May 2, 2021 “The Path of the Disciple”

“The Path of the Disciple” Acts 8:26-40 John 15:1-8     “Immature love says : I love you because I need you. Mature love says: I need you because I love you.” ~ Erich Fromm     “What makes one strong is not the ability to confront adversity and cruelty, but rather the ability to love in spite of it.” ~ Christopher Earle “You will never know the purest love you can give a person, until the day you hurt because they hurt. You genuinely want them to succeed in life and be free...

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April 25, 2021 “Gettin’ Our Groove Back”

“Gettin’ Our Groove Back” 1 John 3:16-24/ John 10:11-18 “I have all things and abound; not because I have a good store of money in the bank, not because I have skill and wit with which to win my bread, but because the Lord is my shepherd.” ~ Charles Spurgeon “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” ~ Romans 8:31 Madeliene L’Engle, in her book “Glimpses of Grace,” tells a story that is custom made for today. She writes,...

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April 18, 2021 “Well, I’ll Be!”

“Well, I’ll Be!” 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:13-48 “Live in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.” ~ unknown “Let God be the judge. Your job today is to be a witness.” ~ Warren Wiersbe I’m guessing that a lot of folks here today are familiar with the founder of the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas named Adam Hamilton. With a membership of over 25,000, The Church of the Resurrection is easily the largest...

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April 11, 2021 “Breathe to Live, Live to Breathe”

“Breathe to Live, Live to Breathe” Ezekiel 37:1-14 Acts 4:32-35 John 20:19-31 “Our belief in God is not a blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true.” ~ Max Lucado “When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?” ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton A rabbi, a priest, and a minister were all asked the same question: “What would you like people to say about you after you die?” The...

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April 4, 2021 “God Is on the Loose” Easter Sunday

“God Is On the Loose” Mark 16:1-8/ John 20:1-18 “Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” ~ Psalm 30:4-5 “Easter is hope on a rampage. The world comes alive with possibility.” ~ unknown Why do we love Easter so much? What is it about this particular celebration that captures our imaginations and always...

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March 28, 2021 “It’s Time to Step Up”

“It’s Time to Step Up” Philippians 2:1-13 Mark 11:1-11   Because it bears repeating, I’d like to read again a portion of Paul’s letter to the church body in Philippi. It would be difficult to find a scripture that speaks or shouts to the Christian life louder than this one, and for that reason, I believe, we save it up to be read on the Sunday that begins Holy Week. We’re reading from Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, The Message, as Paul writes: If you’ve gotten anything...

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March 21, 2021 “Where There is No Faith in the Future, There is No Power in the Present”

“Where There is No Faith in the Future,   There is No Power in the Present” Jeremiah 31:31-34 John 12:20-33   Recently, the magazine, Ministry Matters, published the story of the little town of Flagstaff, Maine. In his book, Unfinished Business, the author Halford Luccuck tells how the town was to be flooded as part of a large lake for which a dam was being built. All improvements and repairs in the town had stopped. What was the use of painting a house if it was to be...

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March 14, 2021 “So Must the Son of Man Be Lifted Up”

“So Must the Son of Man Be Lifted Up”  John 3:14-21 Numbers 21:4-9   Let me tell you about Peggy. Now back in the 1990’s, Peggy was like most everybody else in Missoula, MT. She was active in her church community, and along with her husband was busy raising kids, paying a mortgage, and trying her best to get ahead in this life. But in one respect, Peggy was extraordinary. Now, in Missoula the main street going through downtown is called Higgins Ave. It runs north and...

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March 7, 2021 “Nothing Short of a Miracle”

“Nothing Short of a Miracle” John 2:13-22 Have you ever wondered about the expression “to pull out all the stops”? If we used this phrase today, we would mean something like to give it all you’ve got, to throw everything at it but the kitchen sink, or spare no expense. “Local law enforcement has pulled out all the stops to catch the perpetrator of this heinous crime,” might be an example. But did you know that this familiar phrase comes from the mechanics of the early pipe...

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February 28, 2021 “Fierce Faith”

“Fierce Faith” Mark 8:27-38   You know, as I was reading through this well-known passage from Mark, I had a thought: “What would we do without Peter?” Now, I’m serious here: of all the disciples, no one stumbled and bumbled worse than this fisherman named Cephas. We don’t have to dig very deep to be reminded of the numerous times that Peter misunderstood or mis-stepped or just missed the boat when it came to the vision Jesus had for the Kingdom of God here on this...

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