Sermons from 2015
Fr. Marc looks at the book of Daniel in its historical context and then moves forward to a discussion on the Book of Revelation and the end times. Underlying both stories are the reminder that God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him, even in the most difficult of times.
Fr. Marc talks about some of the harvest traditions from various cultures around the world. He then points to the stories of the Widow’s Offering in Mark’s gospel and Elijah and the Widow in 1 Kings as examples of trusting God and giving Him first place in our lives.
We have a job to do! Fr. Marc reminds us that we are called to proclaim the Gospel, to sow the seeds of God’s Word, and to be a part of bringing in the harvest of lives transformed by God’s grace.
Fr. Marc looks at the story of the sons of Zebedee in Mark’s gospel to illustrate an important truth: humility and service to others is the only pathway to greatness in the kingdom of God.
Drawing from the story of blind Bartimaeus in Mark’s Gospel, Fr. Marc warns us against the dangers of spiritual pride and reminds us that we all have to rely on the Lord to lead us through life. (Due to a technical glitch, you’ll have to listen to or download this sermon from Google Drive at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4xp2D8G_IATazdmUzBacGdNeUE/view?usp=sharing).
We are all taught to be “go-getters” in this world. Go-getters are motivated, committed, and hard-working. They are a success, but God challenges us to be more. Fr. Marc encourages us to become “go-givers” instead. In the parable of the rich young ruler, Jesus asks the young man to give all he has to the poor. It was a very difficult conversation, and we need to ask ourselves many of the same hard questions. Instead of being self-reliant, a go-giver…
After admitting his earlier dislike of any sermons about giving, Fr. Marc looks at God’s example of entrusting the created world to humankind in Genesis. He continues with other scriptures that help us understand how we can imitate God’s example through generosity and faithful stewardship. Following the sermon, one of the vestry members shares a powerful testimony about how God has worked in his life through Good Shepherd and how he desires to see others experience that same transforming love…
Fr. Marc draws five crucial lessons from Scripture that teach us how to deal with success without letting it destroy our faith and our lives.
Fr. Marc discusses the transition in a marriage and family when the children leave the home. He contrasts biblical culture with our own and offers some advice to help parents with their marriages and their ongoing relationship with their children as adults.
Fr. Charlie Keen visits Good Shepherd and asks a critical question: ‘Who is Jesus?’ Moving from Scripture and Church history to stories of believers in our own day, he helps us grapple with the question of Jesus’ identity and the radical implications the answer can have on our lives.
Fr. Marc takes a look at some difficult statistics showing an exodus of young people from the Church. Working from the 2nd chapter of James, he examines many of the factors that are turning young people away from faith and encourages us to make the spiritual well-being of our youth a priority.
Fr. Gary Hill visits Good Shepherd and shares a crucial message reminding us that God’s love has no strings attached.