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Sunday 21 June 2020 Message Supplement: “My Oh My! Dead was I?”

If you’re reading this, you are alive. I’m glad of that! Today’s message from Romans 6:1b-11, however, warns of being dead in sin. Thankfully, by accepting redemption from God you are spiritually alive. This means that you are a wonderfully empowered creature with a new lease on life. Claim...
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Sunday 14 June 2020 Message Supplement: “Encouraging the Faithful”

Today’s message weaves material from two lectionary readings, Romans 5:1-8 and Matthew 9:35 – 10:8.  The Romans passage begins with the great theme of faith, which contributes to hopeful peace with God: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”...
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Sunday 7 June 2020 Message Supplement: “Great Commitment”

Today’s message from Matthew 28: 16-20 reveals the ongoing importance of Jesus’ earthly farewell. Before he departed, Jesus wanted to instill guidance about what his followers were supposed to be doing after his imminent departure.  Those who had gathered for Jesus’ parting words were told to “Go therefore and...
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Message for 31 May 2020: “Spiritual Pow!”

Brace yourself for a jolt. Pentecost is here and we’re diving into the lectionary text of Acts 2:1-21. We’re celebrating the core of God’s essence, which is spirit. Since humans are created in God’s image you are a precious spiritual being who enjoys connection to God, spirit-to-spirit. Jesus promised...
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Message for Sunday 24 May 2020: “Restored by God”

God’s promises are wonderful, including this one from today’s lectionary selection: “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). This above verse...
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Message for Sunday 17 May 2020: “Powerful Proclamation”

The Apostle Paul was a neat guy. Aside from his saintly status Paul did some helpful, bold things. Consider today’s episode from Acts 17:22-31 wherein Paul spoke in an ancient capital while making a clever appeal to a religious, pagan, yet rational audience. The dominant religion throughout the Roman...
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Message for Sunday 3 May 2020: “Messaging through Metaphors”

The Bible is loaded with the metaphorical use of language such as analogies, figures of speech and hyperbole. The biblical writers understood the power of these rhetorical devices and the creative use of words. In both ancient times and in the present, the effective use of language can grab...
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Message for Sunday 26 April 2020: “Your Faith Journey”

Here we are two weeks out of Easter. As time passes, many people struggle to maintain their spiritual momentum. Thankfully, today’s scripture is a reminder that God’s message continues to live through people of faith. Luke 24:13-35 has the story of the post-resurrection Jesus walking alongside two of his...
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Message for Sunday 19 April 2020: “Hopeful Faith”

The Apostle and close friend of Jesus, Peter, builds upon basic Christian doctrine in two of today’s lectionary selections (Acts 2:14a,22-32; 1 Peter 1:3-9). Peter begins in Acts by assigning Jesus’ demise to his Jewish countrymen: “…this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge...
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