Sermons

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Beatitudes - The Meek

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


Is meekness a good idea? Well, it depends on the circumstances, and even more on what you mean by "meek". In this case, it depends on what it meant to Jesus and his hearers. What did Jesus really mean when he said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth"?


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Beatitudes - Those who Mourn

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


We all will experience loss. The question is, when it happens, what do we do with it? Do we mourn? Do you? Maybe, but it's not a given; there are other ways to respond to hard times.


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Beatitudes - The Poor in Spirit

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


The Beatitudes have been beloved for centuries by all Christendom. They mean a lot to us. But is what they've come to mean now, to us, anything like what they meant to Jesus, and his audience? The answer is yes -- and no. What did Jesus mean when he said "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven?"


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The Church is a Rock

Dale Fredrikson


Next week is our annual church retreat. It's always a lot of fun and we look forward to it. But does it really matter? Is it important to God? Oh yes.

This week's sermon takes a look at our simple little church retreat from God's point of view, and it includes some PowerPoint slides. They aren't vital, you can follow the sermon without them, but they are nice pictures and I'd like to share them with you.


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God the Humble Lover

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


We usually think of God in superlative terms; all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful, etc. But what we often miss is that when it comes to the one thing which really matters to God, he's in the same boat as we are. What thing is that? Why, loving.


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Jesus was a Guy

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


What makes us Christians is that we each have a very personal relationship with Jesus. But it takes two to tango; two people, that is, who know one another. And for most of us that's the hard part, because knowing Jesus is a struggle. Who is he?


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Who was the Prodigal Son, Really?

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


The story of the Prodigal Son is an old favorite, and we all know pretty much what it means. Right? Well We've spent the last several weeks experiencing the story of how first-century Jews got to be first-century Jews. So now, set the story in this famous parable against that backdrop, and see what happens.


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What's a Messiah?

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


If you grew up in a Christian world, then you cut your teeth on the idea that Jesus is the Messiah. But the thing is, we Christians didn't invent the Messiah. That idea was around long before we were. And back then, when Jesus walked the earth, what folks thought of as the Messiah didn't look anything like what we'd recognize...


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Post Exile: The Jewish Dilemma

Dale Fredrikson

Series: Who was Jesus Really?


Text: Ezra 9 & 10

What was it like for the people of the former kingdom of Judah to be allowed, after 70 long years, to go home to what was left of their land? That's a question worth asking, and the answers are there in Ezara ad Nehemiah. And it's a story worth telling too. Because this is where the Jewish soul, which inhabits the New Testament, was formed.

For next time, be invited to read ahead. It may be that you've never read 1 Maccabees. If you haven't, now's the time. It's not part of the Bible (the Protestant Bible, anyway) but it is a legitimate and well-supported ancient document, and it tells a tale which is worthy of Tolkien.

If you don't have it, you can find it for free on Bible Gateway here

Or on Kindle for $0.99 here


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