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“A Hope Undimmed” (Romans 13:11-14) Sunday, November 29, 2020

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Our reading is from Romans chapter 13 verses 11 to 14. Listen for God’s word.

11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Here ends our reading. May God bless our hearing, understanding, & living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “A Hope Undimmed” (Romans 13:11-14) Sunday, November 29, 2020

“A Hope Undimmed”

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“With Glad & Generous Hearts” (Exodus 16:2-4, 14-19, 22, 27-30; Acts 2:42-47) Sunday, November 22, 2020

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Our first reading comes from Exodus chapter 16 verses 2 and following. Listen to God’s word.

 

2The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” 4Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 

15When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. 16This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Gather as much of it as each of you needs, an omer to a person according to the number of persons, all providing for those in their own tents.’“ 17The Israelites did so, some gathering more, some less. 18But when they measured it with an omer, those who gathered much had nothing over, and those who gathered little had no shortage; they gathered as much as each of them needed. 19And Moses said to them, “Let no one leave any of it over until morning.”

22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much food, two omers apiece. 27On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, and they found none. 28The Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep my commandments and instructions? 29See! The Lord has given you the sabbath, therefore on the sixth day he gives you food for two days; each of you stay where you are; do not leave your place on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day.

Our second reading comes from Acts chapter 2 verses 42 to 47.

42They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43Awe came upon everyone because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Here end our readings. May God bless our hearing, understanding, & living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “With Glad & Generous Hearts” (Exodus 16:2-4, 14-19, 22, 27-30; Acts 2:42-47) Sunday, November 22, 2020

“With Glad & Generous Hearts”

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“Joy in Weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) Sunday, November 15, 2020

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Our reading comes from 2nd Corinthians chapter 12 verses 1 through 10. Listen to God’s word.  

 

1It is necessary to boast; nothing is to be gained by it, but I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2I know a person in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows. 3And I know that such a person—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know; God knows— 4was caught up into Paradise and heard things that are not to be told, that no mortal is permitted to repeat. 5On behalf of such a one I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses. 6But if I wish to boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think better of me than what is seen in me or heard from me, 7even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated. 8Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong. 

Here ends our reading. May God bless our hearing, understanding, & living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Joy in Weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:1-10) Sunday, November 15, 2020

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“Joy in Trials” (James 1:2-12) Sunday, November 8, 2020

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Our reading comes from James chapter 1 verses 2 through 12. Listen to God’s word.

 

3My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; 4and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. 5If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 6But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; 7, 8for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.

9Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, 10and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 11For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away. 12Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

 

Here ends our reading. May God bless our hearing, understanding, and living of these words.

@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “Joy in Trials” (James 1:2-12) Sunday, November 8, 2020

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“The Tables of the Reformation, Modern, & Future Church” (John 12:12-18; 1 Corinthians 11:27-31; Revelation 7:9-10, 19:6-9) November 1, 2020

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@Copyrighted by Rev. Dr. Troy Sybrant Sermon: “The Tables of the Reformation, Modern, & Future Church” (John 12:12-18; 1 Corinthians 11:27-31; Revelation 7:9-10, 19:6-9) November 1, 2020

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