Christmas Presence

Preached December 29, 2013 in Ankeny UCC. Sermon text Isaiah 63:7-9 Following the words of Isaiah, we remember that it was Emmanuel, God with us, who appeared on Christmas to sustain our stories beyond the losses and failures we see in front of us. Isaiah reminds us that our story does not begin in exile… Continue reading Christmas Presence

Kingdoms of Love and Fear

Ahaz seeks comfort from his prophet Isaiah. Isaiah provides the reassuring messages that Ahaz’s enemies will be destroyed, but as we look back on further events, we see that there is no peace in violent destruction. We look forward to a life built on God’s love, rather than on the hope of violence. Sermon Text… Continue reading Kingdoms of Love and Fear