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Epistles

The Beginning Is Nearer

27-Nov-22 Romans 13:11-14 First Sunday in Advent This year, as we gathered around the Thanksgiving table it was very obvious to us that the passing of time had taken its toll. Around that table was a brand new generation. It was not the kind of brand new generation that is represented by small children, or […]

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This is Jesus

20-Nov-22 Col 1:15-20 All of us have images in our minds of Jesus that we keep and cherish. And, as our observance and celebration of Christmas gets closer and closer, and at a fairly rapid pace, I might add, some of those images in our minds will be switching over to a little boy in […]

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Prophets

The Grace of the Lord Jesus

13-Nov-22 Malachi 4 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen. I can’t think of a more wonderful blessing to bestowed upon us. Can you? Wrapped up in that blessing is the entirety of this life and the whole of eternity. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the […]

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Prophets

Oh, the Glory Days!

06-Nov-22 Haggai 2:1-9 The year is probably 520 BC. By most of our reckonings, that was a very long time ago, and for us, it is very likely lost in the hazy mists of irrelevancy, perhaps forever. Nobody wants to hear anything about what happened on June 14, 1992, much less than anything that happened […]

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Epistles

A Thorny Struggle

30-Oct-22 II Corinthians 12:1-10 The Apostle Paul is in deep trouble with the folks who call themselves followers of Jesus and who live in the city of Corinth. They don’t like him anymore, and maybe they never did. Paul’s popularity in Corinth has plummeted severely. The Apostle Paul was the one who brought faith in […]

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Gospels

Jesus Told This Parable

23-Oct-22 Luke 18:9-14 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt. Two things Luke tells us about the people to whom Jesus told this parable: one, these people were self-trusting and self-righteous. And, two, they regarded others with contempt. If we are trusting […]

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Prophets

Reflections

Isaiah 1:10-20 16-Oct-22 “Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom! Listen to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!” By the time that Isaiah is writing his prophecy, the much despised cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have long been gone. In fact, they have both been gone for centuries. There […]

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Writings

Singing the Lord’s Song

09-Oct-22 Psalm 137 Last week, exile was threatened. This week it is reality. The atrocities perpetrated against the people of God are well documented. Homes were destroyed, fields and crops were set afire, and olive groves and vineyards were overrun. The temple in Jerusalem, that great symbol of God’s presence here on this earth was […]

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Prophets

Welch’s and Wafers: An Act of Hope For the Future

02-Oct-22 Jeremiah 32:1-15 This morning, there’s a real estate deal in the works. Under normal circumstances, the property under consideration is clearly a wise purchase. But these are not normal circumstances. Some people seem to have a knack for dabbling in real estate, and the last year or so has been grand for most of […]

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Epistles

A Better Country

28-Aug-22 Hebrew 11:1-16 Jesus once told a parable that begins with these words: “The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?”‘ And we all should know that he tore down all his old barns, and replaced them […]