“…knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us …”

Pastor Mark preaches on suffering as portrayed by the apostle Paul. Paul teaches us that suffering produces endurance and that endurance produces character. Because of our suffering, will we become bitter, or better?  And character produces hope. Our faith holds that in the mystery of God's love we find hope. The sermon text is Romans 5:1-8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them …”

Pastor Mark preaches on the majesty of God's creation and what it means for humans to have dominion over it; two different definitions of dominion lead to very different environmental consequences. The sermon text is Psalm 8. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.”

What makes a church a church? The story of Pentecost provides an answer: When the day of Pentecost had come, the disciples were all together in one place, but Pastor Mark declares that they were not a church; two matters were missing.  Then God's spirit intervened and set their souls ablaze, transforming them, empowering them, and giving them a sense of mission. And they were a church. The sermon text is Acts 2:1-21. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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