Alive in Christ - Spirit Filled

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Sermon Text: John 14:23-29

I wonder if anyone here remembers that last time that you got a personal letter. I have gotten some nice cards with short messages on them in recent weeks, and those little cards are always a welcome interruption in the steady stream of junk mail, but I don’t know for sure when I last got a real handwritten, multi-page letter that contained news or a story about a friend’s life or their thoughts on some subject that they wanted to share about. I’m thinking it was probably sometime in the early 2000’s while I was in seminary in CA. I know for sure that I wrote and received lots of letters during the years between Jr. high and the year after my graduation from college, but in the early 2000’s when email was big and cell phones were becoming even bigger, my letter writing and receiving days began to drop off drastically and I’m sure your experience is similar…See full sermon here

Two Ways to Live

Sermon Text: Genesis 17:1-8, 15-16  Romans 4:13-25   

There are two ways to live, according to Paul. One way is to live by the law. This is the merit system. You obey the commandments and receive salvation as a reward for good behavior. God’s commandments are good things, life-giving and life-protecting things: “Do not kill, do not steal, do not commit adultery, do not bear false witness, do not covet,” and especially the commandments to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength” and “love your neighbor as yourself.”...Read full sermon here