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Do Not Be Afraid: Mary

Luke 1. 26-38 Janice sat at the table with her blue binder, furiously scribbling notes. Her friend Pam was a few minutes late, but it gave Janice some more time to think and write. When Pam got to the coffeehouse, she found the table, and immediately laughed out loud. “Ah, the infamous Blue Binder! I […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Zechariah

Luke 1.5-25, 57-80 Zechariah was at the top of his game. And a mighty good game it was, at that. He was a coveted member of the tribe of Levites, the priestly class whose job it was to attend to the work of the Temple. Each day, the Israelites attended Temple worship, and gazed with […]

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Come Build a Church in Jerusalem

Acts 1.4-8 One hundred and twenty believers are gathered together for a church dinner. The hummus and pita and fish and olives and wine overflow the tables and there is laughter all around the crowded room. The kids are already done and running around after each other, while their parents yell at them to be […]

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Seeing the Holy Everywhere

Luke 17.11-19 Simeon lay still, eyes closed, as he slowly woke up. He smelled smoke from the fire, blowing from somewhere close-by. He had woken from a dream. In it, he was back home in his beloved Samaria. He lived in the shadow of the holy Mt. Gerizim. He could see the sun on it […]

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Images of Meaninglessness

Ecclesiastes 1.1-9 This summer, my brother and I went on a backpacking trip in the Olympic Mountains in Washington. One morning, we woke up and started our morning tasks. I grabbed the water filter and went down to a little stream near camp, and when I got there, I was amazed by this beautiful scene […]

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Images of Beauty

Psalm 65 On our way out to Virginia Beach this summer, we drove up into the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was a good stopping point half-way from Kentucky, and, well, it was in the mountains. We stayed at a hotel in Roanoke, and I woke up early and drove a mile or two down to […]

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Family Photos

2 Timothy 1.1-14 One of my photo assignments this summer was to dig through old photographs. The point is that when we look at old photos, we begin to see connect to our history and connect it to what is meaningful to us today. Jan Phillips, author of the book God is at Eye Level, […]

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Selfies and Solitude

Genesis 32.22-31 How many of you have taken a selfie today? How many of you have taken a selfie within the last week? Within the last month? How many of you think you know what a selfie is, but wouldn’t bet your life on it, and don’t think you’ve ever taken one before? For those […]

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