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Sunday Message for 9 May 2021: “Joyful Love”

Today’s message from John’s gospel highlights monumental love: “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love” (John 15:10). Abiding love is a consistent, constant flow of love, nurturing the soul/spirit. As with many...
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Sunday Message for 2 May 2021: “Love Does It”

Today’s lesson addresses God as love (1 John 4:7-21) and compassion, which is love in action (Acts 8:26-40). “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:8). This verse represents one of the greatest insights in all of religion, certainly of the Judeo-Christian...
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Sunday Message for 25 April 2021: “Soulful Sheep”

Today’s passage focuses on Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11-18). The imagery is iconic, with our Lord described as the guardian shepherd watching over his flock of followers. Jesus repeatedly uses the metaphor of shepherds and sheep to emphasize the way in which he cares for his human, spiritual...
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Sunday Message for 18 April 2021: “Encouraging Outreach”

Encouragement and outreach are today’s topics from Luke 24:36b-48. The resurrected Jesus had gathered with his closest followers as the time neared for his departure. The stage was set for a new era, one without Jesus walking the earth but with his followers empowered by God’s spirit. His apostles...
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Sunday Message for 11 April 2021: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Today we examine one of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. The apostles were gathered together, minus Thomas, and the air dripped with expectation. A miraculously appearing Jesus revealed his physical wounds and convinced those gathered that he was real. Two major points to discover in Jesus’ appearance are the power of...
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Sunday Message for 4 April 2021 (Easter): “Celebrate Life”

God bless you on this wonderful Easter morning, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter elevates life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ rising demonstrates how love and light surpass hate and darkness. Easter is a reminder that death is not the final word. Through the...
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Sunday Message for 28 March 2021 (Palm Sunday): “Spiritual Entrance”

Share in the joys of Palm Sunday, a time of welcoming Jesus. Today celebrates not only Jesus’ historic donkey ride through Jerusalem’s gate but also the promise of God’s entrance into your life. Jesus’ ride into the ancient capital city of Israel encouraged his supporters, many of whom perceived...
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Sunday Message for 21 March 2021: “Whole-hearted Spirituality”

Today’s message involves life from death in Jesus’ parable of a wheat grain: “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Accept Jesus’ statement with...
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Sunday Message for 14 March 2021: “Resist Soulessness”

Ephesians 2:1-10 is the basis for the first-half of today’s message. Here, Paul reveals the spiritual status of his audience prior to their conversion: “You were dead through the trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The passage emphasizes how lack of a spiritual life results in a living death. Contributing...
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Sunday Message for 7 March 2021: “Temple-Tantrum?”

Today’s message focuses on a dramatic incident. All four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) reveal this peculiar episode which depicts a very different Jesus. Jesus had visited Jerusalem during the high holy season of Passover. What Jesus saw happening in the outer temple area aroused his rage such that...
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