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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 […]

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The Lord, Whom We Seek?

09-Dec-18 Malachi 3:1-4 It sounds like wonderfully good news. The Lord, whom we seek, will suddenly come to his temple. What a wonderful dream! How wonderful it would be if the Lord came suddenly to his temple. How excited we would be! This is what we have long been hoping for. This is the day […]

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The Feast Of The Covenant

04-Nov-18 Isaiah 25:6-9 When I was a wee little lad, I suffered a recurring nightmare which I have never forgotten. In this terrible dream, all is darkness. Darkness is everywhere. There is no light, and there is nothing to see. At some point though, in the dream, a thick, rubbery, grayish blanket descends to cover […]

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A Co-Conspirator

29-July-18 II Samuel 11 Joab is a bad man. Normally when we think of the sordid episode of King David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Joab doesn’t even come to mind, even though he is a rather significant character in the whole unfolding drama. Usually we think about David. David is a hero in battle. He snuffed […]

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Dance!

22-July-18 II Samuel 6 What we’re looking at this morning is a grand celebration gone sour. The ark of the covenant, which had long been forgotten and neglected, is finally coming home to gain a place of prominence among God’s people. And so a big parade is planned to bring the ark home, with the […]