Sermon: Bearing the Name Lightly

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – blessed be your name. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Exodus, chapter 20, verse 7. Exodus 20:7. Exodus is in the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Exodus 20:7. This fall, we are working out way through the Ten Commandments, which God gave on…

Sermon: True Worship

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, may we come to know you as you have revealed yourself in your Word. Open our eyes, dig out our ears, and soften our hearts to your Word, and by your Spirit lift us up to worship you in Spirit and truth. In Jesus’ name, Amen. Greetings from Countryside Reformed…

Sermon: The First Word

Father, may your word be our rule, your Holy Spirit our teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our single concern. Amen. Elijah is in a question-asking phase. I both love it and, at times, feel exhausted by it. A couple weeks ago, he came out of his room after bedtime and called for Olga.…

Sermon: The Genealogy of Esau

Father, may your Word be our only rule, Your Holy Spirit our only teacher, and the glory of Jesus Christ our only concern. In Jesus’ name, Amen. This morning’s passage is going to require a little trust. If you are new to Bethel, we have spent this whole summer walk our way through the life…

Sermon: Are You Ready?

Father, dig out our ears to hear your Word, open our hearts to receive it in faith, and give us feet to walk in it. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Turn with me to Genesis 35. We have spent the last couple months in the center of the book of Genesis, listening to how the LORD…

Sermon: Dinah

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Genesis 34. Genesis is the first book in the Bible. Genesis 34. We have spent this summer together looking and listening to the story of Jacob. We left off the story two weeks ago after Jacob had been reconciled to his brother Esau and Jacob…

Sermon: Embrace

Father, you promise that as the As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so it is with your word that goes forth from your…

Sermon: Limping for Christ

Father, may the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. In Jesus’ name, Amen. If you would, turn with me in your Bibles to Genesis 32. I was reminded this week that a year ago, I was preparing to…

Sermon: What story are you telling?

Father, you always speak the truth. Help us to hear the truth of your Word this morning and to live well in light of it. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Genesis. Genesis, chapter 31. Genesis is the first book in the Bible. As…

Sermon: From Whom All Blessings Flow

LORD, open our ears to hear your word, open our hearts to receive your blessing, and open our hands to pour it back out to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen. I’ve had a song in my head all week. I think it goes like this: Praise John from whom all blessings flow… No, that isn’t…