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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 […]

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A Prophetic Covenant

24-June-18 I Samuel 18:1-11   The friendship between Jonathan and David has attained legendary status. Almost everyone knows about this famous friendship, and much has been written about it, some of it very complimentary and some of it not so complimentary. In spite of the legendary status of this famous friendship though, most of us […]

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That Kid’s Story

17-Jun-18 1 Samuel 17 It is a kid’s story. Most of us learned about David and Goliath when we were in Sunday School. It is a story about a young lad who defeated a menacing giant against all odds. It is a story about bravery and heroism, and it taught us as little kids not […]

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Poof!

04-Feb-18 Isaiah 40:21-26 It occurred to me this week that I really don’t have a very profound appreciation for the beauty of creation. That certainly is one of my failings, and I suspect that as failings go, it is a pretty important one, at least in terms of our passage this morning. Our house is […]

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The Word Of The Lord Was Rare In Those Days

14-Jan-18 1 Samuel 3:1-20 The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. That’s quite a statement. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. The expectation, of course, of the writer of First Samuel is that that should not have been the case. […]

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But You Were Angry, And We Sinned

03-Dec-17 Isaiah 64:1-9 There are times when I can totally resonate with verse one. “O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence!” Sometimes as a disciple of Jesus Christ, I can feel so lost and so alone in this broken and damaged world. […]