Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church's Podcast

Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church's Podcast

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February 27, 2021 30 min

We often speak about "control issues" in human relationships, and the troubles they can cause. Jesus makes it clear throughout his ministry that when it comes to our relationship with God, our attitude must be one of surrender to the Divine Will.

Scripture reading: Mark 8:31-38
"Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me."  (Mk. 8:34b)

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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February 20, 2021 25 min

Like Jesus, sometimes we need long stints in the wilderness to learn what it really means to be God’s children. Because the unnerving truth is this: we can be loved and uncomfortable at the same time. We can be loved and vulnerable at the same time.

Scripture reading: Mark 1:9-15

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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February 13, 2021 33 min

"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." 

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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February 6, 2021 25 min

A fever leaves us with no energy, no connections to anything but our bed - it leaves us horizontal and disconnected.  Sometimes in the busyness of life, we also get disconnected from God.  But when Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, He showed how a connection to Him can restore that vertical connection - the connection to God. 

Scripture reading: Mark 1:29-39

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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January 30, 2021 28 min

Based upon Paul's cautionary words, "Now concerning food sacrificed to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up." We are encouraged to make our own prideful knowledge subserviant to the needs of "the other," for the sake of our work of winning others for Christ.

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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January 23, 2021 21 min

Sometimes life is routine - lived on autopilot. That's how it was for Simon and Andrew before Jesus called them to be fishers of men. “Follow me” is the invitation to new life. So what are the nets that entangle us? What do we need to leave behind to follow Jesus?

Scripture reading: Mark 1:14-20

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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January 15, 2021 26 min

God built our brains to make generalizations and figure out probabilities - it can save our lives!  But sometimes those generalizations can cross over into sinful behavior.  We'll use Jesus' calling of Nathanael to show how to avoid this pitfall.

Scripture reading: John 1:43-51

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher. 

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January 9, 2021 27 min

Words create worlds. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth with words alone, and our speech continues to create the world that we live in. As Christians, we are challenged to take words seriously as we follow Jesus, the One who is the Word of God in human form (John 1:14).

Scripture reading: Genesis 1:1-5

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher. 

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January 2, 2021 27 min

Most of us live at various times with longing and fear.  The wise men acted on their epiphany with longing; Herod with fear.  But what if he had reached out to what that star led to?  How would it have changed him?  How would it change us if we reached out with longing to that Christmas star, rather than hold back at times with fear?

Scripture reading: Matthew 2:1-12

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher. 

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December 19, 2020 28 min

Focusing on Mary's famous Magnificat, from the Latin rendering of the first phrase in verse 47: "My soul magnifies the Lord." Could this first-ever carol have been the song to which Jesus returned when under stress and needing assurance that, despite the opposition, he was doing the work that was ordained for him from the beginning?

Scripture reading: Luke 1:46b-55

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher. 

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December 12, 2020 30 min

The pink candle (the advent candle of joy) reminds us of these three important aspects of joy relating to Christmas: 1) Jesus brings the joy of salvation. 2) Joy leads to proclamation. 3) Joy leads to praise.  Even with everything going on in the world today, we should be filled with joy during Advent - are we filled with joy?

Scripture reading: Luke 2: 8-12

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher. 

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December 5, 2020 26 min

This week, we focus on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, and on God's vision for a better future.

Scripture reading: Isaiah 40:1-11, focusing on verses 4-5:

Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain.

Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

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November 28, 2020 27 min

In the midst of anxiety, urgency, and distraction of modern life, we enter into the season of Advent. But in the reading from Matthew, Jesus makes the "Coming of the Son of Man" sound scary... This sermon asks us to look at this coming in a new light... the "urgency" Christ calls us to is not one of anxiety, but one of hope.

Scripture reading: Matthew 24:36-44 

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher. 

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November 21, 2020 26 min

The liturgical year, which begins with the season of Advent, ends with a celebration of “Christ the King.” The assigned lectionary readings for today provide a powerful truth for our lives – Christ is present in the lives of the needy, and Christ’s followers have the power to change the world for the better.

Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher. 

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November 14, 2020 36 min

Scripture Reading: The Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30

"After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you ...

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November 7, 2020 39 min

Wash and make yourselves clean.
    Take your evil deeds out of my sight;
    stop doing wrong.
Learn to do right; seek justice.

    Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
    plead the case of the widow.

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:10-20, focusing upon Isaiah 1:16-17

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher. 

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October 31, 2020 29 min

Jesus' famous parable of the sheep and the goats will take center stage as we consider God's call to "do justice." Is there room in your life for "one more" -- for the least, the lost, the lonely, the leper, the "other"?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:31-46

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher. 

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October 24, 2020 31 min

Paul’s goal for the Christians in Thessalonica is that they would walk in a manner worthy of God. But what does it mean to walk worthy of God? We'll discuss three things that Paul showed these early Christians what that "worthy walk" looked like, in how he came to them and how he acted when he was with them.

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; 11-12

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher. 

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October 17, 2020 24 min

Gratitude is the foundation for a life of genuine Christian discipleship. Saying "thank you" is more than just good manners. The Apostle Paul's practice of thanking God for those among whom he worked was not just a habit, but a genuine expression. It encouraged the people in the churches and made Paul a better person.

Scripture lesson: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

The Rev. Thomas Strandburg, preacher.

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October 10, 2020 30 min

The parable of the wedding feast shows us that everyone is invited to God’s party, and the grace of the King changes us – we just have to accept the invitation!

Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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