Michael’s Sermons

 

Which Road Will You Take?

May 20, 2018 Matthew 7:13-14 Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And having...

Making the Golden Rule Central to Our Lives

May 13, 2018 Matthew 7:12 For many years of his life, John Newton was the captain of a British slave ship. During these years he kept detailed notes of his voyages, which later became published in his 1788 book, “Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade.” Newton wrote...

Ask, Seek, Knock, Open

Ask, Seek, Knock, Open Matthew 7:7-11 May 6, 2018 I was watching Kirsten Charles feed her son George not long ago.  She and Kevin are teaching him how to sign.  It’s amazing that children can learn how to sign before they can learn how to talk. As early as six months...

When We Face Judge Jesus

April 15, 2018 Matthew 7:1-6 Jesus sometimes seems confusing and ambiguous. In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us not to judge, but is that possible? Aren’t we in a constantly judging what is right and wrong, good or bad? Don’t we have to make some judgments...

Letting Go of Worry

Matthew 6:25-34 April 8, 2018 This morning, instead of looking inside the empty tomb, I want you to look somewhere else, like your wallet.   For all I know, it might be empty as well. Some of you are thinking, “I was just starting to like this church.” This isn’t a...

Is Life After Death a Fairytale?

1 Cor. 15:35-42 Recently, Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous scientist died at age 76.  Hawking was diagnosed with ALS at age 21 and was one of the world’s oldest survivors with this devastating disease.  He was able to move only a couple of fingers and he could...

This Is How People Know You Are a Disciple

For most of us, the thought of washing someone’s feet is repulsive unless it is someone we know really, really well and even then we are not very willing. A few years ago, I served as the camp pastor at a youth camp at Ricks Institute, which is sixteen miles outside...

What is Your M.I.T?

Matt. 6:19-34 March 25, 2018 Back in my youth minister years, some Sunday evenings the teenagers would show up for a field trip. I did not tell them ahead of time where we were going.   Each field trip was a surprise and each destination served a teaching purpose. One...