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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.








18-0121 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...

Duration: 00:18:20

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."

Duration: 00:31:50

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

Duration: 00:14:34

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

Duration: 00:23:28

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.

Duration: 00:08:53

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

Duration: 00:14:48

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

Duration: 00:17:17

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.

Duration: 00:12:07

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.

Duration: 00:48:15

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

Duration: 00:22:44

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

Duration: 00:24:15

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...

Duration: 00:27:34

17-1029 Please God Who's Right - Clashing Of The Churches

Five Hundred years after Martin Luther tacked those 95 Theses complaining against corruption in the Church, we celebrate the transforming difference these Reformers made to Christianity and the world. Could there be another revolutionary time in Christianity that is part of a new emerging world. I say YES and expect on our Exodus journey to the promised land and to the vision of the Kingdom of Heaven - there are more dramatic moments to come. Who will lead the next Reformation? Sacred...

Duration: 00:35:55

17-1022 Please God! Whose Right? - Knowing Gods Ways

In the continuing sermon series about our appeal to God to help us see who "is right" on so many issues of our day, this day we looked at how we know God's ways. We explored Moses conversation about this with God on the Mountain. We explored the approach of Jesus as the Pharisees are trying to entrap him. We consider all the Christians who speak in God's name at the School Board meeting about the so-called Transgender bathroom issue. Our Church was on one side and all the other...

Duration: 00:30:12

17-1015 Please God! Whose Right? - The Bible

Week 2 of my sermon series - Please God! Whose Right? This week focuses on the Bible. Some Christians are so sure that every word of the Bible is without flaw and that they know what it all means. It is black and white - no greyeng. Others have had bible verses thrown at them and it feels like the Bible is a weapon. So, now they run from the Bible. In a dangerous time in our culture when some people are creating their own truth and using it to judge others - with Bible in hand. As a...

Duration: 00:35:14

17-1008 Please God! Whose Right?

One of the tension points in the culture divide in America is the Ten Commandments. Not so much the content but the role of these laws etched on stone tablets that Moses brought to the people. Some want to prominently display these in monument form in public places. As followers of Jesus, I discuss the role of the Ten Commandments and how Jesus shifts our focus to something greater we can reach for in the Greatest Commandment. This shift has something to do with why Jesus rarely answers...

Duration: 00:19:26

17-1001 Posturing- Kneeling At The Communion Table

The "Take a Knee" movement in the NFL has me wondering about the meaning of our posturing. In my Catholic background, we knelt often. What are you willing to kneel or bow before as a sign of your allegiance? I would suggest that we do it at the Communion Table of Resistance. What a powerful act on this World Communion Sunday! Now maybe we can go out and break down the "Power Over" dynamics that push people down and oppress. Now maybe we can create "Power With" dynamics that mirrors the...

Duration: 00:26:19

17-0924 Complaining & Understanding

The Exodus story is a template for human journey through life. It applies to our individual story and to our communal story. Today we here about the Complaining part of the journey. In Matthew, we get the message that the way we think about things is not the way God thinks about things - often a totally reversal. Wake Up and move through your complaining. Grow up and learn through the Wisdom Teacher Jesus a broader perspective on many things. Sacred Texts: Exodus 16:2-15, Matthew 20:1-16

Duration: 00:25:05

17-0917 Saving Our Churches Sermon

Consider this podcast in three parts. 1) Key Sacred Texts - Exodus 14:19-32 & Matthew 18:21-35; 2) Words shared about "Just Peace Sunday" and its link to Transgender bathroom issue coming to a head in Colville soon, and 3) My sermon focus on the topic at hand. A call for us as a church to look at the real reason many of our churches are struggling or in decline. Following the Biblical principles surrounded the 40 years to the promised land and the instructions to the Church from Jesus....

Duration: 00:28:35

17-0903 Its Time To Go Now Sermon

Moses and the Burning Bush. Peter rebuked "Get Behind Me Satan". Whenever we hear the call of God or agree to be a follower of Jesus - our mission will be "To Go Now" from where we are to a new and better place. The sermon image is my hand drawn quadrant diagram that I used in the Sermon to frame this subject. We must go so why do we resist when we know it will be better? Sacred Text: Exodus 3:1-15 and Matthew 16:21-28

Duration: 00:27:25

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