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  • Life Lessons from Nehemiah

    Sunday, April 11th, 2021

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  • He Ain’t Here!

    Easter 2021

    Sunday, April 4th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    Once again, we consider the Resurrection story included in the Gospel of Mark.  It ends abruptly leaving the reader in suspended intrigue.  What does it mean?  How are we to approach the Resurrection Story and its seeming lack of answers after living a year in a pandemic in search for cures, remedies, answers and relief?  When Jesus isn’t where you expect him, what do you do next?

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  • Sunday, March 28th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    The temptation in the garden of Eden was less about eating a piece a fruit and more about assuming control over one’s own life. Jesus’ final word of the cross was one of ultimate submission. He gave us a foreshadow of this word when He prayed in Gethsemane and said to God, "Not my will but your will be done." Jesus’ last word was a word of submission. May this be a cue for us to relinquish control over our own lives and give it wholly to God.

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  • Sunday, March 21st, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    I wonder if Jesus’ sixth word was an utterance out of a sense of accomplishment or out of sheer exhaustion. At any rate, the moment of Jesus final breath is upon us. It is a moment for us to reflect on a life that was lived. A life not defined by palaces, a hefty bank account or the plentiful conveniences of life. Jesus lived a simple life which made his death for us all the more profound. How much more of an impact might we have on this life if we vowed to live a life of simplicity?

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  • Sunday, March 14th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    Throughout the death scene of Jesus, we are forced to reckon with the humanity of Jesus. The loss of blood and the heavy panting as he struggles to cling to life certainly caused severe dehydration. He was thirsty and he makes an utterance stating so. This longing for thirst to be quenched has both physical and spiritual implications. Could study and meditation provide life quenching remedies to our own thirst?

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  • Sunday, March 7th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    While hanging on the cross, Jesus repeats words first uttered in the Psalms. Jesus repeats these words that are haunting yet reflects the reality of his painful situation. He felt abandoned, he felt alone. He felt; That should be a prompt for us to understand that while Jesus was fully divine, he was also fully human. There are moments in our journey where we feel all alone and abandoned. When we feel so alone, it may be the impetus for us to seek a place of solitude and prayer.

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  • Sunday, February 28th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    Perhaps one of the most heart wrenching scenes at the crucifixion was the scene of a mother watching her son in agonizing pain. Parents should never have to be witnesses of such horrors. Knowing the residual pain and trauma of witnessing this, Jesus calls down to his mother and one of his disciples. He utters words that would lead to the disciple taking care of the mother of Jesus. Jesus third word from the cross is a word that compels us to be in service to one another as an enduring legacy flowing out of the ministry of Jesus.

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  • Sunday, February 21st, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    All would agree that Jesus was not guilty of the crimes that precipitated his sentence of execution by way of crucifixion. But Jesus hung on a cross between two men, who presumably were guilty of their crimes. All three men would experience the painful fate of this execution, but one receives a promise from Jesus. The second word uttered was a word of hope. It is a word that should prompt those of us who receive that promise to celebrate and worship.

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  • Sunday, February 14th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    The gospel writer of Luke reports that Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”. How completely consistent of Jesus to offer forgiveness to those who were responsible for his agonizing pain and shameful disposition. Yet, his offer stands at the heart of the gospel. The good news offered to men and women is an offer to be forgiven of all of their sins and transgressions. This offer is a prompt to us to confess our sins and enter a period of fasting as we consider the love and grace of God. It is also a prompt o us to offer forgiveness to those who have wronged us.

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  • Sunday, February 7th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    Similar to the calling of the first disciples (the fishermen), a tax collector is called by Jesus to follow, thus changing tax collector’s course of direction. Jesus came preaching repentance and the kingdom of God and the Tax collector’s new life served as the embodiment of Jesus’ ministry. In this final sermon, we explore the mark of being redirected toward kingdom shaped outcomes.

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  • Sunday, January 31st, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    This narrative in Mark is one of the most fascinating and touching stories. It reports the efforts of 4 friends who were determined to get their sick friend to Jesus. While the friend was eventually healed of his infirmity, he received a bigger blessing - the forgiveness of sins. His encounter with Jesus would ensure that his life would indeed be a better version of his former self. A follower of Jesus is destined for a life that is dramatically better than their life before their encounter with Jesus.

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  • Sunday, January 24th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    When Jesus comes on the scene, things happen. For a demon possessed man and a leper, Jesus represented liberation from evil and healing from an incurable disease. Being a disciple of Jesus can mean freedom from evil possession and from the throes of disease. Where evil and disease once claimed ownership, Jesus claims the once afflicted as his own.

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  • Sunday, January 17th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    In short, discipleship means to follow. The calling of the four fishermen in the gospel of Mark includes a prompt call by Jesus to follow and a prompt response by the fisherman to follow Jesus. These actions would put these men on course to fulfill a new assignment. That new assignment would shape the trajectory of the rest of their lives.

  • Sunday, January 10th, 2021

    by Dion Frasier

    We begin our sermon series with focus on the baptism of Jesus. It is an appropriate place to begin a year of sermons. We will take a look at the baptism of Jesus and why baptism is a “mark” of discipleship.

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  • Thursday, December 24th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Strangely, of all the women in the genealogy of Jesus, we know less about Mary’s background than all the others. Nonetheless, Mary has been cemented in the collective memory of God’s people as she played a momentous role in the life of Jesus from birth to death. On this Christmas Eve, we will briefly explore Mary’s role in birthing Jesus, who would be the Hope of all humanity, the Peace on earth, the Joy of human’s desiring and the Love of God personified.

  • Tamar

    Love

    Sunday, December 20th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    If we believe the story of Bathsheba was most Scandalous, Tamar’s story might make the case for a close second or a tie for first. Tamar was a widow who sought care, security and well-being in a society that was hard on single women. She concocted a sordid scheme to meet her needs. Out of desperation, she secured what she wanted and what she needed. For her efforts, she too has been rewarded with being inextricably linked to the Messiah and included in his genealogy. In the season of waiting, how does Tamar’s story invoke the spirit of love and care?

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  • Ruth

    Joy

    Sunday, December 13th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Ruth receives the distinction of being 1 of only 2 women who have a book of the Bible named after her. She is a remarkable woman whose story is beautifully told in the book that bears her name. She is a woman of integrity, honor and loyalty. Her life brought joy to a situation that was bombarded with tragedy and bitterness. During the season of Advent, how can Ruth encourage us to embrace and share Joy?

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  • Rahab

    Peace

    Sunday, December 6th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    There is no coded language here. Rahab was a prostitute. She lived in a land that would eventually be conquered by the nomadic Israelites. She lived in the Promised Land given to Israel by God. Her actions proved to be beneficial to the eventual residents of the land. Not only is she mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy, she is mentioned in the book of Hebrews as a example of great faith. How does faith in God secure peace in a season of waiting?

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  • Bathsheba

    Hope

    Sunday, November 29th, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    In this introductory sermon we will explore the genealogy of Jesus. We will highlight the unique inclusion of women in a Jewish genealogy. Not only is it uncommon to include women, the women who are included all possess scandalous narratives. Bathsheba’s story might be the most scandalous. How does Bathsheba’s story invoke feelings of Hope in a season of waiting?

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  • Sunday, November 22nd, 2020

    by Dion Frasier

    Connecting to purpose is much to do about the act of discovering who God created you to be. As such, there are so many tools and resources that have been developed to help this process. The church (the community of faith) has also offered itself to be a resource. This is why we have committed to partner with God to help men, women and children connect to their purpose and connect to God’s bigger purposes. In this final sermon, we will share resources and the blessing of being involved in God’s church as a way to discern your purpose.

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