Sermons (Page 3)

Are You All In?

Faith, a word that has so much power and yet can be hard to practice. What does it look like for us to put our faith into action? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the Gospel of Mark. We will explore spiritual practices; we will keep the gift of Sabbath, learn sacred stories, sing, pray, reflect, refuel, and revive our sense of reverence! SCRIPTURE: Mark 5:21-43 (NRSVUE) 21 When…

What’s Your Story?

Jesus calmed the storm, and he landed in the region of Gerasenes. In this area, a man who was possessed approached him and once Jesus cast the demons out, people were shocked to see him in his right mind. We can have a hard time believing people can change and I wonder if this happened today, what would our reaction be?  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving into the…

Calm Down, Jesus Got It!

This Sunday is Human Resource and MLK Sunday. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was a pastor and civil rights leader who truly desire for us to live as the beloved community. With all that is going on in the world and the text in Mark 4 about Jesus calming the storm, I wonder “What would Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say”?”  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will continue our series diving…

Check Yourself

Happy New Year! When we come to the new year we make resolutions, we commit ourselves to new habits, new goals and more. Through all the new we want to bring in our lives, this means we have to let go of some things because they served its purpose at that time of our lives. What does the Gospel of Mark say about this? In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we enter our series diving…

Jubilant Joy

In Advent, we anticipate the arrival of the Christ child who we know is coming to remember how to wait for the fulfillment of God’s kin-dom on earth as it is in heaven. A fulfillment we are still waiting for.  But how do we find Joy in this season? In midst of all that has been going on, how can the birth of Christ bring the joy we desire? In the base camp of our church community, near and far,…

This World Is Bizarro: Finding Peace

Christmas is mere weeks away, and all I need is some peace and quiet. It’s funny, though. I don’t think “peace and quiet” is what Isaiah meant when he conveyed God’s message, “Comfort, O comfort my people…” Or, more specifically, I don’t think he meant quiet. Quiet isn’t the right adjective for the just peace that we are both waiting for and called to live into as we wait in this season. No, this just peace cries out not from…

A Longing Hope

Advent is here, and we begin the Christian year anew with a season of waiting. As the days grow darker, we draw closer to the arrival of the Light that turns the world upside down—or right-side up! The journey toward and beyond the manger is one of reversing expectations, encountering what we thought we already knew in brand new ways, and receiving good news in unexpected places. In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we journey…

The Heart of Worship

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 100 (NRSVUE) Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.2     Serve the Lord with gladness;    come into his presence with singing. 3 Know that the Lord is God.    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving    and his courts with praise.    Give thanks to him; bless his name. 5 For the Lord is good;    his steadfast love endures forever    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Take a Risk

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) iconic motto is “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” This quote comes from the founder and visionary of the UNCF Frederick Patterson. When you hear this quote what comes to mind? For me I am encouraged to not  waste the gifts and talents that I have and to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for me to be to not only be successful but to make a difference in the lives of…

Exodus 32:1-14

The Collins Dictionary defines calling someone stiff necked as: “they are proud and unwilling to do what other people want.”  We can be like that due to being impatient and not willing to compromise. So how can we work on this?  In the base camp of our church community, near and far, we will wrap up our series: “For The Long Haul.” We will explore the book of Exodus and talk about “The Golden Calf.” We welcome Pastor Jae Bates…