08-20-17: This week's book is another classic, Runaway Bunny. We hear a theme of running away from that is found in many of the stories in our Bible. We also hear the promise found in Luke 15:1-10 that says that God will go out and seek the lost. If you are running from God...know that God is around you and wants you to be found.
08-13-17: The Giving Tree is a cherished book about a Tree who gives everything to a boy. God has given us everything but are we willing to give all of our talents to God? What is holding us back? Through the parable of the Talents in Matthew 25, we explore these ideas.
08-06-17: Thank you for listening to this new series for the month of August. Each week we will read a Children's Book during the Children's Moment and then that will be the focus of the sermon and what we learn about ourselves and God in the lessons of that book. This week we look at "Designed By God so I Must be Special." We learn to experience this thing called life as a gift from God.
07-30-17: We are called to be disciples of Jesus Christ. But what does that look like? To see that we look at the weird story of Jesus calling the first disciples.
We all know the story of Jonah, or we think we do. In this sermon, we dive into all four chapters of Jonah so that the whole story is told and we can learn what faith looks like.
07-09-17: How do we explain the divine? How do we make sense with our human minds when God interacts with us? Today we look at this calling we all have to explain the way God has interacted with us through the calling of Ezekiel and Mary.
07-02-17: In this new series we look at different people in the Bible and their call story. What does their story tell us about the way God calls us? God does call all of us to help bring about the Kingdom of God and in all different ways. We, on the other hand, come up with a ton of excuses.
06-25-17: While Rev. Jim was at Annual Conference, one of our youth stepped up to lead worship and preach. Please enjoy Garrison Batchelor's message about living into the mission of Indian Trail UMC, which is to live, love, reach and teach God's Word.
06-11-17: This is the third sermon in a sermon series called "I Want to Believe, but..." We are looking at some false notions of the nature of God and how they lead people to not believe in the real God we worship. In this sermon, We discuss that people feel there is a certain way or a correct and wrong way to connect to God. Sometimes God DOES feel distant or absent. This is natural and there are ways to improve it.
05-28-17: This is the first sermon in a new sermon series called "I Want to Believe, but..." We are looking at some false notions of the nature of God and how they lead people to not believe in the real God we worship. In this sermon, we look at the idea of "On-Demand God." We want to control God and demand God gives us what we want when we want it. That isn't God.