God Is the God Who Calms the Storm (Except When God Doesn’t)

When horrible things happen in the world, we have a tendency to get mad at God and blame him for letting it happen. Pastor Jason discusses this and notes that God created the beautiful, but dangerous world that we live in. Would we want to live in a world with no danger? God also gave us the freedom to make choices, and sometimes we make some really bad choices. As a price for this freedom, we have to live with the consequences of our bad choices. Did God create this world and then go off and leave it alone, or is he still active in the world? Our faith asserts that God is still active in the world, working through us when we choose to work to reduce the suffering and to bring healing, to show others that we care. The sermon text is Psalm 65:5-13. The Rev. Jason Mack preaching.

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“…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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