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Sermon: Getting God’s Goat

Matthew 25:31–46 | Fifth Sunday of Lent | March 22, 2015 | First Christian Church | Mahtomedi, MN | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 


“Not all the sheep are good all of the time. Not all of the goats are bad
all of the time. We are sometimes sheep, giving of ourselves to help
our neighbor and we are sometimes goats, shutting ourselves from the
cares of the world. We never really know who is a sheep or who is a goat
even if we think we do.”

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Sermon: The Waiting Room

Matthew 25:1–13 | Fourth Sunday in Lent | March 15, 2015 | First Christian Church | Dennis Sanders, preaching


 

“God wants us to be faithful to God, to make disciples, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and visit those in prison.  Part of being prepared for Christ’s coming is to be about doing God’s work while we wait.  God is coming and being prepared means learning to follow Christ in all that we do.”

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Sermon: Dressed for the Occasion

Matthew 22:1–14 | Third Sunday in Lent | March 8, 2015 | First Christian Church | Mahtomedi, MN | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 


“Salvation is offered to all. Some hear and accept and others don’t. But
just because someone is invited and goes to the wedding, that doesn’t
mean they can do what they want.”

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Sermon: Not I.

Matthew 20:1–16 | Second Sunday in Lent | March 1, 2015 | First Christian Church | Mahtomedi, MN



“Grace, God’s generosity is beyond human imagining.  We want God to show love to us and those like us, but not to them. Not to that guy over there.  Not to that poor person.  Not to that rich man.  Not to that conservative.  Not to that liberal.  Not to that gay man. Not to that black person.”


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Sermon: I’m Still Learning to Forgive.

Matthew 18:15-35 | First Sunday in Lent | February 22, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“In preparing for this sermon, I heard somewhere that forgiveness is about dealing the past to be open to the future. “

 

Sermon: All That.

Matthew 18:1–9 | Ash Wednesday | February 18, 2015 | First Christian Church | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 


“Ash Wednesday is a “feel bad” day. We are reminded that we are limited
and imperfect. When we receive the ashes, we are reminded of our
humanity, our frailty. We are reminded that our quest for status matters
little as compared to our aging bodies. Ash Wednesday should remind us
that we rely on God, not on status.”

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Sermon: Follow the Leader

“Follow the Leader” | Work of Christmas Series | Matthew 16:24-17:8 | Transfiguration Sunday | February 15, 2014 | Dennis Sanders, preaching


“The late German theologian Dietrich Bonheoffer is rumored to have said that when Jesus calls us to follow him, bids us to come and die.”

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