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- Sunday, August 06, 2017
Seeing the Face of God (Genesis 32:22-31;Matthew 14:13-21) - Rev. Andy Acton
What does it mean to encounter God and be changed?
- Sunday, July 23, 2017
I'm Glad You Asked (Psalm 139: 1-12, 18) - Rev. Jody Andrade & Dr. Dave Fry
Pleasant Hill member questions about violence, Biblical inerrancy, family life and the Holy Trinity are addressed from two different clergy perspectives.
- Sunday, July 16, 2017
The Power of Popsicles (Psalm 139:1-5; Matthew 10:40-42) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
Pleasant Hill's Middle School youth learn that if you want to make space for God in your life, you've got to make room for people. And popsicles.
- Sunday, July 09, 2017
Then, Suddenly, He Was Gone (Psalm 23;Romans 8:35-39) - Dr. Dave Fry
Trying to grasp the sudden death of a beloved church member, this sermon attempts to express thoughts about grief and hope.
- Sunday, July 02, 2017
God Bless America (Jeremiah 7:1-7, Matthew 5:13-16) - Dr. Dave Fry
One Sunday a year, I preach on politics. What can I say that will be both biblical and useful? This is my answer.
- Sunday, June 25, 2017
Mercy Me, Part 2: Goodness and Mercy (Psalm 23; Luke 12:27-28) - Dr. Dave Fry
The route to a good life, a warm and generous heart, is only via mercy.
- Sunday, June 18, 2017
Ha! (Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7) - Rev. Jody Andrade
How does a Christian, a person of faith, respond to God's promises?
- Sunday, June 11, 2017
Mercy Me, Part 1: Love Mercy (Micah 6:8, Matthew 5:7, James 2:12-13) - Dr. Dave Fry
Do you want to have a warm, generous heart? Mercy is your only hope.
- Sunday, June 04, 2017
Gentle Breath, Violent Sneeze (John 20:19-23; Acts 1:1-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
Two stories of the Holy Spirit being given to the disciples, with startling differences. Yet both are life-giving breath from God.
- Sunday, May 28, 2017
Gotta Keep Moving (Acts 1:6-12) - Rev. Andy Acton
The Ascension of the Lord is an odd event in the life of Christ? What does it have to do with Doctor Who, Mary Poppins, Moana, Harry Potter and us as Jesus' followers?
- Sunday, May 14, 2017
Gifted Past, Bold Future, Part 3: Generosity Generates Generosity (Matthew 6:19-21) - Dr. Dave Fry
Regardless of how anonymously or privately you give, your generosity will have an effect on others.
- Sunday, May 07, 2017
Gifted Past, Bold Future, Part 2 (Exodus 35:20-29) - Dr. Dave Fry
The first person who will realize the impact of our Gifted Past, Bold Future campaign will be your next pastor. A successful campaign will create a pool of candidates from among the top echelon of pastors nationwide.
- Sunday, April 30, 2017
Reading Between the Lines (Mark 6: 30-44) - Rev. Jody Andrade
The words of scripture we read is the first part of God's gift to us. What we read between the lines and how we respond is the second part of God's gift.
- Sunday, April 23, 2017
Gifted Past, Bold Future, Part 1: the Gift (Psalm 100, 1 Thessalonians 5:18) - Dr. Dave Fry
You have been given the gift. What shall you do with it?
- Sunday, April 16, 2017
In Touch (John 20:18-28) - Dr. Dave Fry
When Jesus appeared a second time to the disciples, with Thomas present, touch was introduced into the Easter story. In order to be complete, holy must include the physical. In order to be alive, faith must include physical action.
- Sunday, April 09, 2017
He Could Not Save Himself (Luke 23:29-46) - Dr. Dave Fry
On Golgatha that Friday, all the elements of salvation were present: the cross, representing Rome's policy of peace and prosperity through power and coercion; the religious authorities, representing moral purity and the certainty of being right with God; and Jesus. Jesus, however, did not save himself.
- Sunday, April 02, 2017
Meeting Jesus as a Friend (John 11:1-46) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
What does it really mean to call Jesus, son of God, the resurrection and the life, friend?
- Sunday, March 26, 2017
Meeting Jesus in the Mud (John 9:1-17, 24-41) - Rev. Andy Acton
As followers of Christ, we're sometimes called to meet our Savior in the mud where life and renewal occur.
- Sunday, March 19, 2017
2020 Vision, Part Two: Gifted Past, Bold Future (John 4:5-15) - Dr. Dave Fry
The Christian faith is a life of being on the move. Pleasant Hill Church is entering a transition, a change to our next era. This is one of God?s great gifts to us. I challenge you to be grateful for our past so that you can enter into the future with boldness.
- Sunday, March 12, 2017
2020 Vision, Part One: Aqua Church (John 3:1-17) - Dr. Dave Fry
We've moved from a solid world in which things were structured and ordered into liquid world in which things are more fluid. In this transition, Christ calls us to get out of the boat and walk on water. To do this well, we need to discard our anchors.
- Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Dark Road to Light - Dr. Dave Fry
Psalm 32, one of six Psalms of Confession, urges us to understand that we ourselves are our biggest barrier to happiness. Acknowledging (or confessing) that truth is the first step to happiness. After confession, don't exert a lot of effort in attempting to change. Such efforts simply increase your frustration. Confess. Understand. Then God "will teach you." God will change your heart, and your heart will change you.
- Sunday, February 26, 2017
You're Not Going to Believe This! (Matthew 17: 1-9 and 2 Peter 1: 16-19) - Rev. Jody Andrade
The transfiguration story can be divided into three parts, each with its own message. All three parts are essential if we are to follow Christ as individuals and as his church.
- Sunday, February 19, 2017
Pigs and Pearls (Matthew 7:1-8) - Dr. Dave Fry
"Don't cast your pearls before swine," teaches Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. What does that mean? To take the Bible seriously, you have to go beyond the simple and literal. Pearls before swine is about trusting people without trying to manipulate them.
- Sunday, February 12, 2017
You Choose (Deuteronomy 30:15-20) - Dr. Dave Fry
In his farewell message to the people of Israel, Moses concluded with one of the greatest bring-it-home lines ever: "Choose life!" As we clergy say, "That'll preach?" But what does it mean, really?
- Sunday, January 29, 2017
Good Questions (Psalm 15, Micah 6:1-8) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
How good questions can lead to better following God.
- Sunday, January 22, 2017
Confidence (Psalm 27) - Dr. Dave Fry
When you feel faith and fear at the same time, how do you get the faith to come out on top? Psalm 27 offers one way: a focus on Godís presence, not Godís performance.
- Sunday, January 15, 2017
The Mud Psalm (Psalm 40:1-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
When your bogged down, mired in the pit, you need Psalm 40 included in your arsenal. David knows how to deal with it.
- Sunday, January 08, 2017
The Wise Men - an Adult Version (Matthew 2:1-12) - Dr. Dave Fry
The wise men offer a model for following a glimmer of light when surrounded by darkness.
- Sunday, January 01, 2017
The Messiness of Christmas - Rev. Andy Acton
As strange and unpopular as it may seem, we need the ruthless King Herod in the Christmas story.
- Sunday, December 18, 2016
Jesus' Middle Name - Dr. Dave Fry
The heart of the Christmas spirit is doing things for others. Only it isn't. The heart of the Christmas story is not about God doing "for", but about God being with. The child shall be named Emmanuel, which means "God with us." "With" is Jesus' middle name.
- Sunday, December 04, 2016
Mary's Song (Luke 1:39-55) - Dr. Dave Fry
In response to the news that she shall bear a child, Mary sings. Her song speaks of turning the world upside down, with the thrones being cast down, the poor being fed while the rich are sent away empty. How is this good news to any of us who are not poor?
- Sunday, November 27, 2016
From Mountaintop to Manger (Isaiah 2:1-5) - Rev. Jody Andrade
The ancient prophets assure us God is on the mountaintop. As we begin the season of Advent, letís look for God right here with us, God Emmanuel.
- Sunday, November 13, 2016
War on Terror, Part Three: Exercising Power (Psalm 37:1-7; Acts 1:7-9) - Dr. Dave Fry
In response to the results of last week?s Presidential election, if you are despondent and afraid, Psalm 37 offers guidance of how to deal with it. You have several avenues available to exercise your power.
- Sunday, November 06, 2016
War on Terror, Part Two: Turning Enemies into Allies (Psalm 133; 1 Corinthians 12:14-27) - Dr. Dave Fry
To address the epidemic of fear in our nation, we need to learn to treat each other with respect, especially affirming our differences as opportunities rather than problems.
- Sunday, October 30, 2016
War on Terror, Part One: Close Call (Matthew 17:1-8) - Dr. Dave Fry
Americans are experiencing an epidemic of fear. Responding to the disciplesí terror, Jesus responded in four ways to lift them out of their fear. This response provides a nutshell form of how Jesus responds to us.
- Sunday, October 16, 2016
Tasting the Bible (Psalm 119:97-104; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
Learn how to taste the Word, even when it doesn't sound so sweet.
- Sunday, October 02, 2016
Gimme, gimme! (Luke 17: 5-10) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Confessions of a white moderate: why do we ask for more faith when we could be acting on the faith God has already given us?
- Sunday, September 25, 2016
A Third Kind of Prayer (Matthew 17:1-8) - Dr. Dave Fry
How can we pray in the face of long-term suffering? Two conventional-style prayers ask for a miracle healing or simply for God's presence. There is a third kind of prayer, using the transfiguration story as a model.
- Sunday, September 18, 2016
The Good Samaritan, Upside Down - Dr. Dave Fry
Reading the Parable of the Good Samaritan, we presume that we are to take the role of the Samaritan, using our assets to help others in need. There are weaknesses in that interpretation. This sermon considers our role as the man who has been beaten, robbed and left half-dead, and is rescued by a figure he despises.
- Sunday, September 11, 2016
A Nation in Pain, Payback Time, Changed Forever (Psalm 56; Psalm 58:3-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
Each of the three brief sermons begins with material I preached on that first Sunday after 9/11 in 2001. I then add a few reflections on that material fifteen years later.
- Sunday, September 04, 2016
An Open Letter to PHPC, Philemon - Rev. Jennie Sankey
Paul's letter to Philemon helps us address questions like: What's more important? Being right or being in right relationship?
- Sunday, August 28, 2016
Each Other's Angels (Luke 14:1,7-14; Hebrews 13:1-2,16) - Rev. Andy Acton
What are the ways we can show hospitality to strangers and be angels to others?
- Sunday, August 21, 2016
Walking Tall (Luke 13:10-17) - Dr. Dave Fry
The question is not, "Does God exist?" The important question is, "Does God care?" The woman in this story is one of the world's foremost authorities.
- Sunday, August 14, 2016
Faith on Fire (Luke 12:49-56) - Dr. Dave Fry
Jesus said he came to bring fire on us. That sounds harsh. What would that mean? And what would it be like?
- Sunday, August 07, 2016
Fear Not, But WATCH OUT! (Luke 12:32-40) - Dr. Dave Fry
How to combat fear, and how to stay alert for opportunities of goodness and beauty.
- Sunday, July 31, 2016
Rich Toward God (Luke 12:13-21) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Jesus invites us to enjoy the Kingdom of God. How do we say "Yes!" to life?
- Sunday, July 24, 2016
Hope, Part 3: Growing Old and Staying Green (Psalm 92:12-15) - Dr. Dave Fry
How to stay fresh and green in old age.
- Sunday, July 17, 2016
Tragic Hope: For the Worst Day of Your Life?and After (Samuel 30:1-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
What do you do following the worst day of your life? And how does your faith come into play?
- Sunday, July 10, 2016
When You're Going Under, You Need an Anchor (Hebrews 6:18-19) - Dr. Dave Fry
A sermon about hope.
- Sunday, July 03, 2016
Fear Not, Love All (1 John 4:18-21, Luke 10:1-11,17-20) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
Jesus teaches us to evangelize.
- Sunday, June 26, 2016
Picking Up The Mantle (2 Kings 2:1-2,6-14) - Rev. Jody Andrade
A call to follow God, the call that comes through another human being, takes extra courage to follow.
- Sunday, June 19, 2016
Man-Made (Luke 11:6-13) - Dr. Dave Fry
Boys are born; men are made. Most men have a father-hunger remaining inside them. What do we do with that hunger? Men are made, not through sermons or books but through relationships and example.
- Sunday, June 12, 2016
Zeke's Dancing Bones (Ezekiel 37:1-14) - Dr. Dave Fry
Reflections on the first promise in scripture of resurrection, the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. The vision promises resurrection from the dead and so much more.
- Sunday, May 29, 2016
Well Spoken (1 Kings 18:19-39) - Rev. Jennie Sankey
How do you know God is real? Answering this question has been important to our faith, all the way back to the Old Testament. How do you answer this question?
- Sunday, May 22, 2016
They Call Me Trinity (John 16:4-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
Our belief in a God who is Trinity results in affirming that relationships are of ultimate significance.
- Sunday, May 08, 2016
Mothers and Families (Psalm 133) - Dr. Dave Fry
Families are diverse and ever-changing. We are called to be the family of God.
- Sunday, May 01, 2016
Love and Peace or Else (John 13:34-35; 14:25-27; 16:33) - Rev. Andy Acton
The peace of Christ is a familiar phrase that has been said for so often and so long for Christians, it can often be taken for granted. Something we just say from rote memorization. What was Christ trying to convey when he pronounced peace to his disciples post-resurrection? What does it mean when we say and embody the peace of Christ in our lives?
- Sunday, April 24, 2016
How Wide! (Acts 11:1-18) - Dr. Dave Fry
Through the event of Peter going to Cornelius, God continues the story. God is always expanding and including, never contracting and exclusive.
- Sunday, April 17, 2016
Raising the Dead (Acts 32-43) - Dr. Dave Fry
If Peter, raising Tabitha from the dead, sets the standard for followers of Christ, I'm doing a very poor job. What if we held Tabitha as our role model in this story?
- Sunday, April 10, 2016
Welcome the Weird - Dr. Dave Fry
The story of Saul on the road to Damascus is more than a template on being converted. It's part of a series of short stories in Acts about widening the circle of God's people. Through this story, God calls us to widen our circle of friends to include people not like us.
- Sunday, April 03, 2016
Doubt (John 20:19-31) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Does Doubting Thomas deserve his nickname? Is there room for doubt in our faith?
- Sunday, March 27, 2016
Early Easters (John 4:46-54) - Dr. Dave Fry
Easter's resurrection is about more than an after-life in heaven. Resurrections during this life on this earth are called "Early Easters." They're both present throughout the Gospel of John and throughout our lives, if we have eyes to see.
- Sunday, March 06, 2016
What'll You Have, What'll You Have? (Jeremiah 29:4-7, 11-14a) - Dr. Dave Fry
Some reflections on the state of our church and what we'll look like in the future.
- Sunday, February 28, 2016
Forgiveness, Part 2: Doggy Vomit (Proverbs 24: 28-29, 26:11, Colossians 3:12-15) - Dr. Dave Fry
Forgiveness includes setting appropriate boundaries, then accepting the risk inherent with relationships. This sermon describes some rituals that enact forgiveness, including the Lord's Prayer.
- Sunday, February 21, 2016
Forgiveness, Part 1: Revenge of Jaws (Proverbs 24:17-20, 29; Matthew 18:21-22) - Dr. Dave Fry
A sermon about forgiveness and its contrast with revenge, using the story of Samson found in Judges 15.
- Sunday, February 14, 2016
The Shadow (Psalm 91:1-2; Luke 4:1-13) - Rev. Jody Andrade
The Bible is one big love story about God and all that God created. This Lenten season, can we give up drama and choose to simply abide in the love of God's shadow?
- Sunday, February 07, 2016
God in the Ordinary (Courtney) & The Transfiguration of the Heart (Jared) - (Luke 9:28-36) - Courtney Henry & Jared Borders
Transfiguration Sunday always precedes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten Season. The transfiguration of Jesus on a mountaintop marks a transition in Jesus' ministry in which he set his face to go to Jerusalem? where he would die. Courtney and Jared explore what transfiguration means for us as we prepare for our journey to the cross during Lent.
- Saturday, January 23, 2016
Make Me Care, Part 2: Have a Drink with Me (Genesis 2:1-2; Revelation 22:1-2) - Dr. Dave Fry
The image of God as far away in heaven, above it all is being replaced by a God who is close and connected. This is a God whose burning desire is to love and to live in our hearts, a God I can care about. We are remembering that God is often experienced in our encounters with water.
- Sunday, January 17, 2016
Keeping the Party Going! (Psalm 36:5-10; John 2:1-12 - Associate Pastor Jennie Sankey
As God provided wine for a wedding, and inspiration for a speech, molded the beginnings of creation, and the beginnings of this year, God will shape this beginning to show us what we need to do.
- Sunday, January 10, 2016
Make Me Care, Part I: Down & Dirty (Mark 4:3,8,26; Luke 6:47-49; John 8:1-2,6-8; Rev. 21:3) - Dr. Dave Fry
It's hard to care about something or someone far away. Our image of God dwelling in haven far away is being replaced by a God on whom we are grounded. "Grounded," as in "dirt." Is God as near as the ground on which we stand? What's the connection between the soil and our souls? Maybe the far-off Father is retiring and becoming a down-to-earth presence. God present in a way that I can actually touch and feel and smell.
- Sunday, December 27, 2015
The Force Awakens (Luke 2:41-52; Colossians 3:12-17) - Rev. Andy Acton
It's the Christmas season. There's been an awakening. Have you felt it...the Light?
- Sunday, December 20, 2015
Christmas Footwear (Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:8-17) - Dr. Dave Fry
The passage from Isaiah, linked to Christmas because of Handel's "Messiah," includes "For unto us a child is born," which overshadows the rest of the material. A sentence in verse five, however, intrigued me this year. It mentions "the boots of the trampling warriors." In this sermon I contrast these boots with booties worn by an
- Sunday, December 06, 2015
Shutting Up John (Luke 3:1-20) - Dr. Dave Fry
To get to Christmas, you have to go through John the Baptist. "You Sons of Snakes! Who invited you?" John the Baptist isn't easy.
- Sunday, November 29, 2015
Ain't That A Shame? - Rev. Jody Andrade
Why does the psalmist focus on shame, why is it such a powerful emotion, and how does God respond to it?
- Sunday, November 22, 2015
After the Violence - Dr. Dave Fry
- Sunday, November 08, 2015
Hope When There Is No Hope (Jeremiah 33:14-16) - Dr. Dave Fry
How do we continue to hope in situations we have no ability to affect?
- Sunday, November 01, 2015
Simple Joy - Dr. Dave Fry
Simple, pure joy often is the result of simple practices. This sermon identifies four practices along with strategies for employing them.
- Sunday, October 25, 2015
The Best Parts of You, #3: Your Passion (Mark 14) - Dr. Dave Fry
Comparing two approaches to life: "Put a lid on it" and "Let 'er rip," this sermon encourages applying "Let 'er rip." Especially in areas of beauty, love, and whenever you encounter God.
- Sunday, October 18, 2015
The Best Parts of You, #2: Us (Matthew 28:16-20) - Dr. Dave Fry
The key factor in a quality life is meaning, living a life that matters. At this church, you become connected with things that matter and can accomplish things that matter.
- Sunday, October 11, 2015
Pruned (John 15: 1-11) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Though "pruning happens," we can find comfort in Christ's invitation to abide in him. Accepting Jesus' invitation impacts our daily lives and the fruit we bear.
- Sunday, October 04, 2015
The Best Parts of You, #1: Your Loyalty and Love (Proverbs 3:2-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
The life you want to live comes through renewal. Renewal occurs in tiny increments and huge explosions. Increments, the daily practices, habits, mantras that shape your life include generosity.
- Sunday, September 27, 2015
It's Not About Fish! - Dr. Ralph Watkins
Dr. Watkins is the Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary. His energy, joy, and scholarship focus on evangelism, and you will find his word for us inspiring.
- Sunday, September 20, 2015
Getting the Results You Want (Psalm 90) - Dr. Dave Fry
Psalm 90, written by Moses when he failed to reach the Promised Land, offers insights about when we don't achieve our goals.
- Sunday, September 13, 2015
The Next Thirty Years (Psalm 78: 2-4) - Dr. Dave Fry
Reflections on the 30th anniversary of Pleasant Hill Church. Describe some of the qualities that make us exceptional.
- Sunday, September 06, 2015
Our Stories Are Intertwined (Ephesians 4:15-16 and Luke 6:19-31) - Rev. Andy Acton
This sermon is a shorter version of one of the keynotes Andy presented at Week Five of the Montreat Youth Conference in July.
It is a reminder of how being human is about being in relationships. And being in relationships means not ignoring the suffering and oppressed in our midst.
- Sunday, August 30, 2015
I'm Glad You Asked - 2015 - Dr. Dave Fry
Each summer the congregation submits questions one Sunday, which I attempt to address during worship the following Sunday. Here is this summer's version of "Stump the Preacher."
- Sunday, August 23, 2015
You Should Sing in the Choir!...Or Not (Colossians 1:9-14) - Dr. Dave Fry
This sermon describes some of the basic elements that develop and strengthen our faith. (You can discern from the title that music is one.)
- Sunday, August 16, 2015
The Gospel According to Jesus - Curt Cloninger
Curt Cloninger, an actor who lives nearby, portrays Jesus, using just his words (albeit "loosened up a bit") as if Jesus were talking to a contemporary audience of church members. Curt presents a very approachable Jesus, who tells stories and wrestles with kids and speaks directly to the hearts of the listeners. If you'd like to learn more about Curt, visit his website at www.curtcloninger.com.
- Sunday, August 09, 2015
The Hardest Passage in the Bible - Dr. Dave Fry
Two secret practices to help you understand the difficult parts of the Bible
- Sunday, August 02, 2015
And the Truth Shall Set You Free - Rev. Jody Andrade
As part of one body, we have to be honest to make things work. We must speak the truth, we must listen to the truth, and we must claim the truth for ourselves.
- Sunday, July 26, 2015
They Have the Scripture - Dr. Dave Fry
This is a reminder of the importance of scripture for shaping a life of Christian faith.
- Sunday, July 19, 2015
Collaborative Missions (Genesis 18:1-8) - Dr. Dave Fry
Some say "Collaborative Consumption" or "sharing/trusting economy' will affect our lives in the next century as much as credit did during the last. A major consequence is building trust between strangers and giving ordinary people the opportunity to create significant connections. Through our style of mission ministries, PHPC is on the growing edge in this area.
- Sunday, July 12, 2015
Pictures of God, Part 2: God Smells (Psalm 45:6-8; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16, Rev 5: 6-10) - Dr. Dave Fry
Our sense of smell has much to teach us about God's character and how God relates to us.
- Sunday, July 05, 2015
This Is Our Story: Finding God In The Mess (Genesis 32:22-32; Luke 7:36-50) - Rev. Andy Acton
Life is messy, thus our stories are messy. But we can be assured that God enters into our lives and meets us in our mess.
- Sunday, June 28, 2015
Pictures of God 1: The Shirt on Your Back - Dr. Dave Fry
(Genesis 3:21, Luke 15:21-24, Colossians 3: 12-14, Rev 21:1-4) - Although it is found frequently in scripture, the image of God as both clothier and clothing is often overlooked. This sermon considers some of the implications of this image of God.
- Sunday, June 21, 2015
Scrupulous, Meticulous Love (Mark 4: 35-41; Psalm 107: 1-3, 23-32) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Each person's reading of scripture is uniquely based on their own identity and life circumstances. How does God speak to you in the Word? How does God identify you? Do you dare "talk back" to God?
- Sunday, June 07, 2015
A Place that Resonates (John 3:4-8) - Dr. Dave Fry
A perspective of Pleasant Hill Church's past and our present challenges. What are our distinguishing traits that resonate with people in our community?
- Sunday, May 31, 2015
Gentle Puff or Violent Sneeze (John 19:19-23; Acts 2:1-11) - Dr. Dave Fry
Two stories of how the church was born result in two kinds of congregations. Both stories, however, result in followers of Jesus with power to change the world.
- Sunday, May 24, 2015
Without the Shedding of Blood (Matt. 26:29-34; Hebrews 9:22) - Dr. Dave Fry
Significant love always evokes sacrifice. What do you love enough in order to be willing to sacrifice for?
- Sunday, May 17, 2015
Hey - Who's In Charge Here, Anyway? (Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26) - Rev. Jody Andrade
The disciples call a meeting after Jesus' ascension and before the arrival of the Holy Spirit to choose a new disciple. Is this first congregational meeting the way we should "do church?" How do we recognize leadership potential in others and in ourselves?
- Sunday, May 03, 2015
Bad Boys of the Bible, Part 3: Noah (Genesis 6-8 selected verses) - Dr. Dave Fry
When we find ourselves in deep water, we have a character in the Bible who can help. We have someone who knows what to do when it looks like a storm is brewing. We have Noah.
- Sunday, April 19, 2015
Bad Boys of the Bible, Part 1: Adam (Genesis 2-3) - Dr. Dave Fry
Biblical heroes also had serious flaws. They were humans, like us. This sermon considers some of Adam's traits that often go unnoticed.
- Sunday, April 12, 2015
Can You Picture That? (Acts 4:32-35; I John 1:1-7a, The VOICE translation) - Rev. Andy Acton
In this Easter season, God in Christ invites us to walk in the light and to be connected to one another through the resurrection. When we accept that invitation to aliveness, the body of Christ or the Church is transformed. Can we picture that and live fully and imaginatively into God's vision?
- Sunday, April 05, 2015
An Empty Tomb, a Pile of Clothes, and a Risen Lord (John 20:1-18) - Dr. Dave Fry
What's with the detailed description of the pile of clothes left behind in the empty tomb? How did that happen? And why? And if he left his clothes in the tomb, what did Jesus wear on Easter morning?
- Sunday, March 29, 2015
Sign of the Times (Mark 15: 15-39) - Dr. Dave Fry
"King of the Jews," the sign Pilate hung on the cross, was a meant to embarrass all who read it. It was meant to embarrass even God. Hanging on the cross, Jesus reveals the embarrassing character of God.
- Sunday, March 22, 2015
Aggressive Rest, Part II - Consumed by Consumption (Deut. 5:1, 5-16) - Dr. Dave Fry
We need God's structure much more in affluent times than in times of wilderness. A weekly time of rest breaks us free from the ever-escalating demands of achieving and acquiring.
- Sunday, March 15, 2015
Aggressive Resting: Calming Your Anxiety (Exodus 20: 1-17) - Dr. Dave Fry
Performance or production won't easy your anxiety; only trust will do that.
- Sunday, March 08, 2015
The Power of the Cross? (I Corinthians 1:18-25) - Rev. Jody Andrade
Are we fools for Christ? Though the world tells us to trust in wisdom and signs, Christ invites us to embrace the unexpected, counter-cultural power of the cross.
- Sunday, March 01, 2015
Mousey Morality: Mickey Goes to Church (1 Corinthians 13:11-12) - Dr. Dave Fry
Disney's material is great kid-friendly entertainment. But most children eventually out-grow Disney. How can you develop an adult-level faith without out-growing the faith you held as a child?
- Sunday, February 22, 2015
Untie Those Shoes and Personal Messages - Dr. Anna Brown and Dr. Dave Fry
Faith is about relationships. As Colossians reaches its close, Paul names names.
- Sunday, February 15, 2015
Mind - Set (Colossians 3:1-7) - Dr. Dave Fry
One practice you can try between now and Easter to focus your mind on the important things.
- Sunday, February 08, 2015
You 'n Christ - Dr. Dave Fry
This part of Colossians names every major event in Jesus' life and claims each has happened to you as well. You have a lot more of Jesus in you than you thought!
- Sunday, February 01, 2015
Youth Sunday (Mark 1:21-28) - Jared Borders, Lauren Borders, Courtney Henry, and Michael Armstrong
Meditations of 4 PHPC High School Youth Group Members
- Sunday, January 25, 2015
What Are We Up Against? - Dr. Dave Fry
In the battle to rule the world, we must not be take POW! We may be surrounded and out-numbered, but we're on the edge of victory. Learn the effective ways to subvert the empire that wants to dominate us.
- Sunday, January 18, 2015
As God's Chosen (Colossians 3:8-17) - Rev. Andy Acton
There's been a whole lotta change in 50 years when it comes to race relations, but we have a long way to go. "As God's chosen, holy and beloved," how are we called to respond to issues of race and recent tragedies involving the deaths of unarmed African-Americans.
- Sunday, January 11, 2015
Fire in the Belly - Dr. Dave Fry
You are filled with the capacity to grow and cause growth. Growth happens among people who understand themselves to be powerful beyond their imagining. Don't settle. Be who you truly are and you will change your world.
- Sunday, January 04, 2015
What God Likes Best About You - Golden - Dr. Dave Fry
What's your life worth? Want to increase your "net worth?" so that people, God, and especially you will agree that your life is more valuable than ever? Start here.
- Sunday, December 28, 2014
Well Mannered Prophet? - Rev. Jody Andrade
Why do we set ourselves up for disappointment, hoping to receive the "perfect gift?" Today we learn some "expectation adjustment" lessons from Simeon and explore why the world's Messiah would arrive as an impoverished infant.
- Sunday, December 07, 2014
More Than Conquerors - David Bartlett
A novel approach to coming out on top as a conqueror: get down under like a servant.
- Sunday, November 30, 2014
Permission to Pray - Jody Andrade and Dave Fry
The Pastor and Assoc. Pastor in a smack-down about one of the most personal of spiritual practices?prayer. Although they pray differently, they have much in common.
- Sunday, November 16, 2014
Faith for a Rainy Day - Dr. Dave Fry
Sometimes life is hard as nails. Sometimes life is nails. This sermon is your hammer.
- Sunday, November 09, 2014
Three Good Reasons - Dr. Dave Fry
Reason # one: Laundry Love. Connecting laundry with love may be one of the best recent ideas going. You like reason # one, you won't have any problem listening to reasons #'s two and three!
- Sunday, November 02, 2014