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Sunday Message for 29 August 2021: “Dirty Hands, Clean Soul”

Muddy waters cloud Old Testament religious rules and today’s scripture has Jesus’ response to this problem. What survives of Jesus’ teachings suggests that he had an ambivalent response to the Old Testament rules and regulations. What about Jesus’ mixed attitude? On the one hand, Jesus said that, “. ....
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Sunday Message for 22 August 2021: “Spiritual Warriors”

Paul employs a military metaphor in today’s message from Ephesians 6:10-20, a lesson about conflict. Paul compares readiness to a soldier’s equipment, complete with armor from head to toe and even a weapon. Paul begins by asserting how we should be strong, with our strength coming from God. He...
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Sunday Message for 15 August 2021: “Wise Life”

Today we meet King Solomon, an iconic figure whose legendary wisdom continues to inspire truth-seekers (1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. Even outside Christianity there is widespread name recognition of King Solomon, who ascended to the throne after his famously flawed father King David. Like everyone else who ruled Israel, Solomon...
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Sunday Message for 8 August 2021: “Acceptance, not Anger”

Today’s message comes from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, Greece (Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2). Paul offered timeless wisdom about avoiding self-destructive attitudes and behaviors. Paul encouraged his readers to avoid falsehoods, lies, etc. Paul believed that members of a faith family should treat one another in the...
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Sunday Message for 1 August 2021: “Spiritual Nourishment”

Consider the topic of spiritual nourishment, combining two weeks’ lectionary readings (John 6:24-35, 41-51). The key verse is this: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’ “ (John 6:35)....
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Sunday Message for 25 July 2021: “Lord of Fish & Loaves”

Today’s message reveals Jesus feeding hungry folks in the wilderness (John 6:1-21). There’s a culinary oddity here such that a small amount of fish and bread were miraculously multiplied. A crowd had followed Jesus because they were attracted by his earlier healing miracles. Jesus’ had a wonder-working reputation and...
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Sunday Message for 18 July 2021: “Constructing God?”

Today’s message weaves two thematically connected lectionary texts, 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Ephesians 2:11-22. The topic is representing God as the solid foundation of both the Jewish and Christian religions. Through the millennia people have created much art with religious themes and purposes. It’s not that God is literally...
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Sunday Message for 11 July 2021: “Decide your Destiny”

Today’s message reveals Paul’s belief in how people have been chosen by God “before the foundation of the world”(Ephesians 1:4b). Paul then makes the bold claim that God has “destined us for adoption as his children . . .” (Ephesians 1:5a). Paul’s declaration that God knows peoples’ lives in...
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Sunday Message for 27 June 2021: “Be Restored!”

In today’s message from Mark 5:21-43 Jesus healed a sick woman and then resurrected a twelve-year-old girl. Both miracles reveal powerfully relevant insights. The story begins with Jairus, a synagogue leader who pleaded with Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. A large crowd accompanied the pair as...
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Sunday Message for 20 June 2021: “Spiritual Disturbance”

Today’s message from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 reveals disturbances of the spiritual waters at of one of Paul’s churches in Corinth, Greece. Then as now, time is of the essence! Have you ever delayed something that you knew you shouldn’t? Paul suggested that there was nothing in the way, no...
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