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Stand-Alone Sermons 2017

Here you will find the sermons that were preached in 2017 to stand on their own, rather than in a series.

January 1 – Another Route – Matthew 2:1-12
February 12 – Finding Blessedness – Matthew 5:1-12
February 19 – A Healthy Diet – 1 Corinthians 3:1-9
February 26 – Shine! – Matthew 17:1-9
June 11 – When Jesus Became God – Matthew 28:16-20, 2 Corinthians 13:11-13
June 25 – Jesus Heals – Matthew 9:18-36
July 23 – Testify to Love – John 15: 1-5, 12-13, Galatians 5:22-26
July 30 – Got Joy? – Philippians 4:4-9
October 29 – God’s Story, Our Story – John 21:15-17
November 5 – 500 Years of ReFormation – Romans 1:16-17
November 12 – Running on Empty – Matthew 25:1-13
November 19 – Thanks-Living – Philippians 4:4-9

running on empty

Running on Empty

This is a parable about the need to be prepared as we wait for Jesus. This morning we will ponder two things. First:. What is the oil? What is it that we need to be prepared with and must not run out of? Second: How should we wait? (Matthew 25:1-13)

500 Years of ReFormation

500 Years of ReFormation

You have probably noticed the title I gave today’s sermon was not “500 Years of  Reformation” but “500 Years of ReFormation. “The Reformation didn’t stop. The Church over the years has constantly been re-evaluating where it is. A line gets drawn and people protest that the line is in the wrong place. Some break off and leave and a new church is born. Who is in & who is out? What exactly do we believe? (Romans 1:16-17)

gods story our story

God’s Story, Our Story

Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño was our guest preacher for our Church Anniversary service as we celebrated 30 years since the founding of Sierra Pines UMC and 25 years since we were chartered, Sierra Pines’ story, our story, is God’s story too. As we live out our mission to be “love in action” and Jesus’ instructions to “feed my lambs” we become the church that God is calling us to be, making disciples and transforming the world. (John 21:15-17)

jesus heals

Jesus Heals

That was a powerful scripture reading with those healing stories following on immediately one after another. The stories remind me of God’s power to heal us whether physically or spiritually, and individually and communally. The word that struck me most of all in these healing stories was the word “touch”.  (Matthew 9:18-36)



What things are you afraid of? What keeps you awake at night? Fear can lead to depression. It can swallow our whole lives. The voice the disciples heard affirmed Jesus’ identity, it told them to listen to Jesus, and then Jesus says to them, “do not be afraid.” (Matthew 17:1-9)

a healthy diet

A Healthy Diet

As humans, we need the right food to grow, and then we leave the growth up to God trusting in the process that it will happen. But we need food or we will starve. Milk is a healthy food and we need it in our diet; but we need more than milk, we need a balanced diet. So, how do we mature in the faith? What is a healthy spiritual diet for us? (1 Corinthians 3:1-9)