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This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.

This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.
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This is a podcast of sermons from the Progressive Christian voice in Colville, WA - Colville United Church of Christ and Pastor Jim CastroLang.








18 - 0318 God In The 21st Century

So much of the Lenten story comes through in today's sacred texts from Jeremiah 31:31-34 - God renews the covenant and it is adjusted to what we need at the time and place in history and John 12:20-33 where the core purpose for Jesus culminating in this significant holy week. In this Jesus shows us the difficult but fruitful path we must walk for all of life to be fulfilled. Then, there will be so much to celebrate at Easter.


18-0311 What God Has Made - Sermon Discussion

(Ephesians 2:10) "For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." As an alternative to a sermon talk, the congregation broke into small groups to discuss this version and the full passage verses 1-10 using this discussion guide - . The open and close is with the whole group with one small group discussion recorded in the middle.


18-0304 Hey Jesus - Is It Time To Overturn The Tables

There is Soft Christianity and Hard Christianity. Soft Christianity begins with gentle baby Jesus. It has expectations of his followers that they be kind, gentle, compassionate and offer service to those in need. Then thee is Hard Christianity that teaches that we must fight for what is right and yes, event upset the applecart at times to square things back on track as God intended. Today's Gospel is about Hard Christianity so let;s dive in. Sacred Texts: Exodus 20:1-17, John 2:13-22


18-0225 Promises Promises Promises

At some point in life, most of us believe some of the promises we are told about life. Then we experience broken promises and our own doubts sneak in. This leads us to not living into the promises and then things go astray and we lose our way. Today, we look at this process for Abraham and Sarah. Today, we receive the promise of what it means to follow Jesus - we must lose our life to save it. Can you live into that promise? Sacred Texts: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-26 and Mark 8:31-38


18-0218 After The Devastation

This is the first Sunday following the horrific and devastating school shooting in Parkland, Florida. As we begin Lent, what do we do with the 18th School shooting of 2018. God renews the Covenant with humanity with Noah following the devastation of the flood. What is God doing now? What would Jesus do about all these school shootings. This sermon considers how we can use Lent to follow the wisdom of Jesus to respond in new ways. Mark 1:9-15, Genesis 9:8-17


18-0211 The gods Of This World

The story of the Transfiguration was transformative for Peter, James, and John. As followers of Jesus, what have been our transformative experience. What is it that loosens our allegiance to the gods of this world -- the things we make gods in out need for power and control? This is the way of the spiritual journey -- to see the new and bigger realities and possibilities in God's infinite love. Mark 9:2-9, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6


18-0204 Do You Believe In Healing?

Have you ever watched those Healing Preachers on TV? Instant healing - Do you believe it happens? In this sermon, we explore Jesus healing as portrayed in Mark. It seems to be instant but there is so much more to say. Today we look at the reality of the healing process straight in the eyes.


18-0128 Finding The 'Right' Way

Paul says, "Knowledge Puffs Up, Love Builds Up" -- what does this mean? We explore this in the context of this raging Information Age and a time that seems chaotic. How do we get it right in these times? Paul's instruction to the Corinthians - how does it apply to us today? Sacred Text: Mark 8:1-13.


18-0121 Out Of My Mind

We sat in a circle and had an intimate worship today. We had many people gone either flu sick or at the Women's March in Spokane. My message focused on "Stubborn Minds" such as the ones who have closed the Government done in Washington D.C. But really we can't escape it...we too often have stubborn minds that close others out. We notice today that the scripture tells us that even God changes her mind. This may be the fundamental issue of our day. How can we bridge the divide if no one...


18-0114 Dangerous Road To Beloved Community

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr - pastor, theologian, activist, and worker for God's Justice deserves more attention in our Churches. As a follower of Jesus called to attack the structural injustices of our world, he has much to teach us about living the faith. This sermon relies on the Good Samaritan story -- an important story to MLK and also on the speech he gave 8/31/67 on the "Three Evils of Society."


18-0107 The Courage To Arise

Isaiah's proclamation, "Arise, Shine, Your Light Has Come" is like a birth announcement that applies to Jesus but also to us on the Epiphany Day. In the Christmas season we celebrate the birth of Emmanuel -- the Light of the World. Also, we are inspired again to live the truth that My Light Has Come -- yes I can Arise from whatever has knocked me down in life and I can live in the Light of God's love and hope. Sacred Texts: Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12


17-1231 Its Time For Divine Shaping

Post Christmas and on New Year's Eve - perfect time to allow the birth of Jesus, the baby in the manager to shape our lives profoundly. The divine reshaping -- can we allow it to really change us more in the divine image. Sacred Texts: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, Luke 2:22-40


17-1224 Baby Time

Most of our Christmas Eve celebration was great music. Here are a few words I shared about the meaning of Christmas. I encouraged people to focus on the "Baby". There are lessons in staying with the idea that Emmanuel - God With Us -- came as a baby. Maybe we need to recover the Baby inside of us.


17-1217 Voices And Responding

Christmas comes every year. As we consider the meaning of Christmas and look to those we will be with for Christmas - these two short Reflections may give you some ideas on how to approach these Holy Days differently. The first reflection is "Voices" as we hear the voice of John the Baptist. The second reflection is "Responding" as we hear about Mary's response to the Angels voice. Sacred Texts: John 1:6-8, 19-28 and Luke 1:26-38


17-1210 Preparing To Show Up

It happens to all preachers. You don't feel like you gave a good sermon then someone walks up to you and tells you how much this sermon meant to them. That happened to me on this. Hope your see some value in it. It is my hope that we see in the birth of Jesus -- our God who shows up and makes a difference. This is our time to prepare that we might show up for Christmas this year -- really be present to the possibilities. Isaiah 40:1-11, Mark 1:1-8


17-1203 In These Days - Time To Show Up

Advent is the beginning of a new year in the church life cycle. The beginning includes Christmas. As we look to the meaning of the birth of Jesus, remember this - Living life fully means continually waking up, growing up, cleaning up, and showing up. Jesus modeled this for us, especially the showing up. God, in Jesus, showed up at Christmas and kept showing up through death and into new life. Listen now for more details.


17- 1126 What It Means To Follow Jesus In Colville

While Pastor Jim was away for Thanksgiving, member Maury Barr led congregation in a sermon discuss on Matthew 25:31-46 and what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our town. People were sitting in a big circle so the audio was not perfect but good enough. It is worth hearing this insightful and dynamic conversation. Encourage you to have such conversations and share them - where you are.


17-1119 What Talents Did You Get - Rev Judith Reinhart-Nelson

Guest preacher, member of the Church, and local Chaplain - Judith gave us lots to smile about today. She focused us being Spiritually prepared even if when we go into the hospital. As we listened to the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30, Judith noted our spiritual practices as among out talents. Then she broaden us to consider our other talents including the talent of smiling and helping others to smile. Go forth and share your talents. Other sacred text read: I Thessalonians 5:1-11


17 1112 Please God Who's Right - The End sermon

We can talk about the End Times and whether and how Jesus is coming again. Or, we can cut to the chase and talk about Death and how we embrace death or avoid its reality. This is a tender and difficult subject but central to being a follower of Jesus and learning the wisdom of living a full life. It is through the embrace of our own death that sparks our living. But it seems so hard. Sacred Texts: I Thessalonians 4:13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13


17-1105 Please God! Who's Right? - Blessed In Gods Sight

Do you know who you are? These two sacred texts: I John 3:1-3 and Matthew 5:1-12 help us understand who we are as human being and the path to what God knows we can be. I John 3 affirms that we are the "Children of God" and "We will be like God." In the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 we have a template for how we can purify ourselves and pursue the path to our greatest potential. In conclusion, yes we are broken and a mess at times but this is a temporary state -- as Children of God, we are...


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