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Sermons by Ben Sadler

Sermons by Ben Sadler

failure, grief, doubt

Hope for Life

Sometimes, things don’t go the way we plan. Our expectations are dashed by some unforeseen complication, and we find ourselves wondering how we’re going to go on with our lives. We lose hope for the future because things look so drastically different than we think they should. After the disciples’ expectations were dashed, they didn’t know how they would go on. They found themselves hopelessly wandering through life. But all that changed when they realized the stranger who traveled with…
failure, grief, doubt

Hope in Grief

In the last year, we’ve all experienced grief. We’ve lost opportunities, experiences, and jobs. The way we connect with others isn’t ideal. Some of us have lost loved ones. Many of us have lost hope. On the first Easter, Mary Magdalene, her friends, and the disciples grieved over Jesus. They thought their hope of a Savior was dead with him in the tomb. But then… the tomb was empty. Jesus was alive! Even when you’re in the depths of despair,…
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Jesus the Victor (Easter at Victory)

Jesus is the King who not only leads us into battle; he fights our battles for us and wins. An empty tomb means that our “defeats” are hallow wins for our enemy. An empty tomb means that our victory in Christ is sure even when there are setbacks along the way. The victory that you have been looking for is already yours in the resurrected and victorious King. And because of that, it’s time to celebrate! Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11,…
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Jesus the Teacher (Maundy Thursday)

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus is an expert teacher. He connects history with a new teaching “covenant,” making his lessons memorable for his followers and for us. His teaching is applicable and wise for salvation for all people. Jesus teaches us about himself and his work, which we are reminded of every time we take the Lord’s Supper. Sermon Text: Luke 22:19-20
temptation, people, living, listen, lead

Lead with Humility

Wisdom and knowledge are often confused. Knowledge is readily available and just a click away. Wisdom, however, is knowing how to use that knowledge and recognizing the source behind it. Leaders need to know how to remain humble and lead with wisdom. God teaches us in his Word to use the wisdom of Heaven to humble ourselves and recognize our need for Jesus. Sermon Text: James 3:13-18
temptation, people, living, listen, lead

Living Our Faith

We do not have to do anything to earn God’s grace. But that doesn’t mean we don’t do good in the world around us. God teaches us that “faith without deeds is dead”. In other words, God wants us to serve and care for others as a reflection of His love in our communities. When we trust in Jesus with our mind, body, and soul and live our faith by doing good, our faith is living and active and does…
temptation, people, living, listen, lead

Resist Temptation, Embrace Trials

Temptation looks different for everyone. But no matter what it looks like for you, something disguised as acceptable by our culture tempts your sinful heart. Whether it’s food, images, people, or something else, there are tons of things that can pull us far away from what God wants for our lives. It’s easy to slide from temptation into sin, but you can resist with the help of God. Trials are opportunities for us to grow in faith and mature in…

Ash Wednesday 2021

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent, a time to prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. Preparing for Christmas is easier than preparing for Easter. Not only do we get lots of help from society to celebrate Christmas, it’s just easier to buy something than to fast from something. It is easier to talk about the birth of a baby than the death of our Savior. But we need Lent. We need to take the time to face our…
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Prayer Over Other “Priorities”

We sometimes think of prayer as a waste of time. So we don’t make time to pray. When we offer to pray, we sometimes feel like we are taking the easy way out as opposed to enlisting the powerful God to intervene in life. We think prayer makes us weak, but prayer allows us to tap into our power source. Renewal comes with quality time spent with God in prayer. Sermon Text: James 5:16
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Forgiveness Over Revenge

Forgiveness is easier said than done. We want to use forgiveness as a weapon. The problem is that withholding forgiveness doesn’t hurt the other person so much as it cuts into our souls. It makes us feel superior and in control, but the lack of forgiveness actually crushes us. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean we’ll feel instant joy or relief. But it does mean we’re taking the right steps to walk toward healing and renewal. Sermon Text: Matthew 18:21-35
worry, feelings, forgiveness, rest, prayer, sinners

Worship Over Worry

We constantly find disappointment in the things of this world, and so we worry. We worry that things are not going to go the way we want We worry that we want be able to handle it. We worry that we don’t add up. When we worship instead of worry, we take our eyes and minds of ourselves and look to God, who is our creator, redeemer, and provider. He renews us through the good news of Jesus in Word…
light, assurance, preparing, mess

Preparing for the Light

What does preparing for Jesus look like? As the holidays grow close, we make preparations for meals, decorations, and gatherings. We also need to prepare our hearts. The light is coming, and as we get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we need to examine our hearts and recognize our deep need for a Savior. Sermon Text: Isaiah 40:1-11