A Call for Transformation

Texts: Luke 13:31-35 & Genesis 15:1-12; 17-18 Repent! Now there’s a loaded term! It’s one of those church-y type words that we hear used an awful lot, but nobody really seems to know what it means. From Acts: “Repent and be baptized, all of you!” From the first three gospels: “The kingdom of God is […]

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Temptations in the Desert

Luke 4:1-13 As many of you know, I’m a fan of science fiction and fantasy fiction of all kinds of stripes. What I love about the genre is how these types of stories, under the guise of escapism, use some very creative ways to draw us to learn something about ourselves. Ideally, our engagement with […]

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We’re [not?] worthy!

Texts: Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 There is a common theme that runs throughout many stories from the Bible for those who are called into a unique ministry… but it’s an uncomfortable one for us because it doesn’t paint a particularly rosy picture the people we regard as the pillars of our faith. […]

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A Rant on Love

Text: 1 Corinthians 13 In the months leading up to my own wedding, which is coming up to sixteen years ago, I remember attending a handful of bridal shows with Sarah. It’s a real eye-opening experience, because I began to realize how large the wedding industry has become. Everything is designed to try to put […]

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When the Wine Runs Out

John 2:1-11 ~ Jesus Turns Water into Wine The wine ran out, just when the party was about to kick into high gear. There wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate in the impoverished region of Nazareth, so everyone looked forward to a wedding. It was the one time when no expense was spared – the […]

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Following Your Star

Texts: Matthew 2:1-12; Isaiah 60:1-6 It is the 12th day of Christmas, and I have to apologize that I wasn’t able to find twelve drummers to drum for you today. The tree is still up, the banners are still hung, and we continue to have the Advent Wreath and the Christ Candle shining together on […]

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A Verse in Light – Christmas Eve 2018

Texts: Luke 2:1-14; Isaiah 9:2-7 Once again, we gather here to celebrate joy this time of year. To raise our voices in song and in mirth, proclaiming the wonder of Christ’s holy birth. And yes it’s my tradition, I hope you don’t mind, tonight’s Christmas message is completely in Rhyme. But it’s not that easy […]

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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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