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We've been looking at what the gospel is, and we get that the gospel is the good news. But sometimes in order to understand the good news, we first have to hear the bad news. Today as we continue our look at the Gospel in one verse, we are going to see why the bad news is really bad, and how that makes the good news that much better.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 18, 2016

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John 3:16. We see it everywhere we look, at football games and golf tournaments, there's usually someone holding up a sign that says John 3:16. Even non-Christians are sometimes able to quote this verse. As Christians, we understand that this single verse of scripture holds the entirety of the gospel, and yet many of us are confused as to what the gospel is, exactly. Today on Guerrilla Christianity, we will look at what the gospel is, why it matters, and how to find it in its entirety in this one verse, John 3:16.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on September 18, 2016

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Believing God's Provision (1 Kings 17:8-24)

From the very first verses of the Bible, God established himself as our great provider. He provided for the animals, and for Adam and Eve. He provided a sacrifice for Abraham and spared his son Isaac. And in today's reading we will see how God provided for Elijah through a severe drought and famine. It's an account that reminds us that God still provides for us even today. When we have seasons of drought, God still makes sure we have what we need, and his promise to us is that he will always provide. Our faith in him can be bolstered in this, that if we seek his kingdom first, everything else will be taken care of for us. It's an amazing promise that we can depend upon.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on June 5, 2016

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Believing God's Power (1 Kings 18:20-39)

This week we begin a new sermon series based on the ministry of Elijah the prophet, called "Victory in Faith." God offers us faith as a gift of the Holy Spirit, through which we may obtain victory in many ways. Through our faith, God's grace saves us. And by our faith and our obedience, God gives us the power to do the impossible. In the case of Elijah, it was his faith that allowed him to claim victory over the prophets of Baal who had infiltrated the nation of Israel through King Ahab's wife, Jezebel. When we believe God's power, we can do the impossible for the glory of God.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on May 29, 2016

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The Godhead, Three in One (John 16:12-15)

The doctrine of the Trinity is confusing for even long-time Christians, and is often a stumbling block for those who do not believe. We say we worship one God, and yet we speak of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each as God but not three Gods. We have names for the Trinity like the Godhead, and we speak of one God in three persons. So how does the doctrine of the Trinity actually reveal God in all His glory? How do the interpersonal relationships between the three persons of the Godhead really work? We will look at all of these questions and more on this Trinity Sunday.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on May 22, 2016

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Prayer for Peace

As we look at the cycle of violence and how it has been escalating over the past few years, with the inception of the Black Lives Matter movement in response to police killings in Fergusson and Cinncinati, it's hard not to become disheartened and disillusioned over the moral state of humanity, especially in the United States. Our culture has become so enamored of guns that it has risen to the level of fetishism. Yet we defend our right to bear arms and protect ourselves, even as we continue to kill each other at an alarming rate. In today's podcast, I'm presenting not a sermon, but a prayer. This prayer and its introduction I gave at the July 10th service at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. I just felt that it was important to address these issues in a timely manner, and to remind ourselves that while prayer is needed, it also needs to be backed by action.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 10, 2016

Cycle of Violence (July 8, 2016)

I haven't done this before, but I felt like I needed to put a special message out there given the recent events transpiring in the United States. The us-vs-them mentality and cycle of violence has to end, and in the end it will not be about who is physically stronger.

Recorded on July 8, 2016.

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Have You Told Anyone? (Acts 2:1-21)

We come to the end of our sermon series based upon the baptismal vows of the United Methodist Church, and we come also to the biggest baptism recorded in the Bible. Pentecost was a Jewish holy day and feast celebrating the harvest, but on this particular Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled the disciples and they went out into the streets of Jerusalem proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. In our baptismal vows, we look at the five vows we make when we join the local church - to uphold it with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. And on this Pentecost Sunday we focus on our witness, and how we can tell the good news with courage and conviction, especially in today's increasingly secular society.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on May 15, 2016

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Faith in the Scriptures (Acts 16:16-34)

On this Mother's Day we continue our sermon series based upon the vows of our Baptismal covenant. We'll look at how the faith of Paul and Silas affected so many people around them, people to whom they may not have even spoken directly about Jesus Christ. We also see the promise of Paul to the Roman Jailer, that if he believes on the Lord Jesus Christ then he will be saved - he and his entire family. Our faith certainly affects the faith of those around us, particularly our families. So we'll also take a short departure and recognize some of the women of faith in our families, to recognize how they have formed and shaped our faith.

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on May 8, 2016.

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Loyal to Christ (Acts 16:6-15)

As we continue to look at our baptismal vows against the backdrop of the book of Acts, we come to this vow: Will you be loyal to Christ through the local church and do all in your power to strengthen its ministries? Today's scripture contains the account of Paul and Silas and how they were prohibited by the Holy Spirit from going into areas where they thought were most in need of the Gospel. Instead, the Spirit led them to Philipi, a Roman colony with only a small Jewish population. And sometimes when we think we are doing what God is calling us to do, God stands in the way and says "no." At times like this, it's difficult to be obedient and not second-guess God. But we must be loyal to Christ in all we do.

Recorded at Hudson UMC on May 1, 2016.

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