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Sermons on Worship (Page 2)

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…

Parables of Resistance

First Lesson: Romans 8:26-39, Second Lesson: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 Romans 8:26-39 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the…

Grace Remains

First Lesson : 1 Peter 4:12-19,  Second Lesson: Matthew 20:1-16 1 Peter 4:12-19 Suffering for Being a Christian 12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ,…

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;…

Risky Hospitality

First Lesson: Matthew 9:35-10:23 , Second Lesson: Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7 Matthew 9:35-10:23 The Workers Are Few 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless,…

Nendeni, Go…!

First Lesson: James 1:17-27, Second Lesson: Matthew 28:16-20 James 1:17-27 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.…

Feeling the Spirit

First Lesson: Acts 2:1-21, Second Lesson: John 20:19-29 Acts 2:1-21  The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as…

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…