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A Smile in the Dark

Daniel 6.6–23 Daniel awoke with a start in the middle of the night. He was bathed in total darkness, but all around him, he could hear the air alive with the sounds of the most vicious, violent creatures he had ever seen. He could smell the stench of blood on their breath. He could hear […]

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I Wonder Who Wrote the Book of Love

Jeremiah 31 and 36 In the days of slavery in the United States and the Caribbean, one of the ways that slaveowners would seek to pacify their Black slaves was to show them the Bible. But not all of it. Perhaps you have heard of what is commonly called the Slave Bible. The official name […]

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A Life of Awe

It was a long-time Thanksgiving tradition, and the Garcia family wasn’t about to give it up this year! Before the food could be passed, everyone had to go around and name at least one thing that they were thankful for. It had happened every year since Hector could remember, and the family wasn’t going to […]

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Scripture reference: Book of Jonah, ch. 1-4 Jonah was fragile. Some of you know this term, and of the concept of fragility. The picture, of course is that of a fragile plate or vase, that you don’t want to hand over to that toddler in your life, because it could easily break. When applied to […]

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Three Saints

1 Kings 17:1-16 We begin this week a series titled Catalyst, looking at the transformational actions of the prophets and how they spurred God’s people to action. We are tying it to the language that we have used for several years about our actions as a congregation, sometimes referred to as the Four W’s. The first […]

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Four Pillars

2 Samuel 7:1–17 Four pillars stand across the front of John L. Hill Chapel on the campus of Georgetown College. When I was a student there, I passed by those pillars every time I went to chapel service. Every time I went to the Campus Ministries office where I worked. Every time I went to […]

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The Time Machine

1 Samuel 2:1–10 Philip K. Dick wrote a science fiction short story titled Paycheck. They made a movie of it a few years ago, but they put Ben Affleck in it and it was horrible. In the original short story, a man named Jennings agrees to work for a company that creates time machines. He […]

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My Golden Calf

Exodus 32.1-8 What Golden Calf are you worshipping today? Last week, Joe Karnes shared with us the story of Joseph, his father Israel, and his brothers. As the book of Genesis ends Joseph, with God’s leading, has saved his family and their people from famine and death, aligned them under the protection of Pharaoh, and […]

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The World Turned Upside Down

Pulpit guest: Joe Karnes Economic volatility brought on by massive unemployment, a roller coaster stock market and recession. Many people are anxious, uncertain and fearful of what is to come. They feel isolated and powerless to change what is going on. Into this bleak and troubling world comes the promise of hope from our New […]

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Sometimes You Have to Laugh!

Genesis 30:14–24 Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is this. Right now, I want you to find someone in your life to talk to. They may be sitting next to you on the couch. They may be 8 states away, but you know that they will pick up the phone. Pick a friend, […]

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