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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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Message Supplement for Sunday 2 February 2020: “Wise Guy Paul”

Today we consider Paul’s contrasting view of wisdom (worldly versus heavenly), from 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Paul suggests that his readers should feel good about their humble life situation. “Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 26 January 2020: “God’s Invitation”

Today’s message from Matthew 4:12-23 finds Jesus in the early stages of his public ministry. John the Baptist had just been arrested and quickly fades from the gospel story. Meanwhile, Jesus began to wander and proclaim a compelling message while building his close-knit band of followers. Welcome to membership...
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