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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, […]

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Bold We Approach

07-Nov-21 Hebrews 4:14-16 This is not an easy world in which to live. It never has been, not since that first day of exile from the Garden of Eden. Since that day we have all yearned for a life of ease and pleasure, but have never quite found it. We are never quite satisfied, especially […]

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So That We May Be Healed

31-Oct-21 James 5:13-20 Is any among you suffering? The answer, of course, is yes. As he writes, James is very fond of the rhetorical question. It is one of his teaching tools. At any given time, in any fellowship of believers, someone is going to be having an awful time of it. Suffering seems to […]

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With Gentleness Born of Wisdom

17-Oct-21 James 3:13-18 The first verse of this passage struck me like a ton of bricks. “Who is wise and understanding among you?” A question like that almost always has to be answered in the negative. It just might be that this is one of those rhetorical questions for which James is so famous, and […]

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The Wheedler

19-Sep-21 II Corinthians 8:1-15 I’ll be up front with you, right off the top. The Apostle Paul is wheedling money out of the followers of Jesus in the city of Corinth, and he’s doing it with both sarcasm and shame, so buckle your seatbelts. The apostle was gifted in the arts of both sarcasm and […]

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Love Conquers All

18-Jul-21 1John 5:1-5 Who are we in this world? Where do we fit on this tiny, round chunk of rock, that is spiraling its way through God’s massive universe? These are not bad questions to ask, because the answers can be as varied as the number of people here this morning. And that’s because that […]