Sermons by Rev. Fred Steinberg

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God’s Family: Better Together

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Have you ever wondered what a magnet and a front porch have in common? I know it sounds like a setup for a joke but stick with me – you’ll be amazed by how we’re going to use these two things to illustrate the creation and benefits of the Church.

Written in Stone: The Second Tablet

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Have you ever asked yourself how we can create a more loving and compassionate world? This message will explore the fifth through tenth commandments from Exodus 20:12-17. These commandments are not just about how we relate to one another but are a blueprint for striving to be the best versions of ourselves. Through this reflection, we’ll gain a deeper understanding of our roles as community members who respect one another’s property, relationships, and boundaries. This exploration will offer us new insights into the nature of our life together and inspire us to create a better world.

Written in Stone: Strung Too Tight

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The fourth commandment has so much to teach us about the importance of rest and reflection. As a church community, we are constantly on the go, and there is always a never-ending to-do list waiting for us. This message reminds us to slow down, rest, and rejuvenate in His presence. It’s a chance for us to step away from the busyness of life and find true peace in God’s love. In the process, we learn more about God’s desire for us to depend on Him. If you are a busy person, following this commandment may be difficult.

Written in Stone: A Name Above All Names

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Have you ever cringed when you hear someone misuse the Lord’s name? Unfortunately, it’s all too common in our society for people to curse using God’s name. Yet God’s 3rd Commandment addresses even deeper issues that Jesus confronted when He discovered people misusing God’s name.

Written in Stone: The Forgotten Commandments

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Which of the ten commandments do you remember? Most people remember those that seem more tangible and applicable to our daily lives, like not stealing or lying. Some we easily forget. In this message we will focus on those forgotten commandments and find a way to remember them and honor them.

Written in Stone: Your God

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Often, we associate commandments with strict rules and regulations that may seem distant or burdensome. But in this message, we will take a look at the first commandment in Exodus 20 through the lens of love. This perspective changes the impact of all of God’s commandments and rules. This change in perspective is necessary because rules without relationships only result in rebellion.

Upside Down: Strong When Weak

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There is a stark contrast between the way Jesus ministers and the way the world operates. When Jesus intentionally chooses a donkey as a symbol of humility, he also declares Himself as the Messiah – the promised one who comes not as a mighty conqueror, but as a servant of all. In this message we will compare Jesus’ riding a donkey vs. Pilate’s riding a horse into Jerusalem.

Upside Down: Wise When Foolish

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Have you ever stopped and really thought about the concept of the cross? I mean, it’s literally a symbol of torture and death! So, it’s not surprising that many people view the cross as foolishness. But, in 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, the Apostle Paul challenges that perspective. He says that he preaches the cross, even though it appears to be foolishness, because it reveals the power of God. In this message we will see how it reveals God’s love and compassion.

Upside Down: Greatest is Least

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It can be tough to resist the temptation to seek status and power. We live in a world that values these things highly. As we know, the disciples of Jesus sought status and position. James and John dare to ask for seats at the right and left of Jesus. But Jesus, who served His disciples by washing their feet, had a different view on what true greatness meant.

Upside Down: Yoke of Rest

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Jesus tells us that he provides a yoke that will bring us rest. That sounds counterintuitive. In a world where we are constantly on the go and stressed out, Jesus offers us a way to find peace and solace using an object lesson of a yoke. It’s not an item that one would usually look to for rest. In this message, we will unpack the meaning behind Jesus’s words.

Gold Canyon United Methodist Church