Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY

Live As If You Believe It
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Central United Methodist Church - Online Video
Greeting & Announcements Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 01:10
We Are Called to Worship Nancy Jones 06:45
"Let Us Plead for Faith Alone" Song #385 08:25
New Member Celebration Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 10:45
Children's Time Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 14:43
Solo Ms. Denise Johnson 19:00
Luke 12:49-56 Scripture: Amber Gaylord 22:08
Solo Ms. Denise Johnson 24:04
"I Want Jesus to Walk with Me" Song #521 27:54
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 31:33
Hebrews 11:29-12:2 Scripture: John Obusek 40:19
"Live As If You Believe" Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 43:12
"Sent Forth By God's Blessing" Song #664 55:35
Blessing & Benediction Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost 57:57

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Luke 12:49-56 The Message (MSG)

“I’ve come to start a fire on this earth—how I wish it were blazing right now! I’ve come to change everything, turn everything rightside up—how I long for it to be finished! Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront! From now on, when you find five in a house, it will be— Three against two, and two against three; Father against son, and son against father; Mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; Mother-in-law against bride, and bride against mother-in-law.” 54-56 Then he turned to the crowd: “When you see clouds coming in from the west, you say, ‘Storm’s coming’—and you’re right. And when the wind comes out of the south, you say, ‘This’ll be a hot one’—and you’re right. Frauds! You know how to tell a change in the weather, so don’t tell me you can’t tell a change in the season, the God-season we’re in right now.

Hebrews 11:29-12:3 The Message (MSG)

By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. The Egyptians tried it and drowned. 30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. 31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God. 32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world. 39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. Discipline in a Long-Distance Race 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!