A Promise of Presence

Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Luke 18:1-8 Sitting on my shelf is a book called the “Essential Jesus” where the author takes many of the sayings of Jesus and distils them down into a format that is easy to memorize. To date, it has given me the best version of the so-called Parable of the Persistent Widow […]

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A Promise of Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-20 There is a story that author Philip Yancey tells in his book “What’s so Amazing about Grace?” It goes like this: During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions […]

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A Promise of Life

Text: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 They are perhaps the ten best known rules out of the entire Bible… or at least in name they are anyway. They have two epic films named after them. They have been used inappropriately as a theological battering ram by some, dismissed as ancient and irrelevant by others. These days, […]

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Rainbow Promises

Text: Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19 When he was still teaching high school, my Dad would periodically crack jokes or one-liners as a test to see the comprehension and alertness level of his class. It hadn’t started out that way, but he found that the students that laughed often did better in English because they could […]

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