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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 […]

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Moses, Moses

27-Aug-17 Exodus 3:1-15 From a human point of view, Moses wasn’t much, and he probably knew it. He didn’t have a whole lot to be proud of in his life. He was mostly just a murderer who had managed to escape from the long arm of the law. But Moses’ story is also an incredible […]

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An Unsavory Character Receives God’s Favor Part II

30-Jul-17 Genesis 28:10-17 Last week we left our sly, conniving, deceitful and evil friend, Jacob just as he was getting himself settled down for the night. He’s on the lam, running away from home, trying to avoid being killed by his somewhat older twin brother Esau. He’s behaved abominably, of course; he’s snatched his brother’s […]

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An Unsavory Character Receives God’s Favor

23-Jul-17 Genesis 28:10-17 Part 1 Jacob is an unsavory character. I was originally going to call him a jerk, but after some reflection, I decided that the term was probably not appropriate for a sermon, and so I changed it to unsavory character. That might be a little more appropriate, but only because a couple […]

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Glory!

07-Feb-16 Exodus 34: 29-34 Sometimes when God is dealing with human beings, it takes a couple or more times to get it right. We sort of know this from our own lives. Oftentimes when God is trying to get our attention, we ignore at least the first attempt, and some of us have gotten so […]