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Sunday Sermon for 26 December 2021: “Oh Boy, Jesus!”

Today’s focus is Luke 2:41-52, revealing a twelve-year-old Jesus who went to Jerusalem with his parents Mary and Joseph for a religious festival. Aside from this peculiar story, there’s nothing else in the Bible that describes much about Jesus between his early childhood and when he started his adult...
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Christmas Eve Message 2021: “Spiritual Rebirth”

God bless you on this marvelous Christmas Eve. Prepare for the Christ child to inspire and empower you this wonderful season. Amid the holiday cheer arises a profound question: How do you feel about your life? Christmas is a great time to reassess who and what you are. To...
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Sunday Sermon for 19 December 2021: “Magnificent Mary”

Joyous love feeds the soul this fourth Advent Sunday. Mary had been visited by an angel, who foretold Jesus’ birth. Today’s message focuses on Mary’s visit with her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. The unborn John responded to Mary’s words by leaping in Elizabeth’s womb...
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Sunday Sermon for 12 December 2021: “Beyond Water”

Today’s message from Luke 3: 7-18 reveals a dramatic encounter with John the Baptist, a contemporary of Jesus and a stern prophet. John warned people about how following God requires a change of behavior from the inside-out rather than simply performing the ritual of baptism. “You brood of vipers!...
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Sunday Sermon for 5 December 2021: “Here’s Johnny!”

Today’s message from Luke 3:1-6 presents the odd religious personality of John the Baptist, who continues to provoke curiosity and controversy. John the Baptist has been traditionally interpreted as a transition to Jesus and his ministry as fulfillment of Isaiah the Prophet’s ministry: “ ‘Prepare the way of the...
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Sunday Sermon for 28 November 2021: “The End is Dear”

Luke 21:25-36 is a cautionary tale about profound disturbances preceding Jesus’ Second Coming. Jesus admonished people about being ready for his imminent return in the lifetime of his earliest followers. The interesting part of this apocalypse topic is the timing and circumstances. All types of conflict such as wars,...
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Sunday Sermon for 14 November 2021: “Stop Animal Sacrifices!”

Today’s message highlights the new covenant that God seeks to establish in peoples’ hearts and minds rather than through sacrifices or ruinous religious rules (Hebrews 10:11-25). Once upon a time there was the Old Testament Jewish law, dramatized by the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets God gave Moses...
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Message for Sunday 7 November 2021: “Spiritual Richness”

Mark 12:38-44 has insights about spiritual wealth. First consider history about a type of religious bureaucrat, a group Jesus singled-out for criticism. Jesus said “[b]eware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces ” (Mark 12:38). A...
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Message for 31 October 2021: “Love is the Greatest”

Today’s message comes from Mark 12: 28-34, wherein Jesus answered a key question by a studious observer. Jesus had just finished winning arguments with religious bureaucrats near the Jerusalem Temple when a man asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus’ response provides humanity with the answer to what God...
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