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A Shoot from the Stump

Isaiah 11:1-10 Re-thinking the root.  Whenever we hear or read stories out of the Bible, we do so with the default settings of our own experiences layered over on them. Chances are, if we listen to the opening chapter of Genesis we probably envision the earth in the story as being round, floating in the […]

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In Days to Come

Isaiah 2:1-5 ~ Waiting Marked by Hope ‘Soon’ is very much the theme of this Advent season we’ve just begun. It’s not the season of Christmas, nor is it the season of ‘now’; Advent is the season of ‘soon’. ‘Soon’ is not a definite timetable. It’s not something you can set your watch by. In […]

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The Most Unlikely of Places

Text: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Luke 3:7-18 If you haven’t already noticed, Christmas is coming. Twelve more days to go. By now, there have been all manner of parties, various gatherings and celebrations, and now the main event and the big meals await. If we aren’t careful, by the time the 25th rolls around we are ready […]

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Echoes of God

Text: Luke 3:1-6 Have you heard the Echoes of God in your life? I suspect that at the beginning of December, we are all so busy in our preparations for Christmas, that the answer is probably not. Even in my office, where I am preparing for all of these worship services leading up to Christmas […]

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Defiant Hope

Text: Jeremiah 33:14-16 If there is one thing that most people don’t know about the Bible, it’s this: The greatest and most profound stories and sayings from Scripture were written in times of adversity or decline. The greatest words of hope, deep reflections that long for God’s presence in the world, were all written in […]

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