear wound and feels the very pulse of God and discovers that hope is still alive and beating. This story reveals to us the character of the Christian church. Ours is a living hope sustaining us and enabling us to give witness to the world of that living hope. The sermon texts are John 20:19-31 and 1 Peter 1:3-9. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.  The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“… and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

Is Truth Dead?  Time Magazine posed this question on one of its covers recently. Pastor Mark answers, "Yes!".  He claims that truth died on a hill near Jerusalem at about 3 p.m. on Good Friday.  But when lies and dishonesty danced to celebrate their victory, God said, "Wait a moment, I am not yet done." Come Sunday, God made his move and truth re-emerged. Lies do not have the final word; the final word belongs always to Jesus. The apostle Paul asserts that we have already been raised with Christ; the death of truth has no dominion over us. The sermon text is Matthew 28:1-10 and Colossians 3:1-4. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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Th King Who Rode a Donkey

Kings do their victory ride on stallions, but Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Did the people and the Romans get the joke?  Our guest preacher, Shane Claiborne, provides the biblical context for Palm Sunday and some contemporary examples of the Church telling truth to power. The  sermon text is Matthew 21:1-11. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

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“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.”

Pastor Mark talks about the role of the heart, in contrast to the brain, as the organ to which God relates in matters of faith. The psalmist asks God to create in him a clean heart. The prophets say that God will write the law upon our hearts. The sermon text is Psalm 51:1-12. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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