Pastor Michael Frye: If you have ever been on jury duty or attended a courtroom session, you will know that the session begins the same way. Either the clerk of court or the bailiff will say something to the effect: “Hear ye, hear ye, the District Court of Mecklenburg County is now in session, the […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: There is a story about a Chinese farmer who lived a very simple life. He had a small home with his wife and children, and a small rice field that produced just enough so he could feed and provide for his family. One day a herd of wild horses came thundering through […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Talent was not a denomination of money, rather a weight whose value depended upon whether it was copper, silver, or gold. One talent equaled 15 years of wages for the common laborer five talents would represent an entire lifetime of wages. Matthew’s Gospel rightfully attaches a double meaning to Jesus’ words by […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: For those of us who live on this side of the world, the parable that Jesus told in our gospel today may not make a lot of sense. It is just a story that Jesus told to make a point. But this, in fact, tells a story of what could have happened […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: COMMEMORATING 500 YEARS OF REFORMATION IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT TO ALL PROTESTANTS. WE MUST REMEMBER, HOWEVER, THAT MARTIN LUTHER WOULD BE THE FIRST PERSON TO SAY THAT OUR PRIMARY FUNCTION ON THIS DAY, OR ANY OTHER, IS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. WHEN LUTHER WAS PREVENTED FROM DOING THAT AS A […]

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For Youth Sunday on October 15, high school senior Avery Schwartz delivered the following sermon to the congregation: Accepting the Invitation While on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic this past January with my school, I was able to see how different the world is for people not living in America. I was able […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: Shortly after Judy and I were married, her parents built a home on some farm property that they owned in Rowan County. It was an expansive property, and it had been a working farm with gardens and cattle, and there was a pretty substantial grapevine alongside the road leading into the home. […]

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Pastor Michael Frye: In our gospel lesson today, the chief priests and elders challenge Jesus with the question, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” This encounter was shortly after Jesus had cleansed the temple of the money-changers and proclaimed, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called […]

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