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Is This Not Joseph’s Son?

28-Jun-20 Luke 4:16-30 Is this not Joseph’s son? Up until the moment that somebody asked that question, Jesus had been doing pretty well. The crowd in the synagogue had been moved and awed by what Jesus had to say, and quite frankly, Jesus had said some pretty awesome things. Verses 18 and 19 are a […]

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On Being Cured and on Being Whole

Luke 17:11-19 May 24, 2020 There is a huge difference between being cured, and being made whole. Lots of people experience a cure, but not everyone is made whole. All ten of the lepers in our passage today got just exactly what they were looking for from Jesus. Only one of them, however, gained the […]

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Do Not Be Afraid

Mark 6:45-52 10-May-20 The text says that Jesus intended to pass them by. In Mark’s Gospel, this is the second time that the disciples have been in trouble in a boat. On the surface of all things, that doesn’t make much sense to me, because these guys are fishermen by trade. Boats are their thing. […]

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I Will Follow You Wherever You Go

Luke 9:51-62 26 April 2020 “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” With those words, Luke tells us that Jesus’ ministry on this earth is drawing to a close. Jesus has a single purpose now, and that is to get himself to Jerusalem, […]

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Peace Replaces Security

12 April 2020 John 20:19-31 It is evening on the first day of the week, and the disciples of Jesus have cloistered themselves away in a very secure hiding place. It is quite possible that this hiding place is the very same upper room where Jesus had celebrated his last Passover with them only a […]

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Taking Up the Path of Messiah

29 March 2020 Mark 8:27-38 No honest person ever said that living a life of faithfulness to Jesus Christ would be easy. In a goodly chunk of our passage today, Jesus very plainly states that a faithful walk of discipleship is nothing less than a march to our own deaths. And deep down, many of […]

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A New Hope Out Of Darkness And Death

12-Jan-20 Matthew 2:7-23 The wise men, by far, are the most mysterious characters in the whole Christmas Story. And that is why the wise men are so interesting to me. This mystery, though, ends horribly and tragically with the deaths of all of the little boys living in Bethlehem at the time of Herod’s mental […]

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Those Mysterious Wise Men

05-Jan-20 Matthew 2:1-12 They weren’t kings, they didn’t visit Jesus on the night that he was born, and there probably were not three of them. There. That should shatter at least some of the myths that we have about the wise men. Unfortunately, much of what we do tend to believe about the wise men […]

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A Mother’s Treasure Chest

29-Dec-19 Luke 2:1-20 Taken without a whole lot of thought, or without any serious pondering, the story of Christmas can be kind of cute and even warmly romantic. It is a story about a pretty peasant girl, madly in love with a young tradesman, full of hopes and dreams of spending a long and fulfilling […]

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Christmas Eve 2019

24-Dec-19 “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” Those are some of the most familiar words in all of the Scriptures. They are simple and straight-forward words, and the stunning thing […]