Sermons by John Nuxoll
Celebrating Christmas doesn’t seem like the right response to 2020. But is there something in the Christmas story that can give us comfort and joy even in a difficult season such as this?
One of the last things most of us need during this season of disruption is another thing to add to our plates. Is there something different we can do that will energize and empower everything else we’re doing already? Luke is going to tell us a story about Jesus that will show us just that.
The past year has been filled with tension and strife. Everything that has happened on a national scale is affecting us all on a personal level as well. Is there something we could do as a church and as individuals that would enable God to help us bring healing to our places of work, our schools and our homes?
In the face of so much division in difficult and unjust times, is there a way we can engage people in meaningful ways that will bring about real change? An important lesson about God from the book of Revelation gives us a path forward.
With the rise in public tension, it’s become harder to rise above the noise. How can we continue to offer the good of God to the world when people seem to be so upset with one another?
So many of us are feeling displaced as we continue to wrestle with the changes that have come about from COVID-19. What kind of people will we be on the other end? What kind of opportunity might there be for us to discover who God always intended us to be?
Every person wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves. We hate to feel like we are on the sidelines looking in. But given that “thoughts and prayers” have become a punch line for inaction, does prayer really have a place in making a difference in the world? Could it really be considered a meaningful way of getting involved?
There are a lot of decent people all around the world who believe in God but not in Jesus. Some were raised that way. Some believe in God but are hesitant to accept Jesus because of some personal cost. It might be simpler if there were lots of ways to know God. But would they be true? Can you believe in God and not in Jesus?
If we take the time to reflect and ponder the ways that God has worked in our lives, perhaps we can regain our sense of wonder.
It’s nice to have control over our lives especially when that control leads to a better reality. But we all come to a place in our lives where we realize that the control we really have is limited. In Galatians 2:17-3:14 the Apostle Paul ironically encourages his readers to abandon control in order that they might become all God meant them to be and enjoy all that he meant them to have.
There is a special grace knowing that the life we’ve lived and the resources we’ve been entrusted with made an eternal impact on someone’s life. But it’s so easy to miss the opportunities to make a difference. How can we experience the grace of becoming a meaningful part of other people’s stories?
When many of us catch ourselves going in such a different direction than God, it prompts us to ask why we would want anything to do with God in the first place. If he’s not on my side or if he’s really not that interested in me, why should I be concerned with him?In Ephesians 2:1-10 the Apostle Paul revealed something that was so revolutionary about God at the time that a person couldn’t reasonably walk away from what he was…