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Becoming a True Child of God

08-Jan-23 Matthew 3 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 ole’ Santa a slight edge over John. They might both wear really strange clothes, but at least Santa’s are red. If Santa had […]

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Their Old Familiar Carols Play

01-Jan-23 Luke 2:8-20 “And in despair, I bowed my head, ‘there is no peace on earth’, I said, ‘for hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men.”‘ And so goes the third verse of the Christmas Carol, “I heard the bells on Christmas Day.” The words to that […]

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Joseph Strives for Grace

18-Dec-22 Matthew 1:18-25 Fourth Sunday in Advent It is quite possible that Joseph might have missed Christmas. There is a whole lot of space between his discovery that his intended had been unfaithful, and the angelic visitation that set him on the right path. Much could have happened, and much did happen in that intervening […]

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Jesus Told This Parable

23-Oct-22 Luke 18:9-14 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt. Two things Luke tells us about the people to whom Jesus told this parable: one, these people were self-trusting and self-righteous. And, two, they regarded others with contempt. If we are trusting […]

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Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way

10-Jul-22 John 14:25-31 There’s some powerful teaching in this passage, straight from the lips of Jesus, and as timely as ever for those of us who live in this troubled world of fear and confusion and distress. But it is the final words that Jesus speaks in this passage that truly empowers my spirit. It […]

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Death Shall Not Have the Final Say

08-May-22 Acts 9:36-43 We live in a culture of death and destruction. Death and destruction is everywhere. The world is filled with people who gladly nourish hatred in their lives. Along with hatred, comes selfish ambition, and along with selfish ambition comes a striving for personal glory. And all of this is demonically motivated. There […]

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Undisciple, Redisciple

01-May-22 John 21:1-19 Third Sunday in Easter The fishing story in our passage this morning should sound very familiar, albeit from what might seem to be a totally different context. Easter Day has come and gone. Jesus is alive, and has appeared to his disciples on at least two occasions. But there is still much […]

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The Missionary Community (Slowly) Gets Underway

24-Apr-22 John 20:19-31 Second Sunday in Easter It is Easter Day, but it is evening. The disciples of Jesus have retreated, perhaps to a familiar place. It is somewhat likely that after Jesus’ death, that the disciples returned to the house in Jerusalem where they and Jesus had celebrated their last Passover together. In times […]

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Never a Disciple

03-Apr-22 John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent One of the things that we quickly learn when we study the Gospels, and when we focus on the lives of Jesus’ disciples, is that far too often, Jesus’ disciples do not understand what he is trying to teach them. Sometimes it just seems like they don’t get […]

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I’ll Be Back

06-Mar-22 Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent So far, things have been going pretty well for Jesus. He’s just been baptized by John the Baptizer, and there was a tremendous confirmation of his divine sonship at his Baptism; the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from […]