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Transforming Pittsburgh by awakening a new generation to life in Christ. Sermons are given by Rev. Tom Hall unless otherwise noted.

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Transforming Pittsburgh by awakening a new generation to life in Christ. Sermons are given by Rev. Tom Hall unless otherwise noted.

    Love the Guest-112722

    Love the Guest-112722

    The Advent sermon series is based on the beautiful hymn we’re using for the Introit, “People Look East.” Each week, we will take the image of Christ from a verse and develop that image.

    When we are expecting company, we tidy up the house and put everything in order. How would we prepare if we really expected Love Incarnate to come and live with us?

    • 26 min
    Grace-Full-112022

    Grace-Full-112022

    Everything, absolutely everything, is infused with the grace of God.

    Do we see God’s grace in everything? Are we thankful for it?

    • 26 min
    Bought at a Price-111322

    Bought at a Price-111322

    One of the classic theories of the atonement (how God saves us) is the “ransom” theory. This is what Jesus tells the disciples he has done for us; he’s “ransomed” us, bought us back at the cost of his life.

    The message this week features an imaginary encounter with Francis Herron, the minister of First Church from 1811 to 1850. Early in Herron’s ministry, the church was literally bankrupt, and the sheriff put the church building and lot up for sale to pay its creditors. Herron purchased everything with his own money, redeeming the church from its creditors. (Part of a series on church history in anticipation of our 250th anniversary next year).

    • 26 min
    Compassionate Employer-110622

    Compassionate Employer-110622

    Jesus’ puzzling (to us) parable of the employer who pays the same amount to five different groups of workers, even though they didn’t all work the same amount of time.

    We like to think that we ought to “get what we deserve.” But do we really dare to ask God to give us what we deserve?

    The good news is that Jesus got what we deserved so that when we believe, we get what he deserved.

    • 26 min
    Prodigal God-103022

    Prodigal God-103022

    Jesus’ most famous parable.

    This passage has often been titled the “Prodigal Son.” But there are two sons in the story. At the end of the parable, which one was farther away from God, the one who lost everything in wild living, or the one who stayed home and did his duty?

    • 26 min
    Why Pray?-102322

    Why Pray?-102322

    Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Does that mean he will give us everything we want?

    Probably not, unless we have his wisdom, and ask after we know everything he knows.

    “Body and Soul” #5. How do we respond to what Jesus Christ has done for us? Are we grateful? What does a grateful life look like?

    Covers Q&A 86-115.

    • 26 min

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