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Sunday Message for 18 July 2021: “Constructing God?”

Today’s message weaves two thematically connected lectionary texts, 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Ephesians 2:11-22. The topic is representing God as the solid foundation of both the Jewish and Christian religions. Through the millennia people have created much art with religious themes and purposes. It’s not that God is literally...
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Sunday Message for 11 July 2021: “Decide your Destiny”

Today’s message reveals Paul’s belief in how people have been chosen by God “before the foundation of the world”(Ephesians 1:4b). Paul then makes the bold claim that God has “destined us for adoption as his children . . .” (Ephesians 1:5a). Paul’s declaration that God knows peoples’ lives in...
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Sunday Message for 27 June 2021: “Be Restored!”

In today’s message from Mark 5:21-43 Jesus healed a sick woman and then resurrected a twelve-year-old girl. Both miracles reveal powerfully relevant insights. The story begins with Jairus, a synagogue leader who pleaded with Jesus to come and heal his dying daughter. A large crowd accompanied the pair as...
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Sunday Message for 20 June 2021: “Spiritual Disturbance”

Today’s message from 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 reveals disturbances of the spiritual waters at of one of Paul’s churches in Corinth, Greece. Then as now, time is of the essence! Have you ever delayed something that you knew you shouldn’t? Paul suggested that there was nothing in the way, no...
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Sunday Message for 6 June 2021: “Family Matters”

Today’s message is set in a tumultuous scene, a near riot at Jesus’ family dinner (Mark 3:20-35). Jesus was confronted by both his family and by religious officials from Jerusalem. The situation was so bad that Jesus’ family could not eat in peace. Jesus’ talk aroused trouble and his...
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Sunday Message for 30 May 2021: “Love the Spiritual Life”

Everybody who reads this has been born. “Duh!” you may say, “that’s obvious.” But the next part, spiritual birth, isn’t as obvious. A man named Nicodemus struggled with this, prompting Jesus to speak: “ ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being...
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Sunday Message for 23 May 2021: “Spirit Renewal”

Brace yourself! Pentecost is here and we’re diving into Acts 2:1-21. We’re celebrating the core of God’s essence, which is spirit. You are created in God’s image, which means that you also are a spiritual being intimately related to the Almighty. Jesus promised that shortly after his departure from...
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Sunday Message for 16 May 2021: “Become the Apostle”

Today’s passage (John 17:6-19) reveals Jesus praying for his followers who, like Jesus, are also residents of a spiritual kingdom. We can take comfort knowing that Jesus and God are in alignment about our spiritual status. We are cared for. We are neither orphaned nor abandoned. We are comforted...
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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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