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Sometimes You Have to Laugh!

Genesis 30:14–24 Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is this. Right now, I want you to find someone in your life to talk to. They may be sitting next to you on the couch. They may be 8 states away, but you know that they will pick up the phone. Pick a friend, […]

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The Messiness of Faith

Genesis 15 Ruthie knew it was coming. In fact, she didn’t really want to come to the Bible study that night, because she knew exactly where the conversation was going to end. She had felt it building for weeks. It was a new Bible study group, and the women were still feeling each other out. […]

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A Restored Innocence

  Genesis 3:1–8 Jeff and Janet Savage are two of the most beautiful, gracious, hospitable people I know. Last summer, one of the highlights of our sabbatical as a family was to spend time in their retreat space in the hills of Oregon. For two weeks, we rested and relaxed in the separate apartment attached […]

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Whispers from the Water

2 Kings 5 Namaan has it all. He has incredible power, with servants and minions waiting on his every command. He has military might, with soldiers and armies at his beck and call. He has amazing wealth at his disposal, silver and gold and wardrobes full of expensive garments ready to buy anything he could […]

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Wisdom from the Wilderness

Exodus 16.1-15 I went on a trail run the other day. And it was absolutely one of the worst experiences that I had had in nature in a long time. Bryan Miller and I are training for a long trail run this Fall, so we have been doing occasional socially-distanced runs. We met the other […]

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Drama of Dust

  Genesis 4.1-15 I grew up around farms and farmers. My dad was a pastor, and we lived in town—not on a farm—but many of my fellow students and their families worked on the farms around the small farming community where we lived. Growing up in Monticello, Illinois was different than here in Lawrence. Students […]

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Stewards of Eden

Pastor Matt Sturtevant’s sermon is “Stewards of Eden,” the 3rd sermon in the August/September worship series, “A Season of Creation.” Today’s Old Testament reading comes from the second chapter of Genesis. In fact, it comes directly following the story that we read last week from Genesis chapter One. Herein lies the problem. Biblical scholar Beth […]

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Blest Be the Tie

Rev. Nathan Huguley Matthew 14.13-21 Please allow me to start by sending our greetings to Orlinda, TN, where my mom and her parents are worshipping with us this morning. Today is Paw Paw’s 87th birthday, and when I had to leave his bedside on Friday, I promised I would wish him a happy birthday this […]

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