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It's a Good Day - SERMON

What's your definition of a "good day"? Mine is a day when I learn something. I've learned a LOT recently. Read the sermon here or listen to it here or watch the whole…

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Added by Becky on October 22, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Who Cares? - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

Who cares? Those who hold God's people in their hearts. Caring deeply is something Paul encourages us to do, and we do it in a variety of ways here at Good Shepherd. Today we heard from the President of Dunedin Cares, our local food pantry; supporting them is one of our favorite ways of holding God's people in our hearts. Listen to the sermon here.

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Added by Becky on October 15, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Waging Peace - SERMON

Cowards shoot at unarmed, unknown strangers. You don't need a weapon to be violent, though; bigotry, bullying, and gossiping are equally devastating to the soul. Jesus waged peace, overcoming death and fear, not dishing it out. People who wage peace are nothing short of miracle workers. Read the sermon …

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Added by Becky on October 8, 2017 at 5:39pm — No Comments

Four Legs or Two, There is One Creator-SERMON by Cindy Roehl

This past Sunday we celebrated the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who saw all Creation as an expression of God's love and power. Listen to the Sermon by Deacon Cindy Roehl here.

Added by Becky on October 1, 2017 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Freely, Freely - SERMON

Perhaps humans focus on fairness instead of justice because justice would force us to spend eternity with people of whom we don't approve. Of course, they'd have the same problem if we, too, are saved for heaven. Read the sermon here or listen to it …

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Added by Becky on September 24, 2017 at 5:59pm — No Comments

We are SO Blessed! - SERMON

Let's learn the difference between being blessed and being lucky. It will save us from a lot of terrible theology. Listen to the sermon here or  read it here.

Added by Becky on September 17, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Christ the Worker - SERMON

What kind of work are we Christ followers supposed to be doing? What values should we be using as we work? The people struggling because of Hurricane Harvey can teach us something. Read the sermon here or listen to it…

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Added by Becky on September 3, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Preferential Treatment - SERMON

I've heard American Christians claim that Christianity is under attack in this country. What they really mean is that their way of believing in God is no longer getting preferential treatment here. But that's all backward. Christians should not be GETTING better treatment, they should be GIVING it, and in so doing countering the forces of death and hell. Read the sermon…

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Added by Becky on August 27, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Reaching Up, Reaching Out, Reconciling - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

We long for a solid relationship with God, where we are reconciled, open and honest in our relationship. God longs for exactly the same with us, too. But God in Christ stretched out his arms on the cross to bring the whole world into his saving embrace, not just me. Or you. To be faithful, we need to seek the same kind of relationship with each other, as reconciliation is the "work of Christ" in a nutshell. Listen to the sermon…

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Added by Becky on August 20, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Boat on Seething Seas - SERMON

The Church is supposed to be a boat bringing the miracle of hope, healing, and love to a world foundering in seething seas of our shattered, fearful, death-saturated lives, even if we don't like the other people in the world - or even the other people in the boat. Listen to the sermon here or read it…

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Added by Becky on August 13, 2017 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Fertilizer - SERMON

Our culture teaches us it's OK to laugh at violence, refuse to help those who suffer, and taunt those whom we don't value. It's normal, it's everyday, and it's evil. What should Christians do about it? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…

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Added by Becky on July 23, 2017 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Plenty of Seeds - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

We hear that 3 of the 4 soils in which God's Word can be planted are bad places. What if we're bad soil? Not to worry! God has plenty of seeds and will keep casting them our way; God Spirit is also is working at the same time to transform us into rich soil. Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on July 16, 2017 at 8:00pm — No Comments

You're Hired! - SERMON

Is the God revealed in Christ REALLY what humanity wants? We tend to admire the superhero type, and Jesus doesn't meet those needs at all. Dare we let God be the one who defines what divinity is truly about? Listen to the sermon here, or read it…

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Added by Becky on July 9, 2017 at 3:09pm — No Comments

The God of Immigrants - SERMON by Deacon Cindy Roehl

Happy 241st Birthday, America! What did Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and the Mayflower pilgrims all have in common? They all believed in God, of course, and they were, each and every one of them, immigrants. Listen to the sermon here.

Added by Becky on July 2, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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

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