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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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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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“Poured Out”

Reed Schenkel and Isaiah Hite — John 15:9-17 — 9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these […]

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Not Your Mother’s Baptist Church: Religious Freedom

Matthew 7.12   James and Thomas had a fundamental disagreement. James was a pretty big supporter of the power of the king.  He believed that the king had ultimate authority over peoples’ lives.  In fact, he believed that he had the authority over people’s religious lives, their souls even.  James believed that the king had […]

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