Skycast: Ezekiel 37: Waking the Dead

Welcome to the Life Under the Blue Sky Skycast (podcast). In this episode, you will hear a sermon from Ezekiel 37:1-4. I preached this sermon to my congregation on Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2009. Be blessed. Access the sermon manuscript from box.net: Ezekiel 37:1-14, Waking the Dead Prophesy to the Bones. And the Lord put… Continue reading Skycast: Ezekiel 37: Waking the Dead

No Other Name

New Testament Lesson: Acts 4:5-12 No Other Name** Introduction The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest’s family. 7 They had Peter and John brought before them and… Continue reading No Other Name

Resurrection is Today

The First Day of the Rest of Your Life John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his… Continue reading Resurrection is Today

Drawing, Holding, Considering: Hebrews 10:19-25

Friends, This is a podcast of the sermon I preached this past Sunday evening from Hebrews 10:19-25. It is the fourth part of a series I am preaching through Hebrews. I have been posting the manuscript links here and I will publish this manuscript too and also upload it to my box.net. Here are the… Continue reading Drawing, Holding, Considering: Hebrews 10:19-25

Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Sunday, March 8, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews, 2 The Book of Hebrews [These sermons are also available for download at my box.net account.–jerry] 1. Listening to and Thinking about Jesus 2. Resting in and Holding Fast to Faith Last week [here], we began some preliminary explorations of the book of Hebrews, in preparation… Continue reading Resting In and Holding Fast to Faith

Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

Sunday, March 1, 2009 (PM) The Imperatives of Hebrews The Book of Hebrews “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he… Continue reading Listening to and Thinking about Jesus

The Older Brother: Luke 15

The Real Older Brother Luke 15 1Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4″Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of… Continue reading The Older Brother: Luke 15

Marriage, Holiness and Grace

[This is the text of the sermon I preached at the wedding of some dear friends. I trust they will not be angry that I have published the sermon here for others to benefit from. I admit that I took some liberties with my application of Isaiah 6, but not too many. I also confess… Continue reading Marriage, Holiness and Grace

The Kingdom of Crucifixion

Friends, here is the text for tomorrow’s sermon from Luke 9. The gist is that Jesus has given us power and authority to do something. That something is defined by Jesus himself as ‘proclamation of the kingdom’ and ‘healing the sick’ and ‘authority over demons.’ It seems to me that sometimes we church folk have… Continue reading The Kingdom of Crucifixion

90 Days with Scripture: Luke 1-2: Jesus

Friends, Here is the latest Skycast from my series 90 Days with Scripture. In this sermon, I explore Luke chapters 1 and 2 and examine four areas that that are subverted in the birth narratives of Jesus. The problem we have as modern disciples is that we have sacralized and sanitized the birth narratives of… Continue reading 90 Days with Scripture: Luke 1-2: Jesus

90 Days with Scripture: The King

Friends, This sermon manuscript is from this past Sunday (Oct 26) at the church. This is sermon 5 in my short series exploring the narrative high-points of the Scripture from Genesis through Revelation. This sermon focuses on the promised king who was exemplified by the man David. My original intent was to make a few… Continue reading 90 Days with Scripture: The King

All Things New: Redemption & New Mercy

Friends, this is the manuscript for a sermon I wrote about three years ago. Interestingly, I had gone to a Stephen Curtis Chapman concert and a song he sang–or maybe the record he was selling–had something to do with all things being made new. The song inspired me to search a little deeper these things… Continue reading All Things New: Redemption & New Mercy

Where it All Went Wrong

90 Days with Scripture Week 1: September 28, 2008 Genesis 3:1-24:  When Everything Went Wrong Introduction 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The… Continue reading Where it All Went Wrong

Beholding God: Isaiah 4:2-6

Friends, Here is the continuation of my series from Isaiah’s Gospel. I think this is part 5 or 6. Anyhow, what governs these verses is the short almost formulaic phrase ‘in that day.’ This was first mentioned back in chapter 2 and ‘that day’ has not always had overtones of happiness for those who do… Continue reading Beholding God: Isaiah 4:2-6

The Kingdom Advance, Mark 5:1-42

Friends, This is the manuscript of my sermon for tomorrow (June 22, 2008). It is based on Mark 5:1-42. Obvsiously, I have not dealt with every single issue in this chapter. Instead, I have highlighted a single aspect, namely, that Jesus did what others could not: Restored a mind, healed a woman’s suffering, raised a… Continue reading The Kingdom Advance, Mark 5:1-42