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Be Strong in the Lord

Ephesians 6.10-20   It was two years to the week since Carl died. The group that had met every Tuesday night since then, bore his name: Coffee. Conversation. Carl. Carl had started the group several years before his death, but he was already in his 80’s. He wanted some place where people could just get […]

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Live a Life Worthy

Ephesians 4.1-16 I had a few seconds to jump on Facebook the other day and saw something that gave me pure joy.  It was a video from a friend of his daughter and some of her first steps, and what a shot of unadulterated joy! The look on mom’s face and on older sister’s face.  […]

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Rooted and Grounded in Love

Ephesians 3.14-21 The book of Ephesians has always been one of my favorites.  When I was a kid, I loved the passage at the end about the armor of God.  I didn’t really know who the Apostle Paul was, but I imagined he was the guy in this armor, fighting against the evils of the […]

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Walls or Doors?

A homemade parable for your consideration today, based on Ephesians 2.11-22.  We don’t know if anything like this ever happened.  But then again, we don’t know that it didn’t…   Obelius was a mountain of a man.  He was tall, thick, muscular, with a shock of dark hair, a bushy dark beard, and dark olive […]

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Fire in the Bones

Jeremiah 20.7-9 When I was a kid, we had this old fashioned oil lamp.  I remember my parents got it one time after we had visited Colonial Williamsburg.  I remember the oil that they would buy, the distinct smell of it filled the room as soon as they opened it up.  They would fill up […]

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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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