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Faith Ain't for Sissies-SERMON

The Gospel gets real about the cost of a discipleship that challenges the values and tactics of the prevailing religious and political systems. Gosh, aren't we glad we don't have that problem anymore? Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on June 25, 2017 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Honorable Work - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

The letter from Peter tells Christians to do honorable work, not so that they will be honored, but so that unbelievers will see it and give glory to God. What kind of work would that be? Jesus sent his disciples to heal the sick, raise the dead, and throw out demons. That sounds extreme, but maybe that can also be as simple as filling a single mom's fridge with food. Listen to the sermon…

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Added by Becky on June 18, 2017 at 4:11pm — No Comments

Quantum Trinitarian Dancing - SERMON

I've read Quantum Physics for Dummies, which makes me just knowledgeable enough to admit I don't know much about the subject at all. That didn't stop me from trying to bridge the science/faith gap on Sunday using my low-level understanding of physics and my better-than-average learning in theology. Listen to the sermon here or read it …

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Added by Becky on June 11, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

What's the Use? - SERMON

In our utilitarian culture, when we can no longer justify the room we take up on this planet by being useful, what's the use of existing? This fear of being useless and worthless is behind a lot of depression and despair, especially among the elderly. Yet, God created us out of God's very breath as human beings, not human doings or human doings. Maybe the only thing we ever need to do to delight the Holy Spirit is Just. Breathe. Listen to the sermon…

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Added by Becky on June 4, 2017 at 6:54pm — No Comments

Don't Talk About It - SERMON

Life makes us anxious. We dread what MIGHT happen and sometimes go to great lengths to avoid even thinking about it. Yet, in other ways, we almost invite this fear into our lives because we fixate on what is bad and wrong in the world, getting caught up in political dramas and world events beyond our control.  To CALM DOWN and find a peaceful center, we need to learn from Paul and the other apostles: Focus on what is good, and give thanks for it.

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Added by Becky on May 28, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Cross and the Companion - SERMON

I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU ORPHANED. There is a health epidemic in America: people who feel lonely, abandoned. The antidote is the Cross. The true power of the Cross is that, through the presence of the Companion, the Spirit of Truth, we are intimately and eternally connected with the divine, with each other, and with ourselves. We are never alone. Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on May 21, 2017 at 4:58pm — 1 Comment

Cornerstones - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

If the cornerstone is strong and straight, even and level, the rest of the building will be, too. Making Christ our cornerstone is the one way to be grounded and centered on the solid rock that can withstand all afflictions. Listen to Cindy's sermon here.

Added by Becky on May 14, 2017 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Below Expectations - SERMON

Most of us of a certain age have been evaluated at work on a numerical scale that ranged from 1 - "Below Expectations" - to, say, 14, "Exceeds Expectations." Jesus had earned a "1" from the priests, Pilate, and even his disciples. Jesus' Resurrection did not change the evaluation, it tore up the notion that God has any interest in meeting our expectations at all. Indeed, the Reign of God blows our expectations out of the water.  Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on April 30, 2017 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Dare to Believe - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

Believing what we know to be unlikely, even impossible, seems unwise. But, what if we don't have all the facts yet? Sometimes you don't need to see to believe, you need to believe in order to see. Listen to Deacon Cindy's sermon here.

Added by Becky on April 23, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Love Wins - SERMON

If God is mostly about damning the unworthy, then didn't death win? I don't think that's what the life, death and resurrection of Jesus show us about God. I think Love wins. Life wins. Hope wins. Here at Good Shepherd, we have a way of celebrating that in one word. To find out what that word is, listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on April 16, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

5 Marks of Love: Treasure - SERMON

What or who is God's greatest treasure? Psalm 24 says "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." That includes us. Why don't we treat Creation and each other as priceless treasures? It's what Jesus did. Read the sermon here.

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Added by Becky on April 2, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

TRANSFORM - the Fourth of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

John Lennon, in his song Imagine, does something I think we should all do: think about what we really want, what we imagine life on earth could be like right here and right now. Theoretically, as Jesus-followers pen their lyrics, they first would consider how God would write the lyrics to the song and try to be consistent. But we can't stop with imagination! In this mark of love, we discern how we live into that imagination, what we need to transform in our lives so the world as it…

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Added by Becky on March 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

TEND - the THIRD of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

We are often told to "do something for Lent." What about simply focusing on the good we already do and simply being more aware and intentional? Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on March 19, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

TEACH - the Second of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

"Those who can do; those who can't, teach." Garbage. The best teachers are the ones who not only know something about something, they love it, and they live it. They teach with their whole being. That's what Jesus-followers are called to do. Read the sermon here or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 12, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

TELL - the First of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

We all know the advice: don't bring up politics or religion at a dinner party! But, surely we can talk about our faith without being a jerk, right? Right? In fact, if we don't talk about it, ever, to anyone, what does that say about its place in our lives? Read the sermon here, or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 5, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

TELL - the First of the 5 Marks of Love for Lent - SERMON

We all know the advice: don't bring up politics or religion at a dinner party! But, surely we can talk about our faith without being a jerk, right? Right? In fact, if we don't talk about it, ever, to anyone, what does that say about its place in our lives? Read the sermon here, or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on March 5, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Not Your Grandma's Lent - ASH WEDNESDAY SERMON

What if we spent Lent doing God's will rather than feeling terrible about how badly we've behaved? Not even God messes with the past. Let's spend 40 days and 40 nights on making the same kind of mark in people's lives as Jesus did. Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on March 1, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Jesus Interferes with Everything - SERMON

If we could design our own religion, we'd probably want a god who would agree with our ideas, let us do as we like, and hate all the same folks we do. That means it would not look very much like Christianity, because in this religion, Jesus interferes with everything. Listen to the sermon here, or read it …

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Added by Becky on February 26, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

See Me - SERMON

I am not a label, a class, a stereotype. I am a living, valuable human, in the image of God, like you. Just stop, and look. Really look.  

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Added by Becky on February 19, 2017 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Sucked In, Washed Up and Blown Over - SERMON by Cindy Roehl

When life utterly overwhelms us, do we run for cover and hide alone, or gather together and bear one another's burdens? Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on February 12, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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