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Sunrise of Grace

You are walking down a dusty road when you see ahead of you a puff in the distance.  As you get closer, you realize that the puff is actually a group of people, dirt stirred up by their walking.  You seem to sense that they mean you no harm as they get closer and you […]

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A Big House

Mark 2.23-3.6 A couple of weeks ago, the NFL released a new policy about what its players are required to do during the national anthem.  If you are just now catching up with the subject, a quick primer: Over the last several months, there have been several NFL players, coaches, and even owners who have […]

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From Fear to Power

Romans 8.12-17 Draco.  Crabbe.  Goyle. Even if you have no idea what those names mean, the sound of them makes your skin crawl, doesn’t it? But if you do, then your skin is probably crawling even more!  If you are fans of the Harry Potter book or movie series, you will recognize these three baddies: […]

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These Are Not Drunk, As You Suppose

Acts 2.1-21 Story One: Sinai If you listen closely, you could hear the rumblings.  And, no, not the rumblings on top of the mountain.  The rumblings in the camp.  The people of God were unhappy. It had been a mere fifty days since the Passover, though it seemed much longer.  The Israelites gathered in the […]

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Let’s Pray for the Boys

John 17.6-19 JoAn Wilson, a member of our congregation, tells a story about the way that she fell in love with prayer.  With her permission, I want to share it with you.  JoAn grew up in the little town of Quinter, Kansas.  During her school years, the world was not a safe place.  World War […]

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Not Your Mother’s Baptist Church: Religious Freedom

Matthew 7.12   James and Thomas had a fundamental disagreement. James was a pretty big supporter of the power of the king.  He believed that the king had ultimate authority over peoples’ lives.  In fact, he believed that he had the authority over people’s religious lives, their souls even.  James believed that the king had […]

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Not Your Mother’s Baptist Church: Bible Freedom

2 Timothy 3.10-17 The 1984 drama Footloose tells the story of a young man, Ren, who moves from the city into a small town that has a city ordinance against dancing.  It seems that the local pastor, Reverend Moore, has interpreted Scripture to suggest that dancing is sinful and therefore should be outlawed.  Ren is […]

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Alone to Known

John 20.1-18 Dietrich Bonhoeffer settled into his chair at his office at Union Theological Seminary in New York.  For the first time in a long time, he felt safe. Bonhoeffer was a German-born theologian who had come to the public stage at exactly the wrong time.  As he rose to prominence, so did the Nazi […]

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Life Together: The Secret of the Psalter

Note: This sermon is in two sections. The first section is the part of the sermon given by Pastor Matt, “The Secret of the Psalter.” The second section is by Pastor Cheryl Harader, “Walking Through the Valley.” Part 1: The Secret of the Psalter Psalm 118 How many of you use a daily devotional?  For […]

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