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In the Sight of All Israel

Deut. 34 21 June 2020 When we are people of faith, we develop two kinds of vision. The first kind of vision is the kind that almost everybody has. This vision is the stuff that we see through our eyes. This vision is not perfect by any means, and as we begin to age, we […]

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The Glory Of The Lord

14-Jun-20 Exodus 33:12-23 I want to see your glory. That’s Moses’ prayer in our passage this morning, pure and simple. We know, already, that Moses has seen plenty of God’s glory. And yet, here in verse 18, Moses says to God, “Show me your glory, I pray.” And so Moses must be asking God for […]

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Fear, Faith, and Faithlessness

7-June-2020 Exodus 31:18 – 32:14 We’re back, but we’re different. That’s painfully obvious to every one of us this morning. And, truth be known, we are probably going to have to be different for quite a while, now; perhaps even for a very long time. We just don’t know. Just about everything in our daily […]

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Emerging From the Wilderness

Leviticus 19:1-18 3-May-2020 I sometimes get concerned about the long-term effects that this coronavirus is having on our souls. I wonder, how well we will all be when we emerge from this period of enforced isolation? We have experienced a dramatic change in every one of our lifestyles. Here in Maine that isolation, has of […]

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Remember! (And Then Celebrate)

10-Mar-19 Deuteronomy 26:1-11 This is the first Sunday in Lent. Lent us that period of time, 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays, that the Christian Church observes as a time of reflection and preparation for Easter. We don’t count Sundays as part of the observance of Lent, because Sunday, or the first day of […]

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Fresh Off The Boat In A New Land

18-Feb-18 Genesis 9:8-17 I almost began this sermon this morning by saying that everyone knows the story of Noah and the ark. That unfortunately, however, would have been a lie. Just this week I was reading about a recent survey that revealed that twelve percent of our friends and neighbors are quite confident that Joan […]

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Old Commands For A Broken World

29-Oct-17 Leviticus 19:1-18 We’re looking this morning at some pretty old stuff. This is stuff that was delivered by God, through the prophet Moses, to the people of God while they were all still wandering around in the wilderness. In my mind, the wilderness is a wonderful place, although I am quite sure that those […]

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Lesson II, Same As The First

01-Oct-17 Exodus 17:1-7 They forgot. Again. And again, it is all Moses’ fault. Moses the murderer is rather persistent, wouldn’t you say? He wasn’t able to kill them all with hunger because God got in the way, and intervened, but maybe, just maybe, he can kill them all with thirst. Dying of thirst is quicker […]

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Those Pesky Two-legged Sheep

24-Sep-17 Exodus 16:1-21 From time to time, when my two brothers and I get together, we sometimes re-tell the stories of our growing up. Unfortunately, though, this doesn’t always go all that well. Frequently the story that one of us is telling is vehemently denied by one or both of the other brothers. That, of […]

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Moses Moses Part II

10-Sep-17 Exodus 3:1-15   Just before I left for Monhegan, we spent some time with Moses, yet another one of those reluctant prophets. We discovered that mostly he was just a murderer on the run from the law. He was living in Midian, he got married and had at least one son. He spent 40 […]