Grow Deeper

Grow Deeper

Welcome to Grow Deeper — a weekly podcast from Bluff Park United Methodist Church in Hoover, Alabama, where pastors Mike Holly and Ross Furio guide us in ways to grow in faith and in life.

Episodes

June 20, 2022 19 min
<strong>Episode 48: Jesus Is Enough - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> In the sermon this week Ross reflects on the strange story of Jesus healing a man from a legion of demons. The man survives, but a herd of swine are not so lucky. In this story Ross reminds us of two foundational truths that we believe as Christians. Jesus is with us, no matter where we are, and Jesus is enough, no matter what we are facing. There is great...
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<strong>Episode 47: The Peculiar Community - Rev. Angela Martin </strong> Rev. Angela Martin, former BPUMC associate pastor and current senior pastor at Huffman UMC, preaches the Sunday Sermon at Bluff Park UMC. <strong>Sermon Scripture Text: </strong><a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Peter+2%3A1-10&version=NRSVUE">1 Peter 2:1-10</a> "&...
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<strong>Episode 46: God Reaches Out First - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> This week Ross helps us take a look at Romans 5:1-5. He leans into our identity as United Methodists, reminds us of what we believe about God's grace, and articulates how we can be a people who are living in that grace. It is a hope filled message, that leaves us with the reminder that there is no corner of our life that is untouched by God's...
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<strong>Episode 45: Nonstop Thanksgiving - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> In his final sermon as senior pastor at Bluff Park UMC, Rev. Mike Holly shares how Paul was so very thankful for the faith and dedication of the Christians in Ephesus that he constantly prayed prayers of thanksgiving to God for them. Rev. Holly shares that over his nine years at Bluff Park UMC, he and his family have been blessed by the church family ...
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<strong>Episode 44: Pentecost: Breath of God - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> In this message Ross reminds us that in Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Spirit and the birth of the church, but we also discover the mission of that church. Our mission is to go and tell the good news of Jesus. We are to share what we have experienced with others. <strong>Sermon Scripture Text: </strong><a href="ht...
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June 5, 2022 24 min
<strong>Episode 43: Pentecost - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> Ready or not, change comes our way. We can try to be prepared for everything, but at some point, we will have to learn to face the future we have (or have been given) instead of the future for which we were prepared. God in Jesus Christ prepared the disciples for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but those who heard Peter's sermon had to discern wh...
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May 30, 2022 29 min
<strong>Episode 42: Lead with Love - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> In this message Ross helps us take a look at a section of Paul's letter to a community in Corinth that is dealing with disagreements within the life of the church. Though Paul does address those specific areas of disagreement, what we also find is a framework for how we as followers of Jesus in 2022 should approach the many disagreements that swirl arou...
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May 29, 2022 22 min
<strong>Episode 41: Change - Good or Bad - Tina Hardy </strong> Our Lay Leader, Tina Hardy, shares a wonderful sermon on Memorial Day Weekend 2022. Change, she says, is not good or bad. It is inevitable. How we deal with change is part of our witness as Christians. "How will I deal with the change that happens to me?" She asks us to look to our Savior and learn to accept the change before us. <strong>Ser...
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<strong>Episode 40: It's Not Fair - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> Life isn't fair, and this parable shows us that neither is God. This week Ross spends some time reflecting on the Parable of the Workers in Vineyard, a parable that many don't like. The reason folks don't care for this teaching from Jesus is because it isn't fair. It isn't fair that the first workers are paid the same as the last. Thi...
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May 22, 2022 29 min
<strong>Episode 39: What Is Fair? - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> As we conclude the sermon series on the Parables of Jesus, we look at the 20th chapter of Matthew and the story of a very generous landowner. Rev. Mike Holly looks at the various perspectives of people in the story from the landowner himself to the workers that arrived early as well as those who arrived late. This parable is delivered as a response to the ri...
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<strong>Episode 38: Parable of the Talents - Rev. Ross Furio </strong> In this message Ross spends some time exploring the Parable of the Talents. This is one of the more challenging teachings that we have from Jesus, it begins with an abundant gift from a master, and ends with anger when the master doesn't think his gift has been used wisely. If you are curious why this parable is relevant for us today give this s...
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<strong>Episode 37: Taking Care of the Talents - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> Preaching this Sunday in Traditional Worship at Bluff Park UMC is Rev. Mike Holly. In Mike's sermon, he explores how the first two servants are actively doing what they can to invest and increase their master's money in his absence and how the third servant simply digs a hole and maintains what he has been given. God provides us with res...
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<strong>Episode 36: The Good Samaritan - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> Preaching this Sunday in the Gathering at Bluff Park UMC is Rev. Mike Holly, the Senior Pastor at Bluff Park UMC. In Mike's sermon, he helps us see how our neighbors are more than just the people who live very near to us. Our neighbor is anyone in need in front of us, wherever we may find ourselves. The Samaritan cares for a stranger by going close ...
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<strong>Episode 35: The Good Samaritan - Rev. Julie Holly </strong> Preaching on the story of the Good Samaritan this Sunday in Traditional Worship at Bluff Park UMC is Rev. Julie Holly. <strong>Sermon Scripture Text: </strong><a href="https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&version=NRSVUE">Luke 10:25-37</a> "<a href="https://thec...
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<strong>Episode 34: The Unmerciful Servant - Rev. Clay Farrington </strong> Preaching this Sunday in the Gathering at Bluff Park UMC is guest preacher, Rev. Clay Farrington, a United Methodist Elder here in North Alabama. Clay helps us see how real and how raw forgiveness can be as well as how we need to take the message of Jesus seriously. The people in the story do not act like we would assume they would. When we fai...
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<strong>Episode 33: The Unmerciful Servant - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> Peter asks Jesus if they should forgive someone up to seven times, but Jesus replies that they should forgive that person 77 times (or possibly even 70 x 7 times). Jesus then tells about the radical forgiveness of a debt from a master to a servant. This absurd amount of debt is forgiven to a servant who then refuses to forgive the much smaller debt ...
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<strong>Episode 32: Second Chances - Rev. Scott Barnes </strong> Preaching this Sunday in the Gathering at Bluff Park is guest preacher, Rev. Scott Barnes, from Riverchase UMC in Hoover, AL. Scott shares with us that Mustard Seed Faith may start small, but it grows into a powerful force within our own hearts and in a growing impact on the world. We must turn away from sin and division and instead lean forward in faith ...
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<strong>Episode 31: Mustard Seed Faith - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> In our Traditional Worship services this Easter, we will explore the parables of Jesus. On this first Sunday after Easter, we learn about how the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. Rev. Mike Holly shares with us that a mustard seed is small, but it can grow into a sprawling bush. But we also must remember that there is not much we can do to force gr...
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April 18, 2022 14 min
<strong>Episode 30: Second Chances - Rev. Julie Holly </strong> Easter, of course, is a celebration of God’s gift of new life through the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. In John 21, one of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus during which Jesus surprises some of the disciples at the end of their unsuccessful night of fishing, the conversation Jesus has with Peter, who denied knowing Jesus three time...
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<strong>Episode 29: I Have Seen The Lord - Rev. Mike Holly </strong> On Easter, Christians around the world celebrate that the very same Jesus of Nazareth that died upon the cross is the same Jesus that is raised from the dead. It was Mary Magdalene who discovered the empty tomb and alerted the disciples according to John's Gospel. Peter and the Beloved Disciple run to the tomb to find it empty and then they leave ...
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