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

Called to be broken bread and poured out wine

Sermon 06 May 2018  (Easter 6)

Called to be broken bread and poured out wine by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God identifies who is His own by giving His Holy Spirit, making it evident to all.  Love is measured by obedience.  We overcome the world by obeying God regardless of consequences.  Jesus chose you to bear fruit that will last.  Break your bread, pour out your wine, and lay down your life.

Lectionary: Acts 10:44-48; Psalm 98; 1 John 5:1-6; John 15:9-17

Referenced Scriptures:  2 Peter 3:9; Luke 22:19-20

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFTWc3qm_pya6hmU

Jesus leads, we follow; He lays down His life, we … ?

Sermon 22 April 2018  (Easter 4)

Jesus leads, we follow; He lays down His life, we … ? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus leads us along the right paths. Sometimes the right path is through a dark valley. Jesus laid down His life, and calls us to do the same; will we follow? Only if the love of God is in us; only if we truly love, truly care, truly obey. Love makes a person brave. With authority comes responsibility.

Lectionary: Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23:1-6; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

Referenced Scriptures:  Matthew 26:39; John 15:13; Acts 4:19-20; Luke 12:11-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnFFgIoFeChMD3Yp-

God is calling; will you answer?

Sermon 15 April 2018  (Easter 3)

God is calling; will you answer? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Moses was given a mission, and he kept doing what he had always done until God gave him counsel through Jethro:  teach the people the way to walk and the work they should do, then select from them faithful captains to administer the ministry.  Having the right foundation is critical.  Our foundation is not a philosophy nor a set of rules but is a person: Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.  We build on the foundation by knowing and obeying the Word of God.

Lectionary: Acts 3:12-19; Psalm 4; 1 John 3:1-5; Luke 24:36b-48  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures:  Exodus 18:13-26; 1 Corinthians 3:9–11; John 14:15; 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE8OFpLBgfXITaTX

One in heart and mind

Sermon 08 April 2018  (Easter 2)

One in heart and mind by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  All the believers were one in heart and mind.  Unity is a blessing that starts at the head but flows down to touch everyone.  If our fellowship with one another is broken, our fellowship with the Trinity is also broken.  Confession is the pathway to healing.

Lectionary: Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 133; 1 John 1:1-2:2; John 20:19-31

Referenced Scriptures:  No additional Scriptures

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE5XZmXXvET0yG2h

Behold, I make all things new

Sermon 01 April 2018  (Easter)

Behold, I make all things new by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  From Good Friday to Easter morning the world changed, not just for those alive in Jesus’ time but for us as well.  The Father has disciplined us for our gain, and today we celebrate our newness of life in Christ Jesus.  Let Him change your life!

Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; John 20:1-18

Referenced Scriptures:  Revelation 21:5; Hebrews 12:3-11; Psalm 103:11-12

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnE1VznfzXnVHi5Qs

Jesus sacrificed for us

Sermon 30 March 2018  (Good Friday)

Jesus sacrificed for us by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus’ sacrifice cleanses us from all sin, not just for our gain but that we might live for one another.

Lectionary: Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 22:1-21; Hebrews 10:1-25; John 19:1-37

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEwHSJDPwX-GhkKL

Do this …

Sermon 29 March 2018  (Maundy Thursday)

Do this … by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Maundy Thursday is intimate. Jesus gives two mandates: “Do this in remembrance of Me”, and “A new commandment I give to you”. What does it mean?

Lectionary:  Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15

Referenced Scriptures:  Luke 22:19; John 13:33-35; John 21:17

Recording – Sermon:  https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvYHlhfoSlmRnEoXuqm8qLrzKm6b