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Message for Sunday 7 July 2019: “Sowing Spirit”

Enjoy summer’s bounty! With abundant rainfall nature explodes with prolific beauty. ‘Tis also the season of growing in preparation for harvest sowing. Take care now and plant wisely so that later you can reap many blessings. What does sowing vegetables have to do with spirituality? The Apostle Paul in...
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Message for Sunday 23 June 2019: “Soggy Swine”

Today’s lectionary presents the controversy of demon possession, noted in Luke 8:26-39. Christians are divided about demon possession and yet despite the difficulties there are valuable lessons for the discerning reader. The possession story begins with Jesus’ arrival at the region of the Gerasenes, where Jesus was confronted by...
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Message for Sunday 16 June 2019: “Spiritual Cascade”

In today’s lectionary from Romans 5: 1-5, Paul the Apostle illustrated an interesting chain of events, something like a spiritual cascade.  Often chain events are represented as bad, where one adverse situation leads to another and so on. But Paul provided a different chain, one that starts negative but...
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Message for Sunday 9 June 2019: “Spectacular Spirit”

Welcome to magnificent Pentecost, illustrated by today’s lectionary in Acts 2: 1-21. You’re invited to celebrate the core of spirit, which is God’s essence. Emphasizing spirituality is crucial because God is spirit. You are created in God’s image, and as such you can connect with the Almighty on a...
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Message for Sunday 2 June 2019: “Spiritual Unity”

The world experiences division and separation, and painfully absent are reassuring signs of unity. Thankfully, there are insights that point to the pervading power of oneness with God. Jesus prayed “that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they...
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Message for Sunday 26 May 2019: “Are You Spirit-ready?”

Pentecost is just two weeks way. It’s not too early to prepare for this marvelous day, which celebrates the promised, indwelling Holy Spirit. Today’s message text (John 14:23-29) reveals Jesus’ reminder of God’s spiritual presence: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,...
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Message for Sunday 19 May 2019: “Reject Ruinous Religious Rules”

Today’s lectionary reading from the book of Acts illuminates ruinous religious rules (Acts 11: 1-18). The issue in the Bible passage is the ancient Jewish dietary regulations and whether Jesus’ followers were bound by them. First some necessary historical background. Christianity started as a reform movement within Judaism and...
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Message for Sunday 12 May 2019: “You and Me and the Trinity”

Today’s topic from John’s gospel (10:22-30) illustrates how Jesus ignited controversy. To begin, Jesus was walking in the Jerusalem Temple amid critics who wanted him to plainly state his credentials. Then as now, there’s unceasing debate about Jesus. Jesus affirmed that he was the messiah and that his miracles...
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Message for Sunday 5 May 2019: “Who’s Calling?”

Heaven is calling. Just when you think all the drama is over after Easter, God wants your attention. Powerful New Testament celebrities provide you with examples of spiritual transformation:  Saul (Acts 9: 1-20) and Peter (John 21: 1-19). The situation with Saul reveals how this prolific New Testament writer...
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Message for Sunday 28 April 2019: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Easter is the preeminent miracle of Christianity and perhaps you’re still basking in its glow. Lent and holy week culminated in Easter, the end of a tremendous build-up. It can be easy for enthusiasm to wain after all the excitement. It’s as if the energy of holy days risks...
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