Sermons on Epiphany

Heaven’s Secret Weapon

Mark’s gospel documents Jesus bringing healing and good news in the face of the forces of evil. After a very full day, Jesus felt overwhelmed. What next? Jesus went off to pray. He made time for prayer. Are you feeling overwhelmed? It can be difficult in our busy lives to make time for prayer–but if…

Teaching with Authority

Remember getting ready for the first day of school… thinking about what kind of teacher we would want? A teacher who knows their stuff, and teaches with authority! Jesus cast out demons with authority–this made the disciples’ first day of school exciting! May we be filled with this same excitement for His word and His…

Go Fish!

Ever played go fish? Holding on to your cards is the goal. You don’t know what you’ll get in the card game – skill patience and faith are required. Jesus asked the disciples to fishing for people instead of fish–what a concept! Simon Peter and Andrew left their boats to fish for people. They did…

Loving Your Enemies

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” Matthew 5:44 We are commanded to love not just our neighbors, but our enemies as well. We may not succeed all the time, but we have to try and ask for help when we fall short. Spreading God’s love to…

Living the sequel…

When we think of movies with sequels, we need to look at the entire series to gain the proper perspective. Our reading of Matthew today may seem like a sequel, but it is part of the whole. We’ve seen the sequel of the Sermon on the Mount and we know that we are free from…

‘Super’ Righteousness

Matthew discusses the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, and how we must exceed their level if we hope to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is a pretty high bar. How can we ever hope to do this? Thanks to Christ we are children of God, and we receive His perfect righteousness. Thanks to…

Next One Up

The arrest of John the Baptist marked the beginning of the end of John’s ministry. Jesus stepped up and delivered God’s word bringing the light to a people in darkness. May we, like Jesus, be ready to be the ‘next one up’ when we are needed and called to serve!

Something to Behold

The readings for today are: Isaiah 49:1–7  1 Corinthians 1:1–9 John 1:29–42a         What do we see in a picture? It can be a highly individual perception. John saw Jesus the lamb and the spirit as a dove when Jesus was baptized. This picture was a signal to John – that Jesus would baptize with the…