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Message Supplement for Sunday 12 January 2020: “Watery Awakening”

Today’s focus is Jesus’ public ministry as described in Matthew 3:13-17. It all began with Jesus’ spiritual awakening through baptism by John the Baptist, who was reluctant to perform the task because John perceived himself as insignificant compared with Jesus. Jesus came up from the baptismal water of the...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 5 January 2020: “Divine Word”

In the marvelous spirit of the New Year, have a fantastic 2020. I share with you God’s enthusiastic embrace, filled with promises and possibilities. Prepare to experience wonderful 2020 vision as you make this year the clearest ever. Before beginning the lectionary message from John 1:1-18, be aware that...
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Message for Christmas Eve 2019: “Spiritual Rebirth”

God bless you on this marvelous Christmas Eve. Prepare for the Christ child to inspire and empower you this wonderful season and beyond. Amid the holiday cheer arises a profound question: How do you feel about your life? Christmas is a great time to reassess who and what you...
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Sunday Message Supplement for 22 December 2019: “Love’s Renewal”

Today’s message is based on two lectionary scriptures, Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 and Romans 1:1-7. In the Psalms, there’s an uplifting message of restoration, borne by God’s love. “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth …....
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Sunday Message Supplement for 15 December 2019: “Overflowing Joy”

Today’s Advent Sunday focus is joy, including that of Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:46b-55). Mary had been visited by an angel who proclaimed how God was planning a miracle within her. After the angel pronounced the divine plan Mary joyfully declared how Jesus’ birth would renew humanity....
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Sunday Message Supplement for 8 December 2019: “Peaceful Transformation”

On this second Advent Sunday today’s message combines Isaiah (11:1-10), Romans (15:4-13) and Matthew (3:1-12). Isaiah captures an expectation for the coming of God’s righteous teacher, whom many perceive as pointing to Jesus or John the Baptist. Whoever is this messiah-like figure, Isaiah narrates how there will be a...
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Sunday Message Supplement for 1 December 2019: “Awaken!”

Today’s message is based on Matthew 24:36-44 and Romans 13:11-14, emphasizing awareness, which is being alert to and awakened by God’s spirit. Paul spoke about awakening when he wrote that “it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep” (Romans 13:11a). Jesus also encouraged followers to “Keep...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 17 November 2019: “Work for Food?”

Today’s message from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 reveals Paul the Apostle’s work & welfare ethic. Paul wrote that “with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you” (2 Thessalonians 3:8b) and also “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat” (2 Thessalonians...
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