Sermons in “Solid Ground”

The Last to Be Forgiven

We are often quick to forgive those who have hurt us — to offer grace to others. Th last person we struggle to forgive is ourselves. Shame and guilt follow us like a shadow. Through Jesus, God offers us grace from not only our sin but from our shame and guilt as well. Grace is a gift from God that we do not deserve, nor can do anything to earn. That’s why it is called amazing.

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I Am Barabbas

Pontius Pilate declares Jesus’ innocence three times. Nonetheless, the mob of people scream for Barabbas to be set free. Barabbas knows he is a criminal and yet he is set free. I know I am a sinner, and yet, I too am set free because of what Christ did on the cross. That is unmerited favor. We call it grace.

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Malchus, Servant of the High Priest

Malchus was not a soldier so much as an observer. A spy for his boss, really. His role was to return to Caiaphas and share who did what, how the arrest went, did Judas really betray him, etc. Even though Jesus knew these people hated Him and were arresting an innocent man, He showed compassion for Malchus and healed him. That is grace.

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Maria & Pablo

As the story goes, in 1825, Euphorbia pulcherrima (also known as the Christmas flower) was brought to the Americas by Dr. J.R. Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico. The story behind the poinsettia is even better. It teaches us that the gift of love is dearer to Jesus than anything money can buy.

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The Bishop of Myra

John the Baptist was thought by some to be the Messiah. John knew he was not — that someone was coming who was greater than he. Similarly, St. Nicholas, the fourth-century Bishop of Myra, was a king bishop who brought presents to children and needy people. Now, who does that remind us of?

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A Pilgrim People

The pilgrims faced nearly insurmountable odds to cross the Atlantic. They nearly starved the first year, and were saved only with the help of the Wampanoag. Nonetheless, they still recognized God’s goodness with a thanksgiving celebration in 1621. I pray that regardless of what you may have gone through this past year, you still see how much God loves you and give Him thanks.

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The Kansas City Star

Jesus made the blind see, the lame walk, the deaf hear, and raised the dead to life again. He cured lepers and preached to the poor. Have you ever asked yourself, “How did this person lose their sight? Why did they become poor?” My prayer is you have not, because it doesn’t matter. It certainly didn’t matter to Jesus.

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36 U.S. Code§302

According to U.S. Code, our national motto is “In God We Trust.” Do we still? Are we glad to make such a claim, or do we see it as offensive today? Why would we?

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