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The Beginning Is Nearer

27-Nov-22 Romans 13:11-14 First Sunday in Advent This year, as we gathered around the Thanksgiving table it was very obvious to us that the passing of time had taken its toll. Around that table was a brand new generation. It was not the kind of brand new generation that is represented by small children, or […]

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This is Jesus

20-Nov-22 Col 1:15-20 All of us have images in our minds of Jesus that we keep and cherish. And, as our observance and celebration of Christmas gets closer and closer, and at a fairly rapid pace, I might add, some of those images in our minds will be switching over to a little boy in […]

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A Thorny Struggle

30-Oct-22 II Corinthians 12:1-10 The Apostle Paul is in deep trouble with the folks who call themselves followers of Jesus and who live in the city of Corinth. They don’t like him anymore, and maybe they never did. Paul’s popularity in Corinth has plummeted severely. The Apostle Paul was the one who brought faith in […]

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A Better Country

28-Aug-22 Hebrew 11:1-16 Jesus once told a parable that begins with these words: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?”‘ And we all should know that he tore down all his old barns, and replaced them […]

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Not His Friends

24-Jul-22 Galatians 6:1-10 There is no question that the Apostle Paul had a somewhat touchy relationship with the followers of Jesus in the Province of Galatia. At one point in this epistle he calls this readers “fools”. I am sure that that did not endear them to him, but the apostle is well known for […]

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Putting Adam Behind Us

17-Apr-22 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Easter Day All around us, in every corner of our lives, are people who are completely convinced that we have gone off our rockers. Now, some of these people have better reasons than others for believing this, and some of it may have something to do with the way in which […]

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There is a New Creation

27-Mar-22 II Corinthians 5:16-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Bring up the name of Jesus in any place but in a church, and you’re apt to hear a variety of opinions about the man. You might hear, Oh, he never existed. He is merely the figment of some well meaning, but overactive imaginations. Or you might […]

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Stand Firm in the Lord

13-Mar-22 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Second Sunday in Lent Sometimes when we read our Bibles through the filters of our very modern minds, we tend to squirm a little bit. From a very modern perspective, sometimes the things that we read in our Bibles might seem to be a little bit off, or not quite right, or […]

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With Unveiled Face

27-Feb-22 II Corinthians 3:12-18 Moses is the undisputed hero of the Old Testament. He is nothing less than God’s mediator of salvation for the Hebrew people. Moses is revered by Jews and followers of Jesus alike. Moses is, of course, the often reluctant prophet who led his people out of captivity and slavery in Egypt, […]

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Building a Body From Its Parts

06-Feb-22 1Corinthians 12:12-26 For the most part, I am pretty glad that I am alive. When I was writing this sermon, that was the first sentence that I wrote down at the top of the page. And I looked at it, and I said to myself, “That can’t be right, but even if it isn’t, […]