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Right Where God Wants You

Rev. Cheryl Harader — Romans 6:1-11 6 What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized […]

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Laughing at God

Genesis 18.1-15 David and Lisa looked down at the pregnancy test.  A minus sign.  Again. David’s eyes filled with tears.  Lisa didn’t have any tears left. He went down in the basement, and she went to go sit on the porch swing by herself to collect her thoughts.  They had tried for so long.  They […]

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The Great Promise

Matthew 28.16-20 “It’s Trinity Sunday, but people who have cancer probably do not care.”  That quote by Dr. Steven P. Eason I read this week jolted me into reality. He continues… “This is Trinity Sunday, but those young couples who cannot get pregnant probably do not care either…the family dealing with the wayward teenager, the […]

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Waiting for Batman

Acts 2.1-21 John 20.19-23 One of my favorite guilty pleasures is superhero movies.  I have never been one for comic books (pardon me, graphic novels, as they are called now).  But I am a sucker for a good comic book superhero movie.  Wonder Woman.  Captain America.  Iron Man.  Superman.  Ever since the days of the […]

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So That They May Be One, As We Are One

John 17.1-11 It had been a hard year for “Coffee. Conversation. Carl.”  The monthly Bible study and conversation group had met at the home of octogenarian Carl for years.  Each month, an eclectic mix of Christians – and those curious about the faith – had gathered on Tuesday evenings in Carl’s living room to talk […]

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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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