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Gospels

Hope Overcome Distress

28-Nov-21 Luke 21:25-36 1st Sunday in Advent When we arrive at the season of Advent, and when normal people are already well into the Christmas planning and executing season, your pastor brings you not to the beginning of things, where the birth stories of our Lord are told, but rather he drags you to the […]

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Writings

Not Quite a Thanksgiving Sermon

21-Nov-21 Psalm 132 Have you ever been so absolutely committed to some cause, worthy, or not so worthy, that you spent nearly every waking moment thinking about it? Did that cause, from time to time, even enter into your nightly dreams, because you were so consumed by it? This can happen from time to time […]

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Epistles

Bold We Approach

07-Nov-21 Hebrews 4:14-16 This is not an easy world in which to live. It never has been, not since that first day of exile from the Garden of Eden. Since that day we have all yearned for a life of ease and pleasure, but have never quite found it. We are never quite satisfied, especially […]

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Epistles

So That We May Be Healed

31-Oct-21 James 5:13-20 Is any among you suffering? The answer, of course, is yes. As he writes, James is very fond of the rhetorical question. It is one of his teaching tools. At any given time, in any fellowship of believers, someone is going to be having an awful time of it. Suffering seems to […]

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Epistles

With Gentleness Born of Wisdom

17-Oct-21 James 3:13-18 The first verse of this passage struck me like a ton of bricks. “Who is wise and understanding among you?” A question like that almost always has to be answered in the negative. It just might be that this is one of those rhetorical questions for which James is so famous, and […]

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Gospels

No Picnic Anymore

10-Oct-21 John 6:22-35 At the end of the sermon last week, I took us to the Gospel of John, chapter 14, and I read these words of Jesus: “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the work that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than […]

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Gospels

They Could Have Done It

03-Oct-21 Matthew 14:13-23a Our passage this morning opens and closes with Jesus’ very human need to be alone to pray and to grieve. He has just learned that his friend and relative has been beheaded by Herod. John the Baptist had been the prophetic forerunner of Jesus’ ministry, and now, John has been senselessly murdered. […]

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Epistles

The Wheedler

19-Sep-21 II Corinthians 8:1-15 I’ll be up front with you, right off the top. The Apostle Paul is wheedling money out of the followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth, and he’s doing it with both sarcasm and shame, so buckle your seatbelts. The apostle was gifted in the arts of both sarcasm and […]

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Adultery is Only One of Them

12-Sep-21 II Samuel 11:26-12:7a Most of us, I think are fairly familiar with the treachery and conniving machinations that King David engaged in, in order to secure a new love interest for himself. The story of David and Bathsheba is a very complicated account of lust and abusive power coming together in about as many […]

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Prophets

Gladly Complicit

22-Aug-21 II Samuel 11 Joab is a bad man. Usually when we think of the sordid episode of King David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Joab doesn’t even cross our minds. Joab? Who’s he? Well, Joab is actually a rather significant character in this whole, terrible drama. Usually we think about David. We know better, but David […]