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Message for Sunday 17 May 2020: “Powerful Proclamation”

The Apostle Paul was a neat guy. Aside from his saintly status Paul did some helpful, bold things. Consider today’s episode from Acts 17:22-31 wherein Paul spoke in an ancient capital while making a clever appeal to a religious, pagan, yet rational audience. The dominant religion throughout the Roman...
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Message for Sunday 3 May 2020: “Messaging through Metaphors”

The Bible is loaded with the metaphorical use of language such as analogies, figures of speech and hyperbole. The biblical writers understood the power of these rhetorical devices and the creative use of words. In both ancient times and in the present, the effective use of language can grab...
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Message for Sunday 26 April 2020: “Your Faith Journey”

Here we are two weeks out of Easter. As time passes, many people struggle to maintain their spiritual momentum. Thankfully, today’s scripture is a reminder that God’s message continues to live through people of faith. Luke 24:13-35 has the story of the post-resurrection Jesus walking alongside two of his...
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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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