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Weekly sermons from Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. CPC is a progressive congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA committed to sharing the love of God, hope of Christ, and working towards justice and equity in the world. Learn more at www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com.
 
If you are looking to make positive changes in your life, learn to reduce stress, move forward towards success and happiness, or gain a new perspective on life - you don’t want to miss this show. I’m a Board Certified Hypnotherapist and Certified Life Coach, and we’ll be talking about what’s important to you. How do I know- for one hour I’ll be taking calls, providing coaching, answering questions and tackling your problems. This is about YOU. It’s an hour of talk you don’t want to miss.
 
Although we all know that forgiveness is good for us, life sometimes gets in the way. It’s true; hurts, abuse, neglect, abandonment, addictions, frustrations, financial issues, health issues and loss all get in the way of living a peaceful existence. But here’s the truth: YOU can still feel peace within, even when the trauma drama of the world is going on around you. These Forgiveness Lessons will teach you how. There is no better time to start building your forgiveness muscles than now! You ...
 
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Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Psalm 148 2nd Reading John 13:31-35 3rd Reading Acts 11:1-18 The story of the Bible is often about religion being at odds with what God is doing in the world. We see that over and over in the ministry of Jesus. In our readings today, Peter's religion …
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Acts 9:36-43 2nd Reading Psalm 23 Gospel Reading Revelation 7:9-17 John's vision, the book we call Revelation, shows a great multitude from every nation, tribe, and language gathered before the throne of God. All gathered together worshipping God. Rev…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Psalm 30 2nd Reading Revelation 5:11-14 The book of Revelation belongs to a category of Biblical literature called "Jewish Apocalyptic Literature". It is full of symbolism and imagery as a hope filled commentary on the suffering of the early Christian…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Acts 5:27 - 32 2nd Reading Psalm 150 Gospel Reading John 20:19 - 31 If you grew up going to church or in a family that discussed faith, how was the topic of doubt handled? Was expressing doubts viewed as wrong or going against God? Was doubt talked ab…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Psalm 118:1 -2, 19-29 Gospel Reading Luke 19:29-40 Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. We remember Jesus riding triumphantly into Jerusalem to the shouts of "Hosanna in the highest Heaven!" as the crowds of Jewish pilgrims gathered to see th…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Isaiah 43:16 - 21 2nd Reading Psalm 126 Gospel Reading John 12:1 - 8 Passover was six days away. Thousands of Jewish pilgrims were heading to Jerusalem to celebrate and retell the story of God delivering their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. The whis…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Deuteronomy 21:18-21 2nd Reading Psalm 32 3rd Reading Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 Jesus often used parables as a teaching tool in his ministry. It was a common practice among Rabbis in the first century. Each story carried layers of meaning for the listener. …
 
The new Christian community at Corinth was struggling. They were struggling with various temptations, and it was affecting their faithfulness to God. Paul reminds them of the people of Israel wandering in the wilderness and the trials they faced. He encourages them to learn from their mistakes and remain focused on Jesus. We often find ourselves in…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Genesis 15: 4-6 2nd Reading Psalm 100 3rd Reading Luke 13: 31-35 When Jesus looked at the city of Jerusalem he lamented for the people. Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, saw the devastation caused by sin and death and longed to bring the people in and …
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Jesus' ministry begins with two pivotal events, his baptism in the Jordan River and his temptation in the wilderness by the Devil. The first serves to identify who Jesus is, the Son of God. The second serves to show us what kind of Messiah Jesus will be. Join Pastor Jason Schiller…
 
What is Lent? How is it important for our faith and the life of the Church? Join Pastor Jason Schiller for a Reflection on Lent from this week's Ash Wednesday Worship Service at Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/give.html)…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: 1st Reading Exodus 34:29-35 2nd Reading Psalm 99 Gospel Reading Luke 9:28-36 God has a history of showing up in dramatic fashion. In Exodus, we have God descending on Mt. Sinai with clouds, thunder, and lighting to meet with Moses. God again descends on Mt. Horeb…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: Psalm 37:1-11, 39-40 Luke 6:27-38 Genesis 45:3-15 In the book of Genesis, we find the story of Joseph, his father Jacob, and his eleven brothers. It is a story of favoritism, jealousy, betrayal, and redemption made famous by the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph…
 
Welcome to Community Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Minnesota! Today's Readings: Jeremiah 17:5-10 Psalm 1 Luke 6:17-26 At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, the Gospel of Luke records an early teaching to the newly called disciples known as "The Sermon on the Plain". Jesus shares a list of blessings and woes, pointing to the difficulty the dis…
 
Spend any time watching or reading the news today and you will quickly be overcome by the amount of chaos in our world. Chaos seems to be growing in all facets of our lives. Chaos was present in Jesus' time also. In the story of Jesus casting out demons in Luke 4:31-44, Jesus teaches in the synagogue and a man with an unclean spirit is present. Jes…
 
Who is Jesus of Nazareth? Why is he here? Where does he derive his power? By whose authority does he act in this world? These are the question the writer of Luke seeks to answer for the reader at the beginning of his Gospel. Jesus' identity, power, and authority are vital to us understanding what God is doing through Jesus and the true impact on th…
 
Jesus returns to his hometown and finds himself teaching and preaching in the synagogue about bringing good news. The people's reaction starts out as praise and astonishment and ends with them trying to throw Jesus off a cliff. What did Jesus say to cause this change? What does this story teach us as modern readers? Join Pastor Jason Schiller for t…
 
Jesus' first miracle is recorded in the Gospel of John 2:1-11. A wedding in Cana seems like an insignificant place for the long-awaited Messiah to begin his ministry, but the simple act of turning water into wine speaks volumes on the nature of God and Jesus' purpose in this world. Join Pastor Jason Schiller for this week's sermon. Support the show…
 
We come to the beginning of Jesus' ministry this week with the Gospel of Matthew's account of the baptism of Jesus. Why does Jesus seek out John for baptism? What does it mean for us in the modern church? Join Pastor Jason Schiller for this week's sermon about Jesus, baptism, and belonging. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.c…
 
The people were filled with expectations, but thier expectations caused them to miss the clues that God was doing something very different. Listen to Pastor Jason Schiller as we look at the promises found in Zephaniah 3:14-20. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/give.html)על ידי Community Presbyterian Church
 
God sent a messenger before Jesus to prepare the people for the Messiah. The reading of John the Baptist's story is challenging for modern Christians. What does John's message mean for us if we are people following Jesus and have already been baptized with the Holy Spirit? Join Pastor Jason Schiller as we look at the Gospel of Luke 3:1-6. Learn mor…
 
Advent begins a season of waiting. We wait on the fulfillment of God's promises in Jesus Christ. But as we wait, we are called to be people of hope. What does that mean and how should our lives look as people living in hope? Join Pastor Jason Schiller for his sermon on waiting in hope based on Luke 21:25-36. Support the show (http://www.communitypr…
 
Moses received the Ten Commandments a long time ago. By the time Jesus comes into the picture, the Law had been used for centuries to hold power over people. This is not what God intended, and Jesus made this known repeatedly in his ministry. Jesus summed up the Law, all 613 commandments, to two; love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, st…
 
We come to the last of the Ten Commandments with Exodus 20:17, Do Not Covent. Our culture conditions us to never be satisfied, to always envy the life and possessions of others. But coveting others has severe consequences to our lives and our faith. Join Pastor Jason Schiller as we seek to understand what God we getting to in this last commandment.…
 
Do not steal. That seems like an easy commandment we can all get behind. But diving into this commandment brings up many questions. Join Pastor Jason Schiller this week for week 8 of our sermon series on The Ten Commandments. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/give.html)על ידי Community Presbyterian Church
 
Join us this week as we pause our sermon series on The Ten Commandment to celebrate the gift of music in the church and the retirement of Mary Jo Jess as our choir director. Pastor Jason Schiller discusses Colossians 3:12-17 and the role of music in our faith and our lives. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/give.html)…
 
Most of us can recognize that cheating on a spouse or partner is wrong, but what if this commandment goes beyond that understanding? Join Lay Pastor Mary Shideler for our seventh sermon on The Ten Commandments, Do Not Commit Adultery. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/give.html)…
 
Finally, a simple commandment...do not kill. But as we look at the Sixth Commandment, we quickly find a lot of nuance, especially when we examine how Jesus interpreted this commandment. Join Pastor Jason Schiller for week six in our sermon series on The Ten Commandments. Exodus 20:13. Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyterianchurch.com/giv…
 
What does it mean to honor your parents? What does that look like practically for a community? In week five of our series on The Ten Commandments, Pastor Jason Schiller explores the challenges of this commandment in our modern times and what it might mean for us today. (Apologies for the audio quality!) Support the show (http://www.communitypresbyt…
 
This week we discuss the fourth commandment, "Keep the Sabbath Holy". What does a holy Sabbath look like for us, the modern reader? Our culture does not value rest. In fact, we often think of rest as laziness, and we fill our calendars beyond the breaking point to avoid being seen as lazy. But God rested and called the rest day holy. Join Pastor Ja…
 
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