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Sunday Message for Sunday 19 September 2021: “Wealth vs Health”

Today’s message reveals helpful truths. First, consider how you might feel if you were hit in the face with an unexpected spray of cold water. The chilling shock to your system would likely get your attention. Similarly, a spray of hard truth can also strike your sensibilities. Consider James’...
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Sunday Message for 5 September 2021: “Speak Truth to Power”

Today’s message illuminates a different Jesus, someone whose behavior shatters the idyllic imagery and invites a deeper, more nuanced understanding. Mark 7: 24-37 reveals a desperate mother in the coastal city of Tyre imploring Jesus. The mother was a non-Jewish Syrophoenician who bowed at Jesus’ feet, begging him to...
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Sunday Message for 29 August 2021: “Dirty Hands, Clean Soul”

Muddy waters cloud Old Testament religious rules and today’s scripture has Jesus’ response to this problem. What survives of Jesus’ teachings suggests that he had an ambivalent response to the Old Testament rules and regulations. What about Jesus’ mixed attitude? On the one hand, Jesus said that, “. ....
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Sunday Message for 22 August 2021: “Spiritual Warriors”

Paul employs a military metaphor in today’s message from Ephesians 6:10-20, a lesson about conflict. 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 strength coming from God. He...
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Sunday Message for 15 August 2021: “Wise Life”

Today we meet King Solomon, an iconic figure whose legendary wisdom continues to inspire truth-seekers (1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14. Even outside Christianity there is widespread name recognition of King Solomon, who ascended to the throne after his famously flawed father King David. Like everyone else who ruled Israel, Solomon...
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Sunday Message for 8 August 2021: “Acceptance, not Anger”

Today’s message comes from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, Greece (Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2). Paul offered timeless wisdom about avoiding self-destructive attitudes and behaviors. Paul encouraged his readers to avoid falsehoods, lies, etc. Paul believed that members of a faith family should treat one another in the...
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Sunday Message for 1 August 2021: “Spiritual Nourishment”

Consider the topic of spiritual nourishment, combining 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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Sunday Message for 25 July 2021: “Lord of Fish & Loaves”

Today’s message reveals Jesus feeding hungry folks in the wilderness (John 6:1-21). There’s a culinary oddity here such that a small amount of fish and bread were miraculously multiplied. A crowd had followed Jesus because they were attracted by his earlier healing miracles. Jesus’ had a wonder-working reputation and...
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Sunday Message for 18 July 2021: “Constructing God?”

Today’s message weaves two thematically connected lectionary texts, 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Ephesians 2:11-22. The topic is representing God as the solid foundation of both the Jewish and Christian religions. Through the millennia people have created much art with religious themes and purposes. It’s not that God is literally...
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Sunday Message for 11 July 2021: “Decide your Destiny”

Today’s message reveals Paul’s belief in how people have been chosen by God “before the foundation of the world”(Ephesians 1:4b). Paul then makes the bold claim that God has “destined us for adoption as his children . . .” (Ephesians 1:5a). Paul’s declaration that God knows peoples’ lives in...
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