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Right Side Up: Law Bar of Clearance

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, September 8, 2019 Matthew 5:17-32, 48 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: I. The law reveals to us our desperate need for grace. II. Our relationships require full reliance upon God's grace. III. Jesus offers us the gift of a perfection we fail to achieve. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - Come up with a silly law that will help the world. - Why is it valuable for Jesus to move His listeners to a point of crisis?...


Right Side Up: Happy / Blessed

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, September 1, 2019 Matthew 5:1-16 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: I. Happiness is a byproduct of full reliance upon God. II. God’s blessing comes by way of unselfish love. III. Our joy does not depend on the favor of our circumstances. IV. If you stand out in these ways, it’s really God who stands out. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - What's your favorite part about a lakeshore or seaside? - Describe some of...


Let Go: of Bitterness

by Pastor Mary McQuilkin Sunday, August 25, 2019 Ephesians 4:29-32 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: I. We don't get to choose how others act, we choose how we react. II. We let go of bitterness when we choose forgiveness. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - What anger are you holding on to that has turned into bitterness? - What is making it seem easier to hold on to your bitterness than forgive? - Do you have a person or situation that you need...


Let Go: of Fear

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, August 18, 2019 1 John 4:11-21 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: I. What we believe about Jesus affects our capacity for love. II. Fear is powerless when we abide in God’s love for us. III. Real courage is best reflected in vulnerable, sacrificial love. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - Do you have any phobias? Do you remember how they started? - Tell about a time when knowing God's love helped make you more...


Let Go: of Excuses

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, August 11, 2019 John 5:1-13 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: I. Jesus does not force restoration upon us. II. Our excuses can keep us from experiencing abundant life. III. Not everyone will appreciate your new-found liberty. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - What's the best reason you've ever given for being late to something? - What is the significance of Jesus asking the man if he wants to get well? What do...


The Spirit of Eutychus

by Bishop Frank Beard Sunday, August 4, 2019 Acts 20:7-12 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES: The sleepy spirit of Eutychus believes: I. We've got time. II. It's none of my business. III. It's enough to sit in the premises without standing on the promises. IV. Death is preferable to life. Paul responded in power by: I. Showing empathy. II. Embracing the fallen. III. Employing the Spirit. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - Where's the most...


Against the Grain: Praying With Lions

by Rev. Mary McQuilkin Sunday, July 28, 2019 Daniel 6 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES I. When we are faithful to God in all that we do, others can see it. II. God honors our commitment. III. Things on earth are fleeting, but God is forever. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - What is your practice of prayer? - Are so faithful to what you believe that others know that about you? - Have you ever had a time when you felt like you were praying...


Against the Grain: Read the Writing

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, July 21, 2019 Daniel 5 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES I. Some things are still sacred. II. Your reputation can make or break opportunities. III. God calls us to speak truth to power. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - Describe a time when you’ve been the last one to know about something. - What was the fault found in Belshazzar when he saw the disembodied hand writing on the wall? - What remains sacred for...


Against the Grain: Faith in the Furnace

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, July 14, 2019 Daniel 3 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES I. All that glitters isn’t God. II. “Even if He doesn't…” is a statement of faith. III. False gods have no power to save. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - If someone were to create a statue of you, what would the plaque on the statue read? - The scripture drives home that Nebuchadnezzar’s idol is made of gold. Is there a connection between wealth and...


Against the Grain: Who Defines You?

by Rev. Grant Armstrong Sunday, July 7, 2019 Daniel 1 Donate Online - Secure, web-based giving for St. John's UMC SERMON NOTES I. There are powers that will try to steal your faith. II. There are forces that will attempt to rob your identity. III. People of faith make decisions that have real consequences. IV. Trusting in God is right, even when it’s hard. FOR DISCUSSION AND REFLECTION - What’s the most adventurous food you’ve ever tried? - Do you think forced conversions...


"Low Battery Part 5: Plug In" - Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday, June 30, 2019 Acts 1:1-11 In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after he suffered and died, he appeared to the apostles from time to time, and he proved to them in many ways that he was actually alive. And he talked to them about the Kingdom of God. Once when he was eating with them, he...


"Low Battery pt. 4: Receive Care" - Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday, June 23, 2019 1 Kings 19:3-9a 3 Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. 4 Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.” 5 Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him...


"Low Battery pt 3: Be Still" - by Pastor Mary McQuilkin

Sunday June 16, 2019 Psalm 46:1-11 (NLT) God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in...


"Low Battery pt 2: Take Time" - by Pastor Grant Armstrong

Sunday June 9, 2019 Mark 2:23028 (NLT) A Discussion about the Sabbath One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples began breaking off heads of grain to eat. But the Pharisees said to Jesus, “Look, why are they breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you ever read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God (during the days when Abiathar was high...


"Low Battery pt. 1: Come Close" by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, June 2, 2019 Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT) Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


"Rock of Ages pt. 4: Crusty Caleb" - by Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday, May 26, 2019 Joshua 14:6-15 A delegation from the tribe of Judah, led by Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, came to Joshua at Gilgal. Caleb said to Joshua, “Remember what the Lord said to Moses, the man of God, about you and me when we were at Kadesh-barnea. I was forty years old when Moses, the servant of the Lord, sent me from Kadesh-barnea to explore the land of Canaan. I returned and gave an honest report, but my brothers who went with me frightened the people from entering...


"Rock of Ages pt. 3: Adolescent Apostles" - by Sammy Hartnagel

Sunday, May 19, 2019 Matthew 17:24-27, Exodus 30:13-16 (NLT) Matthew 17:24-27 On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well,...


"Rock of Ages, pt 2: Hopeful Hannah" - By Pastor Mary McQuilken

Sunday, May 12, 2019 1 Samuel 1:9-20 (NLT) Hannah’s Prayer for a Son Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray. Eli the priest was sitting at his customary place beside the entrance of the Tabernacle. Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his...


"Rock of Ages, pt 1: Juvenile Josiah" - By Rev. Grant Armstrong

Sunday May 5, 2019 2 Kings 22:1-13 (NLT) Josiah Rules in Judah 22 Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, the court secretary,...


"Called Together" - By Rev Grant Armstrong

Confirmation Sunday April 28, 2019 1 Samuel 3:1-18 (NLT) The Lord Speaks to Samuel 3 Meanwhile, the boy Samuel served the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, “Samuel!” “Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He got up...