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Gladly Complicit

22-Aug-21 II Samuel 11 Joab is a bad man. Usually when we think of the sordid episode of King David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Joab doesn’t even cross our minds. Joab? Who’s he? Well, Joab is actually a rather significant character in this whole, terrible drama. Usually we think about David. We know better, but David […]

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Sacred Terror!

15-Aug-21 II Samuel 6:1-19 The ark of the covenant is a box. Most of the time that we encounter it in the Scriptures, it is a very fancy box, but it is a box none-the-less. Once or twice, in the Scriptures, it is not much more than a box made of wood. At other times, […]

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Lions and Bears and Philistines, Ooh, Ooh!

08-Aug-21 1 Samuel 17:1-11, 24-27, 31-51 Well, we’ve had the set up. There’s a monster named Goliath out there. He is huge. Many years ago in Sunday School, I was told that Goliath was over 9 feet tall. That is unusually large by anyone’s standard; it is clearly an anomaly of human genetics. Our texts […]

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Have We Not Known?

02-May-21 Isaiah 40 The time is about 550 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. The once mighty nation of Israel has been defeated by the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon. Some of God’s people have escaped the destruction of Jerusalem and have fled as refugees into Egypt, and are struggling to survive. Others have […]

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A Meal of Justice and Restoration

22-Nov-20 Ezekiel 34:11-16 Our Scripture passage for this morning is probably not your usual or expected Thanksgiving text. The psalm was nice, though, don’t you think? Next to the 23rd psalm, psalm 100 is very popular. It speaks of how good it is to be God’s sheep, how great it is to have God as […]

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Working With God to Bring Life

25-Oct-20 Ezekiel 37:1-14 At least he’s honest. Ezekiel doesn’t know if the bones can live or not. What do we think? But he’s not taking any chances, either. He’s not about to admit, that in his mind, if there was ever anything that spoke “dead”, it was bones, and dry bones at that. Ezekiel, the […]

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Oh, The Glory Days!

03-Nov-19 Haggai 2:1 The year is probably 520 BC. By most of our reckonings that was a very long time ago, lost in the mists of irrelevancy, perhaps forever. Nobody wants to hear about anything that happened on June 14, 1992, much less than in anything that happened in 520 BC. But for Haggai, 520 […]

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The Grace Of The Lord Jesus

20-Oct-19 Malachi 4 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. I can’t think of a more wonderful blessing to be bestowed upon us. Can you? Wrapped up in that blessing is the entirety of this life and the whole of eternity. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all […]

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Amos, What Do You See?

14-Jul-19 Amos 8 There’s probably nothing much prettier than a basket of summer fruit. In those fancy magazines that show pictures of those lovely houses that obviously no human being has ever set foot in, there’s always a basket or a bowl of fruit sitting ever so prettily on the kitchen counter. We know that […]

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A Pair Of Real Nasties

16-Jun-19 1 Kings 21  Ahab and his wife Jezebel are probably the baddest of the bad in all of the Bible. The two of them are so self-centered and self-focused that evil just pours out of them like sewer from a broken sewer main. They are certainly a pair of real nasties. It turns out […]