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Message for Sunday 9 June 2019: “Spectacular Spirit”

Welcome to magnificent Pentecost, illustrated by today’s lectionary in Acts 2: 1-21. You’re invited to celebrate the core of spirit, which is God’s essence. Emphasizing spirituality is crucial because God is spirit. You are created in God’s image, and as such you can connect with the Almighty on a...
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Message for Sunday 2 June 2019: “Spiritual Unity”

The world experiences division and separation, and painfully absent are reassuring signs of unity. Thankfully, there are insights that point to the pervading power of oneness with God. Jesus prayed “that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they...
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Message for Sunday 26 May 2019: “Are You Spirit-ready?”

Pentecost is just two weeks way. It’s not too early to prepare for this marvelous day, which celebrates the promised, indwelling Holy Spirit. Today’s message text (John 14:23-29) reveals Jesus’ reminder of God’s spiritual presence: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,...
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Message for Sunday 19 May 2019: “Reject Ruinous Religious Rules”

Today’s lectionary reading from the book of Acts illuminates ruinous religious rules (Acts 11: 1-18). The issue in the Bible passage is the ancient Jewish dietary regulations and whether Jesus’ followers were bound by them. First some necessary historical background. Christianity started as a reform movement within Judaism and...
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Message for Sunday 12 May 2019: “You and Me and the Trinity”

Today’s topic from John’s gospel (10:22-30) illustrates how Jesus ignited controversy. To begin, Jesus was walking in the Jerusalem Temple amid critics who wanted him to plainly state his credentials. Then as now, there’s unceasing debate about Jesus. Jesus affirmed that he was the messiah and that his miracles...
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Message for Sunday 5 May 2019: “Who’s Calling?”

Heaven is calling. Just when you think all the drama is over after Easter, God wants your attention. Powerful New Testament celebrities provide you with examples of spiritual transformation:  Saul (Acts 9: 1-20) and Peter (John 21: 1-19). The situation with Saul reveals how this prolific New Testament writer...
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Message for Sunday 28 April 2019: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Easter is the preeminent miracle of Christianity and perhaps you’re still basking in its glow. Lent and holy week culminated in Easter, the end of a tremendous build-up. It can be easy for enthusiasm to wain after all the excitement. It’s as if the energy of holy days risks...
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Sunday Message for 21 April 2019 (Easter): “Spiritual Life”

God bless you this wonderful morning and welcome to Easter, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter emphasizes life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ triumph demonstrates how love crushes hate and darkness. You’re invited to join us as we proclaim God’s life-giving message. God lives...
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Sunday Message for 14 April 2019 (Palm Sunday): “Divine Entrance”

Welcome to Palm Sunday, a time of faith-filled joy. Today’s celebration begins with Jesus’ trek through Jerusalem’s gate. Ultimately, what you’re encouraged to celebrate is God’s grand entrance into your spiritual life. Jesus’ odd donkey ride into ancient Jerusalem encouraged his supporters, who recognized him as a man of...
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Sunday Message for 7 April 2019 (5th Sunday of Lent): “Beyond Who You Were”

Today’s message launches from Philippians 3:4-14, where Paul reinterpreted his former elitist background. Paul did not flaunt his privileged ethnic heritage, and neither did he brag about following the religious law or receiving the equivalent of an ivy league education. Instead, Paul placed himself in perspective, writing that his...
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