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Death Shall Not Have the Final Say

08-May-22 Acts 9:36-43 We live in a culture of death and destruction. Death and destruction is everywhere. The world is filled with people who gladly nourish hatred in their lives. Along with hatred, comes selfish ambition, and along with selfish ambition comes a striving for personal glory. And all of this is demonically motivated. There […]

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Undisciple, Redisciple

01-May-22 John 21:1-19 Third Sunday in Easter The fishing story in our passage this morning should sound very familiar, albeit from what might seem to be a totally different context. Easter Day has come and gone. Jesus is alive, and has appeared to his disciples on at least two occasions. But there is still much […]

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The Missionary Community (Slowly) Gets Underway

24-Apr-22 John 20:19-31 Second Sunday in Easter It is Easter Day, but it is evening. The disciples of Jesus have retreated, perhaps to a familiar place. It is somewhat likely that after Jesus’ death, that the disciples returned to the house in Jerusalem where they and Jesus had celebrated their last Passover together. In times […]

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Epistles

Putting Adam Behind Us

17-Apr-22 1 Corinthians 15:19-26 Easter Day All around us, in every corner of our lives, are people who are completely convinced that we have gone off our rockers. Now, some of these people have better reasons than others for believing this, and some of it may have something to do with the way in which […]

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Never a Disciple

03-Apr-22 John 12:1-8 Fifth Sunday in Lent One of the things that we quickly learn when we study the Gospels, and when we focus on the lives of Jesus’ disciples, is that far too often, Jesus’ disciples do not understand what he is trying to teach them. Sometimes it just seems like they don’t get […]

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Epistles

There is a New Creation

27-Mar-22 II Corinthians 5:16-21 Fourth Sunday in Lent Bring up the name of Jesus in any place but in a church, and you’re apt to hear a variety of opinions about the man. You might hear, Oh, he never existed. He is merely the figment of some well meaning, but overactive imaginations. Or you might […]

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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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Epistles

Stand Firm in the Lord

13-Mar-22 Philippians 3:17-4:1 Second Sunday in Lent Sometimes when we read our Bibles through the filters of our very modern minds, we tend to squirm a little bit. From a very modern perspective, sometimes the things that we read in our Bibles might seem to be a little bit off, or not quite right, or […]

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I’ll Be Back

06-Mar-22 Luke 4:1-13 First Sunday in Lent So far, things have been going pretty well for Jesus. He’s just been baptized by John the Baptizer, and there was a tremendous confirmation of his divine sonship at his Baptism; the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from […]

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Epistles

With Unveiled Face

27-Feb-22 II Corinthians 3:12-18 Moses is the undisputed hero of the Old Testament. He is nothing less than God’s mediator of salvation for the Hebrew people. Moses is revered by Jews and followers of Jesus alike. Moses is, of course, the often reluctant prophet who led his people out of captivity and slavery in Egypt, […]