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Priorities in the Time of Crisis

Sermon for March 22, 2020 (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Priorities in the Time of Crisis” (Matthew 7:1-12″)


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Our Pre-Occupation

Sermon for March 15, 2020 (Third Sunday in Lent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Our Pre-Occupation” (Matthew 6:19-26)

From the Gospel of Matthew: VS. 25 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion.”


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Pray Like This

Sermon for March 8, 2020 (Second Sunday in Lent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Pray Like This” (Matthew 6:5-18)

From the Gospel of Matthew: VS. 14-15 “In prayer, there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”


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Step Aside

Sermon for March 1, 2020 (First Sunday in Lent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Alyce Keener, Vicar

Today’s Message: “Step Aside” (Matthew 6:1-4)

From the Gospel of Matthew: VS. 4 “That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.”


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My God-Created Identity

Sermon for February 23, 2020 (Seventh Sunday after Epiphany)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Alyce Keener, Vicar

Today’s Message: “My God-Created Identity” (Matthew 5:38-48)

From the Gospel of Matthew: VS.48 “In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”


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Of Law and Of Love

Sermon for February 16, 2020 (Sixth Sunday after Epiphany)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Of Law and Of Love” (Matthew 5:21-37)

From the Gospel of Matthew: VS.31b “Too many of you are using that as a cover for selfishness and whim, pretending to be righteous just because you are ‘legal.’ Please, no more pretending.”


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Thermostats and Thermometers

Sermon for February 9, 2020 (Fifth Sunday after Epiphany)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Thermostats and Thermometers” (Matthew 5:13-20)

From the Gospel of Matthew: vs.14b “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.”


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Blessed Are…

Sermon for February 2, 2020 (Fourth Sunday after Epiphany)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Blessed are…” (Matthew 5:1-12)

From the Gospel of Matthew: vs.11 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable.”


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Christ’s Theme

Sermon for January 26, 2020 (Third Sunday after Epiphany)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Alyce Keener, Vicar

Today’s Message: “Christ’s Theme” (Matthew 4:12-23)

From the Gospel of Matthew: vs.23b “God’s kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God’s government, a good government!”


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