Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Enjoy a second sermon from the month of July and some of our worship at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia is shared in this podcast. The last episode featured a teaching on evangelism. This episode is all about mercy in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Before and after the sermon, listen for the sweet sounds of C2W (Created 2 Worship).
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Uh... hello? It has been quite a while since the last podcast. We left off half way through "The Story" and will have to go back and pick it up at some point. In the meantime, life at Bethany Lutheran Church has gone on. In July, I did two sermons that were based on the Gospel of Luke, chapter 10. The first was presented on July 3. That Sunday, we also had a little fun with America's birthday thanks to the musical talents of Linda and Lindsay Hemphill.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Time + Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Text + Luke 10:25-37
Title and Outline + "Go and Do Likewise"
I. From the Lawyer's Perspective (25-29)
II. From the Perspective of Jesus (30-37)
III. Application: Doing Mercy
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
|The original "Go" graphic is By Raymond1922A (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.|
Time + The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Text + Luke 10:1-20
First Thoughts + In Luke's Gospel, there is a turning point for Jesus and His disciples in chapter 9 when Jesus "sets His face" to go to Jerusalem. Those who follow after that do so with the cross and suffering in view. The next chapter opens with a lot of kinetic energy. Jesus is about to go into certain towns, and He sends 72 disciples ahead of Him. What can modern day disciples of Jesus learn from all this activity?
Title and Outline + "Go!"
- with prayer (v. 2)
- with urgency (v. 3-4)
- with peace (v. 5-12)
- with power (v. 16-20)
+ At 8:45AM, the adult Sunday School will feature some more in-depth study of the Gospel of Luke, chapter 10. For the children, a special series of Summer Sunday School lessons will begin in the sanctuary. Bethany worship follows at 10. We also have our "African Style" service at 1PM led by Rev. Joseph B. Davis.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
This week, we continue a series based on a new Stewardship study, which is available for free from Concordia Publishing House.
Here is the introduction for this week's study and sermon:
Stewardship is about much more than money, fund-raising, or an annual campaign at church. Stewardship includes our whole life as we learn to manage the many gifts that our gracious giver God bestows upon us. All of our Christian faith and life is stewardship—or better, management—of God’s many and varied gifts. This management of God’s gifts describes how we believe and live as God’s created, redeemed, and sanctified children in all of life.
In this third Bible study, we discuss managing God’s gift of time in our work and our relaxation. God gives all of us the very same 24 hours in a day and the same 365 days in a year. How can we manage our time to glorify God and serve our neighbors in our daily vocations? How can we escape the pressures of overloaded schedules and guard against self-centeredly wasting our time? We live by the grace of God as He sanctifies our time with His Word and prayer (1 Timothy 4:5).