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Doubt And Faith

“Doubt and Faith” John 14:1-14 Today’s passage is loaded. It contains some of the most comforting words in all of Scripture. Hundreds of times, while standing in a cemetery or memorial garden, I’ve read these words to people who were saying good bye to a loved one. Jesus says, “Do not let your hearts be […]

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I Am The Gate

“I Am the Gate” (John 10:1-10) Today is the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Old Testament God is often referred to as our shepherd—“The Lord is my shepherd” we read in the famous twenty-third Psalm (23:1)—and seven centuries before Christ the Old Testament prophet Isaiah prophesied that the coming Messiah would […]

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Joy for

Joy for the Journey: Reflections on the Walk to Emmaus, Luke 24:13-35   What kind of journey are you on? What direction is it taking you? How is it that these two disciples are not on a journey of joy today? It is the same day, after all, that the women discovered the empty tomb, were […]

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Light Greater Than Our Darkness

Text: John 20: 1-18   Listen to this quote from John’s gospel. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has overcome it.” The darkness has overcome it. That’s what I said. The words are familiar and most people just thought I’d said them the way I should. A few people close to the […]

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Can These Bones Live

Ezekiel 37:1-14 John 11:1-45 We live in a culture which gives us very mixed messages about death. On the one hand, we are bombarded with images of treatments and activities which promise to prevent the aging process (hence delaying death). On the other hand, as humans, we are prone to risky behaviors…death defying activities…racing fast […]

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Losing Your Religion

(John 3:1-17) Several years ago, I noticed something peculiar happening to me, as well as many of my friends and colleagues in the church. It wasn’t that we were getting older – or slower – or, in my case, grayer on top. No, something more subtle was happening. I NOTICED WORDS WALKING OUT ON ME. […]

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Packing For The Journey

(Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11 ) Let us pray: May the words of our mouths and the meditation in our hearts always be acceptable to You, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Two students sat across from one another during a recent test. One of them was considered to be the smartest in the class, […]

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Be Transformed

(Matthew 17:1-9) Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen. I want us to do a little mental exercise this morning. I want you to remember that perfect […]

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Better Than Getting Even

(Psalm 119:33-40; Matthew 5:38-48) The passage we read this morning from the Sermon on the Mount, portions of which we have been reading over the past few Sundays, is one of those passages that make us wonder whether Jesus is really serious when he says what he says. I mean really… Do not resist an […]

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