Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley on 8.24.2014


Pentecost Sermon 2014

by jpserrano on June 8, 2014 · 3 comments

Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church (Pentecost in the Park)


If You Love Me (Sermon on John 14:15-21)

Preached @ Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley on May 25, 2014.

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Lust, Length, and Looking

The News Story Making the Internet rounds is the story of a 17-year old girl who was kicked out of a homeschool senior prom.  She was wearing a dress that was deemed inappropriate in length for the dance by the chaperones.  As someone who has seen some of the dresses and Halloween costumes that pass […]

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Doubting Thomas (Sermon on John 20:19-31)

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Intro When people speak about Thomas, especially from today’s Gospel reading, he is almost universally called what?  Doubting Thomas.  I am not sure that’s accurate.  I think that history hasn’t really understood Thomas.  But mostly, I think he gets a […]

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Worship in the Park

For the last couple years I’ve had the opportunity to share some ideas with the congregation I’m currently serving.  One idea that I am particular fond of is taking Sunday worship to a local park. This is a little outside the comfort zone of most Lutherans, so I put together the following proposal for consideration […]

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How to Help Your Child During Communion

I believe that all baptized children are welcome to the Altar. The following is a guide that will hopefully help parents with bringing their children forward to receive communion.   First, for all children, it’s important to see what’s going on at the altar.   There is a drama unfolding at the the table during the liturgy […]

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How To Win Friends And Influence People

How To Wins Friends is book that was written in the 1930’s by Dale Carnegie.  To some the title sounds manipulative, however the principles laid out in this book are more about being purposeful in the way you live your life.  The book is very dated in its examples and stories, but that doesn’t mean […]

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Rachel Held Evans: A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

Today World Vision announced that it would allow same-sex married couples to work in their organization. In typical fashion people are throwing the baby out with the bath water and calling for people to withdraw funding from World Vision and giving them the “farewell” to the Christian Faith.   Rachel Held Evans had some interesting […]

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Why Youth Are Leaving The Church (A Satire)

Here is a little something I found on the internet. -jpserrano

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The older I get while doing youth ministry….

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A Prayer For Preaching

O Holy God, yet again you call me to proclaim the Good News of your Son yet I am unworthy of such a task. Distrust dances with faith in my soul and sometimes I can’t tell who’s leading. I am filled with every kind of sin,  “I have not loved you with my whole heart, […]

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