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Sunday Message for 15 May 2022: “Broken Diet”

Acts 11: 1-18 illuminates ruinous religious rules. The issue are the ancient Jewish dietary regulations and whether Jesus’ followers were bound by them. First, it’s good to provide some historical background. Christianity started as a reform movement within Judaism and Jesus was Jewish as were all of his Apostles...
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Sunday Message for 8 May 2022: “You & Me & the Trinity”

John 10:22-30 feeds controversy about Jesus’ relationship to God. The setting was the Jerusalem Temple, where Jesus was walking until confronted by critics, who wanted him to plainly state his credentials. Jesus affirmed that he was the messiah and that his miracles supported this assertion. But Jesus went much...
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Sunday Message for 1 May 2022: “Who’s Calling?”

Heaven is calling. Just when you think all the drama is over after Easter, God wants your attention. Two biblical celebrities exemplify spiritual transformation:  Saul (Acts 9: 1-20) and Peter (John 21: 1-19). Before Saul’s conversion he was a mercenary hired by the Jewish bureaucracy to persecute The Way,...
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Sunday Message for 24 April 2022: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Easter is the preeminent miracle of Christianity and perhaps you’re still basking in its glow. Yet for many people it can be easy for enthusiasm to wain after all the excitement. Perhaps even doubts about faith can creep in. It’s as if the energy of holy days risks emotional...
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Sunday Message for Easter, 17 April 2022: “Celebrate Life”

God bless you on this wonderful Easter morning, the most joyous of all Christian holy days. Easter elevates life over death and hope over despair. Jesus’ rising demonstrates how love and light surpass hate and darkness. Easter is a reminder that death is not the final word. Through the...
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Sunday Message for 10 April 2022 (Palm Sunday): “Welcome Jesus”

Share in the joys of Palm Sunday, a time of welcoming Jesus. Today celebrates not only Jesus’ historic donkey ride through Jerusalem’s gate but also the promise of God’s entrance into your life. Jesus’ ride into the ancient capital city of Israel encouraged his widely enthusiastic supporters. Those ancient...
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Sunday Message for 3 April 2022: “Beyond Privilege”

Today’s message concerns Paul reinterpreting his elitist background (Philippians 3:4-14). Paul summarized his impressive Jewishness and high social status, including what today might be called an upper-middleclass ivy-league education, nestled in a strict and privileged religiosity. Paul placed himself in perspective, writing that his previous persona was a loss...
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Sunday Message for 27 March 2022: “Returning Home”

Today’s message discusses the prodigal son (Luke 15:1-3,11b-32), a story of how a person who’s made terrible choices can be restored. The setting involves a father and his two sons, one older and loyal and the other younger and rebellious. The younger brother demanded and received a share of...
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Sunday Message for 20 March 2022: “Stuff Happens”

Stuff happens. Terrible things occur all the time and our species has an insatiable appetite for asking why. For better or for worse, there’s no single, satisfying answer. The human condition is fraught with peril and punishment, calamity and consequences. Disease, persecution and perplexing problems plague humanity. We needn’t...
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Sunday Message for 13 March 2022: “Beyond Ethnicity”

What does it mean to transcend ethnic boundaries? This question underscores today’s lectionary message from Philippians 3:17 – 4:1. Consider the Old Testament, where God is portrayed as choosing the Jews as the exclusive group with whom to forge a sacred covenant. This promise of divine favoritism and preferential...
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