Sermon: Following Christ…into the World.

Matthew 15:21-28

When you begin to consider following Jesus out into the world, you start to make some decisions.  How far will we go?  Who will be included?  Do we draw the line anywhere and say, “This is far enough.”?  We have begun to follow Jesus as far as Cuba to build relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ, learning from and praying with one another through personal visits and emails and old fashioned letters.

There are ways to follow Jesus into the world without crossing the ocean, however.  Continue reading

Sermon: “You Have Everything You Need” Preached by James Parks

Matthew 14: 13-21……Other than the Resurrection, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is the only miracle recorded in all four Gospels. In fact, Matthew likes it so much he repeats it in the very next chapter. In the second version, Jesus feeds 4,000 with seven loaves and a few fish. So what is it about this miracle that is so important that every gospel writer includes it?

Let’s look at what is happening here.  Continue reading