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The Grace of the Lord Jesus

13-Nov-22 Malachi 4 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. I can’t think of a more wonderful blessing to 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 the […]

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Oh, the Glory Days!

06-Nov-22 Haggai 2:1-9 The year is probably 520 BC. By most of our reckonings, that was a very long time ago, and for us, it is very likely lost in the hazy mists of irrelevancy, perhaps forever. Nobody wants to hear anything about what happened on June 14, 1992, much less than anything that happened […]

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Reflections

Isaiah 1:10-20 16-Oct-22 “Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!” By the time that Isaiah is writing his prophecy, the much despised cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have long been gone. In fact, they have both been gone for centuries. There […]

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Welch’s and Wafers: An Act of Hope For the Future

02-Oct-22 Jeremiah 32:1-15 This morning, there’s a real estate deal in the works. Under normal circumstances, the property under consideration is clearly a wise purchase. But these are not normal circumstances. Some people seem to have a knack for dabbling in real estate, and the last year or so has been grand for most of […]

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Find a Working Girl

21-Aug-22 Hosea 1:1-11 It is not always easy, nor is it always appropriate, to try to avoid words in the Scriptures that might be unsettling to us. Sometimes the Scriptures are more explicit than we would like them to be, and this morning’s reference to the world’s oldest profession reminds us of that. God’s word […]

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Not All Disaster Averted

31-Jul-22 Amos 7 In his vision, Amos saw a plague of locusts. The locusts came, and they ate up all of the grass in the land. Now as all of you know, I have confessed time and time again that I am not a man of agriculture. I plant a sometimes successful garden, but I […]

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The Baddest of the Bad

17-Jul-22 1 Kings 21 Jezebel and her husband, Ahab are probably the baddest of the bad in all of the Bible. The two of them are so self absorbed, and so self centered and so hateful of everyone around them that evil just pours out of them like sewer from a broken sewer main. Nothing […]

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Singing and Dancing and Rejoicing

09-Jan-22 Jerimiah 31:1-14 Second Sunday in Christmas (observed) Darkness is everywhere. It is not pretty. For many of us, life is more difficult with each passing day. We wonder how we will get along today, and we are frightened about what tomorrow holds. Perhaps it is the sudden uncertain nature of our world. Perhaps it […]

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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, […]