Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith

Sermon 12 July 2020 (Proper 10)

Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  There are times when the Lord draws really near to you, don’t let them pass you by. But to seek Him you must turn away from those things which are not of Him. There are many ways for us to examine ourselves; this is a real-life example.

Lectionary: Isaiah 55:6-13; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:8-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Referenced Scriptures: Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 27:46; Matthew 6:33; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 John 1-5 (various); 1 John 3:17; Romans 11:29

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Inalienable rights

Sermon 05 July 2020 (Proper 9)

Inalienable rights by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Inalienable rights are (a) legal and moral entitlements (b) belonging to a created human being which are not bestowed by law, custom, or belief. They are beyond the control of governments because they are given by God to every individual at conception, and only God can take them away. How shall we use them?

Lectionary: Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-17; Romans 7:21-8:1; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30  (sermon not from lectionary)

Referenced Scriptures: Genesis 2:7; Genesis 1:27; Genesis 2:16-17; Genesis 2:8-9; Genesis 2:15; Genesis 3:22-24; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 6:23; Deuteronomy 28:15; Genesis 4:7; Joshua 24:14-15; Acts 5:29; Galatians 5:19-21; Matthew 5:2-11; Revelation 22:14; John 1:12; Acts 5:26-29, 33

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Do you grieve the Holy Spirit?

Sermon 28 June 2020 (ICCEC Foundation Day)

Do you grieve the Holy Spirit? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Hananiah and Jeremiah prophesied into a specific situation, but Hananiah’s words were not God’s words: they were what he wished to be true. How do we know if we’re interpreting the Word like Jeremiah, or misinterpreting it like Hananiah? Going further, how do we know if we’re a slave of sin, or a servant of God?

Lectionary: Jeremiah 28:5-9, 15-17; Psalm 89:1-4, 7-10, 15-18, 50-52; Romans 6:16-23; Matthew 10:37-42

Referenced Scriptures: Psalm 89:27, 38-49; Proverbs 3:11-12 ; Hebrews 12:5-6; 2 Peter 3:9; James 4:6; Jeremiah 28:1-4, 10-14; Genesis 27:40; Isaiah 14:25; Jeremiah 27:9-10; Jeremiah 29:5-7; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:15; Romans 6:11-15; John 16:8; Romans 8:2; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:30; 2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 John 1:6-7; 1 John 2:15-16; Matthew 7:23

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No reserve, no retreat, no regret

Sermon 21 June 2020

No reserve, no retreat, no regret by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  If you stand with the Lord you will encounter all manner of opposition.  You are immersed in a culture that increasingly demands you depart from standing for the Lord. How will you respond? Your answer can change the world.

Lectionary: Jeremiah 20:7-13; Psalm 69:1-18; Romans 6:1-11; Matthew 10:24-33

Referenced Scriptures: Jeremiah 18:1-18; Matthew 7:21-23; Psalm 91:7-8; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 6:33; Daniel 1-12; Matthew 6:21; Colossians 3:17

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What manner of person ought you to be?

Sermon 14 June 2020

What manner of person ought you to be? by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Our enemy satan turns every controversy into a war between two blocks: you must be part of one or the other, there is no middle ground. We must not fall into his trap, but we cannot take no action at all, either. So what should we do?

Lectionary: Exodus 19:1-9a; Psalm 50:1-7, 14-23; Romans 5:1-8; Matthew 10:1-8

Referenced Scriptures: Genesis 3:4-5; Matthew 5:13-16; Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 9:23-25; Matthew 5:39-42; Matthew 9:13; 2 Peter 3:9-12

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Satan divides, God unites

Sermon 07 June 2020  (Trinity Sunday)

Satan divides, God unites by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Jesus gave us a number of signs of His coming again, and we are seeing all of them in our world today. But we were made in the image of God, and are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ. So how do we respond to the events occurring in our world? (Hint: If you think and speak and act like the world, if there is no difference between you and the world … why would anyone choose to follow the Jesus you follow rather than follow the world?)

Lectionary: Genesis 1:26-2:4; Psalm 8:1-9; 2 Corinthians 13:5-14; Matthew 28:16-20

Referenced Scriptures: Proverbs 10:19; Proverbs 17:27-28; James 1:19-20; Matthew 24:3-14; John 15:26; John 10:30; Genesis 1:27; Romans 8:29; Revelation 12; Matthew 12:25; Luke 12:51-53; 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; Galatians 6:9-10; Matthew 5:43-45

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Pentecost is empowerment

Sermon 31 May 2020  (Pentecost)

Pentecost is empowerment by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  The Jewish feast of Pentecost celebrated the promise of the Old Covenant, the giving of the law to Moses on Mt. Sinai 50 days after the killing of the Paschal lamb during Passover. In Acts, the promise of the New Covenant came on Pentecost, 50 days after the Resurrection of the Lamb of God. In both cases, God’s descent was primarily for the benefit of those who observed it, not those who experienced it.

Lectionary: Acts 2:1-21; Psalm 104:24-35; 1 Corinthians 12:3-13; John 7:37-39

Referenced Scriptures: Exodus 19:18; John 4:35-38; Numbers 11:29; 1 Corinthians 14:5; Acts 1:4-8; Ephesians 6:10-12; John 10:10; John 20:21-22; Joel 2:28-32

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Possess your inheritance!

Sermon 24 May 2020  (Easter 7)

Possess your inheritance! by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  Christ is now seated at the Father’s right hand in heavenly places, and we sit together with Him.  As His disciples that is our inheritance: we own it…but we must take possession of it.  WARNING: you will have to fight for it!  (Sermon inspired by writings in the last few days from Abp. Chuck Jones, Archdiocese of the Southeast USA, on his website Aslan Roars.)

Lectionary: Acts 1:1-14; Psalm 68:4-11,18-20,32-35; 1 Peter 4:12-16; John 17:1-11

Referenced Scriptures: Ephesians 1:17-20; Ephesians 2:4-7; Matthew 11:12-13,16-19; Ephesians 1:3

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From temptation, to testing, to refining, to Jesus

Sermon 17 May 2020  (Easter 6)

From temptation, to testing, to refining, to Jesus by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary:  God is sufficient.  He does all things for our good, even those things that seem difficult or unfair.  We experience temptations, and sometimes we fail.  But failing the temptation does not have to mean we fail the test.

Lectionary: Acts 17:22-31; Psalm 66:1-20; 1 Peter 3:18-22; John 14:15-21

Referenced Scriptures: Acts 26:17-18; Matthew 26:24; 1 Peter 2:21-24; Hebrews 5:8-9

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It starts in the heart

Sermon 10 May 2020  (Easter 5)

It starts in the heart by Fr. Dana

Simple Summary: Do not let your hearts be troubled.”  Does Jesus understand how difficult this is, especially in the midst of this virus panic?  Yet if our hearts are seeking the best things, perhaps it is not so difficult after all.

Lectionary: Acts 7:55-60; Psalm 31:1-24; 1 Peter 2:4-10; John 14:1-14

Referenced Scriptures: Acts 6:11; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 8:1; 1 Peter 1:3-9; Matthew 5:21-29; Matthew 12:34-35; Proverbs 4:23; Romans 11:29; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 51:10

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