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Living As a Disciple

Monday, May 14, 2018 | bessm
A sermon preached on Youth Sunday by graduating senior Anne Deupree

Taking God's Love Into the World

Monday, May 14, 2018 | bessm
A sermon preached on Youth Sunday by graduating senior Jackson Gilchrist

Being a Friend of Jesus

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | bessm
Being Jesus' friend bring great joy and also a challenge. A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Drew Christiansen

A Branch Without a Vine

Thursday, May 3, 2018 | bessm
We only reach our potential in life when we are attached to the True Vine. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

I Need a Shepherd, Now!

Monday, April 23, 2018 | bessm
The good Shepherd is always present with us-especially in our darkest moments. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Is it True?

Thursday, April 19, 2018 | bessm
What is your Resurrection story? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Where Were You?

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | bessm
At the gate? In the courtyard? Both? A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

The Life We Are Invited to Lose

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | bessm
What can God do with you today rather than for you? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

The Shadow of the Cross

Monday, March 5, 2018 | bessm
In John's story of Jesus' clearing of the temple, he shows us that we come to Christ because he is the Lamb of God who forgives all our sins. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Take Up Your Cross

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | bessm
Lent is an opportunity for love.Accepting the love Jesus must have had for us to take up his cross for us. And for us to take up that same cross for him. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Unconditional Promises

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 | bessm
We live in a world of conditional promises. But God works in an entirely different way. A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Andrew Christiansen.

The Liberating Power and Authority of Christ

Monday, January 29, 2018 | bessm
Jesus spoke and acted with authority, healing, forgiving (including the outsiders) and valuing persons over rules and traditions. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

The Right Time and Place

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | bessm
Jesus says THIS is the right time to answer his call. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Where Is My Nazareth?

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 | bessm
Jesus' message to Nathanael, and to us, is that there is really nowhere to hide from God. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

The Most Unlikely Places

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | bessm
God comes to us where we are...in the most unlikely places. A sermon by divinity student Madeleine Rebouche.

O Come, O Come Immanuel

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | bessm
Without knowing Jesus, life remains a hopeless dilemma. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Christmas Eve

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 | bessm
God comes to us on Christmas Eve as a tiny sliver of hope. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

What Are We Waiting For?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | bessm
Advent is a time to move deeply into the promises of God and seek the meaning and joy that may be discovered there. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Be Not Afraid

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | bessm
God asks us to take a risk for him...as he took one for us. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Keeping Our Lamps Lit

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | bessm
Directing our lives vertically toward God, and horizontally towards others is a way to keep our lamps lit and oil in our flasks. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

For All the Saints

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | bessm
Who are the saints in your life? Remember them and rejoice for those who helped pass the gifts of faith on to you. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Christian Stewardship

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 | bessm
When we give, that is when we become most like God. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

This is About Us

Monday, October 16, 2017 | bessm
When we hear the Gospel, we can either grow in our faith or become hardened in our unbelief. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Planting A Seed of Grace

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 | bessm
Jesus is giving the Jewish authorities a chance to accept the grace of God.

God is a Lousy Bookkeeper

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | bessm
The parable of the generous landowner teaches us that God gives grace and mercy to all no matter how much time is spent or how deserving or undeserving we may be. A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Lois Maberry

Forgiving and Forgetting

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | bessm
We can live life with open hands; one to receive the love and forgiveness for which we pray; the other hand open to share that love with others. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Forgiveness and Reconciliation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | bessm
Forgiveness gives us a path out of the wilderness. Will we accept that path? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Guided Experience

Friday, September 8, 2017 | bessm
Peter did not realize that he was a stumbling block to Jesus. We must care more about the character of our loved ones than for their comfort. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | bessm
Jesus doesn't want us to just be spectators to His kingdom, but to come up closer for a ringside seat. Dare to love and be loved in God's name. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Throwing our Hearts Over the Wall

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | bessm
Nothing can contain the promises of God's love to those who are lost. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

What does god's yoke look like?

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
We are the Savior’s hand and feet. He has given us the tools of patience and kindness to do his work in our world. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson on 7/9/17

the benefit of a doubt

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
We are the Savior’s hand and feet. He has given us the tools of patience and kindness to do his work in our world. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson on 7/2/17

We are god's people

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
We should never forget that we are God’s treasured possessions and what that means in the way we react to others. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga on 6/18/17

I know him

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
You are the answer of God’s love in someone’s life. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson on 6/4/17

Confused!

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
Seek an abiding relationship with God! A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter on 5/28/17

why are you a christian?

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
A sermon preached on Youth Sunday by graduating Senior Morgan Ersoff on 5/21/17

The way

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
Rest in Jesus along the way. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga on 5/14/17

Need it? Or want it?

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
What voices are we following? Our own desires and insecurities or that of the Good Shepherd? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson on 5/7/17

Be Known To Us!

Monday, July 24, 2017 | ABJ
Just as the Risen Christ appeared to two of his followers on an ordinary dirt road, so does Christ come to us in our ordinary lives. We also can invite Christ to walk with us, and to be more deeply known to us through our reading of Scripture, fellowship and the breaking of bread together. In this way we learn to be Christ to one another, and to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbor as ourselves.” A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Mending Fragile Things

Friday, April 28, 2017 | ABJ
A sermon preached on Easter Sunday by the Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Bishop of Western Louisiana

Preparing to Follow Jesus

Friday, April 28, 2017 | ABJ
A Sermon preached on Maundy Thursday by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Writing the Rest of the Story

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | ABJ
Lent is the season for remembering the faithfulness of God that will save us from or own desires and imagination. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Filling the Empty Spaces

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | ABJ
God is trying to start a conversation with you. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Facing Down the Devil

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | ABJ
We can depend on Jesus as the only answer to facing temptation. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Metamorphosis and Transfiguration

Thursday, March 23, 2017 | ABJ
Change happens in our lives when we put ourselves in God’s way. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Love Your Enemies!

Monday, February 27, 2017 | ABJ
We are to treat all persons as Jesus did: with compassions, forgiveness and justice. This difficult commandment is impossible for us unless we rely on God who has shown us great love. Out of gratitude and love for God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can have the peace of God by allowing God’s love to work in and through us, re-creating us all! A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

What Place Does God Hold in Your Life?

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | ABJ
Are you giving God the same devotion that you give to other people and things in your Life? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Salt and Light

Thursday, February 9, 2017 | ABJ
Be the salt and the light to the world in which you live. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

An Invitation to Powerlessness

Friday, February 3, 2017 | ABJ
When we choose to follow Jesus, we will find we are never lost or forsaken. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Following The Carpenter

Friday, January 27, 2017 | ABJ
What does it mean to be Jesus’ disciple? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

The Lamb of God

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | ABJ
Jesus has our debt covered. A Sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Finding Christmas

Monday, January 16, 2017 | ABJ
Heaven will not leave us to our own devices. A sermon preached on Christmas Eve by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

We Are the Beloved

Monday, January 16, 2017 | ABJ
God’s love will lift us up and never let us down. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

What's In A Name?

Saturday, January 14, 2017 | ABJ
The Angel Gabriel had announced to both Mary and Joseph that the baby conceived in her by the Holy Spirit would be named “Jesus” because He would save the people from their sins. Without knowledge of how this could be possible, they nevertheless took him to the temple to be circumcised on the eight day after his birth in keeping with the Law of Moses, and to be named. On this Sunday, January 1, we celebrate the naming of Jesus and the salvation He offers through an incredibly loving relationship! We are loved, forgiven and freed from despair, shame, fear and other weaknesses, as we continue to let his love and grace change us. A sermon by Rev. Rowena White

Turning On The Lights

Friday, December 9, 2016 | ABJ
A sermon by The Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

How Much Time Do You Have?

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | ABJ
God is longing to be in conversation with us. A Sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Finding The Balance

Monday, November 7, 2016 | bessm
In Christ we learn to balance the good times with the bad in our lives. A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Lois Maberry

The Story of Zacchaeus

Monday, November 7, 2016 | bessm
There is hope for us, also. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Idiotic Prayer

Monday, October 24, 2016 | bessm
We can't find our own salvation by standing on the wrong choices of others. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Seeking the Face of God

Thursday, October 20, 2016 | bessm
Starting a conversation with God. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

What Will You Give?

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 | bessm
What will you decide to give...and to keep? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Serving Christ or Wealth?

Friday, September 30, 2016 | bessm
In today’s parable, Jesus again makes it clear that wealth can be dangerous! We can become so preoccupied with the transitory things of this earthly life, that we ignore those around us who need our help. We avoid them as if they were invisible, with dire consequences. Jesus calls us to respond as if those in need were Christ himself! A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

We Are All Stewards

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | bessm
How are you managing what God has given you? A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

God is Not Like Us

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | bessm
God never stops searching for us. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Discipleship

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 | bessm
How much does it cost? A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Being Jesus

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | bessm
Would someone mistake you for Jesus? A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

God Shaped Vacuums

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 | bessm
We all have God shaped vacuums in our lives. And we can never hide from God no matter where we run. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Life Is Difficult.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 | bessm
Jesus came to bring change to the world. We are here to do the same thing. A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Lois Maberry

Grabbing the Brass Ring

Friday, August 12, 2016 | bessm
Jesus reminds us that our hearts will be where our treasure is. So choose wisely. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Think Twice

Friday, August 12, 2016 | bessm
The only way to get rich before God is to invest in Jesus Christ. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Cutting Through the Rhetoric

Friday, August 12, 2016 | bessm
Paul's words come down through the years clearly, reminding us that Christ is all in all. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Instruments of Peace

Friday, August 12, 2016 | bessm
The story of the Samaritan oppressed by racial and religious injustice gives us hope! His compassion for one of his oppressors illustrates how God can transform our pain so that we too become “instruments of God’s peace.” A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Setting Our Face Toward Jerusalem

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | bessm
Leaving the familiar to follow Jesus toward Jerusalem could be the hardest thing we do. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Following Jesus

Thursday, June 30, 2016 | bessm
Sometimes following Jesus means going home and making things right. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Check Your Motivation

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 | bessm
Jesus seeks relationship with us. What talents can we use to be in relationship with others? A sermon by the Rev. Deacon Lois Maberry

Walking Through Hell

Monday, June 6, 2016 | bessm
God is always present - even in the worst circumstance of our lives. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Putting God in a Box

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | bessm
On Trinity Sunday we ask the profound question; Do I have the courage to be re-made? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Faith and Grace

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 | bessm
The Roman centurion felt unworthy, but still believed in the compassion and power of Jesus to heal. We too are unworthy, but when we turn to God, God is faithful to forgive, heal and restore our souls. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Bowling Alone

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | bessm
At Pentecost, God sends His Holy Spirit to teach us how to reach out for our brothers and sisters.

Youth Sunday Sermons

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | bessm
Sermons given on Youth Sunday by graduating seniors Meredith Waltman and Nelson Liles

Love One Another

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | bessm
Jesus gives His disciples a new commandment. It also applies to us. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Bread for the Lost

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | bessm
Jesus always makes time for those who are lost. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

I'm Just the Sheepdog

Friday, April 15, 2016 | bessm
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, brings us the medicine we need for healing. A sermon preached on Communion Celebration Sunday by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Let Us Go Forth, Rejoicing In The Power Of The Holy Spirit!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | bessm
Jesus appears to his disciples as they are mourning his death. He offers them peace, which includes forgiveness and reconciliation. Before commissioning them to go forth and share the good news of God’s love and forgiveness, he gives them the empowering gift of the Holy Spirit. As the body of Christ, we too are commissioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit to forgive and love others. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Our Lowest For His Highest

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | bessm
A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Doing What We Can

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | bessm
Whatever we bring to Jesus will be enough. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

You Are What You Eat

Thursday, March 3, 2016 | bessm
Are we living our lives in a way that makes us hungry for God? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Choosing God in the Moment

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | bessm
During Lent we journey to Jerusalem with Jesus, standing on the shoulders of those who have made that journey before us. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Mountaintops and Transfiguration

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | bessm
God transfigures us when we are alone in our suffering. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Life Changing Events

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | bessm
The Power and Glory of Jesus A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

The Greatest of These is Love

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | bessm
We have no absence of spiritual gifts, but the absence of love is what we are judged on.

Living in Never NeverLand

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 | bessm
Being a follower of Christ is to go into the places where light is needed. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Touched by the Hand of God

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 | bessm
Christian Baptism is accepting that the hand of God will touch a life and lead it in directions we cannot see. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Everyone is Welcome!

Friday, January 8, 2016 | bessm
God’s amazing revelation and invitation to come and see the infant Jesus, was given to two diverse groups of outcasts! The shepherds, who were not acceptable in polite society, see and hear angels who proclaim Christ's birth and give explicit directions for finding Him. The wise men, who were Gentiles, were notified by his dazzling star! It seems obvious that God’s gift is for ALL people everywhere! God invites and welcomes all to share in the light of Christ and to treat all persons as Jesus did, for all belong! A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Christmas In Prison

Thursday, January 7, 2016 | bessm
The Word of God can find us wherever we are. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

What Do We Do Now?

Thursday, January 7, 2016 | bessm
The people who came to hear John the Baptist found themselves at a crossroads and asked him "What do I do now?" We can ask the same thing. A sermon by the Rev. Canon Thomas Nsubuga

Nailing Our Colors to the Cross

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | bessm
John the Baptist comes asking us to accept God's life changing love. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Wake Up Call

Thursday, December 10, 2015 | bessm
The Advent text for today is a wake up call, a reminder that life is short! Therefore we seek to prepare, rather than acting as if these days will last forever. We avoid the busyness and distractions of the season as we deepen our prayer life and truly "seek and serve Christ in all persons." A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Who Will Be the King of Our Lives?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | bessm
Like Pilate, we are being pushed along by two streams: the stream of the kingdom of God and the stream of the kingdom of this world. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

A Tale of Two Cities

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 | bessm
A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Widow's Way

Monday, November 16, 2015 | bessm
How to give sacrificially A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Saints, Heaven and Leontyne Price

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | bessm
A sermon preached on All Saints' Day by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Blind Beggars

Friday, October 30, 2015 | bessm
Like the blind beggar Bartimaeus in Mark's Gospel, we must cry out to Jesus to receive our sight. A sermon by the Rev. Thomas Nsubuga

Whose Will is it Anyway?

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 | bessm
God lets us have life on our own terms. But it's not everything it's cracked up to be. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Consecration Sunday

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | bessm
Consecration Sunday address by Bob Carrell

Leaps of Faith

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 | bessm
A sermon on Stewardship by Jonathan Hardtner, Consecration Sunday Chairman

Disinviting God

Friday, October 2, 2015 | bessm
Jesus invites us to make our journey with others. We don't get to have God without having one another. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Servanthood

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | bessm
To be great in the kingdom of God is to value and live the priorities of Christ who came among us as one who served, including serving those who could not return the favor or give in return. His ministry included welcoming the marginalized, binding up the broken hearted and setting captives free. Servanthood may not be a popular notion, but it is a means of God’s grace and transformation! a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Our Best Lives Now....Or Later?

Thursday, September 17, 2015 | bessm
Are we living the life we choose for ourselves, or the one God chooses for us? A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson.

A Messiah for Everyone

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 | bessm
Jesus is a Messiah not only according to the rules of the Old Testament, but also a Messiah according to the rules He is writing during His time on earth. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson

Be Doers of the Word

Monday, August 31, 2015 | bessm
Not hearers only A Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Fan or Follower?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | bessm
We cannot follow Jesus on our own terms. There must be a deeper transformation.

Pushing the Limits of Language

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | bessm
God is constantly pushing the limits of our language and making common things uncommon. A Sermon by Dean Alston Johnson

Living Bread, Living Water

Thursday, August 13, 2015 | bessm
Because Jesus uniquely came from God, he can show us what God is truly like: loving, compassionate, forgiving, etc. Jesus offers us the gift of himself so that we can "feed on him in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving!" Filled with God, we become like God, offering God's gifts to each person we meet. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Believe

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | bessm
What must we do to do the work of God? A Sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

The Generosity of God

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | bessm
All the texts describe an incredibly compassionate, loving and generous God. But after tragedies like the shootings in Lafayette this weekend, it is easy to fall into fear and cynicism. Instead, focusing on God's love and goodness as revealed both in Scripture and in our lives, can help us to give thanks and to comfort others with the same comfort we've been given.

Only God Is Great

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | bessm
The message of Mark's Gospel is that in the end, God writes the final sentence. A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston B. Johnson

Risking Rejection

Thursday, July 9, 2015 | bessm
Continuing the mission of Jesus. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Carter

Encounter With the Living Christ

Thursday, July 2, 2015 | bessm
The healing stories of Jesus show his deep compassion and tenderness toward all people, even - and perhaps especially - toward those who are treated badly by their culture. When we see that Jesus is present to others, and totally accepting of their feelings, it helps us take in God’s deep love and care for us. Ultimately we are held in God’s arms, close to God’s heart. A sermon by the Rev. Dr. Rowena White

Why Are You Afraid?

Thursday, June 25, 2015 | bessm
Jesus will still the storms in our life.

Finding Your Mustard Seed

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | bessm
God collects the shattered bits of our lives and turns them into something we can't imagine.

Buying the Stairway to Heaven

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | bessm
A sermon by the Very Rev. Alston Johnson, Dean

Are You An Island?

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 | bessm
Our tendency may be to isolate ourselves and become our own islands. But God intends us to be in relationship with Him...and each other.

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

Monday, June 1, 2015 | bessm
On this important feast day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit who leads us into actions of compassion and justice, gives us a healing word to speak in the brokenness and tragedy of our world, and enables us to face with courage and hope the new thing God is doing in our lives and in our church.

What Friends Are For

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | bessm
A sermon by The Rt. Rev. Jacob W. Owensby, Bishop of Western Louisiana

Christ the Vine

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | bessm
Become a healthy branch -- mature, love and serve, cling to Jesus

Living Our Best Life

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
In the midst of living our best life, there will come a choice: to live the life we choose for ourselves or the one God chooses for us.

How Big is Your God?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
What new thing is God doing in your life this Lent?

John 3:16

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
I want to walk as a child of the light.

Dying to Change

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
What are we willing to let die in our lives so that we can live to Jesus?

From the Pedestal to the Cross

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
Jesus understands that we want to put our own kind of king on a pedestal. But He came down from the pedestal of Palm Sunday and climbed onto the cross for us.

Casting Out the Untrue

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
Jesus walks into the midst of those who are possessed because he loves us.

Transfiguration

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
You can be part of the portrait of the face of Christ.

Know Thyself

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
Lent is the season of the Liturgical Year which stresses the importance of knowing our dark side, including our temptations, failures and the times we are most vulnerable to temptation. This awareness can help us recognize and resist temptation. This includes the powerful Temptation, especially when we are going through difficult wilderness times, to doubt that God loves and cares deeply for us.

Remembering

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
Remember me. Love one another. And this is how you do it.

Accept No Substitutes

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
We tend to create Jesus in the image of the things we want. But He still will never separate himself from us.

Easter Vigil

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | bessm
This is the night to rejoice, for before sunrise Jesus will have risen and his tomb will be empty! The Resurrection means that Jesus can be known today, that He desires to dwell in us and with us, so that our lives can be completely different! We can trust that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, now lives in us! Alleluia!