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Born Wild, Grown Tame?

05-Jun-22 Pentecost Sunday Acts 2:1-21 I have a feeling that if some strangers happened to show up unannounced in one of our worship services one bright Sunday morning, that the one conclusion that they would probably never come to is that we are all drunk. We might look a little sleepy, but we certainly wouldn’t […]

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Slaves and Prisoners

29-May-22 Acts 16:16-25 Slavery, in all of its various forms, is still very much with us. We like to believe that we live in a modern, enlightened world, where all persons are treated with the dignity and the respect that God created them to have, but that is not at all the case. We live […]

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Leaving Egypt

20-Mar-22 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Third Sunday in Lent The escape from Egypt, or the exodus from Egypt, tends to be a common theme that shows up in the Scripture passages that we focus on during Lent. Easter is always fun, and we want to get to it as soon as possible, but as we move […]

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I Am a Shepherd

24-Dec-21 In memory of Bob Wyllie. What a night that was! I was there! It had begun like most every other night, clear, but slightly chilly. We had been in this section of the hill country now for about a week, and the sheep were just getting acclimated to their new surroundings. Sheep are strange […]

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A Revival Foreseen

05-Dec-21 Malachi 3:1-4 2nd Sunday in Advent It doesn’t get any better than this. The Lord, whom we seek, will suddenly come to his temple. What a wonderful thing! How grand it would be if the Lord suddenly came to his temple, and extracted us all from this mess that we human creatures have created! […]

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Adultery is Only One of Them

12-Sep-21 II Samuel 11:26-12:7a Most of us, I think are fairly familiar with the treachery and conniving machinations that King David engaged in, in order to secure a new love interest for himself. The story of David and Bathsheba is a very complicated account of lust and abusive power coming together in about as many […]

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Grace for Me, But Not For You

24-Jan-21 Jonah 3:1- 4:5 Almost everybody knows something about Jonah. Even people on the street know Jonah as the guy who got eaten by a whale, only, of course, there never was any whale, at least not in the Book of Jonah. Some early translators of Matthew’s Gospel got overly ambitious and overly specific, and […]

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For the Sake of You Gentiles

10-Jan-21 Ephesians 3:1-13 By the time that the Apostle Paul is writing to the folks in the church at Ephesus, he is already in prison, where he will eventually die. We consider the Apostle Paul to be a hero of the faith; a man to be emulated and admired. But in order to gain that […]

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A Better Country

11-Aug-19 Hebrews 11:1-16 Last week we met a fellow who, by the grace of God, came into a whole lot of wealth. He was already rich to begin with, and that probably didn’t help him much, but when he gained this additional wealth, it went straight to his head. It was all that he could […]

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So Then…

07-Jul-19 Galatians 6:1-10 This past week we celebrated our independence from the British Empire. So I thought it might be good to spend some time this morning thinking some about our interdependence with one another in the kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul had a somewhat touchy relationship with the followers of Jesus in the […]