Sermon: Wake Up!

Greetings from the distant land of Stout. It is truly an honor and privilege to share God’s word with you this morning and for our congregations to join together in praise the one, true God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As I look out among you and see Pleasant Valley and Stout sitting side-by-side,…

Sermon: Vocab Rehab

Words go in and out of fashion like everything else, but there are some that we can be grateful that people do not use anymore. A long time ago, when I was a teenager, if you didn’t like something or thought it wasn’t too good, you might say that it was ‘whack.’ Yes, whack. W-H-A-C-K.…

Sermon: Pergamum

Rev. 2:12-17 I invite you to open your bibles with me to the book of Revelation. Revelation is the last book in the Bible. Revelation 2, beginning in verse 12. Over the last several weeks we have been studying the letters to the churches in Revelation. And these letters are not only for those they…

Sermon: Smyrna

I invite you to open your bibles with me to the book of Revelation. Revelation is the last book in the Bible – number 66 out of 66. If you are in any other book in the Bible, you have not gone far enough. If you are looking at the back cover, you have gone…

Sermon: Remembering Your First Love

When John received the Revelation of Jesus Christ, he was told to write down what he saw and send it to the seven churches – to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodocea. The vision John received was not just for him, it was for the church. In…

Sermon: The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The revelation of Jesus Christ – these are the opening words of the book we know as “Revelation” or “the Apocalypse of John.” In these next several weeks, we will be listening to God speak through this incredible (and often confusing) book. But before we hear about lambs and living creatures, jasper, carnelian, and emeralds,…

Sermon: Agape

I love Pastor Olga. I also love books, video games, and mac & cheese. I use the same word, ‘love’, for all these things, but I don’t mean it in the same way. It would be unhealthy and more than a little disturbing if I loved mac & cheese in the same way I love…

Love One Another: A Midrash on John 13

A man was walking down the road, praying and praising God. He said, “Lord, you created all things and you know all things. What is your will for my life?” Just then, he came upon a stranger on the side of the road. The stranger said, “Sir, my life is filled with troubles. Can you…