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Seventh Sunday of Easter
May 24, 2020

Scripture: Acts 1:12-26; 1 Peter 4:12-19, 5:6-11; John 17:1-11

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Idol Time

Sixth Sunday of Easter
May 17, 2020

Scripture: Acts 17:16-31; 1 Peter 3:13-22; John 14:15-21

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How Can We Know the Way?

Fifth Sunday of Easter
May 10, 2020

 

Scripture: Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10; John 14:1-14

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Fear and Love

Third Sunday in Lent
March 15, 2020

“Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.”

Martin Luther, 1527 – Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague

Scriptures: Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-8; John 4: 5-30, 39-42

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Faith. The Final Frontier

 
Second Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2020

Abraham and Nicodemus were two very interesting men.  They were separated by centuries, but united by one very important thing.  Faith.  Faith in God and His love.  Their stories, given to us in the Bible, show us that God is, in fact, merciful in spite of our own weaknesses.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, so that people, like you and me, might have eternal life and peace.

Scriptures: Genesis 12:1-9; Romans 4:1-8, 13-17; John 3:1-17

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The Illusion Delusion

First Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2020

We do many things to create the illusion that we are okay.  Medication helps mask the pain, but there may be something seriously wrong inside.  Medication covers our ailments.  We distract ourselves from the pain, sorrow, guilt and discomfort of this world by indulging in all kinds of sin and vice.  Gambling, drinking, lust, drugs, entertainment...  But, there is a true reality.  Our sin is serious.  It divides us from a loving God, who really wants you.  He forgives, renews, and sets free.  He did it by taking your sins, your failures, your seriously sick heart and replacing it with the perfection of His Son, Jesus.  The reality is, your sins are serious, but God's love for you is even greater.

Scriptures: Genesis 3:1-21; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

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The Company You Keep

The Feast of the Transfiguration
February 23, 2020

We are often judged by the company we keep.  Hang out with the greedy and selfish, and you will be seen as greedy and selfish.  Hang out with sinners and prostitutes and you will be seen as ... well, you get the idea.  Jesus hung out with sinners, too, though.  He hung out with sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, the pious, the diseased, the demon possessed, and, He, too, was judged.  But, He also, hung out, literally on the cross, with thieves.  One of which, asked for forgiveness and was absolved, right there.  I would think he was happy being in the company of Jesus.  How about you?

Scriptures: Exodus 24:8-18; 2 Peter 1:16-21; Matthew 17:1-9(10-18)

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