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Sermon: Not to Brag

That’s why Jesus, unlike the founder of any other religion, does not encourage any form of sacrifice, except the sacrifice of the ego, the false self. “The sacrifice pleasing to God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart.” His cross is the mysterious means of healing for all of mankind because it shows us…

Sermon: Birth Pangs

But just as our tendency to lose our way effects all people in all times, so too does our chance to find our way.  Jesus gives us this profound hope in the verses right before Matthew’s end times reading, where he puts the suffering all around us in perspective, saying ‘all this is but the…

Sermon: Tell Me, Show Me, Involve Me

Today on the exaltation of the Cross, through mid November, we bring out the oldest and most powerful reminder of who we are  in the Season of the cross.  This reminder is in words, in ritual and in deed. As Confucius said “Tell me, I forget; show me, I remember; involve me, I understand.” His…

Sermon: What God Hates

I know many of you hate me saying this.  But remember, hate is the flip side of love. God hates Armenian pride, he doesn’t hate Armenians.  He loves Armenians, but he hates our tendency to worship ourselves and not him.  He hates that we worship the gift of our Armenianness rather than He, the Giver. …

Sermon: Rescue Me

We probably all have stories to share of getting in over our heads and needing rescue as kids, but its much harder to come up with examples as adults. Why is that?  Do we still get in over our heads as adults but are embarrassed to admit it?  Do we simply learn to avoid risk…

Sermon: Araj Asdvadz

Now there is one problem with communications, catchphrases and slogans.  They make things very simple, but that does not make them easy.  It is so easy to say that our priority is God, then family, then work, but it is so hard to live it.  Somehow the priorities of our deepest self get usurped by…