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9/9/2018 Faith & Works

by Deanna DeBruin

Faith and Works          Sept 9, 2018 Show me your works!  Faith without works is dead!  Does James really value works over faith? Some reading this passage from James could think that.  The Great Reformer Martin Luther felt that way. He was a champion of the doctrine of salvation through faith alone.  He didn’t like the […]

9/2/2018 How Many of Us Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb?

by Deanna DeBruin

How Many of Us Does It Take to Screw in a Light Bulb? Mark 7:1-23 I love it that as a church we can be comfortable enough in our own skin to laugh at our stereotypes and traditions. Someone once asked the profound question, “How many [Presbyterians] does it take to change a light bulb?” […]

8/28/2018 Dressed for Faithfulness

by Deanna DeBruin

    Dressed for Faithfulness Ephesians 6:10-20   Have you ever noticed just how confusing life can get sometimes? The simplest things can all of a sudden become so complex. Do you remember back to the Bush and Gore election and the hanging chads? It should have been straight forward right? But “No!” It got […]

8/19/2018 Exposing the Darkness

by Deanna DeBruin

Exposing the Darkness Ephesians 5:8-14   While in college, a group of us from the geology club, went spelunking. Don’t worry spelunking isn’t against the law nor is it some college drinking game. Spelunking in short is the hobby of cave exploring. We went exploring in the many caves found in southeast Missouri. Often many […]

8/5/2018 Embracing Your Higher Calling

by Deanna DeBruin

Embracing Your Higher Calling Ephesians 4:1-16 You and I have received a higher calling. Every person here this morning is going to be challenged to live according to a higher calling. There is a story of a couple who lived next door to a difficult family. There was a large lot separating their two houses, […]

7/29/2018 The Peace We Have in Christ: Building the Bridge of Love

by Deanna DeBruin

  Sermon “The Peace We Have in Christ: Building the Bridge of Love” *Scripture Lesson Ephesians 2:11-22 & Isaiah 58:9-12     Last week we talked about walls and how walls can cause great divisions between people, communities, and with God. Many of us remember these words from President Reagan as he spoke them on June […]

7/22/2018 The Peace We Have in Christ

by Deanna DeBruin

THE PEACE WE HAVE IN CHRIST Ephesians 2:11-22   When we think about peace, we often think of it as being the absence of sort of conflict. Often we want to make into a Kum Ba Ya moment.  Biblically speaking peace is about establishing justice, restoration, and with tranquility with God and neighbor.   Philippians 4:7 refers […]

7/15/2018 Personal Relationship with God

by Deanna DeBruin

Personal relationship with God   2 Peter 1:3   His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness   What speaks to me about 2 Peter 1:3 is that it’s an easy scripture to remember and it […]

7/8/2018 Never Give Up!

by Deanna DeBruin

Never Give Up! Mark 6:1-6 Mark Klaisner   When I was doing my seminary internship in Belfast, Northern Ireland I had to have some minor surgery. While I was in Hospital my friends bought me a humorous book to help we in my convalescence the book is entitled “The Book of Heroic Failures”. In it […]

7/2/2018 The Healing Community

by Deanna DeBruin

The Healing Community Mark 5:21-43 Pastor Mark S. Klaisner Roy Howard, in his book “The Purpose of Healing”, shares a powerful testimony. He writes that while visiting someone in a nursing home he stepped out of the elevator and found himself in a room where frail men and women were slumped in their wheelchairs staring […]