Humble yourself!

Sermon 24 Mar 2019

Humble yourself! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  All sin separates us from God, but the sin of pride is especially deadly.  The opposite of pride is humility.  We are consistently exhorted to humble ourselves.  One key to humbling ourselves is fasting: abstaining from food for a time (and not making up for it afterward).  Jesus expects us to fast, just as He expects us to give and to pray.  Therefore, humble yourself before the Lord.

Lectionary: Isaiah 55:1-9; Psalm 103:1-22; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9

Referenced Scriptures: Philippians 3:18-19; Jeremiah 5:25; Proverbs 13:10; Proverbs 28:25; Psalm 138:6; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Luke 14:11; James 4:7-10; Matthew 6:2-3, 5-6, 16-17; Leviticus 16:29-31

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Act!

Sermon 17 Mar 2019

Act! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  If you practise your righteousness to be seen by the world, your reward will be in the world, and your reward will end with the world.  Abram made a commitment to God and fulfilled it through his actions, and God Himself was Abram’s reward!  But it required more than commitment: it required action.

Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-18; Psalm 27; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:22-30

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 6:1-2,5,16; Genesis 14:22-23; Matthew 7:13-14; 1 Corinthians 9:26-27; Ruth 2-4

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Trust!

Sermon 10 Mar 2019

Trust! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Lent is a time for us to examine the depths of our hearts: if we judge ourselves we will not be judged.  Do we trust our Lord enough to obey Him, even when it makes no sense to us?

  • Every good thing you have is from the Lord
  • He will be your refuge (protection) and stronghold (base of attack) if you trust Him enough to obey Him
  • Faith starts in the heart, is proclaimed with your lips, and finishes its work in your actions
  • Faith is proven when you do the right thing even when no one knows

Lectionary: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Psalm 91:1-16; Romans 10:6b-13; Luke 9:28-36

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 11:27-31; 1 Timothy 2:12-14; 1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 5:22-27

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnj89GZLvaT3FnjM6

Not for the praise of men

Sermon 06 Mar 2019  Ash Wednesday

Not for the praise of men by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus tells us that if we do our good works for the praise of men, then the praise of men is all the reward we will ever receive.  Though Jonah eventually did the Lord’s will, his goal was to be praised by men.

Lectionary: Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Psalm 51:1-19; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-8, 16-18

Referenced Scriptures: Jonah 3:1-4:11

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Commit!

Sermon 03 Mar 2019

Commit! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Commit: to promise your loyalty, time, talents, and treasure to something, and to intentionally fulfill that promise through action.  Two examples of commitment from Scripture: Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-Nego; and Ruth to Naomi.

During Lent:  Holy Spirit, I commit to allow You to examine and transform my life, even though I do not know where that will take me … because I trust in You..

Lectionary: Exodus 34:29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; Luke 9:28-36

Referenced Scriptures: Daniel 3:13-29; Ruth 1:6-15; 4:13-17; Psalm 37:4-6

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Commit your way to the Lord

Sermon 24 Feb 2019  (Youth Cursillo at The Friars in Aylesford)

Commit your way to the Lord by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Do not fret because of those who are evil, even though it seems like they are winning.  Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.  This is not a shortcut to satisfying your greed: if you delight in Him, your desires will match His desires for you and He will grant those desires in abundance.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this.  To commit means to decide on a direction and pursue that direction wholeheartedly before you know what the final result will be.  God will guarantee success (as He defines it) in your endeavours if you will commit your way to the Lord.

Lectionary: Genesis 45:3-15; Psalm 37:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:42b-49; Luke 6:27-38

Referenced Scriptures: Daniel 3:8-15

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The Beatitudes vs The Man-attitudes

Sermon 17 Feb 2019

The Beatitudes vs The Man-attitudes by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Cursed is the one who trusts in man … but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.  Those who live a life in Christ do so because they are always meditating on the Word of the Lord.  The Beatitudes of Jesus Christ are just the opposite of what mankind proclaims – the “Man-attitudes”:

  • You are blessed when you have everything you want
  • You are blessed when you’ve eaten all you can
  • You are blessed when you’re happy
  • You are blessed when everyone loves you, and likes all your Facebook and Twitter posts

Lectionary: Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 6:21; Matthew 15:13

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Basic training in spiritual warfare

Sermon 10 Feb 2019

Basic training in spiritual warfare by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God takes faithful men and makes them able.  Development of character comes before training in actions.

Lectionary: Isaiah 6:1-8; Psalm 138:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-10; Luke 5:1-11

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

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The importance of spiritual warfare

Sermon 03 Feb 2019

The importance of spiritual warfare by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Before the wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, and signs of the end times come, you – Christians – will be delivered up to the religious authorities, prisons, kings, and rulers.  You will be hated by all for Jesus’ name’s sake.  You have three alternatives: proclaim and live the truth; persecute those who proclaim the truth; or sit by and be an accomplice to the persecutors.  What will you do?

Lectionary: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17; 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a; Luke 4:21-31

Referenced Scriptures: Psalm 119:9-16; Luke 21:10-17; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; John 16:1-4; Proverbs 6:12-15; Revelation 3:14-16

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The context of spiritual warfare

Sermon 27 Jan 2019

The context of spiritual warfare by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Good vs evil.  God has no equal.  Faithful angels vs satan and the fallen angels.  Humans are captives of satan until they determine to follow God.  The enemy is a deceiver who can appear as an angel of light and quote Scripture.  We must prepare, and we must fight.

Lectionary: Nehemiah 8:1-10; Psalm 19:1-14; 1 Corinthians 12:12-20; Luke 4:14-21

Referenced Scriptures: Revelation 12:4; Revelation 9:1b; 2 Corinthians 11:14; Matthew 4:5-6; Ephesians 6:10-20

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