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Gospels

Ah, the Poor: What To Do?

11-Oct-20 Matthew 26:1-16 The disciples were on to it. That alabaster jar of very costly ointment could have been sold, and the money could have been used to help alleviate the struggle of some poor person’s life. As Jesus reminds us, poverty is ever before us. There is no escaping it. Followers of Jesus have […]

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Epistles

The Surpassing Value

27-Sep-20 Philippians 3:1-14 Every once in a while, I wonder if one day God looked down from heaven at the man who would eventually become the Apostle Paul and said, that guy has got to become one of ours. We can use him. I wonder that, because sometimes I do the same thing. Well, I […]

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Gospels

By What Authority?

20-Sep-20 Matthew 21:23-32 It has already been a tough week for Jesus. He is in Jerusalem; it is the last week of his life. He’s already tipped over the tables of the money changers, and cursed a fig tree into oblivion, and it is only Monday. And now, he’s gone into the temple to teach, […]

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Gospels

The Prodigal Laborers, or the Unfairness of Mercy

13-Sep-20 Matthew 20:1-16 Sometimes it is fun to tell a story backwards. If I had been hired first thing in the morning, I would be feeling pretty fine right about now. I would be overflowing with joyful anticipation. Things don’t get much better than this. This is gonna be really good. I’ve been out there […]

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Gospels

The Forgiveness Challenge

30-Aug-20 Matthew 18:21-35 The debt incurred by the first servant in this parable is so unimaginably and so ridiculously absurd that it is impossible to calculate it in normal human terms. It is big, really big; it is a debt so large that it would take thousands and thousands of life-times to pay it back. […]

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Torah

Between The Old And The New

23-Aug-20 Exodus 12:1-14 I have joked around a bit lately, by saying that the year 2020 is going to be remembered by all of us as the year that did not happen. Because of the coronavirus, all of our lives have been radically altered. We have never seen nor experienced anything like this in any […]

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Epistles

In Due Time

16-Aug-20 1 Peter 5:6-11 If I begin to think too seriously about what it must have been like to live in the first century as a follower of Jesus, I begin to shudder. Life was awful, just plain awful. Everyone knew someone who had been martyred. Everyone knew someone who had been arrested by the […]

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Gospels

The Resurrection Community

09-Aug-20 Acts 2:1-21 They were called the Resurrection Community. By the time that Jesus was crucified, there were about a hundred and twenty people who were regular and committed followers of Jesus. And it is this Resurrection Community, this gathered fellowship of believers who are all together in one place as the events of Pentecost […]

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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 […]