The Word of God is in you

Sermon 14 Jul 2019

The Word of God is in you by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Lord will prosper you, rejoice over you, and do good for you IF you obey the voice of the Lord your God (keep His commandments and His statutes) and turn to Him with all your heart (emotions) and all your soul (you, the part that lives forever).  The Word is near you – not just in a book, but within you.

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 30:9-14; Psalm 25; Colossians 1:1-14; Luke 10:25-37

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 10:1-13; Luke 17:20-21; Luke 16:10-13

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRokJswdo0pQKfhkQ7?e=wF8Voj

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The best memorial

Sermon 07 Jul 2019

The best memorial by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The mission: that all would hear Jesus’ word and believe in Him, that they might pass from death to life.  The missionary has passed on to be with the Lord, but the mission continues.  Do we only mourn that his light has gone out, or do we pick up the torch that he carried and hold it even higher, carry it even further?

Lectionary:  Isaiah 66:10-16; Psalm 66:1-20; Galatians 6:12-18; Luke 10:1-3, 17-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 8:28; John 5:18-47; Exodus 3:1-5; John 3:16-21; 2 Corinthians 4:5-12; Isaiah 61:1-3; John 14:12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoj9s8kcoF9FzQCce?e=NlYZKT

Crucify the flesh

Sermon 30 Jun 2019

Crucify the flesh by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  All this history of God working in Elijah while the enemy tries to divide, frustrate, defeat, and destroy the people and the kingdom.  The struggle will continue long after Elijah is gone, so God assigns Elisha as his successor.  The mantle signifies power and authority, but also sacrifice and commitment.  In the same way, we who belong to Christ Jesus must crucify the flesh with its passions and desires in order to live by the Spirit.

Lectionary:  1 Kings 19:15-21; Psalm 16; Galatians 5:19-25; Luke 9:51-62

Referenced Scriptures:  1 Kings 17:10-24; 1 Kings 18:7-40; 1 Kings 19:1-14; 2 Kings 8-9

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoj4BiD4ZjQ4XjSGO?e=at8K0W

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God breathes new life

Sermon 29 Jun 2019  Eucharist and Renewal of Vows

God breathes new life by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In holy matrimony two completely different lives become one.  God breaks through, interrupting those lives.  All things work together for good – not just good things, but all things.  Contracts fail, promises fail, but love never fails … and God is love.  God breathes new life!

Lectionary:  Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13; Mark 16:15-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 8:26-30; Matthew 26:33-35; Matthew 24:3-14

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoj1Xd_RfWcCjijPN?e=Ffeksy

Body of Christ, ARISE!

Sermon 23 Jun 2019  Corpus Christi Sunday (and ICCEC Foundation Day)

Body of Christ, ARISE! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are the Body of Christ.  Our call is to serve for the benefit of the Body.  Do not be lukewarm, but arise and press forward into what the Holy Spirit is doing in us now.

Lectionary:  Genesis 14:14-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Mark 16:15-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Romans 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 24-26; Jeremiah 31:33; John 3:2; 2 Corinthians 11:3-4; Revelation 3:14-19

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoSZ8NgKNrSc-mHyI?e=V9ocO6

A time for revising

Sermon 16 Jun 2019  Trinity Sunday

A time for revising by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Good parents provide for their children, protect them, but also teach them – not just facts, but responsibility for others and for their own actions.  Our heavenly Father does the same.  He also gives exams so that we can see our progress and identify what is lacking in our lives.  We are called to mature in Christlikeness: examine your past tests, and spend time revising* for the tests to come … for they will come.

* The English meaning of preparing for an examination, not the American meaning of editing a manuscript

Lectionary:  Isaiah 59:15-21; Psalm 29; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:5-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:24; Luke 19:11-26; Ephesians 2:8-10

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoH5eW5CTuTMagUW9?e=DsSStI

Why the Holy Spirit?

Sermon 09 Jun 2019  Pentecost

Why the Holy Spirit? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Why was the Holy Spirit sent?  The apostles received the Holy Spirit on Resurrection Day for their benefit, but they were baptized with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost for the benefit of the Church.

Lectionary:  Acts 2:1-7, 12-21; Psalm 104:24-35; Romans 8:14-17; John 15:20-27

Referenced Scriptures:  Acts 16:16-34; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 1:12-14; John 4:35; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 1:14; John 10:10

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoHwyZHjBEe6yyUD2?e=srxbxV

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Doing God’s will God’s way

Sermon 02 Jun 2019

Doing God’s will God’s way by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Paul preached the Gospel, which is able to break everyone’s chains, but not everyone is looking for freedom.  The jailer was in chains, too: his fate was bound up in the performance of his job.  The Gospel breaks chains that aren’t visible, on people who don’t even know they are bound!  The miracle was not performed for those who minister, but for the sake of those who receive ministry!  “You cannot do God’s will your way” (Primate Craig Bates).

Lectionary:  Acts 16:16-34; Psalm 98:1-9; Revelation 22:12-17; John 17:20-26

Referenced Scriptures:  none

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoHewACvS4Txdp_R3

How do we pursue God’s vision for this church?

Sermon 26 May 2019

How do we pursue God’s vision for this church? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: 

  • Basic Requirements
    An open heart
    The desire to obey
    An unconquerable love for Jesus
    A “Berean” attitude: testing what you hear against the whole of Scripture
  • Building the Kingdom of God
    A tiny seed grows into a tree of protection
    The tree bears fruit
    Not every tree is of God
    Bad trees grow from a small beginning too – leaven
  • Checking the fruit
    Good fruit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
    Bad fruit: selfishness, strife, division, manipulating or controlling others
  • What should we do?
    Do not bring offense
    Do not cause others to stumble
    Examine ourselves
    Repent of our sin
    Love one another in word and deed

Lectionary:  Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:1-2, 22-27; John 14:23-29

Referenced Scriptures:  John 14:22; Acts 2; Acts 17:10-11; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 4:3-20,30-32; John 15:1-8; Matthew 7:15-20; Matthew 16:6-12; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8; Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Luke 17:1-2; Romans 14:13; Matthew 7:1-5; Matthew 26:21-22,25; Romans 12:1-21; John 13:34

Recording – Exhortation:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoHVvJzk2YgGbooJ8

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Why are you here?

Sermon 19 May 2019

Why are you here? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are here to do the works of God.  To do His works we must know Him, know what is important to Him, and know what He wants for each of us and from each of us.  We are called to do greater works than Jesus did, but that is impossible unless we have the same attitude He did and are under authority as He was.  Faith is not commanding the circumstances of life to line up with our expectations; faith is living every moment of our lives in subjection to the authority of God.  Is that why you are here?

Lectionary:  Acts 13:44-52; Psalm 145:1-21; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Isaiah 61:1-4; John 6:28-29; Luke 6:46-49; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:15-17; Luke 10:30-35; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 7:6-9; Luke 7:12-15; John 5:19; John 14:12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoHRGph8kbaYUVJw2