July 25, 2021 “The Unknowable Love of Christ”

“The Unknowable Love of Christ” Ephesians 3:14-21 John 6:1-21 “The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.” ~ C. S. Lewis “One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.”…. Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are.” ~ Phillips Brooks “What makes a man’s 80 year old Irish...

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July 18, 2021 “Compassion and Need, and the Need for Compassion”

“Compassion and Need, And the Need for Compassion” Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 “Compassion is the basis of morality.”  ~ Arthur Shopenhauer “More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgement. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.” ~ Roy T. Bennett “That’s what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” ~ Simone de Beauvoir Jonathan Booth offered me this bit of wisdom the other day. He said, “A good...

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July 11, 2021 “When the Good News Ain’t So Good”

“When the Good News Ain’t So Good” Mark 6:14-29 “Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else’s. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else’s blessings instead of your own.”  ― Roy T. Bennett “Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ― Charles Dickens “Don’t count your blessings, let your blessings count! Enjoy...

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July 4, 2021 “Shake The Dust”

“Shake The Dust” 2 Corinthians 12:2-10/ Mark 6:1-13 “True gospel preaching always changed the heart. It either awakens it or hardens it.” ~ Chan Kilgore “Well, it’s just painful to see them with nothing to eat and at the same time no God. So let’s share our food and our God.” ~ Jestoni Revealed “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another where to find bread.” ~ D. T. Niles I’m guessing that it was during the 70’s that the Hare Krishna movement was going full swing. It...

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June 27, 2021 “God Knows Us Good, God Loves Us Better”

“God Knows Us Good, God Loves Us Better” Mark 5:21-43 “A powerful prayer is one that does not let go. It does not quit. It is profitable and powerful because it is persistent.” ~ Michael Catt “Who is of so little faith that in times of disaster or heartbreak has not called to his God?”  ~ Og Mandino “Fight you battles through prayer, and win your battles through faith.” ~ Luffina Lourduraj    It was Maya Angelou that once said, “I’ve learned that people will forget...

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June 20, 2021 “The Pitfalls and Perils of Being a PK”

“The Pitfalls and Perils of Being a PK” Mark 4:35-41 “Fear is the path to the Dark Side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” ~ Yoda “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ~ Plato “He who has overcome his fears is truly free.” ~ Aristotle A couple years back when we could do such things, we were having a bar-b-que at the neighbors’ house on a beautiful summer’s...

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June 13, 2021 “Explaining the Unexplainable: The Kingdom of God 101”

“Explaining the Unexplainable: The Kingdom of God 101” Mark 4:26-34 “The good deeds you do now are the treasures for the future.”  ~ Philippine proverb “Give good and get good.”  ~ Estonian proverb “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson “The Kingdom of God is like…” We’re going to be hearing that opening phrase a lot in the next few months. “This is what God’s kingdom is like,” are the first words of Christ...

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June 6, 2021 “Taking Leave of our Senses”

“Taking Leave of Our Senses” Mark 3:20-35   “The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.” ~ Douglas Wood “If the only prayer you said was ‘Thank you’, that would be enough.”  ~ Meister Eckhart “Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I’d like to express my thanks. I’ve got the sun in the morning and the moon at night.” ~Irving Berlin It was the Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson who once made a rather humbling...

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May 30, 2021 “On Being Jesus”

“On Being Jesus” John 3:1-17 “God so loved the world that he gave his son to that world, that those who put their confidence in him would not lead a miserable, failing existence, but have eternal life, which is the kind of life God has.” ~ Dallas Willard “It isn’t sacrifice if you love what you’re doing.” ~ Mia Hamm For the baseball fans in the crowd today, the name Jim Palmer should sound familiar. In his 19 year career with the Baltimore Orioles, Palmer made quite a name...

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May 23, 2021 “The Heart of the Matter, the Letter of the Law, & the Spirit of Truth”

“The Heart of the Matter, the Letter of the Law, & the Spirit of Truth” John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 “When you strip it of everything else, Pentecost stands for power and life. That’s what came into the church when the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost.” ~ David Wilkerson “I used to tell young preachers, in order to preach, you’ve got to have the power of God on your life. Now I tell them, in order to tie your shoes you’ve got to have the power of God on your...

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