Easy Christianity

Many years ago, the Betty Crocker Company offered a product which only needed water. All you had to do was add water, and you would get a perfect, delicious cake every time. It was a great new idea! But, it bombed! Nobody bought it. Research showed that people weren’t buying the cake mix because it […]

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How do we pray?

I heard a story the other day of a pilot having a bit of trouble flying his airplane. “Pilot to tower, pilot to tower. … I’m 300 miles from the airport, six hundred feet above the ground, and I’m out of fuel. Descending rapidly. Please advise. Over.” “Tower to pilot. … Repeat after me: ‘Our […]

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Getting involved – the Jesus piece

What is it about getting involved that makes some people perk up and others shrink back? Is it personality style, fear of over-commitment, notoriety, it’s the right thing to do, it’s the wrong thing to do? What is it? The Pharisees were quite sure that they had this whole thing figured out. They wanted to […]

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Apostles Creed, dear old friend

How precious is a dear old friend? Priceless! You can call, text, visit any time of the day and receive the love you so need. I want to preach about a dear, old friend today — the Apostle’s Creed! What, you say, THAT old thing? Well — it is old, written in 341 AD, a […]

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The Ten Commandments. Moses had been up on the mountain for a long time. The people of Israel were getting nervous. Where was he? The tension continued to build, until finally a man is seen making his way down the mountain, carrying something. The people are gathered at the foot of the mountain. Moses reaches […]

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From the abyss to God’s blueprint for me

From the beginning, this is a candid first person account of my faith journey through Christ. I was never looking for Christ in the way I should have been. I prayed,most every night,looking for answers as to why He wasn’t answering me. Every night I prayed hoping at least one of them would be. It […]

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The vocation of Katie Luther

Maybe you’ve seen the cartoon where a monk, in the basement of a library, is leaning over a book, sobbing,. An old priest walks in, “What’s wrong? What’s the matter?” “It doesn’t say celibate. It says celebrate. We’ve misread it all these years.” Easter morning, 1525 (eight years after nailing the 95 theses to the church […]

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I believe, help my unbelief

Remember Peter’s words, “Lord I believe, but help my unbelief”? Isn’t that why we are here this morning? Lord, I believe, but help my unbelief? It’s the stuff of life, the battle of belief/unbelief. It rages in our hearts and minds till our last breath. Sometimes we just don’t feel like God is present. Sometimes […]

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How the light gets in

Right on the tail of the “blessed are’s,” (you know — the poor, the meek, the mourners) comes this passage in Matthew. So who is Jesus talking about? I know the kind of people I call salty and luminescent, but does Jesus have the same definition that I have? To figure out just who these […]

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What do you want in life?

A Baptist pastor was starting his ministry in a tiny town. His goal was that every person in that town be baptized. Walking down main street, he came across a homeless man. “Do you know Jesus?” The man answered, “No.” “Do you want to be baptized?” The man said, “Okay. I’m not sure what that […]

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