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  • Confirming Our Commitment

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 6, 2018
     | 685 views

    A message delivered on Confirmation Sunday dealing with the challenge of our commitment, the cost of our commitment and the constancy of our commitment.

    Confirmation Sunday. We do it every year around this time of year. One would think as often as we do it we would have a better understanding of what it is, but as a pastor, I often get the question, “What is confirmation?” The word confirmation literally means “with firm-ness.” Confirmation means ...read more

  • When Less Is Best Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 2, 2018
    based on 1 rating
     | 834 views

    Simplicity is a spiritual discipline that is, too often, left unpracticed in our consumeristic western culture.

    This morning we begin a four-week journey dealing with the stewardship of life. Over the next four weeks we’ll take a look at the futility that comes from longing for more in a culture of enough, then we’ll take a look at the power of debt to cause stress in our lives. In week three, we discover ...read more

  • Bad Debt, Bad Stress Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 2, 2018
     | 283 views

    Don't let debt be the source of stress in your life or family.

    I. Introduction --Are you drowning in debt? Can suck the life out of you. Steal joy and rob peace. Here’s an interesting statistic: Total consumer debt in the US stands at $12.84 trillion. The average American household carries a total debt of $137,063. The US is quickly becoming a debtor ...read more

  • Generous Giving, Generous Giving Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 2, 2018
     | 957 views

    A faithful life is a generous life. The more generous we become with all of life's gifts, the more full lives we will live.

    It seems strange to be talking about “Making Change” by using the Old Testament. We’re New Testament people, right, and Jesus and the power of His Holy Spirit are the change agents in our lives. So? What’s with this message series rooted in the writings of Solomon? Well, think about it. In his day, ...read more

  • Faithfully Forward Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Apr 2, 2018
     | 590 views

    Exploring the paradox of planning for tomorrow while living for today.

    Do you know what a paradox is? A paradox is defined as “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true.” Our faith as Christians is rife with paradoxes. Let me name a few: Christians conquer through ...read more

  • The Covenant With Abraham Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Mar 28, 2018
     | 685 views

    The covenant making God renews His covenant with Abram, and changes his name to Abraham.

    Last Sunday, we started a new series entitled “Covenant.” Or, we think about the old covenant—that which is revealed in the Old Testament, or the new covenant—meaning that which is revealed in the New Testament. We are examining the idea of covenant from the biblical perspective. God is ...read more

  • The Mosaic Covenant In The Ten Commandments Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Mar 28, 2018
     | 922 views

    A sermon reflecting on the covenant God made with the nation of Israel through Moses and the Ten Commandments.

    Judge Roy Moore was in the news most recently as a candidate for the U. S. Senate from Alabama. He lost to his Democratic opponent this past November, but long before that Senate race, Judge Moore became famous for his refusal to remove a plaque of the Ten Commandments from his courtroom wall. He ...read more

  • The Strangest Covenant Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Mar 28, 2018
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     | 996 views

    The incident with the snake on the pole in the wilderness is one of the strangest occurrences in scripture. This sermon looks at how it is part of God's on-going covenant keeping.

    I hate snakes. End of story. There’s only one good type of snake in my book—a dead one! I can see a snake crawling on the ground and immediately it makes my skin crawl…it feels like the snake is crawling all over me. Yes, I know. It’s an irrational thing, and no, I don’t know where it comes ...read more

  • The Promise Of A New Covenant Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Mar 28, 2018
     | 713 views

    A look at Jeremiah's promise to the nation of Israel of the coming new covenant.

    It is really unfortunate that our bible is divided into “old” and “new” testaments, as though there is a disconnect between the two. We hear testament and we think of something akin to a will. It’s like a last will and testament—it’s about something that is supposed to happen after we’re dead. ...read more

  • Christmas Stinks! Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Nov 20, 2017
     | 2,426 views

    There is much that stinks in this world, but Jesus' birth in a smelly manger reminds us that Jesus can be born in us. A brief sermon for Christmas Eve.

    Christmas stinks! Or, so would say the Grinch who stole Christmas. You remember the Grinch? The slinky, green ogre of a character created by Dr. Seuss whose heart was too small to love and appreciate Christmas. We know the story. All the Who’s down in Whoville make the Grinch cringe with all their ...read more

  • Characters Of Christmas: The Shepherds Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Nov 20, 2017
     | 3,936 views

    A look at the shepherds around the manger.

    History and pop culture have given a cast of characters to surround us at Christmas. The characters evoke smiles, joy, reverence, excitement, anticipation and happy memories. Some, like Santa Claus have sacred beginnings, but most are purely secular in nature. That’s okay, for they still bring joy ...read more

  • Characters Of Christmas: The Angels Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Nov 20, 2017
     | 4,007 views

    A look at the angels around the manger.

    Let’s talk about angels. The prominence of angels in the Christmas story is obvious, from the Christmas card we send, to the decorations on our trees, to the adornment of our yards, we’re surrounded by angels. We even have an angel hanging in our front yard here at FUMC in the Nativity scene. ...read more

  • Characters Of Christmas: Joseph Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Nov 20, 2017
     | 3,098 views

    A look at Joseph's place at the manger.

    There is no greater Christmas classic than Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and there is no greater Christmas character than poor George Bailey. He’s even referred to several times throughout the film as “poor George.” You’re probably familiar with the story. George Bailey is introduced to us ...read more

  • Characters Of Christmas: Mary Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Nov 20, 2017
     | 4,970 views

    A look at Mary's place at the manger.

    Have you heard words like this before? There is no way. This won't work. It's impossible. I can't do it. I can't handle it. I can't keep going. I'm not gonna’ make it. Those words sound familiar to anybody? They are the words of defeat and pessimism and yet they are words that all of us do battle ...read more

  • Generous With Our Gifts Series

    Contributed by Lynn Malone on Jul 29, 2017
     | 2,763 views

    Generosity is at the core of a disciple's life. Jesus calls us to generous living, and generosity begins with our money.

    Do we believe it’s possible to live a generous life? Do we believe it’s important to live a generous life? Do we believe it’s necessary to live a generous life? We’ve spent the last four weeks reflecting on how to live generously in every respect of discipleship as United Methodists—our prayers, ...read more