“…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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If you love me …”

Pastor Mark comments on the federal administration's new proposal for the federal budget and its impact on the poor in light of Jesus' teachings about love. The sermon texts are John 14:15-21 and Colossians 1:15-20. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

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“Come follow me”, Jesus said …

Using the image of a labyrinth, Pastor Mark traces the highs and lows of our faith journey as we follow Jesus. The sermon text is Mark 1:14-20. The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast. The Rev. Mark Clinger preaching.

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Rest for the Weary

How do we find rest from the stresses and strains of modern life?  Julia Mueller, guest preacher, talks about the need for rest and renewal and offers some suggestions for how to find it. The sermon text is Matthew 11:28-30.  The reading of the scripture is included in the podcast.

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“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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