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Epistles

A Work of Faith, a Labor of Love and a Steadfastness of Hope

08-Nov-20 1Thessalonians 1:1-10 The folks in the church at Thessalonica were deeply loved by the Apostle Paul. Now that part’s not so unusual. Paul loved all of the churches with which he was associated. But in addition to love, he also had deep affection for them. Paul is very excited about the work that this […]

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Gospels

Strangely Warmed

01-Nov-20 Luke 24:13-43 It was just a couple of guys, followers of Jesus, heading home after what must have been the most disappointing week of their lives. They no doubt had been present on Palm Sunday, when Jesus had marched with his disciples into the city of Jerusalem, and hopes were certainly high that Jesus […]

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Prophets

Working With God to Bring Life

25-Oct-20 Ezekiel 37:1-14 At least he’s honest. Ezekiel doesn’t know if the bones can live or not. What do we think? But he’s not taking any chances, either. He’s not about to admit, that in his mind, if there was ever anything that spoke “dead”, it was bones, and dry bones at that. Ezekiel, the […]

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Gospels

Ah, the Poor: What To Do?

11-Oct-20 Matthew 26:1-16 The disciples were on to it. That alabaster jar of very costly ointment could have been sold, and the money could have been used to help alleviate the struggle of some poor person’s life. As Jesus reminds us, poverty is ever before us. There is no escaping it. Followers of Jesus have […]

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Epistles

The Surpassing Value

27-Sep-20 Philippians 3:1-14 Every once in a while, I wonder if one day God looked down from heaven at the man who would eventually become the Apostle Paul and said, that guy has got to become one of ours. We can use him. I wonder that, because sometimes I do the same thing. Well, I […]

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Gospels

By What Authority?

20-Sep-20 Matthew 21:23-32 It has already been a tough week for Jesus. He is in Jerusalem; it is the last week of his life. He’s already tipped over the tables of the money changers, and cursed a fig tree into oblivion, and it is only Monday. And now, he’s gone into the temple to teach, […]

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Gospels

The Prodigal Laborers, or the Unfairness of Mercy

13-Sep-20 Matthew 20:1-16 Sometimes it is fun to tell a story backwards. If I had been hired first thing in the morning, I would be feeling pretty fine right about now. I would be overflowing with joyful anticipation. Things don’t get much better than this. This is gonna be really good. I’ve been out there […]

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Gospels

The Forgiveness Challenge

30-Aug-20 Matthew 18:21-35 The debt incurred by the first servant in this parable is so unimaginably and so ridiculously absurd that it is impossible to calculate it in normal human terms. It is big, really big; it is a debt so large that it would take thousands and thousands of life-times to pay it back. […]

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Torah

Between The Old And The New

23-Aug-20 Exodus 12:1-14 I have joked around a bit lately, by saying that the year 2020 is going to be remembered by all of us as the year that did not happen. Because of the coronavirus, all of our lives have been radically altered. We have never seen nor experienced anything like this in any […]

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Epistles

In Due Time

16-Aug-20 1 Peter 5:6-11 If I begin to think too seriously about what it must have been like to live in the first century as a follower of Jesus, I begin to shudder. Life was awful, just plain awful. Everyone knew someone who had been martyred. Everyone knew someone who had been arrested by the […]