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The Lord Whom We Seek

06-Dec-15 Malachi 3:1-4 It sounds like wonderfully good news. The Lord, whom we seek, will suddenly come to his temple. What a joyful 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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Well Aged Wine, Strained Clear

01-Nov-15 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 around me, at least nothing that I recognize. At some point in the dream, a […]

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Grand Theft Wife

02-Aug-15 2 Samuel 11:26-12:7a Most of us, I think, are fairly familiar with the treachery and conniving that King David engaged in, in order to secure a new love interest for himself. The story of David and Bathsheba is a complicated account of lust gone wrong in just about as many ways as possible. It […]

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Dance!

12-July-15 2 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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That Kid’s Story

June 21, 2015 1 Samuel 17 It’s a kid’s story. Most of us learned about David and Goliath when we were in Sunday School. It’s a story about a young lad who defeated a menacing giant against all odds. It’s a story about bravery and heroism, and it taught us as little kids not to […]

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Yes, We Have Known

February 8, 2015 Isaiah 40:21-31 I’ve never been much impressed with grasshoppers.  I’m pretty much sure that grasshoppers are relatives of locusts, and locusts are an instrument of God’s judgment.  Locusts eat crops, locusts destroy fields of food, and locusts devastate the economy.  Locusts are never a welcome sight to anyone except perhaps John the […]

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The Word of the Lord Was Rare in Those Days

January 18, 2015 1Samuel 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 […]