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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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Sermon: It Could Be Worse.

The Work of Christmas
Series | Matthew 14:13–33 | Fifth Sunday of Epiphany | February 8, 2015 |
First Christian Church | Mahtomedi, MN

Cheer_Up_RGB_cropped“The reason we can say, it could be worse is because we are a people of hope. We place our trust, our faith, our hope in Jesus.”

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Sermon: Out of the Saltshaker

Matthew 5:1–20
Work of Christmas Series
Third Sunday of Epiphany
January 25, 2015

First Christian Church
Mahtomedi, MN

“Those of us who follow Jesus are called to leave the saltshakers of our own making and do good works for the glory of God in the wider world.  We don’t do good works to find God, we do good works to honor God.”

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Sermon: Irresistible Bliss

Work of Christmas Series | Matthew 4:1–17 | Second Sunday of Epiphany | January 18, 2015 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

“…the message here today is not how we can resist temptation in three easy steps.  I don’t think all you have to do is just say some Bible passages and the devil will flee.  The message here is that following Christ means entering into a life of the cross, a life where you will face challenges, challenges to leave a hard life behind and trade it for peace and security.”


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