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Best Church of the Cross U.M podcasts we could find (updated January 2020)
Best Church of the Cross U.M podcasts we could find
Updated January 2020
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Enriched lives have meaning and are fulfilling. Because we have drifted away, God has to draw us back to Him. We are a broken people, but God enriches our lives every day so we are prepared to do something special for God.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-17 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Remembering our baptism is to remember the covenant and to renew our commitment to live out that covenant every day of our lives. God takes the initiative in our baptism to invite us into personal relationship with Him. We are part of His family!…
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker As we are forgiven, we must also forgive. We have all heard the phrase forgive and forget. But forgiveness does not involve forgetting—rather remembering graciously.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker How do you respond to the let-downs in life? We must not let the world change our smile; we must use our smile to change the world around us. Look upward when we are down for, “My help comes from the Lord.” (Ps 121:2)By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Our world has become a pretty dark place. There is a lot of good too, but so much darkness. The event of the birth of Christ brings light into the darkness. Our darkness is turned into joy.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Especially at this time of year, the phrase “Home for Christmas,” brings a sense of peace and security. With the situations occurring in our world, our nation and our communities, we are a frightened people. When the angel appeared to Joseph he said, “Do not be afraid.” His name is called E…
Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12 Speaker: Bishop Gregory Palmer Is there any better place to hear the voice of God than in the wilderness? John the Baptist implores us to prepare the way—to re-position ourselves for what’s next. Let’s join God in writing the next chapter—a future that no one could have imagined except God!…
Scripture: Matthew 24:36-44 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Advent is a season of preparation. Preparation for the coming of the Christ child. But our lives are preparation for the return of Christ. Are you ready? On what are we wasting our time? We must examine our lives and prepare our hearts so we are ready.…
Scripture: Jeremiah 23:1-6 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker In this season of Thanksgiving, find reasons to be thankful to God. Christians are also celebrating Christ the King Sunday today. Scripture is full of instances where Jesus is referred to as King. As Christians, we know we are part of the Royalty of God. Is Christ YOUR King?…
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-4, 26-27, 31 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Truths: Everything we have belongs to God. God is always present and active in our lives. Stewardship is equal to discipleship. As disciples of Christ, we are called to bless others the way God has blessed us.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Intentional giving is planned giving. God giving us His best (his Son) was never accidental. God doesn’t give us His leftovers. The Apostle Paul instructs us to give out of a cheerful heart, not out of compulsion.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Luke 21:1-4 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker As God blesses you, does your standard of living increase or does your standard of giving increase? We are blessed to be a blessing—stewards one to the other. Give in obedience to your covenant with God, not to the church. It doesn’t matter what is or is not going on within the church—your cove…
Scripture: Joshua 23:6,8 & Hebrews 12:2 Speaker: Ms. Jane Wise, Missionary to the Democratic Republic of the Congo God’s words to Israel still speak to us today. Stay the course. Anchor our faith in God, no matter how hard society pulls in the opposite direction.By Ms. Jane Wise, Missionary
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Stewardship is not about appearances, but about action. We can all make a difference in the lives of people around us by using our God-given gifts. Stewardship is a commitment. PermalinkBy Pastor Gus
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker A steward is one who manages something for someone else. Everything belongs to God—we are His stewards. God is not looking for a perfect steward—just one who makes good use of the resources He provides. How are you doing with this task?By Pastor Gus
Scripture: I Peter 5:1-14 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We are not saved to feel better about ourselves. We are saved to serve and save others. Whoever wants to win a crown of glory must be a servant. It’s not how many servants you have but what kind of servant you are that matters.By Rev. Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: I Peter 5:1-5 Speaker: Rev. Carla Stengel Peter extols us to clothe ourselves in humility. God is the center of the universe—not us. Humility is the internal bowing of ourselves before our Creator. C. S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”…
Scripture: I Peter 4:1-11 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker With any athlete, the most important ingredient for success is preparation. As Christians we too must prepare for Christ’s coming by conforming our lives in the way Peter describes in this passage.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: I Peter 3:13-22 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Christians especially have a problem with the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” We think that our God should respond to our prayers for good health, safety, prosperity, etc.. But God’s viewpoint is not our own.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: I Peter 2:11-25 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker As Christians we are called to obey society’s laws even in the sight of persecution. We are to respect one another, love one another, honor God, and live a life of purity. Make the world a better place one person and a time.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: I Peter 3:1-12 Speaker: Rev. Carla Stengel Spiritual growth happens over time through experience and study. We must always study scripture in the context of the culture and time in which it was written. God reveals the Holy Spirit in many ways and calls us to reshuffle our thinking again and again as we grow in our faith.…
Scripture: I Peter 2:1-10 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Who are we as an individual? a Church? a Community? There is not a mainline denomination in the United States that is not experiencing an identity crisis. We need to know who we are and to whom we belong.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-25 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker This world is not our home. Life is a journey with its ups and downs. So Peter reminds us that while we are here, we are to LOVE one another. And all of it is God’s plan from the beginning of creation.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: 1 Peter: 1:10-16 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker What is a Christian? Peter turns to history to understand the present and the future. In the past, God spoke to his people in many ways. For Peter and for us, God speaks through his son, Jesus Christ. “Be holy, because I am holy.”By Rev. Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: I Peter 1:3-9 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Jesus did not promise us a simple, joyous, happy life. What he did promise is our salvation. It is available to us through faith in Jesus Christ alone.By Rev. Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: Psalm 13 Speaker: Dick Wright Why do bad things happen to good people? An age-old question. Let’s turn to the scriptures for the answer.By Dick Wright
Scripture: Colossians 2:6-10 Speaker: Rev. Carla StengelBy Rev. Carla Stengel
Scripture: I Peter 1:1-3 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Life is difficult, but as long as we stand firm in our belief in Jesus Christ, we will prevail.By Rev. Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: Luke 9:51-62 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We can all make excuses for not following Jesus 100%. We have responsibilities to our family. We have an employer to please. There just aren’t enough hours in the day. But when we are all in for Jesus, our lives are better for it. After all, Jesus gave his all for us.…
Scripture: Luke 10:25-37 Speaker: Mr. Richard Wright We Christians are often in situations where our response to the circumstances of life will be seen or heard by others. At that point we are witnessing to our faith whether we know it or not. The question is, what message are we sending?By Mr. Richard Wright
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker On Pentecost we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles of Jesus Christ. God was giving birth to a new movement—the church.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Acts 1:1-11 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Jesus knew the Apostles’ success depended on the presence of the Holy Spirit. They were called to witness to the world. We too are called to witness—are you ready?By Pastor Gus
Scripture: John 14:23-29 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We are a community of believers and we are better together than individually. We have a responsibility to mentor others in the faith. We remember those who have mentored us and made us who we are today.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Psalm 148:1-14 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We recognize and praise God for the blessing of our forbears who established this congregation 175 years ago. Praising God should be a constant part of our lives. We have so much to be thankful for.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: 2 Peter :2-21 Speaker: Rev. Deb Egloff Mother’s Day is a time to remember those who have nurtured us. This day is grounded in love. This is a mothering, nurturing love. The rose is a symbol of this love. When Christianity claimed this symbol, it became a spiritual love—unconditional, pure love.…
Scripture: Revelation 5:11-14 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker All of creation praises our Maker! This passage in Revelation give us a glimpse of what heaven will be like. We as Christians cannot help but sing praises to our Creator who made us in His image.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: John 20:19-31 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Thomas refused to believe until he could put his finger in the mark of the nails and his hand in Jesus’ side. We all have our times of doubt. It’s okay. . . we have a God who understands. Perhaps we Christians can learn something from Thomas.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Luke 24:-12 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-BakerBy Rev. Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: John 19:31-34, 38-42 Speaker: Rev. Carla StengelBy Rev. Carla Stengel
Scripture: John 13:1-17, 31-35 Speaker: Joe Gerstle Listen as Joe shares his life-long journey in Christian faith.By Joe Gerstle
Scripture: Luke 19:28-40 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Wants are specific to individuals, but we all have needs. Our greatest need is for a Savior. Fortunately for us, God had a plan from the beginning to send us a savior. All we need to do is receive Him!By Pastor Gus
Scripture: John :1-8 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker In this passage we see a simple act of kindness criticized by those who don’t understand the depth of Mary’s action. Mary’s generosity is a call to ministry—a call to service.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Ephesians 3:14-21 Speaker: Pastor Deb Egloff Discipleship is a process—a life-long process born out of what we hear, what we seek out, life experiences, and cultural influences. As Christians living a whole life of discipleship, we become more like Christ.By Pastor Deb Egloff
Scripture: Luke 13:1-9 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker How does it feel to never give up? God never gives up on us. The Bible is full of examples of people on whom God did not give up. As Christians we should never give up on ourselves. We keep striving to live as God has instructed us.By Pastor Gus Christo-Baker
Scripture: Luke 13:31-35 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker In this passage we detect jealousy on the part of Herod toward Jesus. They had never even met, but Herod appears to be jealous of Jesus’ popularity with the people. But Jesus knows his Father’s plan for his life on earth and he is undaunted. How does jealousy creep into our lives? How do we r…
Scripture: Luke 4:1-13 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We cannot defeat temptation by ourselves. The power to fight temptation is in the Holy Spirit. We must stay connected to God on a daily basis so that power is available to us when temptation comes our way.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Exodus 34:19-35 & Luke 9:28-36 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker It is easy to stand here in the valley of our comfort. We know what to expect and what is expected of us. But Christ calls us to the mountain top to receive a new vision. We are not sure we are ready for that. But we shall place our hope and trust in Christ, for He is your Gu…
Scripture: Psalm 46:1-6 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker Depression is so common that it is called “the common cold of mental illness.” We hear the words of Jesus: Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Here we explore what can we do to help our friends who suffer.By Pastor Gus
Scripture: Psalm 51:1-5 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker We all have sinned. We all make mistakes. We all have regrets. Scripture tells us that God understands—He sent His son into the world not to condemn the world, but to save the world. Why not go to God right now and accept His wonderful gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ? You have nothing…
Scripture: Mark 3:20-30 Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker There are conflicts that go on in our own mind and heart. Others may not even be aware of the battle we are fighting within. And there are conflicts between ourselves and others. Sometimes these conflicts are necessary and good. But how do you respond? Hear how scripture advises us to deal wit…
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