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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 […]