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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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Message for Christmas Eve 2018: “Spiritual Rebirth”

God bless you on this marvelous Christmas Eve. Prepare for the Christ child to inspire and empower you this wonderful season. Amid the holiday cheer arises a profound question: How do you feel about your spiritual life? Christmas is a great time to recharge your spiritual batteries. People often...
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Sunday Message for 23 December 2018: “Joyous Leap”

Joy and salvation feed the soul this fourth Advent Sunday. Today’s message begins after Mary had been visited by an angel, who foretold Jesus’ birth. We’re zeroing-in on that part of the story when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist. (Luke 1:39-55). Elizabeth’s...
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Sunday Message for 16 December 2018: “Beyond Water”

Today’s message arises from Luke 3: 7-18, which reveals a dramatic encounter with John the Baptist, a rustic stern prophet who prefaced Jesus’ ministry. John warned people about how following God requires a change of behavior from the inside-out more than an outward ritual such as baptism. “You brood...
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Sunday Message for 2 December 2018: “The End is Dear”

Today’s reading from Luke 21:25-36 is a cautionary tale, about which Jesus cited profound environmental disturbances preceding the end of history. Jesus also admonished the listeners about being ready and alert as a way of preparing for the end. The interesting part of this apocalypse topic revolves around timing...
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Sunday Message for 25 November 2018: “Pilate’s Flight”

Today’s message from John 13: 33-37 is a story of how Jesus stood before Pilate, the Roman Governor of Judea. Jesus had already been arrested and accused by the Jews. Next, Pilate decided if Jesus was worthy of death for treason. In Roman times, anyone who declared themselves king...
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Sunday Message for 18 November 2018: “Stop Animal Sacrifices!”

Today’s message comes from Hebrews 10:11-25, which highlights the new covenant that God seeks to establish in peoples’ hearts and minds, rather than through sacrifices or ruinous religious rules. Once upon a time there was only the Old Testament Jewish law, dramatized by the Ten Commandments on the stone...
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