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Intersection Moments

by Jason Hess on February 22, 2016

The following is a copy and paste of my notes from my message on February 7, 2016 (Transfiguration Sunday, and Holy Communion Sunday) at Bellamy UMC’s 8:30AM and 11AM services.

Luke 9:28-36 NIV
About eight days after Jesus said this, he 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 at Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

First let’s set the backdrop for this passage. Jesus has been out and about, doing his Father’s business. So far according to Luke he’s cleansed a man with leprosy, healed a paralytic, restored a young boy to life, calmed a storm, cast out a legion of demons, healed the woman with the issue of blood, empowered the twelve, and fed five thousand.

Then eight days before he asked his disciples who he was. There was a variety of answers: John the Baptist, Elijah, even possibly another prophet from long ago… all of which are wrong. So he turned to Peter and asked “Who do you say I am?” to which Peter said, “The Christ of God.” This was followed up by Jesus telling them about his departure, his death. Eight days later Jesus, Peter, James, and John ascended a mountain to pray which brings us to our passage and the events of the Transfiguration. [click to continue…]


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Back to the Basics

by Jason Hess on February 13, 2016

The following is a copy and paste of my notes from my message I spoke on August 30, 2015 at Bellamy UMC’s 8:30AM service.

James 1:17-27 NIV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world [click to continue…]


Climbing back into the Saddle… or rather the Pulpit.

February 11, 2016
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My hope is to bring some life back into this old blog and now that I’m a Certified Candidate in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church my pastor has graciously offered me the opportunity to begin speaking more often. So, I’ll be posting my sermon notes here on eckSermonator for your edification. In […]

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Help Jason Fund His UMC Candidacy

September 12, 2015
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In December of 2014 I began the process of seeking entrance into the Candidacy program of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. I’ve embarked on this adventure in hopes of eventually becoming a Licensed Local Pastor. That said, I’d like to extend the opportunity for you to partner with me on this journey.

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Finish Line Review – Day 30 of 30(40)

December 14, 2014
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Today is the end of the 30(40) Days of Blogging. While I could press on for the ten extra credit days I’m not going to. That said, I’ll probably take a break from blogging until after the New Year. I’m grateful for the readership, and the comments over this past month…thank you! To close out […]

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Finding Home – Day 29 of 30(40)

December 13, 2014
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Back in 2010 I wrote a post, The Great Church Search, which to this day is one of my most read posts. I was fortunate enough to have it run a few other blogs as well (see the page ‘Jason Hess, CJ’ in the header). Blogs that have a much higher readership than eckSermonator. Basically […]

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