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Second on the Mount

No matter where you are on the journey of faith, God’s Word has something to say to you. Second on the Mount is a collection of sermons from Second Presbyterian Church on Mountain Avenue in Roanoke, VA. Listen to the encouraging words of ministers George Anderson, Elizabeth Link, Ben Brannan, and occasional guests as we journey together, finding direction by following Jesus. We hope you’ll return to this podcast, visit our website www.spres.org for more, or visit us in person!

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A Question

“A Question” – Luke 20:27-40 Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from November 10, 2019. In an attempt to trap him, some Sadducees asked Jesus a question. “The first step towards growing in our understanding of what God’s good future is like is to let go of the need to be right.” Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/a-question/

18mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #1

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The Middle's Edge

“The Middle’s Edge” – Jeremiah 2:4-8, Matthew 5:17-20 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Sunday, October 27, 2019. In today's divisive times, we must remember how to discuss difficult issues in a way that builds community, not divides it. Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/the-middles-edge/

23mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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Get Up and Go

“Get Up and Go” – Acts 9:1-20 Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from January 12, 2020. "God is moving in new directions all the time. And if you want to keep up with God, you have to keep open to where God’s Spirit may be heading." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/get-up-and-go/

17mins

13 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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By Means Of

"By Means Of" - Luke 16:1-9 Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from September 22, 2019. Discover a different lens with which to view the Parable of the Dishonest Manager. Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/by-means-of/

17mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Christmas Plans

“Christmas Plans” – Matthew 1:18-25 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from December 22, 2019. "The Christmas Season of planning is based on stories of plans being changed. ...I suggest that there are three things that can and should mess up our plans and disrupt our lives... joy, vision and faith." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/christmas-plans/

20mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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The People Who Know

“The People Who Know” – Matthew 24:36-44 Sermon by Jen Brothers, church member and seminary student, from December 1, 2019. "Two people are working in the field, but one knows something the other doesn’t... It’s time to be the people who know." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/the-people-who-know/

13mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Answering Angels

“Answering Angels” – Luke 1:26-38 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from December 8, 2019. The angel Gabriel visits Mary bringing greetings and life-altering news. "Conversation as faith; that's what this is... How will we respond?" Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/answering-angels/

12mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #7

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Benediction: The Open Moment

“Benediction: The Open Moment” – Luke 2:14, I Corinthians 15:58, Jude 24-25, Revelation 22:21 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from All Saints Sunday, November 3, 2019. “Heard rightly, a benediction is a moment when somehow, we hear the assurance of God.” Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/benediction-the-open-moment/

13mins

10 Dec 2019

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What We Build

"What We Build" - Proverbs 24:1-4, Ephesians 2:17-22 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from September 29, 2019. Listen to this imaginative journey - you WILL laugh, you might cry, but you certainly will come away with more knowledge of our identity as children of God, and the past, present and possible future identity of Second Presbyterian. Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/what-we-build/

25mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Maturity

“Maturity” – Deuteronomy 30:15-20, I Corinthians 3:1-9 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from February 16, 2020, with special introduction and post-sermon interview. "Neither Moses nor Jesus want us always to jump so quickly to our own personal Assurance of Pardon and the affirmation that 'All will be well.' Their love for their people doesn't keep them from making clear that good and evil have consequences." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/maturity/ 

24mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #10

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A Tradition Both Heavy and Light

“A Tradition Both Heavy and Light” – I Samuel 3:1-10 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Confirmation Sunday, January 5, 2020. "We want these young people to feel the weight of a faith tradition because they will be sheep led to cultural slaughter without having some grounding and inherited wisdom.  But we also want them to have the kind of relationship with God where they can recognize God’s fresh voice, and then say, 'Speak, for I am listening.'" Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/a-tradition-both-heavy-and-light/

18mins

6 Jan 2020

Rank #11

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

“Fearfully and Wonderfully Made” – Genesis 1:24-27 Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from Preschool Sunday, October 20, 2019. "God knows you inside and out. Whether that statement is comforting or unsettling, it is true. You are known by God, you are beloved by God. You are a child of God." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/fearfully-and-wonderfully-made/

16mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Gospel Eyes

“Gospel Eyes” – Matthew 28:17, Mark 6:51, Luke 4:24, John 18:37-38 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from November 24, 2019. “Put on the lens of faith. Look at your life and those around you and far from you with enchanted lens.” Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/gospel-eyes/

19mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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Embodied

“Embodied” – Luke 1:39-56 Sermon written by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link and delivered by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson on December 15, 2019. "Mary knew the power a song could hold. Singing doesn’t just help us to name things, it draws us into the reality we voice. God has promised to change the world, and in singing these promises we enter into that work." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/embodied/

17mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Receive

"Receive" - John 21:1-17 Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from World Communion Sunday, October 6, 2019. "If the Gospel of John ended with chapter 20, we’d think it a fine conclusion. But John 21 comes right on its tails and describes a scene so powerful it begged to be told." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/receive/

16mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Three Types

“Three Types” – Philippians 3:7-11 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from Commitment Sunday, October 13, 2019. Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/three-types/

21mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Spectacles of Scripture

“Spectacles of Scripture” – Psalm 119:103-105 Sermon by The Rev. Elizabeth N.H. Link from November 17, 2019. In her sermon, Rev. Link–a history enthusiast–examines how we came to have the Holy Bible and the miracle it is that Christians came to have this collection of books in the first place. Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/spectacles-of-scripture/

17mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Why Do You Look Up?

“Why Do You Look Up?” – Acts 1:6-11 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson and The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from Mission Build Kick-Off Sunday on January 26, 2020. "Jesus is telling the disciples that to be his body in the world, their vision and heart has to go where his vision and heart goes. It has to go beyond those who we know, those we love, those who live where we live and those who are just like us or on our side... So let's go... That's where we'll find Jesus." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/why-do-you-look-up/ 

24mins

27 Jan 2020

Rank #18

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Repairer of the Breach

“Repairer of the Breach” – Isaiah 58:1-12 Sermon by The Rev. Rachel C. Thompson from February 9, 2020. "Isaiah’s words are this beautiful reminder that at the center of the Gospel is the truth that through the love of God we belong to each other. I can’t separate my personal wellbeing from yours because the love of God breaks down all barriers, all divisions. The love of God builds up and redeems and restores–and calls us all to do the same." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/repairer-of-the-breach/

17mins

10 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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Of God

“Of God” – Galatians 5:16-26 Sermon by Dr. George C. Anderson from January 19, 2020. "But in the middle of it all, Paul left us with this cut-to-the-chase reminder: There are ways we treat each other in the middle of it all that are of God and some that are not." Read the manuscript on our website: http://www.spres.org/of-god-galatians/ "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise" (ST. DENIO) by Walter Chalmers Smith, Public Domain.

22mins

22 Jan 2020

Rank #20