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Are You Sure That’s in the Bible? Obadiah

Obadiah 1-2, 10-14 Imagine with me a scenario. It is a beautiful evening, and your children have been playing with friends in the neighborhood.  It is starting to get dark, so you decide that you will take a walk and find them to call them home.  But as you turn the corner, you are shocked […]

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Does the Whole Bible Matter?

Matthew 5.17-20 I want to start out with a quiz.  I want you to write down your three favorite books of the Bible.  Where does your favorite passage come from?  Or if you know a story, but don’t know where it comes from, write that down.  Or just put them in your mind if you […]

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A Valued Collection

Matthew 13.44-46 When I was in middle school, I got into a collecting phase.  I loved collecting stuff.  I had a pennant collection on my wall, with pennants from different sports teams and places I had been.  I had a little toy cannon collection, which I collected every time we visited a historic battlefield.  I […]

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Getting Lost in the Weeds

I should have left well enough alone. I read through the whole article, but that’s where I made my mistake…I opened the Comments section.  Usually a mistake. You know what I am talking about, right?  Online articles often include space to comment about the article afterwards.  It is often anonymous, and can get pretty harsh.  […]

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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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