Sermons

Expect the Unexpected–Psalm 130

Michael Vogel reflects on the journey of understanding revealed in Psalm 140–a recognition of one’s desperation in guilt, the legitimacy of hope in God’s forgiveness, the form taken by hopeful reliance in that mercy, and a celebration that this experience can be enjoyed in community.

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Pharaoh, Pharaoh–Exodus 7:1-7

As Shaun continues through the life of Moses, he discusses a key story that focuses primarily on Pharaoh, as the plagues answer Pharaoh’s earlier dismissive question “who is Yahweh?” with a resounding declaration of God’s authority in all of the spheres that Pharaoh insisted on calling his.

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All the Way to Verse 6–Exodus 6: 2-30

Shaun looks at the passage that builds to the lineage of the high priest’s line to see what need is expressed, what God’s answer to the need was, and how the solution’s placement at that time was incomplete… with implications to each of us.

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Magnified–Luke 1:46-55

Max Harris explains how centuries of Christian worshipers can echo the words of Mary in the Magnificat despite rather obviously having some dissimilarities in the particulars of our respective experiences.

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Watching for the Resolution–Exodus 5:1 -6:1

Shaun continue the sermon series from Exodus with Moses and Aaron’s first interactions with Pharaoh, which then revealed starkly how watching God work requires a humble view of one’s own understanding and an honest approach to embracing our legitimate hope.

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The Picture on the Box — Exodus 4:18-31

Shaun continues the series on Moses with a look on Moses’s return trip to Egypt. The trip begins with a reminder to Moses about what’s going to happen in Egypt, then a dramatic episode involving circumcision, and finally Moses meeting Aaron and entering Egypt to acceptance, just as God had said. From this, we can learn that God is with us and He is always aware of his Covenant promises to us and He fulfills them with full knowledge of our faults and weaknesses.


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I Myself Am Able–Exodus 3:1-4:17

Shaun looks at Moses’ interaction with God via the burning bush and explains how the dialog reveals and affirms the primacy of God’s capability, with focus on His ability to save, and its implications for both Moses’ and our obedience despite difficulty, insecurities, and weaknesses.

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What Sustains You?–1 Peter 2: 1-8

Michael Vogel, the Lake Trails Ministry Intern, shares from a pair of metaphors in 1 Peter regarding what it means to be and why one can be sustained by Jesus.

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And a Strange Sort of Sovereignty — Exodus 2:11-25

Shaun continues the series on Moses with a look at Moses’s early attempts at “fixing” matters in Egypt, then for one family in Midian. Even though Moses was then effectively in exile in an unfamiliar place, God was still at work preparing the situation in Egypt for Moses to return. In our own lives, we can ‘do’ trust by trusting God to fix things in our lives when we don’t have the means to fix it, and we must remember that God’s way of saving may not be our way.


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A Prelude to an Odd Salvation — Exodus 1-2:10

Shaun kicks off a new series on the life of Moses by looking at the story of the Hebrews in Egypt up until Moses is born and adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter. This story continues the cycle of promise, turmoil, and then salvation that carries throughout the Bible, both in the long run (arrival, slavery, and rescue in Egypt) and in the short run (life in Egypt, edict to kill Hebrew boys, and a boy being brought to and raised by Pharaoh’s own daughter).


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