Sermon Take Aways – All Saints Sunday

Matthew 5:13-16

Sermon take-aways: We belong to eternity; we belong to God, We will die, but do not “pass away”—the world passes away; we must be courageous to live and love eternally as children of God.

 
As human beings we seem to be time-bound creatures who live within a limited time-frame. Yet we also sense that there is more; that this is not all we are. We also belong to eternity. If we let ourselves surrender to the beauty of God’s claim on us, we can sense a realm beyond time and above time, the realm of the divine.
 
This morning. As we mourn the loss of our loved ones, we also come to say thank you God? It takes courage to live believing that what we do with our life matters beyond this lifetime. It takes courage to risk the possibility that
we are loved eternally and that we are to have the courage to love
eternally… to love even when we cannot comprehend the mystery of life and death.
 
We and our loved ones, belong to eternity. We will die, but we do not pass away. The world passes away. We are all destined to let go of this world, and surrender to eternity. Do not grieve as those who have no hope. (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
 
Listen up! Take heart – we will meet our loved ones again in eternity.

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Sermon Take Aways – Turning our Defeats into Victories

Philippians 1:12-14

Sermon take-aways: We can break down and feel sorry for ourselves, we can break out with resentment, or we can break through with trust.

 
When life hurts and hearts have been broken, we have three choices:
 
First, we can break down with self-pity. Self-pity distorts reality. It gets in the way of receiving and giving love. Self-pity makes us self-centered and blocks what God is doing in our lives.
 
Second, we can choose to break out with resentment. Those who do this become bitter and hostile. They live with no hope and sense of God’s goodness. They live in the valley of resentment and give up embracing the promises of God. There is always a choice; another way. In the words of FDR, “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
 
Third, if we truly make every effort to live in the spirit of Oneness with God, we will break through with trust that God is reliable and can be trusted.
 
We must continue trusting, living and working to remain open to the presence of Christ so we can face each day with the assurance that God will give us exactly what we need when we need it. We must remain faithful and hopeful!

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Sermon Take Aways – A Love That Refreshes

John 4:7-15

Sermon take-aways: Jesus offers living water that continually refreshes, and which we can’t contain, but must share first-hand, with others.

 

We will never be thirsty again when we drink from the well of refreshing water that Jesus offers each of us.

The move from second-hand religion to first-hand religion issues the mandate to tell someone else about our faith experience. When we have something so good and so life-giving, we just can’t keep it to ourselves. As with the Samaritan woman at the well, we WILL find ways to tell others about the One who dwells within us as a stream of refreshing love.


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Sermon Take Aways – Ready, Willing, and Able

Luke 15:11-32

Sermon take-aways:  God’s love is recklessly extravagant (prodigal). He is ready, willing and able to love and accept us back into new life.

 

The definition of the word “Prodigal” is “being recklessly extravagant.“ This parable points not so much to the younger son being prodigal in living, as it does to the father being prodigal in loving.

This parable says God is recklessly extravagant when it comes to loving us! We can do nothing to earn nor are there any limitations or restrictions to God’s love.

This parable affirms the uniqueness and beauty of Christianity in that God never gives up on anyone.

This parable reminds us that no matter how far away from home you are…how broken you are… God is always ready, willing and able to accept you and heal you into wholeness!

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Sermon Take Aways – The Bread of Life

Matthew 26:26-29

World Wide Holy Communion

Sermon take-aways:

In scripture, bread is the symbol of Forgiveness; of Compassion; of Revelation

 
In scripture, bread is the symbol of forgiveness. In New Testament time, when people were at odds with one another and then reconciled, the joy of coming together was celebrated and sealed by the breaking of bread together.
 
In scripture, bread is the symbol of compassion. The compassion of Jesus makes it possible for us to face the nature of our sin. It helps us to really understand the sacrifice He made for us. Our brokenness is able to transform from despair to hope.
 
In scripture, bread is the symbol of revelation. Revelation means to make clear, or to make known. In Luke 24:13-35, the risen Jesus comes upon two disciples walking the Emmaus road in great despair. As He walks along with them they do not recognize Him. It is not until they ask Him to share a meal, and He breaks the bread, that they finally realize its Jesus. He is made known to them in the breaking of bread. It was a symbol of forgiveness, compassion and revelation!
 
When we partake of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus feeds us with his grace and forgiveness. We enter into communion with him and with one another.

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