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Sunday Message for 3 March 2019: “Spiritual Supernova”

Welcome to Transfiguration Sunday, a time to consider Jesus’ true nature as revealed through a miraculous mountaintop shining. The transfiguration story begins as Jesus was trekking with three of his closest friends (Peter, James and John). After they reached the mountaintop, Jesus did something extraordinary. The evocative word “transfiguration”...
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Sunday Message for 24 February 2019: “Golden Guidance”

Today’s message will cover the concluding part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain.  As in last Sunday’s coverage of the Beatitudes, Jesus again offers transforming moral guidance. “ ‘But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse...
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Sunday Message for 17 February 2019: “Have a Great Be-attitude”

Today’s message focuses on the first part (Luke 6: 17-26) of Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain, similar to his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7).  Please note that next week’s Message Supplement will cover the second portion of the Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6: 27-38). Both the...
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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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