“The Road to Jerusalem: Repentance” March 24, 2019

“The Road to Jerusalem: Repentance” Isaiah 55:1-9 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9   When I get the chance, I like to stop in at Margie’s school to visit. Sometimes I’ll bring coffee, sometimes I’m dropping things off that were left at home, and sometimes just for the heck of it. I’m lucky that I can do that because sometimes that’s about the only chance we get to see each other that day. Anyway, there are times when she is tied up with other things and I find myself...

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“You Are Enough, You Are So Enough, It’s Incredible How Enough You Are” March 10, 2019

“You Are Enough. You Are So Enough. It’s Incredible How Enough You Are” Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Romans 10:8b-13 Luke 4:1-13   Welcome to what we are all hoping is the last hoorah of winter—and our reward for this is that we get to lose an hour from this beautiful day. But that’s not a big deal. It is, as you’ve probably noticed, the first Sunday in the season of Lent. You see, I have always considered the idea of Lent to be important. It’s a good thing to set aside a...

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“The Road to Jerusalem: First Steps” March 17, 2019

“The Road to Jerusalem: First Steps” Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18/ Philippians 33:17-4:1 Luke 13:31-35   Courage – you say the word and all kinds of things come to mind. We talk about it, write books about it, and all agree there isn’t enough of it in the world. We have a lot of names for this magnificent quality; names like bravery, pluck, fearlessness, backbone, hutzpah, salt, resolve, guts, fortitude, and the list goes on. I might mention that if the word “guts” is a...

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“The Renewal of Our Faith: That’s What Mountaintops Are For” March 3, 2019

“The Renewal of Our Faith: That’s What Mountain Tops Are For” Exodus 34:29-35/ 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2/ Luke 9:28-36   Transfigure, transfigured, transfiguration: these are words we don’t use quite so much. Most dictionaries will tell us that to transfigure a thing means that we have transformed or changed that thing, but that’s not all. We also have transformed that thing into “something more beautiful or elevated.” If a frog turns into a prince, he is transfigured;...

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“The Glory of Our Faith: To Love As Jesus Loved” Feb. 24, 2019

“The Glory of Our Faith: To Love as Jesus Loved” Genesis 45:3-11,15 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50 Luke 6:27-38   From the Jewish website Aish.com I found this little gem about forgiveness. Rabbi Epstein was giving his Yom Kippur sermon about forgiveness and during his speech he asked his congregation, “how many of you have forgiven your enemies?” About half held up their hands. He then rephrased his question, “how many of you want to forgive your enemies?” Slowly,...

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