August 13, 2017
Reaching Beyond Ourselves

by Rev. Devin West
1st Corinthians 9:19-23

     On this Sunday pastors of two churches, one Presbyterian and the other Baptist, traded pulpits in a cross culture worship exchange. This morning at 1st Prez Rev. Devein West, pastor of First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Jeffersonville, IN brings us a message about reaching out beyond ourselves. He challenges us to lay down our biases, leave behind who we are and reach out to others in the name of Jesus Christ spreading His gospel to others so that they too may enjoy the fellowship with Jesus.

August 6, 2017
Short Stories by Jesus:
The Laborers in the Vineyard

by Courtney Bowen
Matthew 20:1-16

     This parable is about the owner of a vineyard and the workers he hired throughout the day. The owner agreed to pay each man who worked in his vineyard a days wage. What happens in the end when the larorers are being paid is that those who were hired last received their wages first, and when those who were first hired in the morning received the same wages as tose who were hired last. Today Courney explores this parable in her sermon.

July 30, 2017
Short Stories by Jesus:
the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
by Rev. Don Summerfield
Luke 18:9-14

     In this parable Jesus speaks about a Pharisee and a tax collector, both who were praying at the same time, and most likely in sight of each other. The Pharisee is one who is most respected while the tax collector despised by the masses. Pastor Don's sermon explores how people look at others who may be more or less fortunate than ourselves, and also how we look at ourself as well.

July 23, 2017
Short Stories by Jesus:
the Mustard Seed
by Rev. Don Summerfield
Mark 4:30-32

     In this parable Jesus compares the Kingdom of God with the mustard Seed. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds yet it produces one of the largest shrubs. When we join the Kingdom of God we too are like the mustard seed, small, and yet through the Kingdom of God and Jesus we too can grow likewise, especially in our faith.

July 16, 2017
Short Stories by Jesus:
The Pearl of Great Price
by Courtney Bowen
Matthew 13:45-46

     In the Parable of the Pearl, Jesus compares the Heaven to that of the most precious pearl. In this parable we hearabout a merchant who sells everything he owns just to purchase the most perfect pearl. After selling all of this possessions and wares, he no longer has any thing else to sell. Heaven is like this pearl. Heaven is the most precious place for us to be, and it is certainly worth more than all the riches in the world.

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