“Where’s My Jesus, and What Have You Done With Him?” August 23, 2020

“Where’s My Jesus, and What Have You Done With Him?” Matthew 16:13-20 I’ll never forget my first job. I had somehow managed to get my Junior Lifesaving certificate from the YMCA and so, at the age of 14, I figured I was more than qualified to be a first class, bona fide life guard. As luck would have it, we lived close to an old run down dance hall and resort called Greter’s Lake. Now, this place had seen better days, but folks still came out in the summer and paid their...

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“It’s a Big Table” August 16, 2020

“It’s a Big Table” Matthew 15: 21-28   It’s a known fact that there will be things in our lives that are guaranteed to trigger certain memories. It happens every time. These memories might fade with time, but they will always be there. Every time that I smell Ivory soap, for example, my mind immediately goes to the big old cast iron bath tub at Grandpa John’s house with the crusty old fixtures and a worn out stopper on a rusty old chain. Every time. Our gospel message...

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“Step Out of the Boat” August 9, 2020

“Step Out of the Boat” A sermon based upon Matthew 14:22-33 Let me tell you about Clarence Palin. As far as I know, Clarence had worked in the woods of W. Montana all his life since he was just a kid. There wasn’t a piece of equipment that he couldn’t run and run well. To us youngsters that didn’t have 20 years’ experience under our belt, Clancy was considered an old timer – and I mean that in a good way. The thing is, if you do anything long enough then sooner or later...

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“That’s What Love Does” August 2, 2020

“That’s What Love Does” A sermon based on Romans 9:1-5 & Matthew 14:13-21 In our reading today from the epistle of Romans, Paul makes a statement that almost slipped by me. Now chapter 9 of the book of Romans starts out as a lament; that is obvious. Verse 1 from the Living Bible reads, O, Israel my people! O my Jewish brothers! How I long for you to come to Christ. My heart is heavy within me, and I grieve bitterly day and night because of you. Even though we know that...

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“The Kingdom of God – So, What’s That Like” July 26, 2020

  “The Kingdom of God – So What’s That Like?” A sermon based on Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52   Wow… Wow, wow, wow. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, the kingdom of heaven is like yeast, the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure found in a field, the kingdom of heaven is like finding a precious pearl or a net full of fish.” When my daughter was quite a bit younger, she took up the habit of (like) saying the word “like” (like) all the time. I used to keep...

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“Do Our Job” July 19, 2020

“Do Our Job” Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it was necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn   For those of you who have been able to follow our worship services from week to week online, you will recall that...

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Notes from the pastor July 19, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~ I wonder if there was such a thing as a “meme” in the time of Christ? Well, before we go any farther, I need to define this rather infectious phenomena as we know it today. Simply put, a meme (meem) is “An image, video, or piece of text, typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by internet users, often with slight variations.”  So yeah, I guess there weren’t such things around over 2000 years ago. But today, nothing is stopping...

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“Off The Record” a sermon by Jonathan Booth July 12, 2020

“Off The Record”  a sermon by Jonathan Booth   Good morning dear ones, for a couple of Sundays in July I am going to share the preaching load with your pastor and give him a hand in the hope that he and Margie can relax a little.  I miss you folks and the characteristics that make you as congregations similar yet distinct.  In my mind’s eye I can picture each congregation, so I hope you too can picture me in your sanctuaries sharing the word of God with you. Today’s gospel...

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Notes from the pastor July 12, 2020

Notes from the pastor ~  “The Tipping Point” As a youngster, I used to spend a good part of the summer up in Michigan to stay with cousins that lived in the east-central part of that state. My time was split between the farm with my cousins Jack & Andy and the farm with my cousins Bruce and Dale. If memory serves me, we were able to get into the same amount of trouble and cause equal measures of havoc and destruction at both locations, but today I’d like to focus on an...

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“I Got a Heck of a Deal” July 5, 2020

“I Got a Heck of a Deal” Romans 7 & Matthew 11 Huston Smith is a Methodist who has long been an authority on world religions.  He was one of many people of many faiths and many countries who were asked to contribute an essay to a book called “How Can I Find God?”  In his essay, Smith told this Hindu story. The disciple said to the master, “How can I find God?”  Instead of answering the question, the master led the student down to the river.  After staring out over the...

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