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Message Supplement (November 24)

My recent practice of expanding the Revised Common Lectionary readings continues today as I extend the selection from Colossians, adding an extra three verses at the end to cover chapter 1,verses 3-23. As with many of the New Testament epistles (or letters), the opening is a positive one. Paul...
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Message Supplement (November 17)

Today’s lectionary lesson from Luke 21 and 2 Thessalonians 3 continue an end-time theme. In Luke, the scene is Jesus’ reply to someone’s admiration for the great temple in Jerusalem, whose beautiful hand-smoothed stones Jesus said would be smashed by besieging invaders. False prophets, false messiahs, wars, uprisings, and...
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Message Supplement (November 10)

Hello! On November 10 we are suspending our usual celebration service and replacing it with a service of music. One of our talented musicians, Jeremy, is designing and leading a requiem-type concert honoring our church members and friends who have passed in the last year.  ...
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Faith Fitness (October 29)

Greetings friends of the faith. We had yet another superb weekly meeting of our Faith Fitness group. We finished our topic about the two greatest commandments, those all-important , all inclusive verses Jesus emphasized about loving God and others. Our Faith Fitness group has shifted to a topic about...
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Message Supplement (November 3)

Have you ever thought about Jesus’ return to earth at the end of history? This question has proven itself a popular one ever since Jesus departed our round rock in the first century AD. Indeed, in one of the first letters written by the New Testament writer Paul (cf....
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A Pause for a Passing

Greetings folks, The recent passing of my mother calls to mind how important is God’s constancy. Within this vast and beautiful universe we are faced with the ironic constancy of change. Not so with God our redeemer, whose loving embrace is constant and ever-ready to hold and comfort us....
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Message Supplement (October 27)

Remember Zacchaeus?  He’s the little man, in terms of physical stature, who wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus was fortunate to have Jesus strolling by one day amid a crowd of onlookers. Sadly, the diminutive Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus because of the crush of taller people lining the path. Undaunted,...
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Message Supplement (October 20)

Jeremiah’s continuing message from today’s lectionary highlights a new relation between God and the Jewish people (Jeremiah 31:27-34). Jeremiah reflects on his understanding about what God wants from the people. “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of...
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Message Supplement (October 13)

The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah initiates his presentation by giving unexpected advice (Jeremiah 29:1,4-7). Jeremiah encourages the Jewish exiles in Babylon to settle down and live as normally as possible in their captor’s land. There was a disturbing new reality in the wake of the Israelites’ exile from Palestine...
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Faith Fitness (October 1)

The Faith Fitness topic for the past couple weeks has been that of love, including the pivotal biblical verses attesting to this greatest of Bible themes.  The Faith Fitness study meets each Tuesday and I provide written handouts that help organize the topical discussions. We may finish one topic a week...
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