Reverend @Ralph Hough delivers Easter rmessage titled "Welcome Home" Based on the Gospel lesson of Mark 16:1-8. In this lesson we find the tomb where Jesus was buried is now open and a young man standing inside telling those who came early Sunday morning that Jesus is not here, He has risen! This means God raised Jesus from the dead, He has defeated death! Somday we will all face death and our home will be with Him. This is the good news of Easter!
Reverend Ralph Hough delivers Palm Sunday message titled "When Praises and Palms are not Enough" from the Gospel lesson John 12:12-19 where we find Jesus entering Jerusalem. With all the celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem, it is hard to believe one week later He dies on the cross. If praises and palms are not enough, what is enough?
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the New Testament Lesson Philippians 3:7-14 where Saint Paul compares all that he has a loss considering the greatness of knowing Christ. Paul is focused on heavenly goals that last forever not on "things of this world" that he considers rubbish. Paul wants to know Christ, to know the power of the resurrection, to know fellowship of His suffering, to become like Him even in His death. As Christians we must press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus. What are you doing to progress in faith toward Christ?
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Gospel lesson Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 where we find Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son. The parable is a father has two sons, one of them asked for his share of the estate. He set off for a distant country and squandered everthing and has to return home. His father welcomes him back, however the other son is put-out by the celebration. He could not accept his brother. This parable is about our heavenly Father's love for us even when we go astray, He will welcome us back. Those who attend church every Sunday and worked for years in the church are like the one son who stayed behind and worked. Are you willing to accept with celebration those who have gone astray and have hit rock bottom?
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson Luke 13:1-9 Where Jesus warns us that we will all perish unless we repent. There were eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them. Do you think they were more sinful than all the others living in Jerusalem? Jesus' answer: no they were not more sinful; however, you will perish if you do not repent of your sins. Does this mean we will not have bad things happen to us if we repent?
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the New Testament lesson Philippinians 3:17-4:1 where Paul is telling the people of Philippi their citizenship is in heaven where from there they await a Savior. Enemies of the cross of Christ have set their minds on earthly things, their destiny is destruction. Where have you set your mind on the cross of Christ or on earthly things?
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Gospel lesson Luke 4:1-13 where Jesus is protected from satan in His time of temptation. Jesus spent 40 days in the desert with out food, satan tempted Him by saying if you are the son of God, tell this stone to become bread. Again satan tempted Jesus with wealth and property if He would worship satan. Satan tries one more time to tempt Jesus by proving He is the Son of God by falling from the highest point of the temple, God would not allow bodily injury to Him. Jesus resisted all temptations! We are tempted by satan and the world to doubt God's Word and to only achieve earthly things. We need to to be as Jesus was, filled with the Holy Spirt to resist temptation. Do you doubt that God would not allow you to be tempted more than you can withstand?
The End of the Law, the Beginning of Grace
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson Luke 9:28-36. This lesson is about the transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment of God's plan for saving us from our sins. We know that fulfillment is his death and resurrection which happend a short time later. Also, in this lesson during this encounter a voice came saying "This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” Are you listening to Him?
Love Beyond Your Capacity
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson of Luke 5:27-38 where we find Jesus teaching that you love your enemies. Also, do not judge, and you will not be judged for the measure you use, it will be measured to you. When Jesus dies on the cross for your sins, he judgesd you innocent. Can you love and forgive those who hate you as He did, does this kind of mercy come naturally to humans?
No Easy Walk
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson Luke 6:17-26 where Jesus ministers to a great multitude. Jesus comforts some and condemns others. This is a tough lesson for all. Jesus says "Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man". Jesus also said "Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets". Is following Jesus an easy walk in this world?
Fruitfully, Faithful Obedience
Reverend @Ralph Hough discusses the Gospel Lesson Luke 5:1-11 where we find the future disciples fishing all night and catching nothing. Jesus tells them to lower their nets and a miraculous catch of fish showup when they raised their nets. Jesus tells them "don't be afraid from now on you will catch men". This was the call of our Lord on the fishermans lives. What is the call of our Lord upon your life?
Love - The Most Excellent Way
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the New Testiment lesson 1Corinthians 12:31-13:13 where Saint Paul is talking about the nature of love. The greater gifts of the Holy Spirit are faith, hope and love. The greatest of these is love. Is love a feeling or a way of life?
When God's Word is the Central to Your Life
Reverend Ralph Hough speaks about the Gospel lesson Luke 4:16-30 where Jesus fulfills God's Word in His hometown synagogue. God's word gathers us, shapes us, fashions us in heart, mind and soul to be like our Lord to the world around us. Do you want this for your life?
Facing the Fact of Life
Reverend @Ralph Hough delivers Life Sunday's message from the Gospel lesson John 10: 7-11 where we find Jesus (good shepherd) tell us "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they (sheep) may have life" This being Life Sunday where do you find your thoughts on abortion, are they with the thief or the shpherd?
The Best Till Now
Reverend @Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson John 2:1-11 Where we find Jesus's first miracle at the Cana Wedding feast. The lesson listed below. What is the greatest miracle that Jesus has done for you? On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim. 8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, 9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” 11 This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.
Mant Stars and One Star
***Due to Technical audio issues 5 minutes into video the message audio is low.*** Reverend Ralph Hough speaks on the Gospel lesson of Matthew 2:1-12 where we find the Magi visits baby Jesus.
Christmas in Our Sort of World
Elder Mike Schulz filling in for Reverend Ralph Hough delivering Ascension's Sunday sermon about the Gospel lesson Matthew 23:34-39 where we find Jesus is recalling the killing of the prophets. The lesson is listed below. 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation. 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. 38 Look, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’
The King's Royal Roots
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Old Testiment Lesson Micah 5:2-5a where Micah predicts the Ruler (Jesus) of Israel shall come from Bethlehem. The lesson is shown below: 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites. 4 He will stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they will live securely, for then his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. 5 And he will be their peace.
The King Will Have His Day
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Old Testment lesson Zephaniah 3:14-20 where we find the prophet Zephaniah telling people about the day of the Lord. The old testiment lesson listed below: 14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. 17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 18 “The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you. 19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame. 20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.
The King's Herald: Announcing the King
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Old Testiment Malachi 3:1-7b where the prophecies of the coming of the King (lesson listed below). “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. 5 “So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. Are you prepared for the coming of the King?
The King's City: Safe and Secure
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the prophetic Old Testiment lesson Jeremiah 33:14-16 which is listed below: 14 “ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 “ ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.
Ready ia as Rready Does
Reverend Ralph Hough Talks about the Gospel lesson Mark 13:24-37 which tells us to stay awake and prepare for Christ's coming. We only have a given amount of time to ready ourselves for Christ's return. Jesus left the church in charge to manage His purpose. If you died tonight, do you know where you would go? Stay awake!
Shining Like Stars
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Bible lesson of Daniel 12:1-3 where we find the prophet Daniel telling us there will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. In light of these prophesies in Daniel what is the church's responsibilities and individual's responsibilities as these days approach as prophesied in Daniel?
Giving Out of Your Poverty
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson from Mark 12:38-44 where Jesus honors the great gift of the poor widow. In this lesson the poor widow gave her all. Is giving your all which is provided by your Lord and Savior part of your christian life?
It's About the Name
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the New Testament lesson 1John 3:1-3 where God the Father lavishes love on his people that we should be called children of God. His gift of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection is our living hope. Everyone who has this hope in Jesus purifies himself, just as He is pure. Is there any other name (Jesus Christ) in the universe by which man can be saved??
You Lack One Thing
Reverened Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson from Mark 10:17-22 where Jesus responds to a man seeking to inherit eternal life. This man had great wealth and followed the commandments but, he needed validation he was good to go to inherit eternal life. Is your life lacking anything for you to inherit eternal life?
Marriage is By God's Desighn or Receiving the Gift as God has Give
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel Lesson Mark 10:2-16 which is partially printed below: 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” If sin is the root, are sins the fruit?
It's Hard to Sin When You are Praying for Others
Reverend Ralph Hough delivers the Bible lesson message of James 5:13-20. Prayer keeps you focused on the right and true. Also, prayer is as much for your good as it is seeking the good of others. Is prayer part of your christian life?
Encountering Jesus Daily
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the gospel lesson Mark 9:30-37 where the disciples are arguing about who was the greatest amoung them. Jesus tells them "if anyone wants to be first, he (she) must be the very last, and a servant to all". What are we consumed with, serving others or serving ourselves?
Only by Prayer
Reverend Ralph Hough talks on the Gospel Lesson Mark 9:14-29 where Jesus casts out a spirit while the disciples were not able to drive out the spirit. The disiples came to Jesus privately and asked why they were not able to drive the sprit away. Jesus replied "this kind can come out only by prayer". Can evil forces in our lives be dealt with any other way than prayer?