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Simon and Simon

Acts 8.14-25 How many of you remember the old 80’s TV show Simon and Simon?  It was about a duo of private investigators (like an inordinate number of 80’s TV shows for some reason.)  But the gimmick is that they were brothers…who were different than each other.  It was a spin on the old “Odd […]

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Star of Wonder. Star of Light.

Matthew 2 (1-12) Welcome to the New Year!  As the page turns on 2018 and 2019 begins, maybe you have had the same experience that I have had.  In social media, and perhaps media in general, it feels like at the end of the year, everyone asks the same question: What went wrong?  Think about […]

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Stained Glass Words: Annunciation

Luke 1.26-55 What are you afraid of? This is the question that the researchers at Chapman University ask each year, and they answer that question with survey results that they publish.  Take a look at this year’s and see if you relate. Corruption of government officials Pollution of oceans, rivers and lakes Pollution of drinking […]

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Stained Glass Words: Salvation

Isaiah 11.1-6 and 12.1-6 How many of you have used a power washer before?  They are awesome, aren’t they?  I love it when I have a house project that calls for a power washer.  For those who haven’t used one, put that on your list for life goals. If you don’t know what I am […]

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Stained Glass Words: Repentance

Luke 3.1-14 When I say “repent!” what do you all think?  How many of you all picture the crazy guy on the street corner, standing there with a sign that says “Repent!  The end is near!”  It has become a stock cliché, hasn’t it?  A punchline. A lot of us have the same picture in […]

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Stained Glass Words: Redemption

Luke 21.25-36 It’s survey time! Here are three Christmas messages; read all three and then pick which one is your favorite: One: O come, O come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. Two: Away in […]

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Morning Prayer, November 25, 2018

A Prayer for Christ the King Sunday Sovereign Lord, we worship so many other kings:   The kings of perfection tell us we are never quite good enough. The kings of distraction keep us from the quietness and stillness that feed our soul. The kings of suspicion tell us to look over our shoulder because […]

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Generosity: The Dining Room Table

Mark 12.38-44 The big day had finally arrived!  Grandma had been working for weeks on the food for the Thanksgiving meal.  She had been organizing and shopping and double-checking her list to make sure that everything would go perfectly!  She had sent grandson Zach out to the workshop to get the leaves for the dining […]

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Harmony: The Family Piano

The family worship service.  It had been the family tradition at Grandma’s house for as long as Zach could remember.  It used to be on Thanksgiving, but with the craziness of the meal and the Turkey Trot 5K and everything else, the family had settled on Wednesday night.  By the time everyone had arrived from […]

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Memory: The Photo Album

Revelation 21.1-6 Zach was the first to arrive for Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house.  He had just started college this fall about an hour away, and so it made him the geographically closest her to home, and in some ways it made him closer to her than he had been before.  He made it a point […]

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