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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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Sunday Message for 25 April 2021: “Soulful Sheep”

Today’s passage focuses on Jesus the good shepherd (John 10:11-18). The imagery is iconic, with our Lord described as the guardian shepherd watching over his flock of followers. Jesus repeatedly uses the metaphor of shepherds and sheep to emphasize the way in which he cares for his human, spiritual...
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Sunday Message for 18 April 2021: “Encouraging Outreach”

Encouragement and outreach are today’s topics from Luke 24:36b-48. The resurrected Jesus had gathered with his closest followers as the time neared for his departure. The stage was set for a new era, one without Jesus walking the earth but with his followers empowered by God’s spirit. His apostles...
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Sunday Message for 11 April 2021: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Today we examine one of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearances. The apostles were gathered together, minus Thomas, and the air dripped with expectation. A miraculously appearing Jesus revealed his physical wounds and convinced those gathered that he was real. Two major points to discover in Jesus’ appearance are the power of...
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Sunday Message for 4 April 2021 (Easter): “Celebrate Life”

God bless you on this wonderful Easter morning, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter elevates life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ rising demonstrates how love and light surpass hate and darkness. Easter is a reminder that death is not the final word. Through the...
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