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Unanswered Prayers: Theology

Job 38.1-11 It is a familiar scene, perhaps one that has happened in your own home.  A young child is ready to go to bed, has had her nighttime story and a glass of milk.  She says her prayers and sits quietly for a moment as she thinks.  Then with big, innocent eyes, she looks […]

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Unanswered Prayers: Abandonment

Job 23.1-9 Today is the second in our series on Unanswered Prayers.  True confession time.  How many of you saw the title and the first thing you thought of was Garth Brooks?  His song, Unanswered Prayers, written along with Patrick Alger and Larry Bastian, is probably the best known cultural reference to the topic. But […]

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Unanswered Prayers: Health

Job 1.1, 2.1-10 What I first noticed was the crowd of people. They had made the hospital waiting room their home away from home.  Every seat was taken.  Senior adults, children, and everyone in between filled up almost all of the space in the room.  There were coolers full of food.  There were piles of […]

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Nathanael of Cana

John 2.1-11 Nathanael of Cana sat in the early morning darkness, watching the waves of the Sea of Tiberias quietly splash up on the side of the boat.  He and the other disciples sat in silence together, as they had done more than once over the last weeks.  He felt the waves take the boat […]

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Simon and Simon

Acts 8.14-25 How many of you remember the old 80’s TV show Simon and Simon?  It was about a duo of private investigators (like an inordinate number of 80’s TV shows for some reason.)  But the gimmick is that they were brothers…who were different than each other.  It was a spin on the old “Odd […]

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Star of Wonder. Star of Light.

Matthew 2 (1-12) Welcome to the New Year!  As the page turns on 2018 and 2019 begins, maybe you have had the same experience that I have had.  In social media, and perhaps media in general, it feels like at the end of the year, everyone asks the same question: What went wrong?  Think about […]

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New Year, New You: Transforming Resolutions

John 1:1-18 Common English Bible (CEB) 1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. What came into being 4 through […]

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Stained Glass Words: Annunciation

Luke 1.26-55 What are you afraid of? This is the question that the researchers at Chapman University ask each year, and they answer that question with survey results that they publish.  Take a look at this year’s and see if you relate. Corruption of government officials Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes Pollution of drinking […]

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Stained Glass Words: Salvation

Isaiah 11.1-6 and 12.1-6 How many of you have used a power washer before?  They are awesome, aren’t they?  I love it when I have a house project that calls for a power washer.  For those who haven’t used one, put that on your list for life goals. If you don’t know what I am […]

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