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Jesus’ Bucket List: Welcome

Mark 9.30-37 There are three sentences in just about every church that will get you the same reaction every time.  You know that reaction: that look of panic.  That uneasy look that belies the total terror that lies beneath.  It reminds me of the Jurassic Park movies…remember when the T-Rex comes on screen, and the […]

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Jesus’ Bucket List: Denial

Mark 8.27-38 How many of you have a “bucket list?”  Perhaps you know the phrase from a movie back in 2007 of the same name.  Even if you don’t know the movie, you probably know the concept: “the list of things that I want to do before I die.”  Experiences I want to have.  Things […]

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Prophets without Honor: Jesus

Mark 6.1-6 I want you to think about your favorite family movie.  Don’t overthink it…just pick the first one that come to your mind. Mine is…wait for it…The Godfather. It’s true!  Francis Ford Coppela’s Godfather movies are the perfect family movie!  But of course, it depends on how you define family. My guess is that […]

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Prophets without Honor: Samuel

Rev. Levi Jones, preaching I Samuel 3.1-18 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 the lamp of God had […]

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Morning Prayer for Labor Sunday

9-2-18 God of work and God of wonder, On this Labor Sunday, we look at your world to see your handiwork, and we are amazed.  Your word teaches us that your creative work included moments of labor and moments of rest.  May we rejoice in the example that you have set out before us.  May […]

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Prophets without Honor: Ezekiel

Ezekiel 2.1-7 How many of you have ever been in a really long tunnel?  I’m not talking a tunnel where you can see the light coming in from the other side as soon as you go in.  I’m talking about a tunnel where you are in there long enough that your eyes start to adjust […]

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Prophets without Honor: Jeremiah

A few weeks ago, my son and I took a quick trip out to Colorado, to the Golden area, where we went on a few hikes.  On one of the hikes, we hiked down from the highlands where the campground was, down to a beautiful little valley, called Forgotten Valley.  And at the bottom of […]

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Be Strong in the Lord

Ephesians 6.10-20   It was two years to the week since Carl died. The group that had met every Tuesday night since then, bore his name: Coffee. Conversation. Carl. Carl had started the group several years before his death, but he was already in his 80’s. He wanted some place where people could just get […]

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Live a Life Worthy

Ephesians 4.1-16 I had a few seconds to jump on Facebook the other day and saw something that gave me pure joy.  It was a video from a friend of his daughter and some of her first steps, and what a shot of unadulterated joy! The look on mom’s face and on older sister’s face.  […]

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Rooted and Grounded in Love

Ephesians 3.14-21 The book of Ephesians has always been one of my favorites.  When I was a kid, I loved the passage at the end about the armor of God.  I didn’t really know who the Apostle Paul was, but I imagined he was the guy in this armor, fighting against the evils of the […]

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