Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church's Podcast

Mt Lebanon United Methodist Church's Podcast

Did you want to share the morning sermon with a friend or just miss a Sunday? Catch up on the messages from MLUMC! Reaching Outward, Nurturing Inward, and Growing Together;1000 members involved in 100 ministries for 1 mission Learn more about supporting our ministries at http://www.mlumc.org

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May 8, 2021 31 min

Today, we continue our theme of “abiding in Christ,” who is the Vine to whom all of the branches are connected. Modesty might discourage us from even entertaining this important biblical truth – You are God’s chosen one!

“You did not choose me," Jesus said, "but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit . . ." (John 15:16a)


Scripture reading: John 15:9-17

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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What does God want from us as Christians?  Fruit!  What kind of fruit are we called to produce?  And how do we produce it?  Here's a hint:  abiding!

Scripture reading: John 15:1-8

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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April 24, 2021 24 min

When we speak of being "totally committed" we often use the terminology "all in." Coaches, teachers, and preachers are known for calling upon their proteges to be "all in." Are you "all in" for the Gospel, and for the lifestyle that it represents?

Scripture reading: John 3:16-24

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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April 17, 2021 28 min

Doing the right thing can be hard, frustrating, and annoying sometimes.  But as children of God, we're expected to show the world exactly what that means - including by our behavior!

Scripture reading: 1 John 3:1-7

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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April 10, 2021 20 min

First-century Christians of Jerusalem worked together to help those in need. “There was not a needy person among them,” because they distributed aid “to each as any had need” (vv. 34-35). Having been rescued by Jesus and given new life by his resurrection, we — like those Christians of Jerusalem — can best reach out to those in need when we work together.

Scripture reading: Acts 4:32-35

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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April 4, 2021 23 min

The Risen Lord not only draws us back to His love when we have fallen away from it; He also sends us out to bear witness to that love, to the love which offers hope wherever people, or even whole communities, are divided from one another.

Scripture reading: Mark 16:1-7

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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March 27, 2021 28 min

When Jesus rode into town on a small donkey, he did so on a day that was a work day for the people. Sunday was not a day off. It was like our Monday. It was the first day of the work week for them. So, far from being a humdrum, unexciting Monday, on this particular day, something huge was happening. 

Scripture reading: Luke 19:28-40

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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March 20, 2021 25 min

Seeing Jesus isn’t a spectator sport. It’s a way to be followed, it’s a truth to be embodied, it’s a life to be lived. It’s being a grain of wheat that falls into the ground and dies so that it might bear much fruit. 

Scripture reading: John 12:20-33

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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March 13, 2021 26 min

The New Testament leader Paul talks about moving toward a heaven-inspired perspective and making it a regular practice. We might assume that seeking and doing God’s will gets easier as we go through life. But, when the voice of God seems inexplicably silent, it doesn’t mean we’ve somehow failed. It means God wants us to walk by faith.

Scripture reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

Pastor Tom Strandburg, preacher.

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March 6, 2021 26 min

How passionate are we for true corporate worship? Is it something we do when nothing better is going on? Are we excited to worship the Father in spirit and in truth or are we simply going through the motions?  

Scripture reading: John 2:13-22

Pastor Scott Miller, preacher.

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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)

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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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