Fighting discouragement and living the Christian hope

Sermon 10 Nov 2019

Fighting discouragement and living the Christian hope by Bp. Elmer Belmonte, Diocese of Europe

Simple Summary: We (the Church Militant) need to have a vision for eternity where God and the saints (the Church Triumphant) live in victory right now.  We can overcome the lies of Satan by getting rid of our entangling sin, by fighting the good fight of faith with God’s weapons, and by setting our eyes on Jesus as we run the race set before us – a marathon that has been run and won by saints before us … and we can too!

Lectionary:  Job 19:13-27; Psalm 17; 2 Thessalonians 2:15-3:5; Luke 20:27-38

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Peter 3:8; Hebrews 12:1-3; Matt. 11:28

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRozUt_oPYZT6zoOIe?e=wSgOJl

True forgiveness

Sermon 03 Nov 2019

True forgiveness by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Zacchaeus was a chief tax collector.  He had heard about Jesus, but that was not enough: he wanted to see Him.  He prepared, he rose above the noisy crowd, and Jesus changed his heart forever.  He received forgiveness that day, true forgiveness.

If you have a wrong understanding of forgiveness, you have a wrong understanding of the Gospel.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 1:10-17; Psalm 119:137-144; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; Luke 19:1-10

Referenced Scriptures:  Jeremiah 31:3; Matthew 21:31; Matthew 6:15; Matthew 18:35; Genesis 45:5; Luke 18:11; 1 Timothy 2:8; 1 Corinthians 11:27; Matthew 7:21-23; Isaiah 53:7

Recording – Exhortation after worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoydwkfe1dkzETNKE?e=y41hq8

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A blemished lamb

Sermon 27 Oct 2019

A blemished lamb by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Imagine: You and your “significant other” are at a concert of your favourite artist; you begged them to come because the artist is really important to you – your life was changed through their work.  You’re totally engaged, letting the sights and sounds soak into you and carry you away.  Your significant other squirms … yawns … after a while their head nods. They change positions – often!  They pull out their phone and check all their social media, maybe even taking a selfie of the two of you and posting it.  They get so involved they start whispering to themselves … even turning to you to make comments, totally unaware of what you are feeling and interrupting your immersion in the experience.

Two questions: (1) Does your “significant other” love you?  (2) Do they respect the artist?

Lectionary:  Jeremiah 14:17-22; Psalm 84:1-12; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Referenced Scriptures:  Philemon 1:4-14; Matthew 12:34b; 1 John 2:6

Recording – Exhortation before worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoyX-0bbdSCObOUPi?e=yXJVut

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Pulling down strongholds

Sermon 20 Oct 2019

Pulling down strongholds by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  “All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for….”  The Word of God is a banquet set out by the Lord. He intends for us to eat everything that is laid out – it is balanced for our nutrition. If we only eat the parts we like – dessert, or carbohydrates – it will make us fat, overweight, and we will die prematurely.  We can’t just pick selections of God’s Word, turn them into promises, and randomly claim them; we have to eat the whole meal.  And that is how we avoid becoming people who “will not put up with sound doctrine”.

Lectionary:  Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 121; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5; Luke 18:1-8

Referenced Scriptures:  Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:1-13; Matthew 25:35; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoyMawM8gDpScFg0k?e=f6oc30

The keys to God’s complete healing

Sermon 13 Oct 2019

The keys to God’s complete healing by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  When reading Scripture, always ask the Lord, “What are You saying to me?  What do you want me to see and understand?”  Today He has four points for us:  Who was Naaman?  What was his desire?  What did he receive?  What are the keys to what he received?

Lectionary:  2 Kings 5:8-15; Psalm 111; 2 Timothy 2:8-15; Luke 17:11-19

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Kings 5:1-5; Matthew 6:33

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoyJlk8pOjAUWhmR6?e=bFqINN

It’s not enough to avoid doing evil

Sermon 29 Sep 2019

It’s not enough to avoid doing evil by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We ask for much in prayer, and God wants us to ask. We have seen Him answer prayers, but there are many prayers that remain unanswered.  Could it be that He is waiting for us to be faithful in what is least, to show that we will be faithful also in much?  The rich man in the Gospel parable didn’t do any evil, yet he spent eternity in Hades because he failed to do good.  Jesus warned, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees” (who displayed outward dedication but whose hearts were empty tombs) “and the Sadducees” (who compromised the faith to support their great wealth and preserve their status).  They thought performance of the rites was all God required, and with that finished they could do whatever they pleased.  Don’t make the same mistake.

Lectionary:  Amos 6:1-7; Psalm 146:1-10; 1 Timothy 6:17-19; Luke 16:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 13:8; Luke 16:10-13; Revelation 3:14-22; Matthew 6:19-21, 24; Matthew 16:26-27; Matthew 16:6, 8

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoyDwRJJHDVFa8P4G?e=xgL4SF

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Are you a prostitute?

Sermon 22 Sep 2019

Are you a prostitute? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Gospel tells of a dishonest manager praised for his shrewd preparations for judgment.  Bp. Elmer Belmonte gives us counsel on the history of the ICCEC.  The Old Testament reading warns what happens when we abuse the poor and kill the innocent.  Are we faithful to obey (a) those God places in authority over us, or (b) only those who pay us to obey?  If the answer is (b), there’s a word for that.

Lectionary:  Amos 8:4-12; Psalm 113; 1 Timothy 2:1-8; Luke 16:1-12

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:19-21; John 17:21; Hebrews 13:17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoxz9wTVty-ogjmUp?e=NlZTm8

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And they shall become one flesh

Sermon 21 Sep 2019         Holy Matrimony of Wyman Hau and Liezl Macasling

And they shall become one flesh by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  What we do today in this place is not a cultural ceremony, a series of ritual acts symbolizing meaningful ideas. It is not a legal ceremony sanctioned by the government.  What we do today in this time and in this place is so much more….

Lectionary:  Genesis 2:4-9,15-24; Psalm 127; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Matthew 7:21, 24-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRox47kqN0hDIibWG3?e=8hbuWl

More rejoicing in heaven

Sermon 15 Sep 2019

More rejoicing in heaven by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  In today’s readings we hear the heart of Moses, the heart of David, and the heart of Paul, all of whom were touched by God.  In the Gospel we hear the heart of God in Jesus Christ.  When we receive Jesus Christ we are transformed, and God is beginning that work of transformation in baptism today.

Lectionary:  Exodus 32:7-14; Psalm 51:1-19; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Luke 15:1-10

Referenced Scriptures:  Acts 13:22; Romans 8:28-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRoxpjjr6SWCYuGTLZ?e=QyNKN7