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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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I have Jesus In My Heart

Rev. Cheryl Harader — Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power […]

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I Doubt It: God Wrote Every Word of the Bible

How many of you have been to the Grand Canyon? It is a beautiful and majestic sight!  We saw it now several years ago, when the photography world was transitioning between film and digital.  I still had a film camera, and so I took rolls and rolls of film, trying to capture this amazing beauty […]

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Is it Okay to Doubt?

Romans 14.1-12 “Here, take this.  I don’t need it anymore.” I looked down and in my hands was a cassette tape of the new Sister Hazel album.  My friend explained that he was giving away all of his secular music.  He had come to the conclusion that being a real Christian meant ridding oneself of […]

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The Tie that Binds

Matthew 18.15-20 Anne Hutchinson loved God.  And she believed that God loved her.  But there were members of her church who weren’t quite sure. Anne believed and taught some things that made the leadership of her church nervous.  And paired with the fact that she was a woman in the year 1638, in the Puritan […]

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Are You Sure That’s in There? Haggai

Hilda heard the strains of the familiar hymn and was transported to another time.  She closed her eyes and remembered the very first time she had heard that song.  She was a little girl, in this very same sanctuary.  In those days, the organ terrified her.  It was so loud that it shook the old […]

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Are You Sure That’s In the Bible? Jude

Are You Sure That’s In the Bible? Jude Somewhere about here, this week, I started to think that this series is a horrible idea.   We are in week three of the series about lesser-read books of the Bible.  And this week, I started to think that there is good reason why nobody reads these […]

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Are You Sure that’s in the Bible? 3 John

Monica watched the news in horror.  The reaction to Charlottesville consumed her.  Day in and day out, she couldn’t take her eyes off of the cable news channels.  She wanted to see every interview, every reaction, what politician said what.  It bordered on obsessive. But for Monica, it was personal.  Her father was white and […]

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Are You Sure That’s in the Bible? Obadiah

Obadiah 1-2, 10-14 Imagine with me a scenario. It is a beautiful evening, and your children have been playing with friends in the neighborhood.  It is starting to get dark, so you decide that you will take a walk and find them to call them home.  But as you turn the corner, you are shocked […]

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