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Preach the Gospel: Use Words

Our sermon series has spent a lot of time exploring why people walk away from the Church.  It has been pretty heavy on numbers and statistics, but not today.   Because I would argue that the most depressing part is not numbers, but names.  Not statistics, but stories.  Because my guess is that for each of […]

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Preach the Gospel: Smile

1 Peter 3.8-16 We continue our series this week, “Preach the Gospel at All Times, and if Necessary, Use Words,” a quotation attributed to St. Francis.  And a reminder that we don’t have to all have a PhD in Religion in order to live out our faith.  The first week of the series, we talked […]

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Preach the Gospel: Come and See

John 1.35-46 Joanie glanced at her phone and realized how late it was getting.  The table of friends at Free State had not even thought about breaking up for the night, but she knew she had to go.  She stood to leave, explaining, “the youth at First Baptist are going to be looking for their […]

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Preach the Gospel: Serve Others

Luke Chapter 14 Blogger Sam Eaton recently wrote an article about the lack of millennials in the church.  He is not the first; you can find a thousand perspectives on the internet today on what he points out as a painful reality.  According to a recent study: Only 2 in 10 Americans under 30 believe […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

John 20.1-18 Ours is a world that has become pretty skilled at running away. We are always running off to the next distraction… …running away because the conversation has become uncomfortable or the relationship has become hard… …running back to the good old days because we remember them as better or easier or safer. There […]

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Whom Are You Looking For?

A reading from theologians Annie Lennox and David Allan Stewart: Sweet dreams are made of this. Who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody’s looking for something. The 1983 hit from the British pop band known as the Eurythmics speaks a powerful word about human nature: “Everybody’s looking for […]

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