This Sunday: The Parable of the Talents

Our sermon this Sunday focuses on the parable of the talents. In English, a “talent” means a skill or ability, but in Biblical times it was a very valuable coin. The parable describes two “good and faithful” servants who use their master’s coins well and make more for him, and a bad servant who buries…

This Sunday: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son tells the story of a young man leaving his father’s house, wasting all that he had, returning to his father, and finding forgiveness. How are we like that prodigal son, and what does it mean for us to find our way back to our Father’s house again and again?

This Sunday: Now I See

This week we will have a lay service. Justin Mansfield will be reading the sermon by Walter Orthwein about the healing of the man born blind.

This Sunday: A New Heaven and a New Earth

At the end of the book of Revelation, John records seeing “a new heaven and a new earth,” and the Holy City descending out of heaven. As we’ve talked about for the last few weeks, in the New Church we believe this prophecy has been fulfilled and is continuing to be fulfilled. But where is…

This Sunday: The Last Judgment Has Already Happened

Some of the prophecies of the Lord’s coming are beautiful and hopeful but others sound rather cataclysmic and disturbing.This Sunday we’re continuing our series on the coming of the Lord by talking about the Lord coming to perform a Last Judgment. The New Church teaches that the Last Judgment has already taken place. Wondering how…

This Sunday: What is the Second Coming of the Lord?

When the Lord was in the world, He promised that He would come again. In the New Church, we believe that this Second Coming has already happened, is happening now, and will continue to happen in the future. What does that mean? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be talking about three aspects of the…

This Sunday: Judging Others and Being Judged

We make judgments about other people based on how they look, what they eat, how they raise their children, how they spend their time and money, and the list goes on. What should we do with these thoughts? Are they bad? People often quote Jesus saying, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1)….

This Sunday: Life After Death

On Sunday we conclude our two-part series on dying, death, and grief. This Sunday we will focus on life after death. What happens to a person’s spirit when their body has died? Are they in some sense still with us? And how do those of us who are left behind continue to live with hope…

This Sunday: Life Before Death

On Sunday we begin a two-part series on dying, death, and grief. This Sunday we will focus on life before death. What is the value and purpose of natural life? Why do some people die earlier than others? What comfort and perspective does the Lord offer in His Word to those who are approaching death…

This Sunday: What really makes us part of the church

We’ve been talking for the past two weeks about different essential aspects of being part of a church. This Sunday we’re talking about how those different aspects all come together and what the ultimate factor is that determines whether you’re part of the spiritual community that’s following the Lord or not.