Shalom UMC Podcast

Weekly sermon podcast from Shalom United Methodist Church in Carroll, OH

Well Pleased

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Baptism of the Lord Sunday (1/12/20). Scripture Focus: Matthew 3:13-17. When Jesus was baptized by John the Baptizer in the River Jordan, God spoke from heaven and told the people watching that Jesus is, "[God's] Son, the Beloved, with whom [God is] well pleased." God is well pleased with us, too, as we seek to follow Jesus. Our baptisms help us to know and remember God's grace poured out into our lives.

Another Road

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Epiphany Sunday 2020. Scripture focus: Matthew 2:1-12. What do the Magi (kings, wise men, etc.) have to teach us about the birth of Jesus? How do their lives change from coming to worship the newborn king? And how can our lives change when we come to bow before Jesus, the one who was born to save us from our sins?

Christmas Joy

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Sunday after Christmas 2019. Scripture focus: Psalm 98. How does Christmas help us find joy in each day? What help does God give us to find joy and live a life of praise?

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve 2019 - What does the story of Christmas tell us of how God works in the world (and our lives)? Why is it important to live like everyday is Christmas? 

Expectations

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Week 4 of "Because of Bethlehem". Scripture focus: John 1:1-18. How do our expectations for a Savior affect how we see Jesus? Do we even know why we wait, or what we are looking for? Christmas isn't just about what happened in a stable in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, it is about who Jesus is and why he came to save us!

Watching

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Week 3 of Advent series "Because of Bethlehem". Scripture focus: Luke 2:8-16, 25-32 and Matthew 2:1-2, 9-12. What does it mean for us to watch and wait for the birth of Jesus? What can we learn from others who watched, waited, and celebrated his birth? How do our expectations of the birth of Jesus change and prepare us for when Christ will come again?

Hope is Here

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Week 2 of "Because of Bethlehem" (from 12/8/19) - Scripture focus this week was Luke 1:26-38. We talk about how the birth of Jesus provides us a source of hope in all times of life. We find hope in Jesus' life and ministry, his death, and his resurrection as a sign of God's unfailing and unending love for us and for all of God's children.

God Is With Us

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Week 1 of Advent Series "Because of Bethlehem" - this series began as an idea from reading Max Lucado's book by the same title. Week one of the series focuses on Matthew 1:18-25 and the importance of the names given to Jesus: "Jesus - he will save his people from their sins" and "Emmanuel - God is With Us". Because God is with us in and through Jesus, we have reason to hope every day, in joy and in sorrow, no matter what.

Lost and Found: The Son

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Week 3 of "Lost and Found" - this week we take a look at the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32).

Why do we love this parable so much? Why is it so important in our lives? Because we see ourselves in the story, and we recognize God in it. We turn to this parable because it reminds us that God loves us no matter what, regardless of where we are found.

Lost and Found: The Coin

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Week 2 of "Lost and Found" - Luke 15:8-10 - This week we talk about what it means that God searches everywhere for "the lost", and who are "lost". The Good News of this parable is that it doesn't matter who we are or where we are, God still searches for us and celebrates when we decide to let ourselves be found and brought home to God.

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