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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the […]

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The Story in the Story

27-Dec-15 Luke 2:1-20 Most of us here this morning probably don’t remember being born. I certainly don’t, although I’m pretty sure I was there. But there are stories about our births that we have been told. We probably know where we were born, and we likely know some of the circumstances and events that attended […]

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The Star of Hope

Christmas Eve 2015 We had been watching the star for about two months before we really got serious about it. I’m not sure why it took us so long to make something of this, but you know how schedules are and all; I guess it took us that long to actually realize that it really […]

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What Should We Do?

13-Dec-15 Luke 3:7-17 It’s been a long time with a lot of things to forget, but to the best of my knowledge I have never opened a worship service by saying, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” I suspect that that kind of greeting would probably not […]

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The Lord Whom We Seek

06-Dec-15 Malachi 3:1-4 It sounds like wonderfully good news. The Lord, whom we seek, will suddenly come to his temple. What a joyful dream! How wonderful it would be if the Lord came suddenly to his temple. How excited we would be! This is what we have long been hoping for. This is the day […]

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Joyful Anticipation

29-Nov-15 Luke 21:25-36 A couple of weeks ago I mentioned in a sermon that we had missed yet another Second Coming of Jesus.  These things tend to come and go on a fairly regular basis nowadays, and its mostly because there is a market in our world for the work of the false prophet.  In […]

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A House For The Lord

22-Nov-15 Psalm 132 Have you ever been so absolutely committed to some cause, worthy or otherwise, that you spent nearly every waking moment thinking about it? Did that cause, even from time to time, enter into the life of your dreams, because you were so consumed by it? This can happen from time to time […]

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Stirred Up Minds, But Settled Hearts

15-Nov-15 Mark 13:1-8 The temple in Jerusalem was so beautiful that it was beyond description. It is impossible for us to even begin to imagine how beautiful it was. There are written descriptions of its beauty, but even these fail to adequately convey the awesome and stunning vision that the temple presented to all who […]

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Well Aged Wine, Strained Clear

01-Nov-15 Isaiah 25:6-9 When I was a wee little lad I suffered a recurring nightmare which I have never forgotten. In this terrible dream, all is darkness. Darkness is everywhere. There is no light and there is nothing to see around me, at least nothing that I recognize. At some point in the dream, a […]

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Looking Good or Seeing Well?

25-Oct-15 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 this way. He once had a job and a family. But then came the terrible accident. He saw it coming, but his hands were too […]