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September 26, 2021

 

Mark 9: 38 – 50

 

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.”  But Jesus said, “Don not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.  For the one who is not against us is for us.  For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.”

 

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.  And if you hand causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.  And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off.  It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.  And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out.  It is better for you to enter the kingom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where the worm does not die and the fire isnot quenched.’  For everyone will be salted with fire.  Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its asltiness, how will you make it salty again?  Have salt in your self, and be at peace with one another.”

 

Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost: "You Belong To Christ"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 19, 2021

 

Mark 9: 30 – 37

 

They went on from there and passed through Galilee.  And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him.  And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”  But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him.

 

And they came to Capernaum.  And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?”  But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest.  And he sat down and called the twelve.  And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”  And he took a child and put him in the midst of them and taking him in his arms, he said to them, “Who ever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”

 

Seventeen Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Whoever Receives Me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 12, 2021

Mark 9: 14 – 29

 

And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.  And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.  And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them” and someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seized him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid.  So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.  And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you?  How long am I to bear with you?  Bring him to me.”  And they brought the boy to him.  And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”  And he said, “From childhood.  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him.  But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  And Jesus said to him, “If you can!  All things are possible for the one who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, ”You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he rose.  And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

 

 

Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Prayer"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 5, 2021

Mark 7: 24 - 37

 

And from there he arose and went away to the region Tyre and Sidon.  And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden.  But immediately a woman whose little daughter has an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet.  Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth.  And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.  And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”  But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”  And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.”  And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

 

 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.  And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him.  And taking him asked from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue.  And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”  And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.  And Jesus charged them to tell no one.  But the more he charged them, the more zealous they proclaimed it.  And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.  He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

 

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Proclaim It"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 29, 2021

Mark 7: 14 – 23

 

And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are wheat defile him.”  And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable.  And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding?  Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, since it enters not the heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” Thus he declared all foods clean)  And he said, “What comes out of a person defiles him.  For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

 

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost Sermon: "Whatever Enters The Heart"