“…who though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant…”

Pastor Mark compares and contrasts the story of Buddha with that of Jesus. Gautama Buddha was born into a royal family and was protected from seeing the suffering in the world. But one day he saw a poor beggar, and Buddha forsake his royal upbringing and took the life of a beggar to find the cause of suffering. Jesus chose to be born into a poor family to become a servant. The stories are so similar, but also very different; Buddha's father kept his son in an insular life so that he would not experience suffering, while Jesus' father was alert to the suffering of humanity from the beginning of time. Mark goes on to use this story to illustrate the apostle Paul's exhortation of letting the mind of Christ be in you. The sermon text is Philippians 2:1-13. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“Should you not have mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?”

Pastor Mark preaches on the parable of the servant who was forgiven his debts by the master, but refused to forgive the debt owed him by a fellow servant. Do you see yourself in this story? Which servant are you? The sermon text is Matthew 18:21-35. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“Allow the children to come to me …”

The disciples asked themselves, "What are we going to do about those children?"  Do you ask the same question?  Pastor Mark preaches on the story of Jesus rebuking the disciples when they tried to stop parents from bringing their children to be touched by Jesus. The sermon text is Mark 10:13-16. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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“If any want to become followers, let them … take up their cross and follow me.”

How many steps have you taken today? Jesus told us to pick up our cross and follow Him. Pastor Mark discusses taking steps in following Jesus; he calls these "cross steps" - steps beyond gentle waters, steps that lead to authentic love. The sermon text is Matthew 16:21-28. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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