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Sunday Message for 6 February 2022: “Spiritual Fishing”

Today’s message is more than just another fishing tale (Luke 5:1-11). Jesus reminded his closest followers that there is more to life than being preoccupied with catching and selling literal fish. Jesus’ monumental words continue to inspire: “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people”...
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Sunday Message for 30 January 2022: “Love is the Greatest”

Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Paul the Apostle realized this when he wrote, “And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Other religions have insights about various topics but nothing is comparable to the...
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Sunday Message for 23 January 2022: “Beyond Familiarity”

Today’s message combines two weeks’ lectionary readings into a coherent unit, covering Luke 4: 14-30. Here Jesus talked about not being accepted by those who know you best: “ ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown’ “ (Luke 4:24). This gives rise to the...
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Sunday Message for 9 January 2022: “Encouraging Epiphany”

Welcome to a second celebration of the Christian holy day of Epiphany, the revealing of Jesus’ divine favor. Today’s scene is Jesus during his baptism (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). A key verse reveals the voice of God, whose words proclaimed Jesus’ status:  “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you...
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Sunday Message for 2 January 2022: “Revealing God”

In the marvelous spirit of the New Year, have a fantastic 2022. I share with you God’s enthusiastic embrace, filled with promises and possibilities. Experience a wonderful 2022 as you inoculate yourself against negativity and anything holding you back. Every January 6 is the religious holiday of Epiphany, the...
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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’s words: “ ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make...
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