“I Call Shotgun” October 21, 2018

  “I Call Shotgun!” Job 38:1-7, (34-41) Hebrews 5:1-10 Mark 10:35-45   Margie and I were talking awhile back about going to church when we were kids: all the goofy stories, the missteps, and the embarrassing things that kids will do when forced to sit still for any length of time over – oh, say – ten minutes. And we agreed that it was a good experience for us both. We learned the fundamental of the Gospel, we learned the joy and sometimes the agony of singing in a...

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“Impossible” October 14, 2018

“Impossible” Amos 5:6-7, 10-15 Hebrews 4:12-16 Mark 10:17-31   (Heb 4:12 Comm Eng Bible) “..because God’s word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It penetrates to the point that it separates the soul from the spirit and the joints from the marrow. It’s able to judge the heart’s thoughts and intentions. No creature is hidden from it, but rather everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we have to give an answer.” God’s word is...

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“The Good News in a Tough Gospel” October 7, 2018

“The Good News in a Tough Gospel” Job 1:1; 2:1-10 Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Mark 10:2-16   A baker was asked to print 1 John 4:18 on a wedding cake. He forgot, and instead printed John 4:18. Now 1st John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear;’ a wonderful sentiment for a wedding cake. John 4:18, on the other hand, reads, “For you have had five husbands and the one you now have is not your husband.” Now that would be awkward. And speaking of...

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“Praise the Lord and Pass the Salt” September 30, 2018

“Praise the Lord and Pass the Salt” Esther 7:1-6, 9-10; 9:20-22 James 5:13-20/ Mark 9:38-50   Some years ago, I was asked to help out with the music for a wedding in Florence, MT. My job consisted of working with two young ladies who were related to the bride and groom to perform a duet – of sorts. They were both extremely nervous about the whole affair; they had it in their heads that this had to be perfect. I gave them the usual spiel that things always go wrong at...

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“Whoever Accepts a Child Like This” September 23, 2018

“Whoever Accepts a Child Like This” Proverbs 31:10-31 James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a Mark 9:30-37   One of my favorite authors of all time is a man named Leon Uris. He wrote mostly historical fiction, a lot of his books were about the Jewish struggles in the mid 1900’s. His book “Exodus” is a remarkable telling of the founding of the nation of Israel in the 1940’s. Mr. Uris didn’t limit himself to stories of modern day Jewish people, however. The book that came to mind while...

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“It Matters What Matters” October 28, 2018

“It Matters What Matters” Job 42:1-6, 10-17 Hebrews 7:23-28 Mark 10:46-52   Margie and I took a trip to northern California two summers ago to see the redwoods. Evidently, that Spring there had been a major wind event which had caused a lot of these giants to come crashing down. By the time we showed up, some of the lesser highways were still closed for repair. Now this wasn’t a matter of clearing the trees from the roadway – that had been taken care of. No, I’m...

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