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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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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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