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Sermons by Rev. Roger Gench

“Give to God the Things that are God’s”

Frist Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Second Lesson: Matthew 22:15-22 1 Paul, Silas[a] and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ Faith 2 We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.3 We remember before our God…

Stormy Seas

First Class: Psalm 85:8-13, Second Class: Matthew 14:22-33 Psalm 85:8-13 8 I will listen to what God the Lord says;     he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—     but let them not turn to folly. 9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,     that his glory may dwell in our land. 10 Love and faithfulness meet together;…

You give them something…

First Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-5, Second Lesson: Matthew 14:13-21 Invitation to the Thirsty 55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,     come to the waters; and you who have no money,     come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk     without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread,     and your labor on what does…

The Seed

First Lesson: Isaiah 55:10-13, Second Lesson: Matthew 13:1-9 Isaiah 55:10-13 10 As the rain and the snow     come down from heaven, and do not return to it     without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,     so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes…

Faith on the Ground

First Lesson: Romans 6:12-23,   Second Lesson: Matthew 10:40-42 Romans 6:12-23 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13 Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness,but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life;…

Devotions

First Lesson: Psalm 68:1-10, Second Lesson: Acts: 1:6-14 Psalm 68 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. A song. 1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered;     may his foes flee before him. 2 May you blow them away like smoke—     as wax melts before the fire,     may the wicked perish before God. 3 But…

Roots and Wings

First Lesson: Acts 17:16-21, Second Lesson: Acts 17:22-31 Acts 17:16-21 In Athens 16 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those…