“Never Holler ‘Whoa!’ In a Bad Spot” November 3, 2019

“Never Holler ‘Whoa’ In a Bad Spot” Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4/ Ephesians 1:11-23 Luke 6:20-31   Have you noticed how every occupation seems to have its own language? Just sit across the table from a group of engineers or doctors or, heaven forbid, teachers and you’ll see what I’m talking about. In the same way, every occupation seems to have its own lingo; unique sayings and expressions that just happen over the years from people who work together to do this work. The...

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“Goody Two-Shoes” October 27, 2019

“Goody Two Shoes” Joel 2:23-32/ 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 15-18 Luke 18:9-14   We’re all familiar with the expression “Goody Two Shoes,” and I imagine we can all pretty much agree on what it means in normal conversation. The official definition of goody two shoes is “a person who always does everything right and always follows the rules, so much so that it becomes annoying.” Does that sound about right? Yea, I thought so. Now, as far as we know, this quaint expression became...

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“We Are the Church” October 20, 2019

“We Are the Church” Jeremiah 31:27-34 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5/ Luke 18:1-8   In the United Methodist Church, we have chosen to celebrate the 3rd Sunday of October as Laity Sunday. It is a “time to recognize the work and the mission of all the laity – not only in the walls of the church, but in everyday lives.” So now, that’s the official explanation: “To recognize the work and the mission of all the laity.” That’s kind of funny when you consider that 90 some odd years ago...

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“When We Say Grace” October 13, 2019

“When We Say Grace” Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7 2 Timothy 2:8-15 Luke 17:11-19   So, how are you? (……) Come on now, it’s a question we get asked every day. So just for kicks, I’d like to ask you again and invite you all to speak out the way that you always do when someone asks, “How are you?” So, here goes: “How are you today?” (…..) Very good. See, it just comes natural. It’s about the easiest thing in the world to do, which is a good thing, because we do it every day all day...

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“Extraordinary, Ordinary Faith” October 6, 2019

“Extraordinary, Ordinary Faith” Lamentations 1:1-6 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Luke 17:5-10   A nun who works for a local health care agency was out making her rounds when she ran out of gas.  As luck would have it, there was a station just down the street. She walked to the station to borrow a can with enough gas to start the car and drive to the station for a fill up. The attendant regretfully told her that the only can he owned had just been loaned out, but if she would care...

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“Now the Way I See It…” Sept 29, 2019

“Now, the Way I See It…” Jeremiah 32:1-3a, 6-15 1 Timothy 6:6-19/ Luke 16:19-31   I remember well the day that someone explained to me how to accumulate wealth. “It’s all about multiplication,” he said. “Sure, you need to work hard and work smart; sure, you need to be frugal with your money. A lot of folks do that, and they do well. But if you want to make gobs of money, you have to multiply yourself. You can’t do it all alone.” I told him, “Sure you can. You can...

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“Jesus Is Da Balm” Sept. 22, 2019

“Jesus Is Da Balm” Jeremiah 8:18-9:1/ 1 Timothy 2:1-7/ Luke 16:1-13   There is nothing more exciting (and frustrating) for a 5 year old kid that waiting for Christmas morning: the lights, the decorations, and they even bring a real tree into the house. But the real kicker is that under this tree are toys wrapped up so that you can’t see what they are and the agony of your existence is amplified more with every day that you have to wait to rip them open. There’s a rumor...

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