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Prophets

Dance!

12-July-15 2 Samuel 6 What we’re looking at this morning is a grand celebration gone sour. The Ark of the Covenant, which had long been forgotten and neglected, is finally coming home to gain a place of prominence among God’s people. And so a big parade is planned to bring the Ark home, with the […]

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Epistles

A Thorny Struggle

05-July-15 2 Corinthians 12: 1-10 The Apostle Paul is in deep trouble with the folks in the Christian church in the city of Corinth. They don’t like him anymore, and maybe they never did, at least not for very long. The Apostle Paul was the one who brought Christianity to Corinth. He was the one […]

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Epistles

The Wheedler

28-June-15 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 I’ll be up front with you. The Apostle Paul is wheedling money out of the good Christians in Corinth, and he’s doing it with sarcasm and shame. The Apostle was gifted in the arts of sarcasm and shame, and he knew when and how to use them to his advantage when […]

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Prophets

That Kid’s Story

June 21, 2015 1 Samuel 17 It’s a kid’s story. Most of us learned about David and Goliath when we were in Sunday School. It’s a story about a young lad who defeated a menacing giant against all odds. It’s a story about bravery and heroism, and it taught us as little kids not to […]

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Gospels

Born Wild; Grown Tame?

May 31, 2015 Acts 2:1-21 I have a feeling that if some strangers happened to show up unannounced in one of our worship services one Sunday morning, that one conclusion that they would probably never come to is that we are all drunk. We might look sleepy, but we certainly wouldn’t look like we were […]

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Epistles

Love Again…And Again

May 10, 2015 1 John 5:1-5 From time to time, it is a good thing for us to check our identity.  Usually when we think of making an assessment of our identity, the first question that arises is, “Who am I in this world?  Where do I fit in this big, round chunk of rock […]

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Epistles

Love is What Makes Us Work

May 3, 2015 1 John 4:7-21 “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”  That quote, from verse sixteen, describes the essential nature of God, it describes the essential nature of the relationship that we have with God, and it describes the essential nature of the […]

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Gospels

Moving Toward Faith

April 19, 2015 Luke 24:13-49 I sometimes wish that the disciples of Jesus had done a better job of believing that Jesus was alive after his resurrection.  It seems like it took them forever to accept the fact that Jesus was alive, even when they were confronted with him face to face.  I would like […]

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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 […]