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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 […]

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We Didn’t Love God

11-Jul-21 I John 4:7-21 There’s a really easy way to make a very short sermon out of this passage. It really only needs to be a couple of sentences long. When I first began here as pastor, lo these many years ago, Laf French used to tell me that the secret of a good sermon […]

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Facing Forward in Faith

27-Jun-21 Ephesians 6:10-20 When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians, he was writing from prison in the city of Rome. He was in prison, not because he was a hardened criminal, but rather because he was a follower of Jesus. Paul had this pesky habit of preaching the gospel in spite of […]

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Love is All You Need

30-May-21 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 relationship that […]

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A Lamp Shining in a Dark Place

07-Feb-21 II Peter 1:16-21 “Religion, and the transformed attitudes and behaviors that accompany it, has been irrelevant in our culture for decades.” I wonder if that sounds familiar to anybody? Is somebody thinking to themselves right now, “I read that someplace not too long ago, now where did I see it?” Well, if it rings […]

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God is Faithful

03-Jan-21 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 God is faithful. God is always faithful. People, on the other hand, are not always faithful. Sometimes people are never faithful. People are, well, human. People sometimes have ideas and opinions that overrule what God has to say. And they will hold to those opinions and ideas as if God did […]