Sermon for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 16:21-28; Romans 12:9-21
No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. I will be with you, just as I was with Moses. I will not leave you or abandon you. – Joshua 1:5
As both a father and a pastor, there is this double-whammy coming this fall with school and church. Things were always doubled as we prepared as a family for the beginning of school, and had the work of figuring out what and how to do things as we prepared for the fall activities at church. Whether it was Sunday School, Bible studies, confirmation, men’s and women’s groups, fellowship times; there has always been an increased necessity for a futurist mindset as we got things underway. As a dad I live in a world with a senior who is trying to get her senior pictures done, apply to college, being recruited to swim, begin and finish school, find financial aid; plus an 8th grader who is trying to navigate a weird existence with a new way of doing school this year (Did I say that he is going into 8th grade??).
Reading Scripture is a fundamental part of our discipleship. It grows our ear to hear the Word of God, to tie Christ into the story of God in our midst as told through almost 4000 years of history, and to help us realize our need for such a Savior as he. The following is a lookback at a podcast from December 2019 in which I share about how I go about reading God's word each morning, plus sermons from Christmas as a nice little bonus. Enjoy!
Sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost - Matthew 14:22-33
"If it is you, command me to come to you upon the waters." - Matthew 14:28
It was January 2009 and Fulham were playing West Ham United and I was trying to figure out which football club was going to be mine. (I was told once that you don't pick a team, it picks you.) Paul Konchesky raised down the left from his fullback position and scored an amazing goal. That drew me in. It helped that Konchesky is bald (so am I), and they were playing in red socks (red is my favorite color).