Past Sunday Messages
Luke
Easters of the Past
April 12, 2020

(For reference, this message was delivered during Hopeland United Methodist’s first drive-in church service during the coronavirus pandemic, which also happened to be on Easter morning of 2020. This was done via FM radio at the Horst Auction Center on Durlach Road in Ephrata.) While we may remember this Easter Morning, how many Easters have […]

Matthew
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 […]

Mark
The Tortured King
March 29, 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.  This was the first Sunday Hopeland was closed.) “Did Jesus have to die so horribly?”  That’s a question that anyone would ask who reflects on or studies the history of Jesus. Mark […]

Psalms
There is a River
March 24, 2020

This message is a re-delivery two days after its original Sunday morning thanks to an audio mishap with the recording. Thanks to Pastor Russ for recording it a second time for us. Psalm 46:1-11 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way […]

1 Corinthians
Tenth Commandment: Our Gifts from God
March 15, 2020

(For the context of future listeners, this sermon was delivered shortly after the government’s warnings and mass shutdowns during the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic.) Our final message in our series during the Ten Commandments comes amid a state-wide crisis.  And, I received quite a number of inquiries about why would church is remaining open on […]

Acts
Ninth Commandment: A True Testimony
March 10, 2020

Lying is one of the oldest tools in our belt to try and manipulate our own happiness.  C.S. Lewis called it “the only defensive weapon of the child.”  But, it is a weapon that we carry with us through our entire lives, even if we don’t use it all the time. Acts 5:1-11 Now a […]

Exodus
Eighth Commandment: Do Not Steal
March 1, 2020

You do not have to steal to be happy, and when we steal, we are saying that sin is necessary for our happiness and success in life. Pastor Russ takes us through the famous story of the Prodigal Son, showing us what happens when short-term happiness is our goal rather than an eternal one with […]

2 Samuel
Seventh Commandment: A Broken Covenant
February 23, 2020

The commandment against adultery is more than just a commandment against cheating. This is a commandment that carries the weight of maintaining a covenant promise. It is a strong betrayal that only God can find a way to redeem. 2 Samuel 12:1-13 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, […]

Exodus
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 […]

Exodus
Fifth Commandment: Duty and Honor
February 9, 2020

The fifth commandment, “Honor thy father and thy mother” as the well-known rendition of the King James Version says, carries with it some extra expectations that were specific to the Israelites that were wandering in the desert.  It also begs a question: what does honor look like?  And, does the definition of who your “father […]