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Sunday Sermons from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of St. Paul, a mainline Protestant congregation in Mahtomedi, Minnesota.

August 14, 2019

A Long Obedience In the Same Direction

Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 | Ninth Sunday After Pentecost | August 11, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

 

Hebrews 11 is a gallery of Old Testament figures who were faithful to God. We learn about Abraham who was faithful to God, which didn't mean that he never doubted.  We also learn about the link between faithfulness and obedience.  Oh, and we talk about buildings.

 

 

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August 4, 2019

What Will I Do?

Luke 12:13-21 and Colossians 3:1-11 | Eighth Sunday After Pentecost | August 4, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

What do we do with all of our stuff?  We learn about a rich farmer whose bountiful harvest "sparked joy" but did not help the poor or please God.

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July 28, 2019

Rooted and Fruited

Colossians 2:6-19 | Seventh Sunday After Pentecost | July 28, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Grace comes first and then comes acts of justice. Paul tells the church to be rooted in Christ and to live a life that speaks to the crucified and risen Lord.

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July 16, 2019

A Legend In Our Own Mind

Luke 10:25-37 and Colossians 1:1-14 | Fifth Sunday After Pentecost | July 14, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

We all like to think we would be the Good Samaritan in the parable with the same name, but Pastor Dennis shares that most of us would probably walk on by like the other two characters in this famous story.

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July 10, 2019

For the Sake of the World

Galatians 6:1-16 | Fourth Sunday After Pentecost | July 7, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Pastor Dennis shares his memories of vacations when he was a young kid, Paul's closing words to the church in Galatia and what is the role of the church in the wider world.

 

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July 1, 2019

By Their Tweets Ye Shall Know Them

Third Sunday After Pentecost | Galatians 5:1,13-25 | June 30, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Paul tells the church in Galatia that we are made in free in Christ in order to serve.  Paul then talks about the works of the flesh and fruits of the Spirit and we learn about the hearts of two religious figures through their Tweets.

June 24, 2019

Neither Master Nor Slave

Galatians 3:23-29 | Second Sunday After Pentecost | June 22, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Paul says in Galatians 3 that there is no male or female, slave or free, Jew or Gentile, but all are one in Christ. Pastor Dennis talks about the holiday of Juneteenth to explain that in Christ we called to live in radical relationship with each other.

June 17, 2019

Four U

Romans 5:1-11 | Trinity Sunday | June 16, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

What is the Trinity all about? What does the musician Prince have to do with it? On this Trinity Sunday, we learn that it is not easily explained but lived in our lives.

June 10, 2019

What’s On Your Mind?

Acts 2:1-4 and Romans 8:14-39 | Pentecost Sunday | June 9, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

Life can leave us anxious, but in Romans 8:26-39 Paul reminds us that God is always there with us and nothing separates us from God.

June 3, 2019

Real Grace

Romans 6:1-14 | Seventh Sunday of Easter | June 2, 2019 | Dennis Sanders, preaching

In Romans 6:`-14, Paul says Christians are dead to sin. What does that mean when we still sin? Pastor Dennis Sanders tries to explain.