Inspiration

Sermons at Spirit in the Hills
Couldn’t make it to worship this week?  Know someone who could use 10-15 minutes of inspiration?  That’s why God gave us podcasts!  Here’s a few samples of Sunday’s weekly food for thought.

 

Costly Discipleship. Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 25, 2017. Matthew 10:24-39.

Casting Out Demons. Second Sunday After Pentecost, June 18, 2017. Matthew 10:1-23.

New Wine or Holy Spirit? Pentecost, June 4, 2017. Acts 2:1-15.

Diversity in Unity: The Trap of Categorization. May 28, 2017. John 17:1-11.

I Will Not Leave You Orphaned. May 21, 2017. John 14:15-21.

You Are Living Stones, Let Yourselves Be Built. May 14, 2017. 1 Peter 2:2-10.

Fear and Labels. April 23, 2017. John 20:19-31. Doubting Thomas revisited.

Christ IS Risen! April 16, 2017. Matthew 28:1-10. Easter Sunday. Resurrection is not simply a thing of the past. God who loves you is not done bringing new life.

Resurrection and Life in Relationship. April 2, 2017. John 11:1-45. Christ calls us out of the tombs of life by name and brings us into relationship with him to experience resurrection and life now and forever.

I Was Blind, But Now I See! March 26, 2017. John 9. How are our prejudices and desire to maintain the status quo at all times make us blind to God’s grace at work in our midst?

Holy Conversation and Living Water. March 19, 2017. John 4:1-42. Jesus encounters a woman at Jacob’s Well and their conversation leads to life-giving truth.

Hearing John 3:16 With New Ears. March 12, 2017. John 3:1-17. By remembering the context of this most well-known Bible verse, and paying extra attention to it piece by piece, we can hear the deep grace and promise of these words fresh for us today.

Transfiguration: Divine Encounters that Carry Us Through Whatever is to Come. February 26, 2017. Matthew 17:1-13. Ever had that moment when you knew change was coming but weren’t quite ready to let go of what lay behind?

No More Divisions: We All Eat The Same Meal. February 12, 2017. Matthew 5:21-37. Jesus calls us all to the Table where we all come as people who have fallen short and leave transformed and renewed, bound together as one body by the same meal we all shared – the body and blood of Christ.

You are Salt and Light. February 5, 2017. Matthew 5:13-20. Add your flavor to the mix, enhance the flavor of those around you, shine the light of God that shines in you constantly.

Blessed To Bless. January 29, 2017. Matthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes.

“Come. Follow Me. Be Made New.” January 22, 2017

Baptized and Set Free. January 15, 2017.

A Message For The New Year: God with us, God saving us. New Years Day 2017.

God is with us. Love is here for you. Christmas Eve 2016.

Are You The One? Matthew 11:2-11, December 11, 2016.

Jesus the President. Christ the King. November 20,  2016.

Not One Stone Left On Another. Luke 21:5-19, November 13, 2016. When it is all falling apart, you will be given an opportunity to testify to the way of God, the way of love for all people, especially those at the margins of society and the oppressed.

Re-Formed and Set Free. Romans 3:19-29, John 8:31-36, October 30, 2016. Reformation Sunday.

We are Them. Luke 18:9-14, October 23, 2016.

Pray for Justice. Luke 18:1-8, October 16, 2016.

See and Be Seen. Luke 17:11-19, October 9, 2016.

How Long Shall I Cry? Habbakkuk and Luke 17:5-10, October 2, 2016.

Who’s At Our Gate? Luke 16:19-31, September 25, 2016.

Faithful Stewardship Means Making Friends. Luke 16:1-13, September 18, 2016.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit. Mark 1:9-15, September 4, 2016. (Part 2 of our series exploring our mission statement)

Diversely Centered in Christ. John 15:1-11, August 28, 2016. (This is part 1 of our series exploring our mission statement)

Division and Hope. Luke 12:49-56, August 14, 2016.

Treasure and Trust. Luke 12:32-40, August 7, 2016.

Lord, Teach Us To Pray. Luke 11:1-13, July 24, 2016.

Mary and Martha, Identity and Service. Luke 10:38-42, July 17, 2016

The Compassionate Samaritan. Luke 10:25-37, July 10, 2016

Living As Sent People. Luke 10:1-12, 16-20, July 3, 2016

Listen, Love. Luke 8:26-39, June 19, 2016

Recognizing God’s voice. John 10:22-30

 

Other Online Resources
Spirituality & Practice
, founded by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, is a multifaith website on ways to practice spirituality in everyday life. The 19,000 pages of content (and counting), offer a wide variety of resources for spiritual journeys — book, audio, and film reviews, inspirational quotes, teacher profiles, and articles on spiritual practices.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is an engaged, active body of people who put faith in God into action — in millions of ways, all over the world.  From disaster relief to advocacy, we are actively engaged in helping our neighbors throughout the world.  Through education, ministries, and evangelical outreach, we are continually deepening our faith.  This site offers stories about how our members have made positive changes in the world, statements that may help guide your values and beliefs, and ways this church lives out its faith through ministry.  The Bee Cave, Briarcliff, Lakeway, Spicewood area is part of the local Southwestern Texas Synod of the ELCA.

Personal and Family Devotions is a rich collection of widely-respected, fresh thinking on Bible readings–kind of like a daily vitamin for the spirit. They don’t take long to read, but they go a long way in fortifying your daily faith journey. There’s GodPause, quick little daily devotions by alumni/ae of Luther Seminary; Moravian Daily Texts, a 300-year-old tradition of inspiration to have sent to your e-mail; daily prayer from the Anglican tradition; daily Bible readings received through email and Prayer Ventures, a way to offer specific prayers for ELCA ministries. For inspiration close to home, the Vista Online shares how God’s spirit is at work in Southwest Texas.

LivingLutheran.com serves up a daily blend of culture, conversation and community for ELCA members and friends.

On Being” is a Peabody and Webby-award-winning public radio program and podcast on religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas. Krista Tippett, who created and hosts the show, is a journalist, former diplomat, and author of the New York Times bestselling “Einstein’s God,” which draws on her interviews across the years with scientists.

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