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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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The Bound King

John 18:31-38 It’s such a weird mix of images. Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, the last day of worship before Advent begins… it is in all respects New Year’s Eve for Christians. Throughout the year we have walked through all the different seasons of the church, anticipating the coming of Christ, celebrating his arrival […]

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A Remembrance Reflection in Word & Song

It has been one hundred years. A hundred years since the end of the “War to End All Wars.” A hundred years since the guns fell silent over Europe, and the world began to take stock in what just happened. In those hundred years, there have been other wars, including the greatest conflict the world […]

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Worshipping with the Saints

Text: Revelation 21:1-6a The first day of November is called All Saints Day… for the most part it’s not a day that we celebrate all that much. We celebrate the night before quite well… for those of you who are parents or grandparents, the real challenge is to make sure our children don’t make themselves […]

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Truth, Freedom, and Reformation

Text: John 8:31-36 One of the things that I have really enjoyed about the Bible and history seminars that I have been doing over the past few years, is those who come really appreciate the work that I’ve been doing to give the historical background as to how the Bible came together. It’s interesting to […]

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Who Made Who?

Texts: Mark 10:35-45 At some point early on in my career, I stumbled across a saying that I try to take to heart every week when preparing sermons. It is a real caution, and a reminder of the responsibility that comes with this pulpit every week. The saying is quite simple, really… but its implications […]

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