Past Sunday Messages
The King of More Than Palms
April 5, 2020

(For the context of future listeners, this sermon was delivered during the government’s warnings and mass shutdowns during the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic.  Hopeland was closed for Palm Sunday.) Jesus’ march into Jerusalem is a march of a king coming in to claim the capital city and even declaring victory over war.  And, Palm Sunday […]

Sixth Commandment: A Life Taken
February 16, 2020

The sixth commandment, “Thou shalt not murder,” is one that our society pretty reasonably understands.  Murder is not something that has in general never been smiled upon by societies.  So why did God put this here, if it seems so common?  And how does this basic tenet of decency relate to the Ten Commandments as […]

Third Commandment: Do Not Misuse the Name of God
January 26, 2020

The name of God is a holy focus.  Jesus’ words about how to pray, and using the word “hallowed,” tells us to take his name seriously.  But, why is God so hung up about his name? Matthew 6:9-15 “This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your […]

Herod the Great
December 15, 2019

Herod is most famously known as the man responsible for an event we now call the “Massacre of the Innocents” or “Slaughter of the Innocents.”  But there is so much more implied in Matthew’s narrative, and Matthew is invoking Herod’s name to make a larger point that is going to be a theme throughout his […]

The Forgotten Ones
December 3, 2019

The names that Matthew lists in Jesus’ genealogy at the beginning of his Gospel aren’t at the top of anyone’s list of excitement.  What Matthew is showing, however, through all of the struggles of Israel, is that there was never a time that God wasn’t in control. Matthew 1:1-17 A record of the genealogy of […]

The Seven Deadly Sins: Pride
September 8, 2019

Matthew 27:11-26 Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing […]

The Seven Deadly Sins: Greed
August 11, 2019

Matthew 6:19-34 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart […]

Father’s Day Message
June 18, 2019

Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put […]

The King Has Come (Palm Sunday)
April 14, 2019

Matthew 21:1-17 When they had approached Jerusalem and had come to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied there and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to Me. “If anyone says […]