Sermons from 2014

Sermons from 2014

Thoughts for a New Year

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Fr. Marc offers some inspiration from Scriptures to help us set goals that line up with God’s plan for our lives.

Are you connected?

Mary and Joseph were not connected in the way that the world thought was the right way to be connected. They were disconnected from their friends and family. Mary even had to give birth to Jesus an a stable. They were, however, connected to one another, to God, and to His plan for their lives. This Christmas, Fr. Marc challenges us to evaluate our connections. Are we really connected to each other and are we connected with the most important…

Everything is Possible with God

The heart of the Christmas story is a miracle: God becoming human through a young Jewish virgin named Mary. Fr. Marc looks at this turning point in history, reminding us that there is truly nothing that is impossible with God.

Expectations

Fr. Marc highlights Isaiah 61 as he discusses the expectations people had for the Messiah and how Jesus fulfilled God’s plan instead.  He reminds us that we should challenge our own expectations of God and make sure our priorities are in the right place.  Although unmet expectations often lead to disappointment, we have a choice in how we respond.  Paul encourages the Thessalonians to give thanks in all circumstances, and we too can experience the joy of the power of…

The Three Baptisms

Drawing from the story of Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River, Fr. Marc discusses the three baptisms in the Christian life: birth, the baptism of water for repentance, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit that empowers us to live out our faith in Christ.

Are You Ready?

Advent is a special season to prepare our hearts for the coming of our Lord. Fr. Marc challenges us to make changes in our lives this Advent season, to be ready not just for Christmas but also to invite Jesus into our lives again in a new and fresh way. Let’s do something different this Christmas season and make those changes that will carry though the whole year to come.

Number Your Days

Drawing from Psalm 90 and Matthew, Fr. Marc counsels us to make the most of the time that God has given us. He also discusses the concept of the ‘day of the Lord’ in Zephaniah and 1 Thessalonians and urges us to live each day for God’s glory.

Failure Equals Opportunity

Drawing from the story of Peter along with other Scriptures and real-life stories, Fr. Marc encourages us to view failure as an opportunity to turn to God and follow His plan for our life. He also reminds us that only God–and not our failures–can determine 0ur destiny.

Celebrating the Harvest – Stewardship Part 4

In the final part of the series on stewardship, Fr. Marc brings us a timely message on thankfulness. Examining the three festivals in Exodus 23:14-19, he shows us the importance of remembering God in times of blessing and always giving Him our best.

Catch and Release – Stewardship Part 3

In part 3 of the series, Fr. Marc reminds us that God blesses us so that we can be a blessing to others. We are commanded to share what God gives us with those in need, following the words of Jesus, “freely you have received, freely give.”

Cultivating Abundance – Stewardship part 2

Father Mark challenges us to walk in faith, trust, and obedience.  These are keys to cultivating abundance in our lives.  He compares this to a farmer cultivating a field for harvest.  We need to till and fertilize the soil of our hearts to prepare for the Lord.  God has a harvest waiting, but we need to overcome our fears and do the work of the harvest, putting the Lord first.

Working As Unto the Lord – Stewardship Part 1

As he begins a series on stewardship, Fr. Marc encourages us to develop a Christian work ethic. Quoting Colossians, he reminds us that we should do everything with all our heart, as if we were working for and serving the Lord Himself. Having a right attitude about our work can also bring a renewed sense of joy and fulfillment to our lives.