What Do You Invest in?

Sermon written for The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK Matthew 6:19-21 Money doesn’t grow on trees; save before you spend. Prepare for retirement. Have your nest egg ready. Many of us learn and repeat such life management principles as if they were Bible verses. And, it’s common sense, right? And our financial advisors would tell us
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4 Things Congregations Need from their Pastor

In my life, I’ve seen the pastor/ congregational relationship from many different angles: Growing up as the child of pastor from birth Serving several congregations as a student intern Leading a congregation as both an associate and senior minister Visiting congregations as an ordained pastor without a church In these situations, I’ve heard a lot
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What Will Heaven Be Like?

When Life is Over: I Thessalonians 4:13-18 A Sermon Preached at The Federated Church, Weatherford, OK Heaven . . . it’s something preachers don’t preach on often because they’re scared of what sacred cows in the congregation they might step on. Heaven . . . it’s what theologians, teachers, preachers and cult leaders have written
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Saint Stories: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

I’m a Baptist. And Baptists aren’t known to name saints or remember saints or even pray to icons. We are free church rebels that value the priesthood of all believers at our core. But as I’ve lived into my pastoral vocation in an ecumenical setting and studied theology in an ecumenical setting, there are those
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Saint Stories– Amy Butler

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If you missed this week’s first saint story, click here. Continuing with the series today, I want to introduce you to my friend Amy– a living colleague who has walked the journey with me for almost 10 years. It’s hard to describe my journey in ministry without talking about her presence in my life. Many
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Saint Stories: Joe Smith

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Today is All Saint’s Day and in worship this morning at The Federated Church, we remembered the saints. Not just those persons who had died in the last year, but any person in our life that helped us grow in faith. At the conclusion of the sermon, each congregation member wrote the name of a
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Find Out Who You Are: Quit Your Job!

In December 2012, I quit my job. I didn’t have another one to go to. And though there were lots of extenuating circumstances that led me to believe that I knew what would be next– at heart I really didn’t have a plan. It was very UNLIKE me. All I knew was that Kevin could
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