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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “Sometimes the Hardest Thing and the Right Thing Are the Same” based on Jeremiah 27-29 on June 25, 2011. 

It is absolutely essential that we accept the trials of our ordinary existence as the place where we are to find and experience the kingdom of God as actual reality.  It is in the challenges that life presents to us that God shows His goodness to us. 

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Great Dance” for Trinity Sunday on June 18, 2011. 

It will not be out of place to consider the ancient tradition, teaching and faith of the catholic church, which was revealed by the Lord, proclaimed by the apostles and guarded by the fathers. For upon this faith the Church is built, and if anyone were to lapse from it, he would no longer be a Christian either in fact or in name.

We acknowledge the Trinity, holy and perfect, to consist of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this Trinity there is no intrusion of any alien element or of anything from outside, nor is the Trinity a blend of creative and created being. It is a wholly creative and energizing reality, self-consistent and undivided in its active power, for the Father makes all things through the Word and in the Holy Spirit, and in this way the unity of the holy Trinity is preserved. Accordingly, in the Church, one God is preached, one God who is above all things and through all things and in all things. God is above all things as Father, for he is principle and source; he is through all things through the Word; and he is in all things in the Holy Spirit.

Excerpt from a letter from St. Athanasius to Serapion (360 AD)

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Coming of the Holy Spirit” based on Acts 2:1-21 on June 11, 2011. 

The distinctive function of the Spirit is to perfect the Creation---to bring to completion that for which each person and thing is created...The Spirit’s distinctive office and particular task is to realize the true being of each created thing by bringing it, through Christ, into saving relation to God the Father.

Basil the Great, bishop of Caesaria 

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Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “The Importance of the Ascension” based on Acts 1:1-11 on June 4, 2011. To grasp the truth of the Ascension is to know and celebrate the reality that Jesus has gone ahead of us (John 14) into God’s space, God’s new world, and both ruling the rebellious present world as its rightful Creator and Lord, and also interceding for us at the Father’s right hand.

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