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Message Supplement for Sunday 15 September 2019: “Finding Disciples”

Today’s message is inspired by Luke 15:1-10, where Jesus was speaking with despised tax collectors and “sinners” considered unworthy of Rabbi Jesus’ words. The controversy aroused a teachable moment with relevant lessons about helping people find redemption. Critics were upset with Jesus, but he responded with a pair of...
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Message for Sunday 8 September 2019: “Dedicated Disciple”

How much does it cost you to be God’s disciple? This is more than a rhetorical question in Luke 14:25-33, where Jesus discussed becoming God’s dedicated disciple. The original setting for today’s message involved Jesus commenting about a crowd that was following him. Among those tagging along, Jesus felt...
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Message for Sunday 1 September 2019: “Life Guidance”

Today’s message from Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 offers timeless life guidance. Start with love, which entails behavior as basic as hospitality and as intense as empathy, a feeling so deep that you vicariously participate in other peoples’ struggles. Empathy entails more than simply acknowledging suffering and includes almost experiencing it...
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Message for Sunday 25 August 2019: “Reject Hypocritical Religion”

Luke 13: 10-17 reveals a poignant lesson from Jesus’ synagogue preaching. An afflicted woman arrived during Jesus’ sermon and disturbed the cherished order of service. Instead of putting the woman in her place for disrupting the service, Jesus demonstrated compassion through the healing power of God’s love. One of...
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Message for Sunday 18 August 2019: “Enduring Faith”

Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2 is a reminder that life is perilous. Following God often entails persecution, therefore, today’s message reveals people of faith suffering at the hands of evil. Regarding the ancient followers of God, “They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by...
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Message for Sunday 11 August 2019: “Get Ready!”

Today’s message is a “combo-special,” weaving spiritual vitality themes from three lectionary readings, the first of which is Isaiah 1:1,10-20. All of today’s material helps combat the  threat of summer slumber and August apathy. Many people characterize the Old Testament as a harsh realm, burdened with horrendous judgments and...
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Message for Sunday 4 August 2019: “Heavenly Priorities”

Today’s lectionary-based message highlights a theme of heavenly priorities (Colossians 3:1-11 and Luke 12:13-21). A central issue is emphasizing spirituality over distractions.             The Colossians verses emphasize the value of spirituality, nurtured by virtues that overcome anger and numerous interpersonal conflicts. If you are not mindful of your vulnerabilities...
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Message for Sunday 28 July 2019: “God is Open”

Have you challenged God? This topic is awkward but it is also biblical. Today’s message about bargaining with God and changing the Almighty’s mind is strange but also helpful for your spiritual growth. There’s a prime example about trying to change God’s mind found in one of today’s lectionary...
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Message for Sunday 21 July 2019: “Martha Martha”

Today’s message covers Jesus’ visit with two sisters, Mary and Martha, each of whom had a different approach to hosting (Luke 10:38-42). The story of the sisters stimulates a discussion about how distractions and priorities can undermine spiritual health. Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. Once inside, Jesus sat...
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Message for Sunday 14 July 2019: “You’re My Neighbor”

Today there’s a wonderful episode known as the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). The story begins with an encounter between Jesus and a Jewish religious specialist who asked, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 10: 25). This monumental question hangs over the history of...
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