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Epistles

We Didn’t Love God

11-Jul-21 I John 4:7-21 There’s a really easy way to make a very short sermon out of this passage. It really only needs to be a couple of sentences long. When I first began here as pastor, lo these many years ago, Laf French used to tell me that the secret of a good sermon […]

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Gospels

Offensive Food and Drink

04-Jul-21 John 6:48-59 It would be better for us if we did not have to think about it at all. In fact, it is so offensive, that after Jesus uttered these words, many of his followers abandoned him. The thought of having to eat this man’s flesh and drink his blood was too strange, too […]

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Epistles

Facing Forward in Faith

27-Jun-21 Ephesians 6:10-20 When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians, he was writing from prison in the city of Rome. He was in prison, not because he was a hardened criminal, but rather because he was a follower of Jesus. Paul had this pesky habit of preaching the gospel in spite of […]

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Gospels

Frightened into Peace

20-Jun-21 Mark 4:35-41 There are times when I feel totally unqualified to be up here behind this pulpit. And this morning is one of those times. I am not much of a boater. I’ve never been on a boat in the midst of a big storm, when I was afraid that I might not live […]

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Gospels

A Ministry of Disruption

13-Jun-21 John 2:13-22 It used to be that the only useful information that could be gleaned from this passage was that Baptist churches should never have any fundraising activities going on in their houses of worship. No suppers, no sales, no nothing. It seemed fairly clear from this passage that Jesus was pretty much vehemently […]

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Epistles

Love is All You Need

30-May-21 1 John 4:7-21 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” That quote, from verse sixteen, describes the essential nature of God; it describes the essential nature of the relationship that we have with God, and it describes the essential nature of the relationship that […]

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Gospels

Let the Little Children Come

23-May-21 Mark 10:13-22 In our passage this morning we discover that some people are bringing little children to Jesus in order that he might touch them. It is interesting to me that Mark does not tell us who these people are. Let us, at first, assume that these people are the parents of the children. […]

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Gospels

On Gaining the Whole World

16-May-21 Mark 8:27-38 If memory serves me right, it was just a couple three months ago that two ginormous lotteries spat out two ginormous jackpots at just about the same time. As I recall, because of the confluence of these two events, there was a lot of hooplah about that; lotteries have the power to […]

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Gospels

They Went Through the Roof

09-May-21 Mark 2:1-12 There are some seemingly irrelevant things that are likely to trouble me for the rest of my days. The damaged roof in our passage this morning is one of them, and it has troubled me since the days when I was a mere child in Sunday School. And I know, in my […]

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Prophets

Have We Not Known?

02-May-21 Isaiah 40 The time is about 550 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The once mighty nation of Israel has been defeated by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon. Some of God’s people have escaped the destruction of Jerusalem and have fled as refugees into Egypt, and are struggling to survive. Others have […]