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Here’s Mud in Your Eye

17-Jan-21 John 9:1-41 I am slowly acclimating myself to the world of the computer. My wife tells me that it is relatively safe to ask the computer a question. Until just a few weeks ago, I used to ask her to look up stuff for me. It wasn’t that long ago that I asked her […]

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Christmas Eve 2020

“And she gave birth to her first born 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, straight forward words, and the absolutely remarkable […]

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Called into God’s Plan

20-Dec-20 Luke 1:26-38 Fourth Sunday In Advent In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel made an uninvited and unannounced visit to the young woman who would become the mother of the Messiah. He had a message for Mary that was shocking and completely out of the realm of her imagination. As soon […]

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Beyond the Lesser Connections

06-Dec-20 Matthew 3:1-12 Second Sunday in Advent Given the opportunity, most of us would say that John the Baptist has about as much to do with Christmas as does Santa Claus. Or, maybe we’d give good old Santa a slight edge over John. They might both wear really strange clothes, but at least Santa’s are […]

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Expecting the Unexpected

29-Nov-20 (1st Sunday in Advent) Matthew 24:36-44 Jesus is coming again. This is the sure and certain hope of all persons, who, for two milennia now, have served Jesus Christ as their savior. That he will one day return to this earth as the king of all creation is something that Jesus himself has promised […]

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Intending to Make It

15-Nov-20 Matthew 25:1-13 Matthew chapter twenty-five, is for me, at least right now, the most frightening chapter in the entire Bible. It is a chapter that irritates us in the deepest parts of our souls. It is a chapter that we have desperately tried to ignore. It is a chapter that challenges us to engage […]

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Strangely Warmed

01-Nov-20 Luke 24:13-43 It was just a couple of guys, followers of Jesus, heading home after what must have been the most disappointing week of their lives. They no doubt had been present on Palm Sunday, when Jesus had marched with his disciples into the city of Jerusalem, and hopes were certainly high that Jesus […]

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Ah, the Poor: What To Do?

11-Oct-20 Matthew 26:1-16 The disciples were on to it. That alabaster jar of very costly ointment could have been sold, and the money could have been used to help alleviate the struggle of some poor person’s life. As Jesus reminds us, poverty is ever before us. There is no escaping it. Followers of Jesus have […]

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By What Authority?

20-Sep-20 Matthew 21:23-32 It has already been a tough week for Jesus. He is in Jerusalem; it is the last week of his life. He’s already tipped over the tables of the money changers, and cursed a fig tree into oblivion, and it is only Monday. And now, he’s gone into the temple to teach, […]

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The Prodigal Laborers, or the Unfairness of Mercy

13-Sep-20 Matthew 20:1-16 Sometimes it is fun to tell a story backwards. If I had been hired first thing in the morning, I would be feeling pretty fine right about now. I would be overflowing with joyful anticipation. Things don’t get much better than this. This is gonna be really good. I’ve been out there […]