We continue looking at the life of Moses, specifically how he was called by God to face the greatest fear of his life: Pharaoh. In this sermon, Father John explores how Moses overcame his fear, and asks the question - "Why does God ask us to face our greatest fear?" It turns out the answer is all about love. Listen and be encouraged!
Today we push past Genesis and look at a familiar story at the beginning of the Book of Exodus: Moses' encounter with God in the burning bush. This story asks the fundamental question: How do we see ourselves? Do we view ourselves as weak, limited, unimportant? Or do we see ourselves as God sees us - as strong, valuable, and capable? Are we open to being champions for God in our life, like Moses was, despite what might hold us back? Listen and be encouraged to make the choice to view yourself like God views you!
What is your birthright as a child of God? Today's story from Genesis invites us to consider that profound question as Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for nothing more than a bowl of stew. In this last installment of our sermon series on the book of Genesis, Father John explores what it means to live as a person whose birthright originates from God. Are you living according to only what your eyes can see, or are you tapping into the spiritual resources that will enable you to live a much more holistic and meaningful life?
Have you ever been confronted with an idea or a possibility that seemed outrageous - that you may have even laughed at when it was suggested to you? Today's story from Genesis focuses on Sarah's response to God when it is suggested that she will bear a child in her old age - she laughs at the idea! God then asks a question that we might all do well to consider: Is anything too wonderful for the Lord to do? Father John asks us to look at life as an adventure, and one where sometimes God leads us in ways [...]
Today we look at the story of Abram expressing frustration to God, and the strange vision that followed. What we learn from this encounter is that God responds when we are real in prayer. Father John encourages us to talk to God in ways that are raw and unfiltered, while still reverential in today's sermon - because that's what an authentic spiritual life requires over time.
The story of Noah and the flood occurs early in Genesis as one of a series of vignettes illustrating the impact of the Fall on humanity and the world. This sermon asks the questions of this text from the perspective of a literary analyst - with some very practical results in what the Flood story can mean for us today.
Today's sermon explores the meaning of the story of the Tower of Babel. Is God against progress? Why would God interrupt the construction of a city and a tower, dividing and scattering people by confounding their languages? You might be surprised at how relevant this story is considering our current political atmosphere in the United States. If you've ever felt discouraged by the political climate in our nation, this sermon is for you.
Immediately after the Fall, the Creation story proceeds to illustrate one of the primary results of a broken fellowship with God: broken relationships with one another. The story of Cain and Abel asks us to consider how we respond to those people who trigger us, make us angry - and whether we will decide to be peacemakers in God's world. How do you approach conflict in your own life? Father John explores this question, and offers some practical wisdom for choosing the path of peace with others.
What do we make of the final part of the Creation story? It certainly requires us to face a painful truth about ourselves: We are all broken people. But there is hope and grace embedded in this story. In this sermon, Father John looks at the nature of temptation, but also the compassionate response of God when we come face to face with our own weaknesses.
After God ceased creating in the Genesis account, God entered wholly into the joy of that creation - inviting humankind to do the same, and God called this experience "rest." Later, after the Israelites had learned to survive as slaves for generations in Egypt, God had to remind them that they needed time for rest - and commanded the observance of Sabbath on the seventh day of the week. In this sermon, Father John explores the meaning of Sabbath - that it goes beyond merely taking another vacation or a nap, but involves being refreshed in the presence of God. [...]