Grace upon Grace:The Means of Sanctification

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In last week’s sermon marking the beginning of the Lenten season, we discussed the essence of holiness in our Wesleyan tradition. We explored holiness not as adherence to rules, an unattainable goal, or a solitary endeavor but as a transformative process driven by God’s grace, focusing on living out our faith through love and service. The central claim I made through the Scriptures of 1 Thessalonian s 4:3 and 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 was that sanctification is God’s will for us, calling us to be ambassadors of God’s love in the world, reflecting the character of Christ in our lives. Today, as we transition to the next sermon in our series, “Grace upon Grace: The Means of Sanctification,” we are looking … Read More

The Heart of Holiness

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Today is the first Sunday of the Lenten season. During Lent, we are invited into a time of reflection, repentance, and spiritual renewal. For this, over the next six weeks leading up to Easter, we will journey together reflecting on what it means to be holy in our Wesleyan tradition. What is holiness? The answer will vary depending on who you ask. There are a variety of perspectives that sometimes confuse us. Some view holiness through the lens of legalistic righteousness, where following rules is the end goal. Others perceive it as an unattainable ideal, so far removed from our reality that it becomes irrelevant. And then there are those who consider holiness a purely personal endeavor, disconnected from the … Read More

From Ashes to Grace

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Ash Wednesday introduces Lent, a season inviting us into deep contemplation of our mortality and the rejuvenating grace of God through Jesus Christ. This journey is characterized by fasting, repentance, moderation, and spiritual discipline. It invites us into introspection, recognizing our reliance on divine grace amidst our pursuit of perfection and acknowledgment of our inherent brokenness. This season can be described as one from Ashes to Grace as we move from penance to the glory of Easter. In the Sermon on the Mount, particularly in Matthew 5:3, Jesus presents a profound insight that can help us during the Lenten season: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This statement challenges our modern perspective, often … Read More

Guest Speaker: Sunday Feb 11th

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Join us on Sunday Feb 11th and Welcome our Guest Speaker Rev. Randall Lucas. Rev. Randall Lucas is a distinguished pastor and community leader, currently serving as an Associate Pastor at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Randall’s journey towards pastoral leadership is marked by a unique blend of theological depth, business acumen, and a profound commitment to social justice. Randall holds two master’s degrees in theology from the esteemed Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, a testament to his dedication to understanding and imparting the spiritual dimensions of life. His academic journey began with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Vanguard University of Southern California, showcasing his early interest in business and communication. Before answering the call … Read More

Responding to Challenges with Grace and Strength

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Today, I am sharing with you the last message on the series “Control: Cans and Cant’s.” The title of today’s message is “Responding to Challenges with Grace and Strength.” But before I start, I need to ensure you know what I am talking about. Have you experienced challenges in your life? Do you know how it feels when the rug is pulled out from under your feed? Silly questions, we all have the answer. As your pastor, I know we have people here at church who are going through different “storms” in their lives right now. Many of you have been hit hard with illness, deaths in families, and family crises. I understand you and am with you. I have had … Read More