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These sermons are available for use in your local context. Please peruse the list and search for a sermon that will work for you and your church.

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Pastors

John Cannon

Emily Carroll

Clifton Conrad

Betsy Eaves

Michelle Harris

Karli Pidgeon

Matt Rawle

Katie McKay Simpson

Ronald Southall

Brady Whitton


John Cannon

Asbury United Methodist Church, Lafayette, LA

Listening to The Heart of God

Rev. John Cannon explores the closing line of the Lord's Prayer, "for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory." 

Matthew 6:13 (KJV), 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NRSV), Matthew 20:25-28 (NRSV)

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Emily Carroll

Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Mansfield, LA

Don't Give Up: Wait, Watch, Write

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4

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Clifton Conrad

Asbury UMC and St. Matthew's UMC, New Orleans, LA

Being Bitter or Better

 

Behavioral Objective: To move the hearer to understanding that following these commandments will help you to be better and not bitter.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Jehovah Raah

Behavioral objective:  To move the hearer to understanding that God is our Jehovah Raah, who shepherds us through our relationship with God.

Psalm:23:1 

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Living Your Faith

 

Behavioral Objective:  To move the hearer to being committed to living their life in obedience to God.

Romans 16:25-27

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What's My Name?

Behavioral Objective:  To move the hearers to understanding the significance of  knowing God’s name.

Exodus 3:13-14

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Betsy Eaves

Grace Community, Shreveport, LA

Betsy Eaves

 

Michelle Harris

St. Charles United Methodist Church, Destrehan, LA

Fruits of the Spirit Gentleness

Rev Michelle Harris offers a sermon inspired by Galations 5:22-23 on Gentleness as strength (as opposed to culture's usual perception of gentleness as weakness).  The primary Scripture passage is Matthew 11:28-30.  She uses both the NIV and the Message translation, extrapolating on the gentle posture of Christ, the meaning of taking on the yoke of Jesus, and what it means to engage in the "unforced rhythms of grace."  

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Karli Pidgeon

Lake Charles District Superintendent 

Living in Faith: You Know Me

God knows us and loves us. And we can live by faith by showing up authentically and live our best life. We do that by accepting and trust who God made us to be.

Psalm 139:1-18, Hebrews 11:1

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Matt Rawle

Asbury United Methodist Church, Bossier City, LA 

Rethinking the Ten Bridesmaids

Matthew 25:1-13

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Katie McKay Simpson

University United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA

Sermon Series: The Essential Work of Hope

There’s been a lot of talk during this season about the “essential work” in our communities needed to keep us alive and flourishing. These workers are the ones that labor tirelessly to provide the basics of what we would need for life.

For the Christian, the essential but often invisible work of hope perhaps is the most powerful source of life we have in our present circumstances. Throughout generations of the people of God, hope is the one thread that kept exiles moving through the wilderness, prophets continuing to speak truth, and the early church growing in the midst of persecution.

In this series, we will examine a theology of hope that is so relevant and needed today through the writings of Paul to the church in Rome. Join us so we can explore these realities in our lives: 

Hope is the vision that guides us, informed by our past, amidst our present, and for a purposeful future. So Don’t Give Up!

Week One: Embracing Hopelessness of the Past


Week Two: An Active Hope

 

Week Three: Don't Give Up


 

 

Ronald Southall

First Street and Mount Zion, New Orleans, LA

Black History Program

Black History Celebration - Soldier in the Battlefield. 

James 1:2-8

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The Restart Series

The Restart Series: February 14
The Restart Series: February 21

Genesis 9:8-17

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Brady Whitton

First United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, LA

Greatest Things First

What is the greatest thing a person can do with their life? Be successful? Have lots of friends? Live a life of service? Jesus says the greatest and first commandment is to "love God with all your heart, soul and mind.”

What Jesus is saying is that the greatest thing we can do is love God. Why is it the greatest thing? How do we do it? And what difference will it make in my crazy upside-down life and our crazy upside down world?

Our scripture reading comes from Matthew 22:34-46

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There's Nothing Like Knowing Jesus

Paul says he’s given up everything for Jesus, and he means it. He’s literally writing the words while imprisoned for preaching the gospel. But Paul says he would do it all again in a second because of the “surpassing value of knowing Christ.” Paul tells us knowing Jesus is better than anything and everything else. That’s an amazing claim.  Do you know and love Jesus like that?  Would you like too?

Philippians 3:4b-14

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Think Like Jesus, Live for Others

Let’s be honest. Our natural tendency is to think of ourselves first — our needs, our wants, etc. Paul tells us Jesus did the opposite. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. Paul then tells us we are called to do the same. This Sunday, during worship, we will explore the Christian virtue of humility and talk about some ways we can live Paul’s instruction, "Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:1-13

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What is the greatest thing a person can do with their life? Be successful? Have lots of friends? Live a life of service? Jesus says the greatest and first commandment is to "love God with all your heart, soul and mind.” What Jesus is saying is that the greatest thing we can do is love God. Why is it the greatest thing? How do we do it? And what difference will it make in my crazy upside-down life and our crazy upside down world? Today's scripture reading comes from Matthew 22:34-46.
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