Easter Message 2018

John 20:1-18 There she was Sitting in the darkness The sunlight just barely beginning to creep in to the world She was hiding in her memories Reminiscing about better nights and better days She was certain that nothing would ever be better again. She was still breathing But the air just seemed to rattle around in an empty cavity since she was sure her soul had been sucked right out of her body and there was nothing left ...

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In the midst of racism, remember your baptism

Like many pastors this weekend, I scrambled to adapt/change/rewrite my sermon to make at least some attempt to address the events in Charlottesville.  It's not as poetic or as polished as I would like it to be, but here it is in audio and written form. Psalm 46  Acts 2:37-42  [podbean type=audio-square resource="episode=yswmd-6f22e5" skin="1" auto="0" height=315 ] Today kicks off a series on the sacraments. There’s two Sundays on Baptism and two Sundays on ...

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God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Before we go any further with this “That’s not in the Bible” series, I think it’s important that we acknowledge that the Bible is not the only thing we misquote. Famous movie tag lines get altered after being told and re-told over and over again. Clint Eastwoord’s Dirty Harry is oft-quoted as saying, “Do you feel lucky, Punk?” was actually, “You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well ...

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That’s Not in the Bible: God’s Got This

   We like quick fixes. It kind of seems like the woman in our story this morning got one. She just touched Jesus’s cloak and boom, she was healed. But if you were listening closely to the story, you know that she had been suffering for 12 years. Twelve years! She had seen doctor after doctor. Her condition separated her from family and friends because it caused her to be declared ...

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Fishing for People

This Sunday's scripture reading and message Mark 1:14-20 New International Version (NIV) 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” 16 As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were ...

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