“What Are You Looking For?” January 19, 2020

“What Are You Looking For?” Isaiah 49:1-7 1 Corinthians 1:1-9 John 1:29-42   When we read from the Gospels in our time together, it’s pretty well understood what to expect: that we will be reading from the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And it’s also pretty well understood that these 4 books from the New Testament are the core of our faith in Christ; they are the main “go-to” documents when it comes to our understanding of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ....

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“To Fulfill All Righteousness” January 12, 2020

“To Fulfill All Righteousness” Isaiah 42:1-9 Acts 10:34-43 Matthew 3:13-17   The young son of a Baptist minister was in church one morning when he saw, for the first time, baptism by full immersion. The ceremony fascinated him; so much so that the next morning he proceeded to baptize…wouldn’t you know it…his 3 cats in the bathtub. The youngest kitten tolerated the dunking pretty well, and so did the younger cat, but the old family tom cat wasn’t going to have anything...

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“It Suddenly Occurred To Me…I’ve Never Had an Epiphany” January 5, 2020

“It Suddenly Occurred to Me… I’ve Never Had an Epiphany” Jeremiah 31:7-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 John 1:1-18 (TLB)   Welcome; welcome one and all. It occurred to me that this particular Sunday is pretty special. First of all, this Sunday marks the beginning of a new year, a new decade, and it’s hard to ignore all the hope and anticipation that comes from fresh starts and new beginnings. This Sunday is special because the Ducks squeaked out a win at the Rose Bowl, I have a...

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“All I Really Want for Christmas” December 22, 2019

“All I Really Want for Christmas” Isaiah 7:10-16/ Romans 1:1-7 Matthew 1:18-25   Of all the Christmas songs that have ever been written, few are as popular as the one we know of as “The Christmas Song,” also known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or “Merry Christmas to You.” It was written in 1945 by the singer Mell Torme, who is well known, and a man named Bob Wells, who is not so well known. Now, it may seem a little weird to even bring this up – here, in a...

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“When We Sing, We Sing for Joy” December 15, 2019

“When We Sing, We Sing for Joy” Isaiah 35:1-10/ James 5:7-10 Matthew 11:2-11   Quite a few years ago, I worked running equipment for a guy named Oly – Oly Ostrom. Now Oly was one of those people that could have done well in any line of work: he was athletic, he was smart, and he could get along with just about anyone. But Oly was kind of a wild man, and so a career of working in the woods was right up his alley. Now Oly was about everything you would expect from a...

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