Graceful Christianity by Dr. Kevin Thomas

Graceful Christianity by Dr. Kevin Thomas

Check out our weekly sermons as I push back against many prevailing church attitudes and offer a fresh glimpse at following Christ.Share your comments at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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July 18, 2021 11 min

Some are offended by Jesus' message. Others are entertained. Still others are eager to follow Jesus. In some ways, all these responses fall short. Today, let's consider a better way.

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Believe it or not, some people find sermons entertaining. They are stimulated by the ideas and theories put forth. But is entertainment enough, or are we called further? Last week, we discussed those who were offended by the Jesus message. Today, we look at those who were entertained. 

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July 4, 2021 13 min

Our familiarity with Jesus can be a stumbling block. The certainty we have about God can keep us from growing and learning. It happened in Nazareth. It happens with us. Let's embrace the mystery of a God who is bigger than we can imagine. 

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June 20, 2021 12 min

Sometimes, when you're hurting, does it feel like God is asleep on the job? In the restlessness of our times, has the church been caught napping? Maybe it's time to ask the tough question, "Don't you care that we're perishing?" Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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June 13, 2021 11 min

The kingdom of God is like a farmer planting seed. Farming is hard work. It's unpredictable. It depends completely on God for growth. Let's talk about what that means for ministry. 

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June 6, 2021 11 min

Jesus launched His ministry not on creeds or confessions but on radical acts of extravagant love. Then He called disciples to love like He loves. May God help us join this conspiracy of love!

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May 16, 2021 16 min

"God doesn't give us more than we can handle." It's a popular saying, but is it true? Is it what the Bible teaches? In fact, God sometimes allows more than we can handle. What are we supposed to do about it? Let consider that question in today's message. Continue the conversation at Kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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May 9, 2021 14 min

Fights over doctrine and orthodoxy are tearing apart the Body of Christ! Jesus invites us to a better way, if we have the courage to follow. Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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April 25, 2021 15 min

Jesus risked it all for those whom the religious leaders rejected. How far will the church go to share the love of Christ with those who haven't yet experienced it? What risk will we take? Let's talk about it.

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April 18, 2021 15 min

In the New Testament and throughout church history, Jesus frequently disagrees with religious rules, sometimes even breaking them. That reality poses an important question to Christians, today. Will we follow our religious rules, or will we dare to follow Jesus? Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. Check out my books at https://www.amazon.com/author/revkev 

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April 4, 2021 18 min

On that first Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead! Yet, nothing changed, not right away at least. The world tried to go on as if nothing had happened. What will it take for the church to live the reality of the resurrection in ways that will transform our world? Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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April 2, 2021 11 min

We carry the weight of the wrongs we've done and the wrongs done to us. Good Friday reminds us that our pain was healed by Christ's bruises. Because we belong to Christ, God calls us to suffer with those who suffer so that we might join in the ministry of Christ and bring healing to our world. May God once again make the church a healing force in our divided world!

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"Not all of you are clean." That's what Jesus said to the disciples during the Last Supper. He invited them to the meal anyway. Christ invites all of us to the table regardless of our failures. Our response will lead us toward death or resurrection. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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March 28, 2021 11 min

It feels great to worship the Prince of Peace on Palm Sunday, but where will we be when the march is over? It's actually pretty easy to speak out. It's the follow through that gets us.  May this Palm Sunday move us into far-reaching, life changing action.

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March 21, 2021 12 min

The Law is not so much written on tablets as it is etched in the human heart. Each of us carries God's law in our DNA. What are the implications? What about absolute truth? How will we know who's doing the right things? Let's talk about it.

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March 4, 2021 11 min

Rules drive many people away from church and from God. Did God give the Ten Commandments to punish us? To spoil our fun? To make us feel bad? Maybe the Ten Commandments are a gift designed not to restrict but to liberate! Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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February 25, 2021 14 min

We want success fast! God sometimes moves slower than we'd like. Let's journey with Abraham this week to consider God's timing for our lives.

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February 18, 2021 11 min

Is God our adversary or our advocate? What is the church's relationship to the world? Are we to be advocates or adversaries for those who question our story? These are important questions. They speak volumes about who we understand God to be. Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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February 17, 2021 12 min

Today begins the season of Lent. Many of us will give up something for the season. This partial fast is a good way for us to demonstrate that God is more important that our physical appetites. But how will we show that other people are also important to us. We can devote ourselves to personal piety during Lent while neglecting Christ's call to love our neighbors. In our divided culture, perhaps God is calling us together as com...

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February 7, 2021 17 min

Many Christians expect a reward for good behavior in this life and the next. It doesn't always work out that way. Bad things happen. Faithfulness doesn't guarantee success. How do we make sense of the difficulties that come when we're following Christ? Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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