The mind of Christ

Sermon 18 March 2018  (Lent 5)

The mind of Christ by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Peter disappointed Jesus, and Jesus disappointed Peter.  Even God’s Word we apply differently, according to our own desires.  God tells Jeremiah that under the new covenant it doesn’t have to be like that.  What would the church look like if we all had the mind of Christ?.

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-17; Hebrews 10:5-10; John 12:20-28

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 22:60-62; Mark 8:31-32; Romans 8:8; 1 Corinthians 2:13-16; Ephesians 4:11-13; Matthew 13:45; Philippians 3:14; Hebrews 12:1; Luke 9:23

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If we all had the mind of Christ (pause the sermon in the quiet gap between 9:42-10:15 and watch this 2-minute video)


Believing is not enough

Sermon 11 March 2018  (Lent 4)

Believing is not enough by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  When the Israelites were punished with deadly snakes, God didn’t heal them directly.  He provided the means for their healing, but they had to do something to receive it.  This is how God operates, even for our salvation through Jesus Christ:  He provides the gift and the means to receive it, but we must act in order to take hold of the gift and make it our own.  He has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, but we must act to take possession and use them.  Sometimes we must fight.

Lectionary:  Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-9; John 3:14-21

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Peter 1:2-4; John 1:11-13; John 3:3b; Ephesians 6:10-13

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What have I done?

Sermon 04 March 2018  (Lent 3)

What have I done? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “Let us not think little of our sins because they are slight, but let us fear them because they are many.  Drops of rain are small, but because they are very many, they fill rivers and submerge houses, and sometimes by their force they even carry off mountains.” – Caesarius of Arles, 6th century bishop.

Lectionary:  Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19:1-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 22:37-40; James 2:8-10; Matthew 7:24-27

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Jesus or the past: which will you choose?

Sermon 25 February 2018  (Lent 2)

Jesus or the past: which will you choose? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  How shall a young man cleanse his way?  By keeping to the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  How do we stop repeating the behaviours that control us?  The three steps to freedom (see last week’s sermon).  How should we love?  As Jesus loved us.

It is not a suggestion; it is a commandment.  Which will you choose?

Lectionary:  Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-18; Mark 8:31-38  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Psalm 119:9; John 1:14; Romans 7:24-25; Mark 5:8-9; Luke 15:19; Psalm 84:5-6; Philippians 3:8-10

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Derek Prince excerpt on Love:

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Three steps to freedom

Sermon 18 February 2018  (Lent 1)

Three steps to freedom by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “If you keep doin’ what you been doin’, you gonna keep gettin’ what you been gettin’.”  But if you want something you’ve never had, then you must do something you’ve never done.  Three steps to freedom, taken by the prodigal son:

  • The prodigal “came to himself”: he realized where he was, and where he could be.
  • He confessed his sin: “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
  • He submitted himself to his father: “Make me like one of your hired servants.

Lectionary:  Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 7:15, 20, 24-25; Luke 15:11-32; Matthew 13:45-46

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Look into the Mirror

Sermon 14 February 2018  (Ash Wednesday)

Look into the Mirror by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Life is a journey; our salvation is also a journey: we have been saved, we are being saved, and we shall be saved.  God spent a few days taking the Israelites out of Egypt, but an entire generation taking Egypt out of the Israelites.  We have been removed from the kingdom of sin, but there are still sins that haven’t been removed from us.  It is a process, and that process begins with looking into the Mirror of Scripture.

Lectionary:  Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 103:8-14; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Timothy 1:8b-9a; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Romans 5:9-10; Romans 6:6, 12; Romans 7:15; James 1:23-25

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Pursuing God’s call on your life

Sermon 11 February 2018  (Epiphany Last)

Pursuing God’s call on your life by Fr. Dana

  • The prophetic mantle is passed from Elijah to Elisha – 2 Kings 2
  • God sets apart those who are consecrated to His service – Psalm 50
  • We carry the light to those in darkness – 2 Corinthians 4
  • Jesus is transfigured – Mark 1

Simple Summary:  Be like Elisha:  (1) acknowledge and accept publicly God’s call on your life; (2) submit to training as a servant; (3) never turn aside and never let go.

Lectionary:  2 Kings 2:1-11; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Kings 18; 1 Kings 19:16-21; Matthew 4:20-22; Matthew 9:9; Genesis 32:26

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It is time to grow … up

Sermon 04 February 2018  (Epiphany 5)

It is time to grow … up by Fr. Dana

  • God never wearies; He gives us strength – Isaiah 40
  • God gathers the exiles and brings them home – Psalm 147
  • Put yourself in the place of those to whom you’re ministering – 1 Corinthians 9
  • Bring people to Jesus, and bring Jesus to people – Mark 1

Simple Summary:  We’ve been content like a preborn in the womb, floating in a bubble, cozy & warm with everything we personally need. But God doesn’t leave babies in the womb: He brings them out into the world and calls them to maturity.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 12:20; Ephesians 4:11-16

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Is your faith worth sharing?

Sermon 28 January 2018  (Epiphany 4)

Is your faith worth sharing? by Fr. Dana

  • Speak in God’s name only what He is speaking – Deuteronomy 18
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom – Psalm 111
  • Do what is best for others, not what is most pleasant to you – 1 Corinthians 8
  • Faith without love profits nothing – Mark 1


Simple Summary:  If everything this Psalm claims is true, then it is wisdom to have a healthy, respectful fear of the Lord.  Jesus does only what He sees the Father doing, and thus only speaks what He hears the Father speaking; we should do likewise.  Knowledge puffs up self; love builds up others.  Even demons have faith, but without love.  “Do not boast of that faith which puts you on the same level with demons.” – St. Augustine, On the Gospel of St. John.

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-3, 10-13; Mark 1:21-28

Referenced Scriptures:  John 5:19; John 15:15; Matthew 16:16-17

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Sanctity of Life? What’s the big deal!

Sermon 21 January 2018  (Our Lord the Giver of Life)

Sanctity of Life? What’s the big deal! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Spirit gives life. Child sacrifice to Ba’al Moloch (Molech) profanes the name of the Lord. It brought judgment on Israel, and continues to bring judgment. There is forgiveness and restoration after judgment.

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 31:10-17; Psalm 10; 1 Corinthians 15:19-26; Matthew 18:1-5  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  John 6:53-54, 61-63; Leviticus 18:1-3, 21, 24, 28; 20:1-5; 1 Kings 11:1-2, 4-5, 7, 31; Zephaniah 1:4-5; Jeremiah 32:26-29, 32-41; Psalm 127:3-4

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