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Sunday Sermon for 28 November 2021: “The End is Dear”

Luke 21:25-36 is a cautionary tale about profound disturbances preceding Jesus’ Second Coming. Jesus admonished people about being ready for his imminent return in the lifetime of his earliest followers. The interesting part of this apocalypse topic is the timing and circumstances. All types of conflict such as wars,...
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Sunday Sermon for 14 November 2021: “Stop Animal Sacrifices!”

Today’s message highlights the new covenant that God seeks to establish in peoples’ hearts and minds rather than through sacrifices or ruinous religious rules (Hebrews 10:11-25). Once upon a time there was the Old Testament Jewish law, dramatized by the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets God gave Moses...
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Message for Sunday 7 November 2021: “Spiritual Richness”

Mark 12:38-44 has insights about spiritual wealth. First consider history about a type of religious bureaucrat, a group Jesus singled-out for criticism. Jesus said “[b]eware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces ” (Mark 12:38). A...
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Message for 31 October 2021: “Love is the Greatest”

Today’s message comes from Mark 12: 28-34, wherein Jesus answered a key question by a studious observer. Jesus had just finished winning arguments with religious bureaucrats near the Jerusalem Temple when a man asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus’ response provides humanity with the answer to what God...
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Message for Sunday 24 October 2021: “Healing!”

Today’s message focuses on restoration, first of the Old Testament character Job (Job 42:1-6,10-17) and then the New Testament’s Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52). The Book of Job is a long tale about a legend—Job—who is one of the Bible’s textbook examples of personal tragedy and restoration. It all started when...
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Message for Sunday 17 October 2021: “Service over Status”

Have you ever been asked to do something extreme? Such a question came from two status-seeking apostles (brothers James and John). This pair had asked Jesus if they could occupy the choice spots on either side of Jesus’ heavenly throne (Mark 10:35-45). Jesus responded by declaring to the bold...
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Message for Sunday 3 October 2021: “Praise the Kids!”

Mark 10: 13-16 reveals Jesus’ praise of children: “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). There has been much controversy over what Jesus meant but it’s worth noting that Jewish children in Jesus’ day...
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Message for Sunday 26 September 2021: “The Other”

Mark 9: 38-40 reveals how Jesus’ closest followers (the apostles) complained about outsiders exorcising demons in Jesus’ name. This problem demonstrates how easy it is to think of outsiders as the ominous “other.” Jesus’ closest followers were special but their smugness led to a feeling of separating themselves from...
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