Sermon for Sunday, October 1, 2023

While the disciples were spending time arguing on a High and Sacred Holiday, this woman, with a heart to understand not only who Jesus is, but also understood that He soon would be dead, performs something that is both deemed High and Sacred.  Her anointing Jesus commends and tells the men to tell everybody about what she did. 

Sermon for Sunday, September 24, 2023

Last week, Jesus foretold the fall of the biggest idol standing in Jerusalem, the Temple.  He spoke of it being torn down, not one stone would remain on top of each other.  And today the Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall, still stands; this was a support wall for the Temple Mount.  Indeed, every stone the constructed the Temple was torn down above.

Sermon for Sunday, September 17, 2023

Note from Pastor Chad- It may help you to know that the Gospel of Mark was written in the year 70 AD.  While we record the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in the same year, that destruction actually began in the year 63 AD with the Roman general Pompey captured Jerusalem.  In 66 AD, a group of Zealots attempted a coup d’état and the Caesar Nero sent Vespasian and he pushed the Jewish army into Jerusalem and Vespasian was then proclaimed emperor in 69 AD.  In April of 70 AD, Roman general Titus besieged Jerusalem during Passover.  What Titus did was allow pilgrims in to celebrate Passover but didn’t let them leave, depleting the food and water that the Jewish army of Zealots needed and basically starved them out.

Sermon for Sunday, September 10, 2023

Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”