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Gospels

Terror and Amazement!

April 12, 2015 Mark 16:1-8 The immediate problem is the stone that has been rolled against the entrance to the tomb.  The women who are coming to the tomb this morning had been watching the evening before when Joseph of Arimathea buried Jesus, and sealed the tomb by rolling that huge stone in front of […]

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Epistles

Something Else Altogether

March 22, 2015 Ephesians 2:1-10 Click to view the bulletin: 22Mar2015 As I look around this morning, most of you look pretty good. You might be a little bit “weekend worn,” but for the most part, you don’t look bad at all. Some of you look just grand. None of you, certainly, look even the least […]

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Epistles

Foolishness All

March 8, 2015 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 It’s what we’re up against.  It’s what the church has always been up against, from day one, more than two thousand years ago.  What we do as Christians and what we say as Christians is nothing more than a cart-load of foolishness to those who do not believe.  We […]

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Gospels

The Trouble With Being Human

March 1, 2015 Mark 8:31-38 We spent a few moments with Peter last week.  Peter’s not a bad guy at all.  He’s just human.  And being human is sometimes the whole trouble with us.  We aren’t God, never have been, but sometimes we sure like to play God.  Years ago, some company had some sort […]

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Nazareth?

February 15, 2015 John 1:43-51 I suspect that some of us here this morning probably have a favorite Bible character.  There’s probably some man or some woman in the Bible with whom we have a special affinity.  Perhaps its someone whom we admire and aspire to be like ourselves.  Perhaps its someone in the Scriptures […]

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Prophets

Yes, We Have Known

February 8, 2015 Isaiah 40:21-31 I’ve never been much impressed with grasshoppers.  I’m pretty much sure that grasshoppers are relatives of locusts, and locusts are an instrument of God’s judgment.  Locusts eat crops, locusts destroy fields of food, and locusts devastate the economy.  Locusts are never a welcome sight to anyone except perhaps John the […]

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Gospels

The Teacher Is In

February 1, 2015 Mark 1:21-28 There is a place in all of our lives where we must decide for ourselves who Jesus is, and who he will be for us.  That moment of decision can only be described in terms of a crisis.  Now most of us, I know, would just as soon avoid a […]

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Epistles

The Appointed Time Has Grown Short

January 25, 2015 1Corinthians 7:25-31 I love the Scriptures.  I really do.  That should be perfectly evident every time I step into this pulpit.  There should be no question about it.  But sometimes, I must admit, that I don’t like them very much.  And usually, when I don’t like them, its because I don’t understand […]

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Prophets

The Word of the Lord Was Rare in Those Days

January 18, 2015 1Samuel 3:1-20 The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  That’s quite a statement.  The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.  The expectation, of course, of the writer of First Samuel is that that should not have been the […]

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Gospels

The Story No One Wants to Hear

January 11, 2015 Matthew 2:7-18 My guess is that most of us like the wise men quite well.  There’s something about these mysterious guys who see a star, intuit that it means that a new king has been born to the Jews, and then, amazingly, strike out on a journey to Jerusalem to visit with […]