Mercy is at the heart of everything Jesus did. This was on display when Jesus called Matthew, the tax collector, to be a disciple. Many other sinners came to Jesus, too, and found his mercy.
Jesus taught the disciples to welcome mere children in Jesus' name. John responds by telling about an exorcist that John and the others prevented from doing such work in Jesus' name. Jesus takes that opportunity to teach all of his disciples how to recognize one another and have fellowship with many new friends in his Kingdom.
In Mark 2:18-22, Jesus provides two vivid parables that give a vision of his revolutionary mission in the world. Jesus came to establish a New Covenant from God with humankind. This new covenant includes God's gracious gift of a new way of thinking about everything. Something sorely needed in today's chaos.
Sermon from Mark 2:13-17
Jesus calls Levi the tax collector to follow him and learn the way of the Kingdom of God. On further thought, this is a surprising choice that offers a lot of hope to the rest of us.
Morning sermon from James 4:11-12.
James teaches that speaking against Christian brethren is to place ourselves in judgment of the redemptive gift and work of God. It is important, instead, to approach all of God's works with an attitude of wonder and appreciation.
Morning sermon from James 4:1-10.
Too often brothers and sisters in Christ go to war against each other. James calls us back to follow the example Jesus set for us on the cross.
This sermon reports on the youth group's trip to the Spiritual Explosion youth rally. The sermon itself recaps the series of keynote talks from the youth rally. "This is Us" seeks to encourage all of us to ground our confidence in the grace of God, because no one can be perfect.