CS Lewis noted that there is something about us that desires a king. Take away the king and we will replace it with movie stars or sports heroes. You might say that as God’s creatures there is nobility in our blood, and like a eagle seeking flight, we seek a great ruler to lead us. The wonder of the Bible is its revelation of such a king. In this sermon for both young and old, we will wonder at the glory of our true king, Jesus.
Jay Slocum Preaching
This Sunday we will hear the testimony of David Sadd, who has joined Jonah’s Call as Worship Pastor."I am so honored and blessed to be invited to be the Worship Pastor for Jonah’s Call! As many of you know, my family were a part of Jonah’s Call some time ago and before that had the joy to do ministry with the Slocums in South Carolina. As you have probably seen, we are David and Emily, Elaina, Noah, Andrew, Molly and Margaret."
Jesus confronts the problem of spiritual blindness after healing a man of physical blindness. Are we sure we see things for what they really are? Or, can the teachings of Jesus open our eyes to see True Reality. Please join us and invite a friend.
In the Old Testament, the glory of God came both as a blinding light and a heavy weight of substance. God comes in glory and it is so intense, it must be hidden; by a cloud, a fire or a curtain. Isaiah, Moses, and all of Israel, tremble when God comes near. And, God says things like, “Take off your shoes” or “Do not touch the ark or you will die.” When Jesus transfigured (showed his glory) on a mountain with his friends, a NEW reality appears- glory comes to man through a man. It is a game changer. This week, we will look at the glory of God in the person of man. May we be amazed at this glory!
John 8:42-59My friend has a dog who will never leave the yard if left outside. The yard has no walls and the dog is not chained. Invisible to the eye, the dog is restrained by an electric fence. If my friend turned off the electric fence and shouted to his dog, "be free" she would not leave the yard. According to Jesus, we were all born into slavery, fenced in by an invisible evil and unaware that there are opportunities for freedom. John's Gospel declares that we are in darkness and unable to see the light. However, Jesus says in this Gospel that if we make Jesus our master, we will be free. He says things like, believe and be saved, you must be born again, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free, the sheep hears the shepherd's voice..., and if you follow me you will never walk in darkness. In John 8:42-59, Jesus gets really personal and says that we are either children of the Devil or children of God. And, if we are children of God, we are free! Join us this Sunday as we look at the ways in which the lies of the Devil enslave us and how we can live lives "beyond the electric fence" by following our true Master, Jesus Christ.
St. Augustine is perhaps most famous for pointing out that what we most love, we do most. A more common way of stating this is to say that we keep track of what we value most. If I value money or friendship, I will keep a record of this love. It is no wonder that we keep track of time. Time is a very valuable commodity and we prove our love for it by keeping calendars and checking our watches. Moreover, embedded in our time keeping is the time we keep with others. A sure sign that we love others will be expressed in the time we give them. Your time is valuable and so giving it to God, or a friend, or an enemy will be a sure indicator of your desire to show them love. In this sermon, we will reflect upon how the Gospel informs both the love God has for us and the love we show to God and others as we steward our time.
Curtis Grenier Preaching
John 20: 1-18
With beautiful colors and sounds that announce the resurrection of Jesus, we will celebrate Easter at the Homewood Chapel in Squirrel Hill. Please bring a bell to add to the joy!
This week's recording includes most of the service, we hope you enjoy all of the bell ringing and music!
Have you ever considered what it has taken for God to succeed in bringing His Church into existence? For sure when considering an answer, the average Christian is going to go to the cross and point out that the death of Christ is a staggering cost to bring the race from cosmic estrangement to being called the family of God. And for sure, we ought to go to the cross when considering the cost God had to pay to form His church. But going to the cross without considering the massive steps that lead to this world-changing event is kind of like attending the funeral of a man with 30 grand children and not recognizing that he was a married man with a family- something is missing.
When we trace the roots of the nation of Israel, from Abraham to Moses, from Joshua to the Judges, from Saul to David, from the Kings to the prophets, and from the exile to the birth of Christ laying in a manger, we get a rich view of salvation history that can help us to see how very tenacious the Living God is and the extent to which His love has spanned the centuries in order to secure a family. That makes the cross a wonder to behold and the empty tomb a staggering triumph.
Join us this Advent as we look back into the Bible to trace the promise of Jesus, The Righteous Branch
This Christmas Eve, Join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ as we celebrate with a dynamic service that will include traditional Christmas carols, candle lighting and readings from Luke’s Gospel. Followed by a delicious Christmas buffet. If you have friends or neighbors who have no Church home, please invite them to join us.
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