Lent 1 – Renounce, Reject, Repent: Sermon Audio

This is the first sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling,” where we walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 3/6/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-11

God On The Mountain Is God In The Valley: Sermon Audio

The account of the transfiguration gives us a glimpse of God’s glory, revealed in Jesus Christ, but is that dramatic display of God’s power the most significant way in which God’s glory is revealed? How is God’s glory revealed deep in the valley?

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/26/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 17:1-9

Turning the Other Cheek: Sermon Audio

Concluding our series on The Sermon on the Mount, we come to what may be the most challenging of all the commandments of Jesus. Turning the other cheek and loving our enemies doesn’t come easy. So, what are we to do with these difficult passages?

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/19/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:38-48

Hospitable and Then Some: Sermon Audio

In a follow-up to last week’s sermon, we explore what it means to be salt and light in the world today. It starts with a focus on Christian hospitality that flows from the heart of God that “so loved the world.” This recording also includes a bit of my testimony. And yes, this Christian pastor was an atheist.

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Sermon Title: Hospitable and Then Some
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/12/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:31-46

You Are Salt and Light: Sermon Audio

In The Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5, Jesus calls us “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Have we these phrases to the point where they are meaningless cliche or can we reclaim these descriptions in a meaningful way?

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Sermon Title: You are Salt and Light
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/5/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:13-20

Blessed and Then Some: Sermon Audio

When we consider the way Jesus uses the word “blessed” in The Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5, what does it really mean to be blessed? Maybe it’s more than we think. Many have come to hear Jesus and he takes his place as a rabbi among them. He begins by pronouncing a blessing on those who have gathered. Could it be that Jesus has a different idea about blessing than we do?

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Sermon Title: Blessed and Then Some
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 1/29/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:1-12

“With my elbows on the old table, my chin in my hands, my pencil in my fingers, the lights of the city below and beyond… I fell in love with the craft of writing. I learned not to chase the words but to listen for them.”
~ Robert Benson, Dancing on the Head of a Pen

What You Have Is All You Need: Sermon Audio

Sharing God’s good news is best done by telling your story and allowing your life to witness to the reality of God’s love available to all.

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Sermon Title: What You Have is all You Need
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 1/22/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:12-23

One Outta Ten Ain’t Bad: Sermon Audio

The story of the ten lepers who are healed by Jesus is a favorite of adults who wish to teach their children the value of being thankful. Have you ever considered that there may be more going on here than just a lesson on thankfulness?

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Sermon Title: One Outta Ten Ain’t Bad
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 10/9/2016
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 17:11-19