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: 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…

Sermon: The Word in the Wilderness

[This sermon was given as part of a series of ecumenical, community Lenten services.] Good evening. I am Pastor Stephen from the Reformed Church of Stout. Way back at our first Lenten evening service this year, Pastor Robby remarked that Colfax Center is often listen as being in rural Holland. Well, we live in urban…

Sermon: 1 Kings 19:1-18 (A Time of Doubt)

[this sermon is a part of a community lenten evening series) I invite you to open your bibles with me, this evening, to the book of 1 Kings, chapter 19. 1 Kings is in the Old Testament, after 1 & 2 Samuel, and before 2 Kings. If you don’t have a bible with you, feel…