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Prophets

Not All Disaster Averted

31-Jul-22 Amos 7 In his vision, Amos saw a plague of locusts. The locusts came, and they ate up all of the grass in the land. Now as all of you know, I have confessed time and time again that I am not a man of agriculture. I plant a sometimes successful garden, but I […]

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Epistles

Not His Friends

24-Jul-22 Galatians 6:1-10 There is no question that the Apostle Paul had a somewhat touchy relationship with the followers of Jesus in the Province of Galatia. At one point in this epistle he calls this readers “fools”. I am sure that that did not endear them to him, but the apostle is well known for […]

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Prophets

The Baddest of the Bad

17-Jul-22 1 Kings 21 Jezebel and her husband, Ahab are probably the baddest of the bad in all of the Bible. The two of them are so self absorbed, and so self centered and so hateful of everyone around them that evil just pours out of them like sewer from a broken sewer main. Nothing […]

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Gospels

Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way

10-Jul-22 John 14:25-31 There’s some powerful teaching in this passage, straight from the lips of Jesus, and as timely as ever for those of us who live in this troubled world of fear and confusion and distress. But it is the final words that Jesus speaks in this passage that truly empowers my spirit. It […]

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Earthquake, Wind and Fire

26-Jun-22 1 Kings 19:1-14 I was pondering five dollar a gallon gas the other day. Part of my pondering involved feeling sorry for myself, mostly, but also kind of self-righteously feeling sorry for others, less fortunate than me. And then my ponderings evolved into whom I might blame for this horrible situation, and at whom […]

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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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Gospels

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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Gospels

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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Gospels

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 […]