“When God Whispers” June 23, 2019

“When God Whispers” 1 Kings 19:1-15a/  Psalm 42 Galatians 3:23-29 Luke 8:26-39   If we learn anything at all about long term relationships, we learn the importance of communication. And if we value these relationships, we also understand that you better have some tact and finesse if you sense that this communication is going south. For example, an elderly gentleman was wondering if his wife had a hearing problem. So one night, he stood behind her while she was sitting...

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“But Wait, There’s More!” June 16, 2019

“But Wait, There’s More” Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm 8 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15   You know, Jesus had a knack for asking awkward questions. They were blunt, they were surprising, and they usually caught his listeners off guard. One of my favorites is found in both the gospels of Mark and Matthew. It starts with the simple question to his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They answer by reciting what they’ve been hearing on the street – not so tough. Then he...

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“Gettin’ In the Spirit of Things” June 9, 2019

“Gettin’ In the Spirit of Things” Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Acts 2:1-21/ Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, (25-27)   There’s something I’ve been noticing lately that, well…I don’t know what to think about it, to be honest. And so, I’d like to bounce it off of your folks, if I could. What I’ve noticed is that the standard greeting of “How are you?” has been changed somehow and for the life of me, I don’t understand why; and I think I want it back. I like “How are you?” I like...

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“Darn That Dream” May 26, 2019

“Darn That Dream” Psalm 67/ Acts 16:9-15/ John 24:23-29   There are many different words for when a song gets stuck in your head. Examples include earworms, repetunitis, and melodymania. Stuck song syndrome and Involuntary Musical Imagery (IMI) are some of the lesser known descriptions of this annoying little condition. As far as we know, they can’t hurt us; they’re just a sign that our brains are looking for something to do to stay busy. My mental ding-a-ling for the...

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“It’s That Kind of Love” May 19, 2019

“It’s That Kind of Love” Psalm 148 Acts 11:1-18 John 13:31-35   For over 3 of the last 4 weeks, we have been working with Easter passages – stories of the resurrection and Christ’s appearance to the disciples. But this week, we go back to a story just before the cross and the resurrection. In John’s account, it is Thursday night: the night that we remember on Maundy Thursday. In fact the word Maundy comes from the Latin word manda’tum, meaning a mandate or command. So...

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“Waking, Sleeping, and the Joy of Failure” May 5, 2019

“Waking, Sleeping, and the Joy of Failure” Psalm 30 Acts 9:1-6, (7-20) John 21:1-19   Yesterday morning, the world lost a wonderful heart with the death of the Rachel Held Evans after a long battle from complications of her treatment of infection. Even though she was only 37 years old, Rachel Evens has touched the lives of thousands of Christians and non-Christians alike through her books and writings. Her understanding of a life in Christ is refreshing and challenging...

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