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Sunday Message for 20 September 2020: “Managing Expectations”

Today’s message showcases a parable relating to fairness and economic justice. Jesus’ parable in Matthew introduces a manager with who hires workers, some early in the day and others later. The manager makes a separate contract with each group of workers. The controversy centers on how the manager paid...
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Message for Sunday 13 September 2020: “Forgive Me, or Forgive Me Not”

Today’s message from Matthew 18:21-35 addresses forgiveness. The lesson begins with a hypothetical story, known as a parable, which was Jesus’ most common teaching method. The parable begins with the plight of an anonymous slave, let’s call him “Ralph,” who petitioned his master for forgiveness of tremendous financial obligations....
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Message for Sunday 6 September 2020: “Mindful Love”

Today’s message begins with a profound opener: “[F]or the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:8b). Paul emphasized love because there is nothing greater than love. All the Old Testament Law is fulfilled when people love one another. People who want to know who and what...
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Message for Sunday 23 August 2020: “Transformed Within”

Today’s message centers on Paul’s discussion in Romans 12:1-8, where he described living sacrifices, implying that Christians are to live as symbolic offerings to God. Unlike butchered sacrificial animals, people are not to be literally slaughtered (thank goodness!). Paul emphasized peoples’ holy status, like the way an animal might...
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Message for Sunday 16 August 2020: “Rinsed Hands, Polluted Soul”

Today message is a story of Jesus responding to critics (Matthew 15: 10-20). The issue is ritual purity about a superficial hand-rinsing. Now before you feel that this ancient washing was done for germ reduction, you must understand that there was no such knowledge prior to the nineteenth century....
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Message for Sunday 9 August 2020: “Lifeguarded”

Today’s message weaves two lectionary selections, Romans 10:5-15 and Matthew 14:22-33. The theme is the power of faith, both to overcome fearful distractions and to represent God to the world. The scene in Matthew has Jesus miraculously walking on the Sea of Galilee to join his disciples, who were...
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Message for Sunday 2 August 2020: “Godsmack!”

Today’s topic is Israel’s founding father Jacob, the man who defeated God in an all-night wrestling match. Go to Genesis 32:22-31 and read this incredible tale. As Jacob prevails, God injures Jacob’s hip trying to escape. Jacob keeps God pinned and won’t let God loose until he receives God’s...
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Sunday 19 July 2020 Message Supplement: “Transformed Perspective”

Today’s message highlights Romans 8:12-25, where Paul the author encouraged overcoming destruction via spiritual life. The holistic way in which God created people means that humans are a combination of a physical body, a mind, and spirit. God calls each person toward a life of wellbeing that maximizes potential...
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Sunday 12 July 2020 Message Supplement: “Spiritual Seeds”

Today’s topic is spiritual seeds, a nice parallel to spring planting and the summer growing season (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23). Farmers rely on good soil along with water, sunshine and nutrients as crucial to a healthy crop. Similarly, Jesus’ words in Matthew presents a metaphor about how people can be...
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