Advent Devotional

December 4th, 2019 | April Karli

Following a set of readings and prayers can help you focus on Advent during the midst of the busy season. Here is an Advent devotional booklet from our friends at Word of Life Church in St Joseph, MO that we suggest using on your own or with a friend. 

Sermon – 1st Sunday of Advent (Hope) – April Karli

December 3rd, 2019 | Josh Williams

The first Sunday of Advent, April Karli shared about living hopeful expectation in the midst of uncertainty. We were invited to consider that Advent is an in-between time as we remember Jesus’s first coming as a baby and await his promised second coming. How is Jesus inviting you to be awake to his presence this Advent season? “But about that … Read More

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Sermon – Stories of Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2019 | Josh Williams

Some folks from our community share their Stories of Thanksgiving.

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Sermon – Be a Good Neighbor – April Karli & Tim Allen

November 19th, 2019 | Josh Williams

This week Tim Allen and April Karli explored what we mean by neighboring and why it’s important to us at Austin Mustard Seed. We looked at the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus found in the gospel of Luke. Luke 19:1-10He entered Jericho and was passing through it.  A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was … Read More

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Sermon – Jesus Prophecies the Destruction of the Temple – Shane Blackshear

November 12th, 2019 | Josh Williams

This morning, Pastor Shane brings the teaching from Luke 21:5-19. Jesus claims that not one stone will be left on another in the temple, then goes on to let his followers know what will happen in the immediate future, including persecution. Jesus promises that God will be with his people and those who endure and are faithful.

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The Beatitudes – April Karli

November 5th, 2019 | Josh Williams

On All Saints Sunday, we reflected on the Beatitudes from Luke 6:20-31. April Karli explores Jesus’s teaching on being blessed. “Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, … Read More

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The Mercy of God – April Karli

October 28th, 2019 | Josh Williams

April Karli helps us see what the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) can teach us about God’s mercy. He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax … Read More

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How Do We Pray, and Never Give Up? – Chris Morton

October 21st, 2019 | Josh Williams

Reflecting of the story known as “The Persistent Widow” from Luke 18:1-8, Chris Morton delves into the question “How do we pray and never give up. Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor … Read More

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Gratitude – April Karli

October 14th, 2019 | Josh Williams

The text this week was Luke 17:11-19.April discussed the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and the relationship between gratitude and faith. Quotes from this week’s sermon: “This rhythm of faith and gratitude simply is what being a Christian in the first century, or twenty-first century is all about.” – N.T. Wright, Luke for Everyone “God wants to redeem it … Read More

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la-ment (noun) a passionate expression of grief or sorrow. – April Karli

October 7th, 2019 | Josh Williams

Pastor April teaches on the gift of lament. The text was the Lectionary Old Testament reading for Sunday, October 6 — Lamentions 1:1-6 & 3:19-26. Quotes included in this week’s sermon: “In the American Christian narrative, the stories of the dominant culture are placed front and center while stories from the margins are often ignored. As we rush toward a … Read More

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