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Sunday Message for 10 February 2019: “Cast a Spiritual Net”

Today’s message from Luke 5: 1-11 reveals more than a fish story.  This scene of Jesus’ disciples fishing led to something far greater than a bunch of floppy fins in the bottom of their boat.  Jesus leveraged the opportunity to remind his closest followers that there is more to...
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Sunday Message for 3 February 2019: “Live Love”

Today we’re revisiting a magnificent topic: love. The chief New Testament writer Paul had declared that “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1 [all quotes are from the...
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Sunday Message for 27 January 2019: “Beyond Familiarity”

As with last Sunday, today’s message combines two weeks lectionary readings into a coherent unit, which covers Luke 4: 14-30. Jesus talked about not being accepted by those who know you best: “ ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown’ “ (Luke 4:24). Perhaps...
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Sunday Message for 20 January 2019: “Spiritual Gifts”

A huge question prefaces today’s message: How do you strengthen your church?  The issue is critical because of the escalating numbers of people who check the survey box marked “other” or “none” when it comes to religious affiliation.  There are many ways to respond to the precipitous decline in...
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Sunday Message for 13 January 2019: “Encouraging Epiphany”

Today’s message rises from John the Baptist’s description of baptism (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). A key verse reveals an epiphany through the voice of God, whose words proclaimed Jesus’ status:  “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3:22b). The baptism of Jesus symbolized his...
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Sunday Message for 30 December 2018: “Youthful Spirit”

Today’s focus is Luke 2:41-52, revealing a twelve-year-old Jesus went to Jerusalem as part of his family’s larger caravan. Aside from this peculiar story, there’s nothing else in the Bible that describes much about Jesus between his early childhood and when he started his adult public ministry. So, the...
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Message for Christmas Eve 2018: “Spiritual Rebirth”

God bless you on this marvelous Christmas Eve. Prepare for the Christ child to inspire and empower you this wonderful season. Amid the holiday cheer arises a profound question: How do you feel about your spiritual life? Christmas is a great time to recharge your spiritual batteries. People often...
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Sunday Message for 23 December 2018: “Joyous Leap”

Joy and salvation feed the soul this fourth Advent Sunday. Today’s message begins after Mary had been visited by an angel, who foretold Jesus’ birth. We’re zeroing-in on that part of the story when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. (Luke 1:39-55). Elizabeth’s...
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Sunday Message for 16 December 2018: “Beyond Water”

Today’s message arises from Luke 3: 7-18, which reveals a dramatic encounter with John the Baptist, a rustic stern prophet who prefaced Jesus’ ministry. John warned people about how following God requires a change of behavior from the inside-out more than an outward ritual such as baptism. “You brood...
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