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Four Storytellers: John

John 1.1-14 Kent woke up to the sound of his wife’s quiet pleas.  “Kenny…Kenny…”  It was the only name that she had called him in their 54 years together.  And she was the only one that could call him that.  He shut off his alarm and went into her room.  The lights of the hospital […]

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Four Storytellers: Mark

Mark 1.1-11 Today marks the first Sunday in Advent, and the beginning of a new worship series: Four Storytellers.  Over the course of the four weeks of Advent, in the midst of our Advent waiting, our preparation for the Christ child, I am going to take a different Gospel each week and spend some time […]

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Sonship: Rooted in God’s Family

LaMoine Tatum — Luke 15:11-32 11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered […]

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Does Community Matter?

I Corinthians 16.2   Joan woke up and hit the snooze button.  More than once.  Each time, she woke up to a new set of commercials, each one blaring in her ear what she should buy next.  She rolled over and started swiping on her phone, passing another dozen ads as she used social media […]

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Does Faith Matter?

Luke 11.5-13   How many of you know about Dennis the Menace?  It started as a comic strip back in the early 50’s.  And then there was a TV show for several years, and then a movie 25 years ago.  In each, the story is the same. Dennis is a young boy with a penchant […]

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Does History Matter?

Hebrews 12.1-3 On October 31, 1517, a young monk named Martin knew that something was wrong.  He looked into the eyes of the poor and could tell that they were desperate.  They had been told by the Church that in order to assure that they and their loved ones would have their sins absolved, they […]

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Alone No More

I Thessalonians 2.1-8 The book and movie titled The Help tell the story of Jackson, Mississippi during the tumult of the 1960’s.  It tells the story of two worlds.  One, it highlights the world of white, upper class, high society women – the bridge clubs and benefit balls.  But it also tells the stories of […]

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Crossing Over

Louisenie Desauguste — Ephesians 3:14-21 21 Jesus left that place and went away to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 Just then a Canaanite woman from that region came out and started shouting, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is tormented by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer […]

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I Doubt It: The Resurrection

Philippians 3.4b-14 I have always been an expert at “supposed to.” That has always been my lot in life.  I grew up as a first-born preacher’s kid, and so I knew pretty early how to do what I was supposed to.  I never got sent to the principal’s office as a child.  I was never […]

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I Doubt it: This is God’s Will

James 4.13-17 “This is God’s Will.” Hurricanes.  Flooding.  Thousands in South Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, South Asia, without power, food, water, schools, homes. Is this God’s Will? A devastating earthquake.  Horrendous forest fires.  Those in Mexico City and Montana left with char and rubble. Is this God’s Will? Over 60 people killed by guns […]

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