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Message for Sunday 19 April 2020: “Hopeful Faith”

The Apostle and close friend of Jesus, Peter, builds upon basic Christian doctrine in two of today’s lectionary selections (Acts 2:14a,22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9). Peter begins in Acts by assigning Jesus’ demise to his Jewish countrymen: “…this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge...
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Message for Sunday 29 March 2020: “Seek Spiritual Life”

Today’s lectionary theme is God’s life-nurturing victory over death and destruction. The message will tap lectionary themes from Ezekiel, Romans and John’s gospel, all of which reveal a triumphant spirit that even the grave can’t overcome. Do you feel that you are a person who cultivates spiritual health and...
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Message for Sunday 22 March 2020: “What a Sight!”

Today’s message from John 9:1-41 is a lengthy passage about Jesus healing a blind man. What makes this episode strange is how Jesus spat on the ground and made a paste of saliva and dirt, concocting some sort of divine muddy remedy. There’s no other example of Jesus’ healing...
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Message for Sunday 15 March 2020: “Thirsty Spirit”

Today’s message (John 4:5-32) illustrates Jesus’ social audacity. Jesus visited Sychar, a town in the despised part of northern Israel known as Samaria. Tired from his journey, Jesus sat next to a well and spoke with a local Samaritan woman who had come to obtain water. To fully appreciate...
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Message for Sunday 8 March 2020: “Spiritually Reborn”

Consider something so obvious as to be almost silly:  everybody who reads this has been born. Although your existence is undeniable, the next topic, spiritual birth, isn’t necessarily as obvious. John’s Gospel reveals a great story about Jesus meeting a man named Nicodemus, someone described as “a leader of...
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Message for Sunday 1 March 2020: “Lent Renewal”

Welcome to Lent, a period of forty days historically celebrated as a time of examination and preparation leading up to Easter. How should Lent be spent? That’s an important question worth exploring. Lent repeats ever year, and many people say that they look forward to this journey because it...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 23 February 2020: “Fantabulous Energy”

Welcome to Transfiguration Sunday, a time to consider Jesus’ true nature and God’s “fantabulous” transforming power (Matthew 17: 1-9). The transfiguration story began as Jesus was trekking with three of his closest friends (Peter, James and John). After they reached a mountaintop, Jesus shared an extraordinary experience. The evocative...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 16 February 2020: “Strict Law?”

Today we review a section of Jesus’ teaching from his famous Sermon on the Mount discourse (Matthew 5:21-37). As a rabbi (i.e., teacher), Jesus’ revealed his interpretation of the Jewish Law. Jesus had expertise in the tanakh, the Jewish scriptures also known as the Old Testament. What made Jesus’...
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