The ultimate quarantine

Sermon 29 Mar 2020  (5th Sunday of Lent)

The ultimate quarantine by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Lazarus was sick.  Jesus knew it … yet He waited and didn’t show up until four days after Lazarus died.  What kind of love is this?  Lazarus was in the tomb – a type of quarantine – for four days….

Lectionary: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:18-44

Referenced Scriptures: John 11:1-17; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 10:38-42; Luke 23:43

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The key to conquering fear is….

Sermon 22 Mar 2020  (4th Sunday of Lent)

The key to conquering fear is…. by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Samuel feared Saul.  The blind man’s parents feared the Pharisees.  Departing from evil makes you satan’s target.  Fear!  Run!  Hide!

Lectionary: 1 Samuel 16:1-7; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:1-10; John 9:1-38

Referenced Scriptures: Proverbs 1:7; Isaiah 59:15; John 17:9-18; Matthew 5:15; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; John 16:33

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Embrace your trials

Sermon 15 Mar 2020  (3rd Sunday of Lent)

Embrace your trials by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Life is hard … really hard.  We face trials, and Jesus allows us to go through them to train us and prepare us for life and for ministry.  He does not want us to go into battle unprepared.  We can actively participate in this preparation by separating from the world and pursuing Him above all else.

Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:1-11; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-14

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Luke 22:31-34; Genesis 22:2; Psalm 119:65-67; Exodus 15:1-18; Luke 14:28-30; Zechariah 4:6; Luke 24:46b-49; Acts 2:1-4; Psalm 37:5

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Choose between the Lord and the world

Sermon 08 Mar 2020  (2nd Sunday of Lent)

Choose between the Lord and the world by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God led Abram out of his familiar home into a far land and promised it to his offspring.  God then made covenant with him and changed his name to Abraham.  If He had just prospered Abraham from then on, the Jews could have had their homeland without any fuss or bother … but He didn’t.  He asked Abraham to make a choice, and that choice made in faith began a long, lengthy, complex journey to the fulfillment of God’s plan.

Lectionary: Genesis 12:1-8; Psalm 33:1-22; Romans 4:1-5; John 3:1-17

Referenced Scriptures: Genesis 22:1-2; Matthew 6:33

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Map of Bethel and Ai: 

A root-bound plant:  

Diagram of your plan vs God’s plan:

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A recipe for disaster

Sermon 01 Mar 2020  (1st Sunday of Lent)

A recipe for disaster by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Prayer is the cardiovascular (heart+blood vessels+blood) system of our life: in prayer we receive pure nourishing blood (Holy Spirit guidance & revelation) from Jesus (the heart) and return impure, depleted blood (our prayer requests) to Him.  The more we participate in this life-giving exchange, the more we are conformed to the image of Christ and the fewer impurities our prayers to Him contain.  This is why we are instructed to “pray without ceasing” and “abide in the vine”: never break the flow.

The problem: we are more addicted to the world’s junk food than we are to Jesus’ life-giving blood, but we still want to minister in Jesus’ Name.  This is a recipe for disaster.

Lectionary: Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-17; Matthew 4:1-11  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 19:16-22; John 6:48-66; Luke 22:31-34; Acts 19:13-16; Isaiah 59:15; Isaiah 61:1-4

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Diagram of cardiovascular system: 

Only what’s done for Christ will last

Sermon 26 Feb 2020  (Ash Wednesday)

Only what’s done for Christ will last by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Nothing in this life is permanent.  Only our work for Christ, rebuilding His Church and expanding His Kingdom, will last.  Your free will is the greatest gift you have to offer, and it is given to that which you love most.

Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-8, 16-21

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:25-34

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God works His way

Sermon 23 Feb 2020  (Last Sunday after Epiphany)

God works His way by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God called Moses and 73 other leaders apart, then Moses and Joshua up higher, and finally Moses alone to the mountain top.  God was delivering a vision, but His actions were not what the people expected … so they went their own way.

Lectionary:  Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 99; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9

Referenced Scriptures:  Exodus 24:1-2,9-11; Exodus 32:1,5-6,9-10,15-16,19; Numbers 12:1-16

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Choices have consequences

Sermon 16 Feb 2020  (6th Sunday after Epiphany)

Choices have consequences by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Every day we make choices.  All choices have consequences.  Being a disciple of Jesus is all about choices and their consequences.  What is the difference between adults and infants, between “people who live by the Spirit” and “people who are still worldly”, in terms of the choices they make?

Lectionary: Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 119:1-18; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-26

Referenced Scriptures:  Genesis 4:3-7; 1 John 4:20-21

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Let the Light out of the box!

Sermon 09 Feb 2020  (5th Sunday after Epiphany)

Let the Light out of the box! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “My people seem eager” even to the point of fasting … but the purpose of fasting is to achieve His desires, not ours.  We are the salt of the earth; but if we look and taste and act just like the world we are no longer salt, only dust.  We are the light of the world because we carry the Light of Christ; but light is worthless if it is sealed inside a box.  Carry His Light outside the Sunday Mass box!

Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-9; Psalm 112; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20

Referenced Scriptures:  James 4:8; Matthew 27:46; 2 Chronicles 7:14

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Here’s what God has done; what will you do?

Sermon 02 Feb 2020  (4th Sunday after Epiphany)

Here’s what God has done; what will you do? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Lord has a case against His people.  He has done great and marvelous things for us, yet we consider His requirements burdensome to us.  But what does He require?  Are His rewards not enough for us?

Lectionary: Micah 6:1-8; Psalm 15:1-5; 1 Corinthians 1:2-9; Matthew 5:1-12

Referenced Scriptures:  Numbers 22-25; John 6:63; Joshua 3:1-4:20; Deuteronomy 31-33; Gen. 22:1-19; Galatians 3:24; John 21:15-19; John 15:12-14; 1 John 3:16-18

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