Sermons from March 2013

Easter Sunday - Who Will Roll the Stone Away

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 31, 2013

The Lord is risen! Hallelujah! He is risen! Easter is Christ’s victory over death and the grave. What were the women thinking and feeling on their way to the tomb? “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” is the question Mark records. What will you do once the stone is rolled away? How does this change and shape you?

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Samson and Delilah

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 24, 2013

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Judges 13 - Samson: Who? What? Why?

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 21, 2013

The one judge that most people do know and remember is Samson. What all happens in his life is less known. How he came to be born to Manoah and the nameless wife is probably news to many of us. What makes Samson special? Why does he require specific treatment in the womb and post-birth? What does this say about us and our children? How does this point us to Christ?

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Judges 6-7: Gideon: Setting Our Priorities in Order to Obey God

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 21, 2013

Gideon is a story we k now in part. Smashing idols and sacrificing his dad’s animals. Name change. Angel of the Lord visits. Fleece thing. Selecting a miniscule army to face a force that looks like grasshoppers covering an entire field. Torches, jars, and trumpets. But it’s the details that we miss. And it’s in those details that we see some interesting things to guide us in our daily living as well as through this Lenten season.

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Judges 14-15: Samson's Messed Up Marriage

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 17, 2013

Samson following the Nazarite vow does some things that clearly transgress the promises. He keeps them secret, hidden. But God remains with him. Not only that, he chooses, he desires to marry a Philistine woman. You think the story would turn out better? but it doesn’t. It just gets crazier and crazier. And through it all God remains faithful, holding onto this child that He called. When we follow or when those around us follow selfish desires and choices, God continues to faithfully hold onto each one of us.

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Judges 10:6-12:7 - Jephthah’s Vow: ‘Rash and Unthinking’ or a Picture of Something Else?”

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - March 3, 2013

Jephthah the Gileadite is a difficult story. This is in the Bible because?? I struggle with this story. I tried to find the grace? I tried to find the “this points to Christ” theme. I think I found it. What this story does do is to cause me to pray more fervently for this broken world. It causes me to remember the promises I have made and seek God’s and others forgiveness for not fulfilling what I vowed to do. What will this text say to you?

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