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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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The Trouble with Miracles

Rev. Dr. Meredith Holladay — John 6.1-21 — 1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down […]

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Navigating Through the Storms of Life

Tim Bonner — Mark 4.35-41 — 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and […]

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Healing and Restoration

Rev. Cheryl Harader — Mark 5.21-43 — 21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and […]

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God, The Father

LaMoine Tatum — John 21:15-19 — 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 A second time he said to him, […]

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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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Speaking In Tongues

Rev. Joanna Harader — Acts 2.5-8 — 5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished,they asked, “Are not all these who are […]

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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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