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The Reluctant Prophet

18-Jun-17 Jeremiah 20:7-13 Jeremiah is sometimes called the “weeping prophet”, sometimes called the “naked prophet”, but always the “reluctant prophet.” Jeremiah did not like his job at all. In fact, he resented it. His task as prophet brought all kinds of grief to him. Not long before he wrote the poem that is our passage […]

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Exiles in Place

23-Apr-17 I Peter 1:1,2 May grace and peace be yours in abundance! That’s a pretty nice greeting, don’t you think? May grace and peace be yours in abundance! I think that it is a grand greeting, much nicer, and far more meaningful than “How’s it going?” which is the standard greeting these days. When we […]

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Christ Died For The Ungodly

19-Mar-17 Romans 5:6-11 In this passage, the Apostle Paul, freely, gladly, and without any apology at all, uses four rather uncomplimentary terms to describe what we were like before we gave our lives to Jesus Christ and became Christians. These are not pleasant descriptors at all. And here they are in all of their unvarnished […]

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The Power of Salt and Light

05-Feb-17 Matthew 5:13-16 I’ll bet we all know someone who is the salt of the earth. I meet these sorts of folk all the time. Its just that usually they’re already dead by the time I make their acquaintance. Perhaps you have to be dead before you can truly become the salt of the earth. […]

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Strengthen Your Hearts

11-Dec-16 James 5:7-11 Its all about hanging in there, isn’t it? It’s all about Jesus coming back, and it’s all about being patient while we wait. But we all know that waiting for something is always hard work. I was a small child once, as I suppose we all were, and as a child, waiting […]

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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Joyful Anticipation

29-Nov-15 Luke 21:25-36 A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a sermon that we had missed yet another Second Coming of Jesus.  These things tend to come and go on a fairly regular basis nowadays, and its mostly because there is a market in our world for the work of the false prophet.  In […]

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Stirred Up Minds, But Settled Hearts

15-Nov-15 Mark 13:1-8 The temple in Jerusalem was so beautiful that it was beyond description. It is impossible for us to even begin to imagine how beautiful it was. There are written descriptions of its beauty, but even these fail to adequately convey the awesome and stunning vision that the temple presented to all who […]