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Sermon Notes from Pastor David Yoder’s sermons. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.

Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and judgment are words that make us uncomfortable.  Why?  They speak of finality, lack of dialogue, and generally exploit our deficiencies.  However, it does not fall to believers to engage in the work of condemnation and judgment.  This is the work of Christ.  Jesus is very explicit in our passage that judgment falls upon […]

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Direct Talk from Jesus

Direct Talk from Jesus

After feeding the 5,000 Jesus encountered hardness of heart among those who were following him.  John 6 illustrates this rightly.  Jesus then proceeds to stiff-arm the entire bunch to the end that they all went away.  The disciples observed this interaction.  Jesus then quizzes them on his identity.  Who do people say that I am, […]

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Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Herod was confused as to who was causing all the commotion.  He had just put John to death but who was doing this?  We speak here of the preaching, the casting out of demons, and the healing of the sick.  We see the confusion that Jesus brings.  He is elusive in that we can’t put […]

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Jesus Brings Relief to the Desperate

Jesus Brings Relief to the Desperate

We have two stories, one inside the other.  A synagogue official has a daughter at death’s door.  He literally falls at Jesus’ feet and begs for help.  His position may well have brought tension to him because the establishment was steadily turning on Jesus, if not completely, yet.  He was beyond protocol and respectability. Jesus […]

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Parables Explained

Parables Explained

A sower, seed, and soils comprise the elements of the story before us.  The story is also known as a parable.  Parables are NOT used to explain spiritual truth as much as they are designed to HIDE spiritual truth. The kingdom parables are specifically designed to bring understanding to the citizens of the kingdom while […]

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John Expresses Doubt

John Expresses Doubt

The last we heard about John the Baptist, he had been put into jail (Luke 3:20).  He is still there but things are starting to get to him.  Imaginations, doubts, and questions have taken their toll.  The man who had once definitively recognized the Son of God for who he was, is now unsure.  It […]

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Building Permanently

Building Permanently

Jesus closes out his Sermon on the Plain by talking about a life lived well. He says that our words reflect the condition of our heart. Out of our mouths come either blessing or cursing. The heart, then, feeds the supply of words. The way Jesus leaves his saying is, we are responsible for what […]

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Put off Judging and Put on Grace

Put off Judging and Put on Grace

Have you ever said to someone, “Don’t judge me?”  Has anyone ever said to you, “Don’t judge me?”  This is one of the more commonly known references to Jesus’ message in Matt. 5 and Luke 6.  If we are honest, we sometimes use this to get people off our backs, particularly when they are pointing […]

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Jesus Establishes His Authority Over the Sabbath

Jesus Establishes His Authority Over the Sabbath

Jesus does it again.  He takes on conflict, sets the record straight, and does so with wisdom and compassion. There are two stories back to back which establish one truth:  Jesus is in charge of setting policy for the Sabbath.  The first story is about recognizing human need as more important than rules and regulations. […]

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Jesus Speaks on Propriety

Jesus Speaks on Propriety

In some respects, this is an odd section of Scripture.  Wineskins, wine, garments, patches, bridegrooms, and fasting are words we do not normally use.  But Jesus puts them together in order to make a point. First, he says it is inappropriate to fast and pray during a wedding.  To fast and pray during a season […]

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