Wisdom and arrogance can’t live together in one mind

Sermon 19 September 2021 (Proper 20)

Wisdom and arrogance can’t live together in one mind by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, impressed God with his selfless humility. He chose wisdom over riches, wealth, honor or life. His proverbs instruct us to search for wisdom as we would for treasure. But beware of arrogance: it can lead even wisdom astray.

Lectionary:  Proverbs 2:1-9; Psalm 54:1-7; James 3:13-18; Mark 9:30-37

Referenced Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 1:11-12; 1 Corinthians 2:14; James 4:10; 1 Peter 5:5-6

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Are your ears open to the Lord?

Sermon 12 September 2021 (Proper 19)

Are your ears open to the Lord? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Last week we saw Jesus heal a man who was deaf and could barely speak, but once healed he could speak plainly. The same spiritual truth applies to every Christian today. In order to speak God’s Word clearly we must allow that Word to be planted in our hearts and bear fruit, not least of which is cleansing our hearts from all that is not His. Only then will we be able to speak the untarnished Truth. Every Christian is called to this; every Christian is called to be Jesus’ disciple.

Lectionary:  Isaiah 50:4-11; Psalm 19:1-14; James 1:19-22; Mark 8:27-35

Referenced Scriptures: Luke 9:51; Hebrews 1:10-12; Isaiah 6:6-7; Jeremiah 17:9-10; Matthew 12:34-37; Matthew 28:18-20

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Ephphatha: Be opened!

Sermon 05 September 2021 (Proper 18)

Ephphatha: Be opened! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Christ will come to save you, and He will come with divine retribution on that which holds you captive. What is holding you captive? What keeps you from hearing the Truth? If you hear only what you want to hear, then you will teach only what you want to hear … and that is a perversion of the Gospel. If you wish to bear fruit for God, then know that greater fruitfulness comes from deeper roots. Jesus must open your ears and your heart to hear the Truth, receive the Truth, and be changed by the Truth. In the Name of Jesus Christ, “Ephphatha!

Lectionary:  Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146:1-10; James 2:8-13; Mark 7:24-37

Referenced Scriptures: James 3:2; Matthew 15:21-28; Luke 9:23-25; Matthew 7:5; Leviticus 23:23-24; John 6:44; Luke 13:6-9

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The little red hen, worship, and your calling

Sermon 29 August 2021 (Proper 17)

The little red hen, worship, and your calling by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The little red hen desired to share her blessing and her friends desired to receive it, yet they did not. The reason is they were unwilling to invest their own effort into making the gift ready for use. It is the same lesson as Jesus’ parable of the talents. How does this relate to worship and your calling?

Lectionary:  Deuteronomy 4:1-9; Psalm 15; James 1:13-18; Mark 7:14-23

Referenced Scriptures: 2 Timothy 4:3-4; Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Samuel 24:24; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Luke 18:18-30; 1 John 4:19; Deuteronomy 29:5; Joel 2:12-13; Acts 28:26-28

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Will you embrace Him or turn away?

Sermon 22 August 2021 (Proper 16)

Will you embrace Him or turn away? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Joshua spoke to the Israelites after they had entered the Promised Land: “choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living”. Choose the gods of your past, choose the gods of your culture, or choose the one true Lord. Jesus spoke an equally challenging word to His followers: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood remains in Me, and I in them.” The Israelites eventually chose the gods of the culture, and many of Jesus’ disciples chose to walk away from Him. Which will you choose?

Lectionary:  Joshua 24:1-2, 14-15; Psalm 84:1-12; Ephesians 6:10-13; John 6:56-69

Referenced Scriptures: Joshua 23:1-13; Matthew 6:33

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To eternity and beyond

Sermon 15 August 2021 (Proper 15)

To eternity and beyond by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Wisdom calls to the simple and those who have no sense. Why is that? It is because those who are esteemed as intelligent in the world’s eyes are puffed up with their own knowledge and sense of importance; they are not willing to consider a new and higher way. They do not fear the Lord. A healthy fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but only its beginning, not its end. That fear produces faith; true faith produces obedience; and obedience teaches us the wisdom of God.

Lectionary:  Proverbs 9:1-6; Psalm 111; Ephesians 5:15-20; John 6:51-59

Referenced Scriptures: Luke 13:6-9; John 1:14

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Get up and eat for the journey

Sermon 08 August 2021 (Proper 14)

Get up and eat for the journey by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Elijah: strong in the ministry of God, then overcome by attacks from the enemy and the cares of the world. Peter: granted revelation of Jesus as the Christ, then overcome by the desire for immediate victory in this life. Jesus “truth in advertising”: this life will be difficult; you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Me; and oh, by the way, life will not be fair.
The end is good, even awesome, but the journey is long and too much for you in your own strength. Get up and eat: not just for today, but for the journey to your destiny in Christ.

Lectionary:  1 Kings 19:1-8; Psalm 34:1-10; Ephesians 4:25-32; John 6:41-51

Referenced Scriptures: 1 Kings 18:40; Mark 8:27-38; Mark 9:1; Isaiah 53:3-10

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These were written as a stern warning for us

Sermon 01 August 2021 (Proper 13)

These were written as a stern warning for us by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God’s plan was to give them rich abundance in the Promised Land, but His primary concern was not their bodies – their health, their wealth, or their security.  He longed to provide for their eternal health – their souls. But why do we read the Old Testament now that we are under the New Covenant?  Because these happenings were recorded so that we could read and learn from them, that we would not repeat the mistakes they made. Are we learning … and obeying?

Lectionary:  Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Psalm 78:14-25; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6; John 6:24-35

Referenced Scriptures: Exodus 7-10; Matthew 22:14; 1 Corinthians 10:7-14; Matthew 24:12

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God will supply abundantly to complete His calling

Sermon 25 July 2021 (Proper 12)

God will supply abundantly to complete His calling by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God supplies more than is needed for us to complete the work He calls us to do, often by multiplying what we offer Him. It was true for Elisha, it was true for Jesus, and it will be true for each of us if we seek His will, His glory, the good of His Body the Church, and the accomplishment of His purposes rather than our own.

Lectionary:  2 Kings 4:42-44; Psalm 145:10-20; Ephesians 3:20-4:6; John 6:1-12

Referenced Scriptures: Matthew 7:23; 2 Kings 4:38-41; John 6:13-15; John 6:53-71; Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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Depart from us, Jesus!

A portion of yesterday’s Gospel reading from the daily lectionary, Mark 5:13-17:

Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. And those who saw it told them how it happened to him who had been demon-possessed, and about the swine. Then they began to plead with Him to depart from their region.

We often hear teachings on the miraculous deliverance of the demoniac – as well we should. But what about the curious behavior of the residents of that country? This man who had been a terror, a threat, and an embarrassment to them, and especially to anyone visiting the tombs; this man who had been demonized for so long; this man who could not even be restrained, much less cured … this man was completely healed and sitting calmly, fully clothed, and in his right mind. Think of the potential ministry for good that Jesus could have done in the region! Think of all the additional men, women, and children who could have been delivered from sickness, disease, malformity, and lesser demonization! Think of the tremendous potential!

IT NEVER HAPPENED. Why not? “And they were afraid.” A herd of swine had been lost. Demons had been loosed. The whole natural order of life had been turned on its head.

They were afraid. What about the other demons in the area? What if they were angry at what happened? What if they were loosed to find other hosts? How much damage to possessions and livelihoods might follow?

No, this was too risky. This man Jesus was too dangerous. Never mind the good that could be done – instead fear the changes to lives and lifestyles that might be required! No, we cannot have this. We are too comfortable in the way things have been. We want to get back to normal, so Jesus you must leave our region. Go do your miraculous healings somewhere else and don’t bother us.

Have men and women really changed at all since Jesus’ time? Sadly … perhaps not.