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.... Show More

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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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January 31, 2021 14 min

There was a man in the synagogue in Capernaum possessed by evil spirits. Either no one noticed or no one cared--at least not until Jesus showed up. Sometimes churches tolerate or even embrace evil, but when they get serious about following Christ, they resist evil, injustice, and oppression and bring healing to their communities. 

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January 14, 2021 10 min

Maybe you think there's little you could do for Christ. Sometimes our faith journey feels a little like a failure. Let me introduce you to a guy named Philip. His is a beautiful story of quiet faithfulness. Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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January 7, 2021 15 min

Christians claim that baptism washes away our sin. So, if Jesus was perfect, then why was Jesus baptized? Maybe there's more to baptism than we usually consider. Let's talk about it.
Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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December 24, 2020 8 min

We like the idea of Jesus as the all-forgiving savior. But what about Lord? What does that mean? Are we willing to go that far for Christ? Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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December 17, 2020 13 min

It's easy to let life pass you by. I'm guilty of constantly obsessing about whatever is next. Anticipation of the future too often robs me of the present. This message invites us to learn the lesson of couple of New Testament characters. Slow down. Find peace, today, in those things that matter.

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December 10, 2020 14 min

2020 has been a year like no other. We've been isolated and lonely! For many of us, depression has been too near a companion. Almost 300,000 Americans have lost their lives, over 1.5 million worldwide. Christmas will be a little bluer for millions of us. Where is God in a pandemic? This message for the Third Sunday in Advent assures us that, even during COVID19, God is with us! Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@...

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December 3, 2020 22 min

Jesus came into the world to save us from our sin, but that's just the beginning! He did so much more. Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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November 27, 2020 16 min

Jesus wasn't the Messiah that the religious experts were anticipating. Because of their own expectations, they missed Him and rejected Him. Could the same thing happen to us? Do our expectations get in the way? Let's talk about it and try to find a better way. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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November 12, 2020 16 min

Can't we all just get along? It's a popular sentiment, but unity at all costs is really not a viable option. Let's see why. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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November 5, 2020 16 min

Jesus tells a parable that sounds kind of mean, but He did it for a reason. Just what was Jesus trying to teach us? Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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October 29, 2020 17 min

Our loved ones in eternity are inviting us to join the party while we're still in this world. Let's see how. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org. 

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October 23, 2020 16 min

Christianity is far more than a list of rules. In fact, our rules sometimes get in the way. Too often, religious rules drive people away from God. Jesus offered a better way. Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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October 16, 2020 29 min

We've all heard debates about the separation of  church and state.  Maybe we've argued about the role of faith in politics. Jesus got hit with a "God or Country" question. Maybe HIs answer will be ours. Let's continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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October 8, 2020 13 min

In today's parable, Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a violent, self-absorbed, genocidal king. Is it King Jesus? What's the message? Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org.

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September 24, 2020 17 min

Which is more important, to believe the right thing or to do the right thing? Let's talk about it. Continue the conversation at kthomas@forestlakeumc.org

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