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Prophets

That Kid’s Story

June 21, 2015 1 Samuel 17 It’s a kid’s story. Most of us learned about David and Goliath when we were in Sunday School. It’s a story about a young lad who defeated a menacing giant against all odds. It’s a story about bravery and heroism, and it taught us as little kids not to […]

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Gospels

Born Wild; Grown Tame?

May 31, 2015 Acts 2:1-21 I have a feeling that if some strangers happened to show up unannounced in one of our worship services one Sunday morning, that one conclusion that they would probably never come to is that we are all drunk. We might look sleepy, but we certainly wouldn’t look like we were […]

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Epistles

Love Again…And Again

May 10, 2015 1 John 5:1-5 From time to time, it is a good thing for us to check our identity.  Usually when we think of making an assessment of our identity, the first question that arises is, “Who am I in this world?  Where do I fit in this big, round chunk of rock […]

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Epistles

Love is What Makes Us Work

May 3, 2015 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 […]

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Gospels

Moving Toward Faith

April 19, 2015 Luke 24:13-49 I sometimes wish that the disciples of Jesus had done a better job of believing that Jesus was alive after his resurrection.  It seems like it took them forever to accept the fact that Jesus was alive, even when they were confronted with him face to face.  I would like […]

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Gospels

Terror and Amazement!

April 12, 2015 Mark 16:1-8 The immediate problem is the stone that has been rolled against the entrance to the tomb.  The women who are coming to the tomb this morning had been watching the evening before when Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus, and sealed the tomb by rolling that huge stone in front of […]

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Epistles

Something Else Altogether

March 22, 2015 Ephesians 2:1-10 Click to view the bulletin: 22Mar2015 As I look around this morning, most of you look pretty good. You might be a little bit “weekend worn,” but for the most part, you don’t look bad at all. Some of you look just grand. None of you, certainly, look even the least […]

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Epistles

Foolishness All

March 8, 2015 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 It’s what we’re up against.  It’s what the church has always been up against, from day one, more than two thousand years ago.  What we do as Christians and what we say as Christians is nothing more than a cart-load of foolishness to those who do not believe.  We […]

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Gospels

The Trouble With Being Human

March 1, 2015 Mark 8:31-38 We spent a few moments with Peter last week.  Peter’s not a bad guy at all.  He’s just human.  And being human is sometimes the whole trouble with us.  We aren’t God, never have been, but sometimes we sure like to play God.  Years ago, some company had some sort […]

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Gospels

Nazareth?

February 15, 2015 John 1:43-51 I suspect that some of us here this morning probably have a favorite Bible character.  There’s probably some man or some woman in the Bible with whom we have a special affinity.  Perhaps its someone whom we admire and aspire to be like ourselves.  Perhaps its someone in the Scriptures […]