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Sunday Message for 7 October 2018: “A Kid in God’s Eyes”

Mark 10: 2-16 is the lectionary selection guiding today’s message. In these verses is a lesson that’s all about children: “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it” (Mark 10:15). Jesus wasn’t saying that only children can...
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Sunday Message for 30 September 2018: “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 apparent outsiders as the threatening “other.” Jesus’ closest followers were special but their smugness led to a feeling of separating themselves...
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Sunday Message for 16 September 2018: “Priceless Life”

Jesus spoke marvelous truth as reflected in today’s lectionary selection, Mark 8:27-38. Jesus stated the importance of saving lives, saying that “those who want to save their life with lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save...
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Sunday Message for 9 September 2018: “Speak Truth to Power”

Today’s message illuminates a different Jesus. Just when people have embraced a comfortable Jesus as a mental stereotype, something shatters the idyllic imagery and invites a deeper, more nuanced understanding. The lectionary text (Mark 7: 24-37) reveals a story about a mother imploring Jesus in Tyre, at the Mediterranean...
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Sunday Message for 2 September 2018: “Cleanse the Soul”

Muddy waters often surround Old Testament religious rules but today’s scripture contains Jesus’ response to this messy problem. What survives of Jesus’ teachings suggests that he had an ambivalent response to the Old Testament worldview. On the one hand, Jesus said that, “. . . till heaven and earth...
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Sunday Message for 26 August 2018: “Unseen Warriors”

Paul employs a military metaphor that helps illustrate today’s message from Ephesians 6:10-20, a lesson about spiritual preparedness against evil. Paul compares readiness to a soldier’s equipment, complete with armor from head to toe and even a weapon. Paul begins by asserting how we should be strong, with our...
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Sunday Message for 19 August 2018: “Wise Life”

Today the focus on the great King Solomon, an iconic figure whose legendary wisdom continues to inspire truth-seekers. We’ll learn about Solomon in 1 Kings, a Hebrew scripture treasure-trove of sacred history. Even outside the church there is widespread name recognition of King Solomon, who ascended to the throne...
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Message for 5 August 2018–“Spiritual Nourishment”

  Today’s message about spiritual nourishment combines two weeks’ lectionary readings (John 6:24-35, 41-51). The key verse is this: “Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty’ “ (John 6:35)....
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Message for 15 July 2018–“Figured Before Birth?”

Sunday’s message comes from Ephesians 1:3-14, where Paul writes about people being chosen by God “before the foundation of the world”(Ephesians 1:4b). Paul then makes the encouraging claim that God has “destined us for adoption as his children . . .” (Ephesians 1:5a). Paul supposedly believed that God determines...
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