Michael Strickler

Sermon from 19 May 2024

Sermon Title: “Self Righteousness”
Pastor: Doug Miller
Scriptures: Luke 18:9-14

Synopsis: It is not our sin that will keep us from God, it is our own self-righteousness that keeps us from God. How do we know if we are drifting in our own self-righteousness? What are the clues? Well, it is how you start to treat others around you. Particularly, those who have made a mess in their life. Three questions you can ask, 1.) “Have you separated yourself from others you consider broken and messy? (Pharisees stepped away from others) 2.) Have you ever said, “I’m glad I’m not like them? (The Pharisees said it in his prayer) 3.) When broken and messy people get good things, are you happy for them? (When we think others need to suffer more before they get God’s grace). If Jesus doesn’t require people to clean up before they come to him, we should not either.

Sermon from 12 May 2024

Sermon Title: “The Paddle”
Pastor: Doug Miller
Scriptures: Matthew 23

Synopsis: Ever known or been a religious bully? A religious bully thinks he/she knows how to act or think or dress or behave. And if you don’t follow up to their standards, they will whack you back in line. Let me tell you, Jesus never meant for his kingdom to be portrayed in such a way. In fact some people are so concerned about looking good, they want to have their lives appear all together. In the end they miss the point of grace. Think about what our communities and churches might look like if we could be more concerned about pointing out the heart of God and less about pointing out others mistakes.

Sermon from 05 May 2024

Sermon Title: “It’s Not A Game”
Pastor: Doug Miller
Scriptures: Luke 15:11-32

Synopsis: Are you doing things for God out a sense of duty? Slaving away, looking at God from a transactional perspective? Someone to be bargained with? Have you lost sight that God is your heavenly Father? Are you board with what seems like a religious game. Hear the last words of the Father. “Just come back in the house, that is where grace is, not out here slaving away thinking you can earn his love.” If it is only duty, a transaction, you need to realize you are more than that, you are my child. All I have is yours so stop striving and come in, rest in my love for you.

Sermon from 14 April 2024

Sermon Title: “The Jesus Way”
Pastor: Linda Maifair
Scriptures: Matthew 23:3, John 13:15, and John 13:34

Synopsis: Once we decide to accept Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf and profess him as our Lord and Savior, how do we actually live out our discipleship in ways that honor Him? By following His example and thinking, speaking, responding to and serving others the way He does. By making the constant, ongoing, moment by moment choice to love like Jesus and do things The Jesus Way.

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