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Gospels

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, […]

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Gospels

Narrow Escape

20-Feb-22 Luke 4:16-30 The sermon was fine. It truly was. It was a wonderful beginning. But after the sermon, things went awry. The beginning might very well have been the end. What started out as gracious appreciation has become murderous intent. Jesus has returned to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth. It was Jesus’ […]

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Torah

Glory!

13-Feb-22 Exodus 34:29-35 Sometimes when God is dealing with human beings, it takes a couple or more times to get it right. We sort of know this from our own lives. Oftentimes when God is trying to get our attention, we ignore at least the first attempt, and some of us have gotten so good […]

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Epistles

Building a Body From Its Parts

06-Feb-22 1Corinthians 12:12-26 For the most part, I am pretty glad that I am alive. When I was writing this sermon, that was the first sentence that I wrote down at the top of the page. And I looked at it, and I said to myself, “That can’t be right, but even if it isn’t, […]

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Gospels

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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Gospels

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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Gospels

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 […]