Sermon: The Rescue of Lot

Outside of the names of Abram and Lot, few of us will recognize the names we will hear in our passage this morning. As we continue the story of God in the story of Abram, we are entering a dark and murky chapter. It is dark because Genesis 14 is the first story of war…

Sermon: Nostalgia or Promise?

What do you have eyes to see? When I first got glasses, one of the tests they give is the Ishihara test. They put up a bunch of color-dotted plates and you try to see numbers within them. I have a couple here on the screen. What do you see? I can’t see anything there.…

Sermon: The Rescue of Sarai

At the Reformed Church of Stout, we believe every word in the Bible is a gift from God to us in order to reveal himself, his will, and his mighty acts of salvation. For this reason, one of our common practices is to preach straight through large sections of scripture without skipping a verse. If…

Sermon: The Call of Abram

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Genesis. Genesis is the first book in the Bible, Genesis chapter 12, beginning in verse 1. This morning we will be beginning the story of Abraham. More accurately we will be beginning the story of God’s redemption through Abram. Abram, whose name…

Sermon: God Is Our Refuge

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Psalms. Psalms is in the Old Testament toward the middle of the Bible – Job on the left, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes on the right. Psalm 46. If you do not have a Bible with you this morning, please feel free to grab…

Sermon: The Good News of Easter

This is the good news: Jesus Christ is risen. He is risen indeed. This Easter Call and Response is an embodiment of the heart of the Christian faith. There is good news: Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. And we are called to respond in faith. While faith is more than just acknowledging something…

Sermon: Vine & Branches

Greetings from the metropolis of Stout and Goedenavond van Nederlands. It is always a   privilege to proclaim the Gospel here in Colfax, where these walls have been saturated by the saving story of Scripture for generations. It is also good to be among you after recovering from jet lag. We were in the Netherlands…

Sermon: The Lamb Will Be Handed Over

Goedenmorgen. Bedankt voor het vacantie in Nederland. Wij vinden het veel leuk. Onze kinderen houdt van de dierentuin. Elijah zegt, “I want to do it again.” (Good morning. Thank you for the vacation in the Netherlands. We really liked it. Our children love the zoo. Elijah says “I want to do it again.”) It is…

Sermon: Are You Ready?

In this lenten season leading up to Easter, we are drinking in the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry through the gospel of Matthew. This morning, we will be listening to a parable from Matthew 25:1-13. Matthew is in the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Matthew 25:1-13. This story is known as…

Sermon: The Challenge of Jesus

In his last week before his death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus enters the outer courts of the temple and begins to teach. Immediately he faces opposition. As we will see, Jesus is up to the challenge. If you can, please turn with me to Matthew 22:15-46. Matthew 22:15-46. Matthew is in the New Testament –…