Your Subtitle text

Sermon Manuscripts                                                                                   



Th
e sermons linked below were preached by Pastor Michael Duncan.  They are posted as Word Documents and maybe opened by clicking on the link.  You are welcome to read them as they open or print them.  Please do not use any sermon or portion thereof without written permission from Pastor Michael Duncan.

Check out the Pastor's Blog under "Pastor's Pages" above. Often, but not always, the blog includes a note related to the sermon.  Such notes, named "Faithful Readers," is sent to persons who receive the sermon my email.

Sermon Title Text

Out of Sorrow Came Compassion     Matthew 14:13-21     August 6, 2017

The Precarious Work of Judgment     Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43     July 30, 2017

The Way Things Are . . . Maybe     Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23     July 16, 2017

The Calmer of Storms     Matthew 14:22-33     July 9, 2017

Patriotism, Politics, and the Church     Philippians 4:4-9     July 2, 2017

Grace and Blessing in a Messy World     Genesis 21:8-21     June 25, 2017

Laughing During an Encounter with God     Genesis 18:1-15     June 18, 2017

Jesus, You're Messing with Me     Matthew 5:38-48     June 11, 2017

Let the Thirsty Come     John 7:37-39     June 4, 2017

Jesus Prays for Us     John 17:1-11, 20-24     May 28, 2017

We Have An Advocate     John 14:15-21     May 21, 2017

The Gateway to the Kingdom of God     John 10:1-10     May 7, 2017

Belief and Doubt     John 20:19-31     April 23, 2017

Shall We Just Go Home     John 20:1-18     April 16, 2017

Hope for Dried Up Life     Ezekiel 37:1-14     April 2, 2017

What Is in Your Heart     I Samuel 16:1-13     March 26, 2017

No Boundaries to Jesus' Outreach    John 4:5-42     March 19, 2017

The Keeper of Our Lives     Psalm 121     March 12, 2017

From Devil to Angels     Matthew 4:1-11     March 5, 2017

You Can Visit, but You Can't Stay     Matthew 17:1-8     February 26, 2017

Anger Is More than Emotion . . . It's Action     Matthew 5:21-26     February 12, 2017

Saved for More than Heaven     Matthew 5:13-16     February 5, 2017

Beatitudes from the Mountain     Matthew 5:1-12     January 29, 2017

To Follow Is to Leave     Matthew 4:12-22     January 22, 2017

A Light to All Peoples     Isaiah 49:1-6      January 15, 2017

This Is My Son, the Beloved     Matthew 3:13-17     January 8, 2017

Being Saved in Our Time     Matthew 2:13-23     January 1, 2017

Emmanuel: God with Us     Matthew 1:18-25     December 18, 2016

A Sure Highway Even for the Directionally Challenged     Matthew 11:2-11     December 10, 2016

The Day Will Come     Isaiah 2:1-5     November 27, 2016

The Sweet Joy of Finding What Is Lost     Luke 15:1-10     November 20, 2016

Rise, Let Us Be on Our Way     John 14:23-31     November 13, 2016

Truth from a Trap     Luke 20:27-38     November 6, 2016

Trying to See Jesus     Luke 19:1-10     October 30, 2016

Two at Prayer    Luke 18:9-14     October 23, 2016

The Promise of a New Day     Jeremiah 31:27-34     October 16, 2015

A Lament     Lamentations 1:1-6     October 9, 2016

The Pot Directs the Potter     Jeremiah 18:1-11     September 4, 2016

The Dinner Critic    Luke 14:1, 7-14     August 28, 2016

Living with Promise in Uncertain Times     Genesis 15:1-6     August 7, 2016

Does Praying Really Work?     Luke 11:5-13     July 31, 2016

Lord, Teach Us to Pray    Luke 11:1-4     July 24, 2016

Divided Attention . . . Distracted Focus    Luke 10:38-42     July 17, 2016

Wrong Question . . . Right Answer    Luke 10:25-37     July 10, 2016

Like Lambs into the Midst of Wolves     Luke 10:1-11, 16-20     July 3, 2016

long the Way     Luke 9:51-62     June 26, 2016

Noah: A Father Who Walked with God     Genesis 6:9-14; 7:1; 9:8-17     June 19, 2016

The Judging Judged     Luke 7:36--8:3     June 12, 2016

The Ups and Downs of Life     Psalm 30     June 5, 2016

Finding Faith in Unusual  Places     Luke 7:1-10     May 29, 2016

Depending on the Spirit     John 16:12-15     May 22, 2016

Let's Make a Name for Ourselves     Genesis 11:1-9     May 15, 2016

A Model for Motherhood     Exodus 2:1-10     May 8, 2016

Jesus Is Glorified and What It Means for Us     John 13:31-35     April 24, 2016

No Need for Suspense     John 10:2-30     April 17, 2016

Abandon Ship     John 21:1-19     April 10, 2016 

We Are Witnesses     Acts 5:22-32     April 3, 2016

Remember     Luke 24:1-12     March 27, 2016

A Sad Grand Marshal     Luke 19:28-44     March 20, 2016

Three Characters before Jesus     John 12:1-8     March 13, 2016

Stepping Up to the Plate     Joshua 5:9-12; II Corinthians 5:16-21     March 6, 2016

A Lesson from a Fig Tree    Luke 13:1-9     February 28, 2016

When Warnings Are Not to Be Heeded     Luke 13:31-35

Goodbye, Mr. Devil     Luke 4:1-13     February 14, 2016

The Veiled Is Removed   II Corinthians 3:12--4:2     February 7, 2016

Jesus Is Not Our Personal Genie     John 4:16-30     January 31, 2016

Faith Is a Journey     John 2:1-11     January 17, 2016

The God Who Never Gives Up     Isaiah 43:1-7     January 10, 2016

The Magi and Herod     Matthew 2:1-12     January 3, 2016

What Comes after Christmas     Luke 2:41-52     December 27, 2015

In Remembrance of Him     Luke 22:19-20     December 20, 2015

Good News to the People     Luke 3:7-18     December 13, 2015

The Refiner's Fire: A Gift of Love     Malachi 3:14; John 3:16     December 6, 2015

Hope in the Throes of Loss     Luke 15:3-10     November 29, 2015

On Trial: Jesus or Pilate?     John 18:33-37     November 22, 2015

Just the Beginning     Mark 13:1-8     November 15, 2015

Show and Tell Tells Much     Mark 12:38-44     November 8, 2015

Sharing the Way and What May Come     Ruth 1:1-18     November 1, 2015

Job's New Relationship with God     Job 42:1-6, 10-17     October 25, 2015

The Good Shepherd     John 10:7-18     October 11, 2015

Brad Like None Other     John 6:35, 41-51     October 4, 2015

Surely Jesus Is Kidding    Mark 9:38-50     September 27, 2015

Who Gets to Be Number One?     Mark 9:30-37     September 20, 2015

Our Declaration of Faith     Mark 8:27--9:1     September 13, 2015

Do You Not Know     Isaiah 40:21-31     September 6, 2015

This Is a Hard Saying     John 6:56-69     August 30, 2015

The Bread of Life     John 6:24-35     August 2, 2015

A Prayer that Demands to be Prayed     Ephesians 3:14-21     July 26, 2015

Who Builds Whose House     II Samuel 7:1-14     July 19, 2015

Plumbed and Found Wanting     Amos 7:7-15     July 12, 2015

Strength in Weakness   II Corinthians 12:2-10     July 5, 2015

By Way of Equality     II Corinthians 8:7-15     June 28, 2015

Let's Get Over Ourselves     II Corinthians 6:1-13     June 21, 2015

Where Is God?     II Corinthians 4:13--5:1     June 7, 2015

An Experience of Worship     Isaiah 6:1-8     May 31, 2015

The Gift Only Jesus Can Give     John 15-26-27; 16:1-15     May 24, 2015

Eternal Life in the Son     I John 5:9-13     May 17, 2015

Mothers Be Worthy of Your Role     Proverbs 31:10-31     May 10, 2015

Abiding in Him     John 15:1-8     May 3, 2015

Why Are You Troubled     Luke 24:36-39     April 19, 2015

Absent Thomas     John 20:19-31     April 12, 2015

Being Seen: An Empowering Gift     John 20:1-18     April 5, 2015

A Rolled-Away Stone and Stone Silence     Mark 16:1-8     April 5, 2015 (Sunrise Service)

The Lord Who Helps Me     Isaiah 50:4-9; Mark 14:1-11     March 29, 2015
 
They Wanted to See Jesus     John 12:20-33     March 22, 2015

Jesus Went to Worship and Became Angry    John 2:13-22     March 8, 2015

What Is Your Risk Comfort?     Mark 8:31-38    March 1, 2015

A Prayer for Lent     Psalm 25     February 22, 2015

It All Comes Together in Jesus    Mark 9:2-9     February 15, 2015

God Raises Up Prophets for His People     Deuteronomy 18:15-22     February 1, 2015

No Whale-of-a-Story     Jonah     January 25,2015

No Escape     Psalm 139     January 18, 2015

Who Are the Wise?     Matthew 2:1-12     January 11, 2015

The Gospel of a Three-Legged Stool     II Peter 1:1-11     January 4, 2015

Christmas Gives Way to Life     Luke 2:8-20     December 28, 2014

My Soul Magnifies the Lord     Luke 1:46-55     December 14, 2014

The Beginning of the Gospel     Mark 1:1-8     December 7, 2014

Tearing the Heavens Open, He Came Down     Isaiah 64     November 30, 2014

And He Was Thankful     Luke 19:1-10     November 23, 2014

The Art of Being Prepared     Matthew 25:1-13     November 9, 2014

The Greatest     Matthew 23:1-12     November 2, 2014

What Is Kingdom Work Worth?     Matthew 20:1-16     October 26, 2014

Hope in time of Turmoil     Isaiah 9:1-7     October 12, 2014

n Easter Response     Colossians 3:1-4     October 5, 2014

Romance Biblical Style     Genesis 24:34-60     September 28, 2014

Yikes! Snakes!     Numbers 22:1-9     September 14, 2014

Getting Ready for the End     Romans 13:8-14     September 7, 2014

The Repeated Theme of the Christian Way     Romans 12:9-21     August 31, 2014

Breaking Bread with Jesus    Matthew 14:13-21     August 3, 2014

God and Suffering    Romans 8:26-39     July 27, 2014

The World's a Messy Place to Live     Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43     July 20, 2014

The Way Things Are . . . Maybe     Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23     July 13, 2014

An Obedience that Leads to Righteousness     Romans 6:12-23     June 29, 2014

The Role and Cost of Being a Disciple     Matthew 10:24-39     June 22, 2014

Post Resurrection Doubt    Matthew 28:16-20    June 15, 2014

Who Is This Jesus?     John 7:37-52     June 8, 2014

Final Words     I Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11     June 1, 2014

We All Get to Suffer     I Peter 2:13-22     May 25, 2014

Preparing to Live as Christ's People     I Peter 2:1-10     May 18, 2014

Bearing Testimony within the Structure of Culture     I Peter 2:19-25     May 11, 2014

Live in Reverent Fear     I Peter 1:7-23     May 4, 2014

Salvation: Faith's Outcome    I Peter 1:1-9     April 27, 2014

An Evangelistic Call for a Surpassing Righteousness     Matthew 7:13-27     April 20, 2014

The Non-Discriminating Character of Surpassing Righteousness     Matthew 7:1-12     April 13, 2014

A Surpassing Trust     Matthew 6:16-34     April 7, 2014

A Surpassing Worship: Prayer     Matthew 6:5-15     March 30, 2014

A Surpassing Worship: Almsgiving and Fasting     Matthew 6:1-4, 16-18     March 23, 2014

A Surpassing Law: Non-Retaliation and Enemy-Love     Matthew 5:38-48     March 16, 2014

A Surpassing Law: Adultery and Swearing     Matthew 5:27-37     March 9, 2014

No sermon for March 2, 2014 - Services dismissed early because of weather

A Surpassing Law: Murder     Matthew 5:17-26     February 23, 2014

Surpassing Influence: Salt and Light     Matthew 5:13-16     February 16 2014

Surpassing Blessedness: Focused Outward     Matthew 5:7-12     February 9, 2014

Surpassing Blessedness: Focused Inward     Matthew 5:1-6     February 2, 2014

The Surpassing Righteousness     Matthew 5--7     January 26, 2014

The Power of Influence     John 1:29-42     January 19, 2014

The Turning Point     Matthew 3:13-17     January 12, 2014

John's "Christmas Story"     John 1:1-18     January 5, 2014

Here Come the Wise Men     Matthew 2:1-12     December 29, 2013

Immanuel: God with Us    Matthew 1:18-25    December 22, 2013

Is Jesus Really the One?     Matthew 11:2-11     December 15, 2013

An Odd Preacher with an Even Odder Message     Matthew 3:1-12     December 8, 2013

Watch!    Matthew 24:24-44     December 1, 2013

There Are Better Times to Come     Isaiah 65:17-25     November 24, 2013

Take Courage, All You People     Haggai 1:15b-2:9     November 10, 2013

The Gospel for Louie De Palma    Luke 19:1-10     November 3, 2013

Living that We May Die Well    II Timothy 4:6-18     October 27, 2013

The Need to Pray Always     Luke 18:1-8     October 20, 2013

One Thing     Luke 17:5-10     October 13, 2013

The Way of Obedience     Luke 17:5-10     October 6, 2013

Too Late Good      Luke 16:19-31     September 29, 2013

Complaining Is Easier than Praying     I Timothy 2:1-7     September 22, 2013

God Speaks in Judgment     Jeremiah 4:11-28     September 15, 2013

A Glimpse into the Human Hand of Scripture     Philemon     September 8, 2013

The Secret to Becoming Worthless     Jeremiah 2:4-13     September 1, 2013

Standing on the Shoulders of Saints     Hebrews 11:29--12:2     August 25, 2013

Pastor on Vacation August 11 and 18, 2013

Living as the Body of Christ     Colossians 3:1-17     August 4, 2013

Filled with the Fullness of Deity     Colossians 2:6-19     July 28, 2013

No sermon on July 21, 2013 - Worship was all music

God Grants Us Choice: Life and Death    Deuteronomy 30:11-20     July 14, 2013

Bearing One Another's Burdens     Galatians 6:1-18     July 7, 2013

Free but Slaves to Each Other     Galatians 5:1, 13-26     June 30, 2013

Present and Ignored     Isaiah 65:1-9     June 23, 2013

For the Praise of His Glory    Ephesians 1:15-23     June 16, 2013

If It Is Not THE GOSPEL, It Is Not Gospel     Galatians 1:1-12     June 9, 2013

eace in Spite of It All     Romans 8:1-11     May 26, 2013

Ursurping God Is Bad Business     Genesis 11:1-9     May 19, 2013

For the Praise of His Glory     Ephesians 1:15-23     May 12, 2013

Rise, let Us Be on Our Way     John 14:23-31     May 5, 2013

The Act of Jesus We Can All Do     John 13:31-35     April 28, 2013

Tabitha, Get Up     Acts 9:36-43     April 21, 2013

Believing Is Not Enough     John 21:1-19     April 14, 2013

The Doubter's Gift     John 20:19-31     April 7, 2013

What Appears to Be Often Isn't     John 20:1-18     March 31, 2013

An Anointing Proves Revealing     John 12:1-8     March 17, 2013

Two Lost Brothers     Luke 15:11-32     March 10, 2013

RSVP     Isaiah 55     March 3, 2013


Lamented or Lamenting     Luke 13:31-35     February 24, 2013

Yielding Not to Temptation     Luke 4:1-13     February 17, 2013

When Light Silences Babbling     Luke 9:28-36     February 10, 3013

That without Which We Are Nothing     I Corinthians 13     February 3, 2013

The Word: Voiceless and Voiced     Psalm 19     January 27, 2013

God Rejoices Over You     Isaiah 62:1-5     January 20, 2013

A Miracle of Grace     Luke 3:15-22     January 13, 2013

Arise and Shine     Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6     January 6, 2013

Christmas Is Over     Luke 2:41-52     December 30, 2012

He Shall Be Their Peace     Micah 5:2-5a     December 23, 2012

Joy to the World     Zephaniah 3:14-20     December 16, 2012

A Refiner's Fire     Malachi3:15     December 9, 2012

Waiting for the Lord     Psalm 25:1-10     December 2, 2012

For This Purpose Jesus Came    John 18:33-38a     November 25, 2012

A Reason to Give Thanks     Psalm 16     November 18, 2012

God and Happenstance: Altering the Nature of Life     Ruth 1:1-18     November 4, 2012

What Do We Want     Mark 10:46-52     October 28, 2012

A Priest without Equal     Hebrews 5:1-10     October 21, 2012

Word of God: Living and Active     Hebrews 4:11-16     October 14, 2012

Our Declaration of Faith     Mark 8:27--9:1     October 7, 2012

Grace through Memory     Psalm 124     September 30, 2012

It Is Not about What We Get     Mark 9:30-37     September 23, 2012

The Church of Open Arms     James 2:1-17     September 9, 2012

Rules Define a People    Deuteronomy 4:1-9     September 2, 2012

This Is a Hard Saying    John 6;51-69     August 26, 2012

The Bread of Life    John 6:24-35     August 5, 2012

Seeing What There Is to See     John 6:1-15     July 29, 2012

Equal Access     Ephesians 2:11-22     July 22, 2012

Stay Away from People Like These     Mark 6:14-29     July 15, 2012

Stand Up On Your Feet     Ezekiel 2:1-7     July 8, 2012

The Grace of Giving     II Corinthians 8:7-15     July 1, 2012


The Stiller of Storms     Mark 4:35-41     June 24, 2012

Appearances Can Be Deceiving     I Samuel 15:34-16:13     June 17, 2012

A New Family     Mark 3:20-35     June 10, 2012

The Cup and the Bread    I Corinthians 11:23-30     June 3, 2012

Life for the Dried Up     Ezekiel 37:1-14     May 27, 2012

Going Home      Luke 34:44-53     May 20, 2012

How to Love the Hard to Love     I John 5:1-6     May 13, 2012

Under the Care of the Vinedresser    John 15:1-11     May 6, 2012

The Power of Being Intentional     Acts 3:12-19; 4:5-12     April 29, 2012

It Happened at the Beautiful Gate     Acts 3:1-10    April 22, 2012

Jesus' Blessing of Peace     John 20:19-31     April 15, 2012

He Has Been Raised . . . But     Mark 16:1-8     April 8, 2012

Innocent but Condemned     Mark 15:1-15     April 1, 2012

Going Beyond or Stuck in the Coconut -- sermon by Lynn Payton Wilson     March 25, 2012

That the World May Know     John 3:13-21     March 18, 2012

The Ten Commandments . . . Walls of our Hearts     Exodus 20:1-17     March 11, 2012

Righteousness through Faith    Romans 4:13-25     March 4, 2012

Rainbow Living    Genesis 9:8-17     February 26, 2012

A Mountaintop Retreat with Jesus     Mark 9:2-9   February 19, 2012

Running to Win      I Corinthians 9:24-27      February 12, 2012

All Things to All People      I Corinthians 9:15-23      February 5, 2012

Amazed But Not Convinced      Mark 1:21-28      January 29, 2012

Reluctant Prophet of Grace Jonah 3 January 22, 2012

Honor God by Honoring Your Body I Corinthians 6:12-20 January 15, 2012


Baptism: A New Beginning Mark 1:4-11 January 8, 2012

Que Sera Sera Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 January 1, 2012

I Will Build You a House II Samuel 7:1-17 December 18, 2011

Twas the Night Before December 11, 2011

Herald of Good Tidings Isaiah 40:1-1 December 4, 2011

Be Careful Lest You Miss it Mark 13:24-37 November 27, 2011

Guess Who Is Looking for You Ezekiel 34:11-24 November 20, 2011

The "When" of the End Is Not Our Concern I Thessalonians 5:1-11 November 13, 2011

The Dead and the Living Together I Thessalonians 4:13-8 November 6, 2011

Living Worthy of God I Thessalonians 2:9-13 October 30, 2011

For Whose Test Are You Preparing I Thessalonians 2:1-8 October 23, 2011

A Chosen Church I Thessalonians 1:1-10 October 16, 2011


Be at Peace Philippians 4:1-9 October 9, 2011

Worth Knowing Philippians 3:4b-14 October 2, 2011

Have the Mind of Christ Philipians 2:1-18 September 25, 2011

Live Worthy of the Gospel Philippians 1:18c-30 September 18, 2011

9-11 through the Eyes of Jesus Matthew 5:38-48 September 11, 2011

God Exodus 3:1-15 Sepember 4, 2011

My Beloved Matthew 3:13-17 August 28, 2011

Beautiful Feet Romans 10:5-15 August 7, 2011

A Deep Longing for Those Outside the Circle of Faith Romans 9:1-8 July 31, 2011

Hope in the Midst of Despair Romans 8:26-39 July 24, 2011


The Inescapable God Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24 July 17, 2011

Renewal follows Repentance Isaiah 55:1-13 July 10, 2011


How Long Are We to Pray? Luke 18:1-8 July 3, 2011


A Sacrifice too Great Genesis 22:1-14 June 26, 2011


How Majestic Is Your Name Psalm 8 June 19, 2011


Peace to Those He Trusts John 20:19-23 June 12, 2011

At Table with Jesus Acts 1:1-11 June 5, 2011


So Near...So Far Away Acts 17:22-31 May 29, 2011