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Not For Sale

23-Jan-22 Acts 8:9-24 Our passage this morning is really a wonderful story about the growth of the very early, and brand new church. At the time of our passage, the followers of Jesus have been gathered together for only a few months. And in those few, short months, with the help of the power of […]

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A Vision for Ministry

16-Jan-22 Mark 10:46-52 It was as good a place as any for him to do his panhandling. It hadn’t always been this way; he hadn’t always made his living by begging. Once upon a time, there had been a job and a family. But then came the terrible accident. He saw it coming, but his […]

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Prophets

Singing and Dancing and Rejoicing

09-Jan-22 Jerimiah 31:1-14 Second Sunday in Christmas (observed) Darkness is everywhere. It is not pretty. For many of us, life is more difficult with each passing day. We wonder how we will get along today, and we are frightened about what tomorrow holds. Perhaps it is the sudden uncertain nature of our world. Perhaps it […]

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Inspired Words of Blessing and Hope

Luke 1:39-45 02-Jan-22 First Sunday in Christmas (observed) If you have already spent time reading our passage this morning, you are probably wondering what has gone wrong with my mind. Don’t I know that Christmas is over? Christmas was more than a week ago now, and in our passage this morning, Mary is just barely […]

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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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Watching For God’s Assurances

19-Dec-21 (26 Dec 21 snow date) Luke 2:1-20 Fourth Sunday in Advent Most of us would probably be willing to admit that we get just a little bit sentimental at this time of year. And while this is definitely a time of year to be thinking about birth and new birth and new life, it […]

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Messengers of the Covenant

12-Dec-21 Luke 3:7-18 Third Sunday in Advent You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Now suppose I actually started a sermon with those words some glad Sunday morning? What do you suppose would happen? Some of you would get all puffed up with self righteousness and say to […]

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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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Hope Overcome Distress

28-Nov-21 Luke 21:25-36 1st Sunday in Advent When we arrive at the season of Advent, and when normal people are already well into the Christmas planning and executing season, your pastor brings you not to the beginning of things, where the birth stories of our Lord are told, but rather he drags you to the […]

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Not Quite a Thanksgiving Sermon

21-Nov-21 Psalm 132 Have you ever been so absolutely committed to some cause, worthy, or not so worthy, that you spent nearly every waking moment thinking about it? Did that cause, from time to time, even enter into your nightly dreams, because you were so consumed by it? This can happen from time to time […]