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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Why We Like Super-Heroes” for the Third Sunday of Advent on December 10, 2011.  We long for the world to be put right, but only God can make the world right. As we wait for the second Advent, that time when the Lord will come in his glory and set everything to rights, we are to live by the Gospel.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Waiting Is the Hardest Work of Hope” for the Second Sunday of Advent on December 3, 2011.  The salvation story is a God story, it is God doing for us what we can’t do for ourselves.  It is also God doing it His own way and He does not consult us in matters of timing.  Because God takes time to accomplish His work, learning to wait on the Lord is fundamental to our faith.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “What Time Is It?” for the First Sunday of Advent on November 26, 2011.  The bizarre events of "Black Friday" remind us that societies mark their priorities and organize their memories by their calendars.  Our calendars tell us how to use our time, they tells us what to do at various times in the year, but more than that, the calendars we subscribe to form us, they shape our desires and tell us how to act. 

The liturgy of the Christian year is not magic, and it can become rote to us if it is not made alive by God’s Spirit.  But it is the collected wisdom of the church over 2000 years. Through the waiting of Advent, the joy of Christmas, the illumination of Epiphany, the repentance of Lent, the celebration of new creation in Christ that is Easter, God can reshape our desires to want what He wants, to remake us into the image of Christ.

First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64:1-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Mark 13:24-37

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Holding On To Hope” for The Feast of Christ the King on November 19, 2011.  Our belief that Jesus is already Lord and that He will appear again as judge of the world protects us from both idolatry and despair as we seek to serve Him in the world, and provides the strength and courage we need to be faithful in our present, everyday life.

This week's lectionary:

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95:1-7a

Ephesians 1:15-23

Matthew 25:31-46

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Brad Perry preached a sermon entitled “Are You Ready?” based on Matthew 25:1-13 on November 12, 2011. Jesus' instructions in this parable remind us that we are to live our lives from a different point of view. Readiness for Jesus' Second Coming involve living our lives according to the values of His Kingdom now.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Teach Us to Number Our Days” based on Psalm 90 on November 5, 2011. Our finitude, sinfulness and mortality threaten our sense of significance.  Will our lives end and amount to nothing?  We need God to come if we are to experience a different kind of human flourishing.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “So Great A Cloud Of Witnesses” based on Hebrews 11:32-12:3 for All Saints' Day on October 29, 2011. God has called each of us to run a race: that race involves being a sign of the Gospel in the places and relationships that God has put you. The testimony of the lives of believers tell us that it is worth it—their faithfulness is an example to us of the possibilities of the life of faith.  We look to them for encouragement…they help us cultivate endurance and perseverance.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Can We Be Friends With God?” based on Exodus 33:1-12 on October 22, 2011. In today's Old Testament passage, God’s friendship with Israel is in crisis. Chapters 32-34 give us the backdrop from which the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense, because they are the theological center of the book of Exodus.  The reason: they deal with the question,”How can a holy God dwell among and with a sinful people?

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Why Its Tempting to Live As If God Doesn't Exist” based on Exodus 32:1-14 and Philippians 4:1-9 on October 15, 2011. We live, not in a secular world, devoid of God, nor in a deistic world where God exists but is far off, but in a world where God is near abundantly alive and at work in His providential work of maintaining His creation, as well continual drawing us into His story of redemption.

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “God's Glory” based on Psalm 19 on October 8, 2011. We are changed—transformed—as we are captured by God’s glory, the beauty of God’s holiness.  The whole of Psalm 19 is undergirded by joy, the product of our heart’s encounter with God's glory. The psalm anticipates the Gospel of Jesus Christ—He is the ultimate mediator of God’s glory.

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