Giving UP Time: Who’s Cheating Who? – Part 3 of our Lenten sermon series

For those of you not in worship, I actually changed the beginning of the sermon and started with this example which is shown on video here. We talked after the video about how the priorities in our lives get pushed out by the little things, but when we make a point of putting the important things first like God and our families, then God helps … Continue reading Giving UP Time: Who’s Cheating Who? – Part 3 of our Lenten sermon series

Giving UP Money: The Wall of STUFF – Part 2 of our Lenten sermon series

I don’t normally watch CSI, but there was this one episode about a woman who collected STUFF. She suffered from a condition called disposophobia or compulsive hoarding, and at the end of the episode, two of the characters, Ray and Nick, are talking about the case. Ray tells Nick that the philosopher Erich Fromm forecasted a society that was obsessed with possessions.  Fromm said that … Continue reading Giving UP Money: The Wall of STUFF – Part 2 of our Lenten sermon series

Giving UP Giving: The Long Game – Part 1 in our Giving UP Sermon Series

Let me share with you the true story of a guy named Sampson. Sampson wanted to be the “Clinton of Illinois” and set his sights on winning a Senate seat.  No one thought him a likely candidate.  But he had a lot of determination.  Sampson ran for a seat in the state legislature at only 23 years of age…and lost with a resounding 8th place … Continue reading Giving UP Giving: The Long Game – Part 1 in our Giving UP Sermon Series

Shh…Don’t Tell Anybody I’m A Christian – Ash Wednesday Worship

Jerry Seinfeld on the Silver Medal Jerry Seinfeld was on The Tonight Show the other day. He was one of Jimmy Fallon’s first week celebrity guests and he did this bit with Jimmy about the Olympics.  He said, “I think I’d almost rather come in last than get the silver medal.  Because then you have to tell that story “how much did you lose by” … Continue reading Shh…Don’t Tell Anybody I’m A Christian – Ash Wednesday Worship

Plus It! – Changing How We Look at Lent

What if Lent wasn’t just about what we gave up but how we increased our giving to Christ?  This morning, our Bible reading comes from Luke 6:27-36. This is a passage that encompasses the radical love Jesus exhibited for us all and outlines for us the kind of love we are supposed to have for others.  It’s challenging, difficult, and against the cultural norm which … Continue reading Plus It! – Changing How We Look at Lent