Once upon a time

Sermon 01 Jul 2018

Once upon a time by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Are you so busy living the life you have received as a gift from God, that you have no time or energy to spend with the One who gave you that gift? To receive wisdom and counsel from the Holy Spirit, revelation as to what your life is for, and guidance in how to most effectively use what you have been given?  Where your time is spent, there your heart will be also.

Lectionary: Lamentations 3:22-33; Psalm 30; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; Mark 5:25-34

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 6:19-21

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGUp8LKjB_B2W5VN

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Are you hungry?

Sermon 24 Jun 2018  (ICCEC Foundation Day)

Are you hungry? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Ezekiel’s prophesying did not make the dry bones live, God did.  We have been dry bones.  Will we listen?  Will we respond?  Jesus didn’t do many works in His hometown because of their unbelief.  What about us – is Jesus the problem, or are we?

Lectionary: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 19:1-14; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Mark 16:15-20

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 13:1-58; Matthew 5:6; Matthew 23:37

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGFyYrmdn9nrEUE-

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGI_8r20T4H4GAdE

Marriage is not easy

Sermon 23 Jun 2018  (celebrating Robbie & Marivic England’s 3 years of marriage)

Marriage is not easy by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Nothing in creation but a woman could be a suitable helpmate for man.  No two people are the same.  Marriage is God’s fusion of two people into one.

Lectionary: Genesis 2:7-9, 18-24; Psalm 128; 1 Corinthians 12:4-12; Matthew 19:1-6

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnGBhrB7ieX7jaQlc

To be a father …

Sermon 17 Jun 2018

To be a father … by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  To be a father, you must first be a husband.  You must be a shepherd to your flock (your family).  You must lay down your life for your sheep.

Lectionary: Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 92; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; Mark 4:26-34  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:8-9; Ephesians 5:25-27; John 15:12-14; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnF-PdyF3zuJfSogJ

Ordinary time

Sermon 10 Jun 2018

Ordinary time by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Satan was humiliated by God because of mankind.  He hates us, and he comes to us in the unchanging sameness of “ordinary time” to convince us nothing is happening.  God comes to us as well, opening new doors of faith and ministry, but we must choose to walk through the doorway and then actually get up and do it!

Lectionary: Genesis 3:8-15; Psalm 130:1-8; 2 Corinthians 4:13-18; Mark 3:20-30

Referenced Scriptures:  Hebrews 11:6; Revelation 3:20-21

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnF6V4uG90UbT2TZD

Strengthening the Body of Christ

Sermon 03 Jun 2018  (Corpus Christi)

Strengthening the Body of Christ by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  We are part of the living, breathing, growing Body of Christ on earth.  With greater importance comes greater responsibility.  When Jesus calls, we must respond not only with our lips but with our actions and our priorities.  Before appointing comes anointing; before anointing comes commitment; and commitment comes from a heart full of gratitude to God for all He has done for us and in us.

Lectionary: Exodus 25:21-30; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; John 6:54-63

Referenced Scriptures:  Ephesians 4:11-13a; Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 9:59-60; Matthew 26:35

Recording – Exhortation during worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnF0M5n74HfiY_fF9

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

The Holy Trinity and you

Sermon 27 May 2018  (Trinity Sunday)

The Holy Trinity and you by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  An explanation of the Athanasian Creed.  The Trinity in creation.  This unfathomable God gives us a role, and equips us for it.  He asks our best in return.

Lectionary: Isaiah 6:1-5; Psalm 78:1-8; Romans 8:12-17; John 3:7-16  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Job 38:1-11; Job 42:1-5; Malachi 3:10

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFiZxgROGg6KwLEU

Are you baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Sermon 20 May 2018  (Pentecost)

Are you baptized in the Holy Spirit? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus gave the disciples His authority to accomplish their mission, then asked the Father to send the Holy Spirit who would give them power to accomplish it.  You may be given a vision, but you cannot achieve it in your own strength.  Are you baptized in the Holy Spirit?

Lectionary: Acts 2:1-7, 12-21; Psalm 104:24-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; John 16:1-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-20

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFfKMION9ZwjVc_3

Why should we NEVER give up on anyone?

So Jesus got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. 2 Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

3 And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”

4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? 6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 7 And he arose and departed to his house.

– Matthew 9:1-7 (The Gospel from today’s lectionary)

Why should we NEVER give up on anyone, no matter how far from Jesus they are in their heart? “When Jesus saw THEIR FAITH” – Jesus did not look upon the faith of the paralytic, but on the faith of the friends.

Make it your mission to always pray for others – your family, your children, your friends … whether they’ve wandered away or are in downright rebellion against God – because in your prayers you are carrying them into the presence of Jesus. May He look on YOUR FAITH, forgive their sins, and change their lives!

Jesus ascended, leaving us … what?

Sermon 13 May 2018  (Ascension Sunday)

Jesus ascended, leaving us … what? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus told the disciples what their mission would be, confirmed He would send what the Father had promised, and instructed them to stay in the city until they had received it; then He left.  Jesus won the victory, then gave His disciples and those who would follow the responsibility and the authority to make it real in the earth.  The mission is humanly impossible … so He commands us not to begin until we have received His power.  But be careful what you ask for: to whom much is given, from him much will be required.

Lectionary: Acts 1:1-11; Psalm 47:1-9; Ephesians 1:15-23; Luke 24:44-53

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 10:1-4; Luke 10:17; Matthew 28:18-20; John 17:20-23; Luke 12:48b

Recording – Exhortation after worship:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFWqajZO3LWoxbGd

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