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Be Strong in the Lord

Ephesians 6.10-20   It was two years to the week since Carl died. The group that had met every Tuesday night since then, bore his name: Coffee. Conversation. Carl. Carl had started the group several years before his death, but he was already in his 80’s. He wanted some place where people could just get […]

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Live a Life Worthy

Ephesians 4.1-16 I had a few seconds to jump on Facebook the other day and saw something that gave me pure joy.  It was a video from a friend of his daughter and some of her first steps, and what a shot of unadulterated joy! The look on mom’s face and on older sister’s face.  […]

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Rooted and Grounded in Love

Ephesians 3.14-21 The book of Ephesians has always been one of my favorites.  When I was a kid, I loved the passage at the end about the armor of God.  I didn’t really know who the Apostle Paul was, but I imagined he was the guy in this armor, fighting against the evils of the […]

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Walls or Doors?

A homemade parable for your consideration today, based on Ephesians 2.11-22.  We don’t know if anything like this ever happened.  But then again, we don’t know that it didn’t…   Obelius was a mountain of a man.  He was tall, thick, muscular, with a shock of dark hair, a bushy dark beard, and dark olive […]

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Fire in the Bones

Jeremiah 20.7-9 When I was a kid, we had this old fashioned oil lamp.  I remember my parents got it one time after we had visited Colonial Williamsburg.  I remember the oil that they would buy, the distinct smell of it filled the room as soon as they opened it up.  They would fill up […]

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The Trouble with Miracles

Rev. Dr. Meredith Holladay — John 6.1-21 — 1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, also called the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A large crowd kept following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing for the sick. 3 Jesus went up the mountain and sat down […]

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Navigating Through the Storms of Life

Tim Bonner — Mark 4.35-41 — 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and […]

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Healing and Restoration

Rev. Cheryl Harader — Mark 5.21-43 — 21 When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered around him; and he was by the sea. 22 Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw him, fell at his feet 23 and […]

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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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