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Writings

Like A Broken Vessel

19-Jul-20 Psalm 31 This is a psalm of David. This is a psalm written by the man, who, with one tiny stone set in his little slingshot, killed the mighty Philistine, Goliath. This psalm was written by the man who as a shepherd was victorious over lions and bears as he protected his sheep. This […]

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Writings

Times And Seasons And Seasons And Times

12-Jul-20 Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 The book of Ecclesiastes was written either by an incredibly wise person who had a deep and profound faith in God, or it was written by somebody who was once a person of faith but who has become an agnostic, and is now riddled with doubt, despair and hopelessness. It is really […]

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Gospels

Is This Not Joseph’s Son?

28-Jun-20 Luke 4:16-30 Is this not Joseph’s son? Up until the moment that somebody asked that question, Jesus had been doing pretty well. The crowd in the synagogue had been moved and awed by what Jesus had to say, and quite frankly, Jesus had said some pretty awesome things. Verses 18 and 19 are a […]

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Torah

In the Sight of All Israel

Deut. 34 21 June 2020 When we are people of faith, we develop two kinds of vision. The first kind of vision is the kind that almost everybody has. This vision is the stuff that we see through our eyes. This vision is not perfect by any means, and as we begin to age, we […]

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Torah

The Glory Of The Lord

14-Jun-20 Exodus 33:12-23 I want to see your glory. That’s Moses’ prayer in our passage this morning, pure and simple. We know, already, that Moses has seen plenty of God’s glory. And yet, here in verse 18, Moses says to God, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And so Moses must be asking God for […]

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Torah

Fear, Faith, and Faithlessness

7-June-2020 Exodus 31:18 – 32:14 We’re back, but we’re different. That’s painfully obvious to every one of us this morning. And, truth be known, we are probably going to have to be different for quite a while, now; perhaps even for a very long time. We just don’t know. Just about everything in our daily […]

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Writings

Words to Our Souls

Psalms 42 & 43 31 May 2020 There is the idea among some of the followers of Jesus that one must be happy all of the time. And I understand that. I don’t always agree with it, but I understand it. On one level, persons of faith ought to be giddy with joy. We’ve been […]

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Gospels

On Being Cured and on Being Whole

Luke 17:11-19 May 24, 2020 There is a huge difference between being cured, and being made whole. Lots of people experience a cure, but not everyone is made whole. All ten of the lepers in our passage today got just exactly what they were looking for from Jesus. Only one of them, however, gained the […]

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Epistles

Wholeness Among Us

17-May-2020 1 Cor. 13:14-31 17-May-20 1Corinthians 12:14-31 Back in the idiocy of my youth, in the winter of 1985, in an act of sheer and profound stupidity, I stuck my hand inside of the business end of a running snow blower. As soon as I thrust my hand in there, and heard the crunching of […]

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Gospels

Do Not Be Afraid

Mark 6:45-52 10-May-20 The text says that Jesus intended to pass them by. In Mark’s Gospel, this is the second time that the disciples have been in trouble in a boat. On the surface of all things, that doesn’t make much sense to me, because these guys are fishermen by trade. Boats are their thing. […]