What makes you angry?

So what makes you angry? Jot some things down. Slow drivers, fast drivers, being cut off, long lines, slow service, waiting on hold, not getting your way, not being recognized, Republicans, Democrats, being corrected, not being thanked, not being respected? What is it that makes you angry? (Jot some things down) There’s a story in […]

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God isn’t kidding, we are the plan!

Friends in Christ! There is no Plan B. We’re it! We are God’s best plan to love, bless, and save this world. There is no plan B! This portion of the Gospel of John is often called “The Priestly Prayer.” Jesus is minutes away from the events that would lead to the crucifixion. In the […]

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Only one piece of the whole picture

A couple weeks ago, my 3½ year old grandson, James, and I put a puzzle together. He loves putting puzzles together. He was so excited, but when we finished, we found we were one piece short! The missing piece kept the whole from being, well, whole! It just wasn’t complete, not what it could be, […]

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God’s mission! Who me?

Max Lucado asks, “What if, for 24 hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, takes on your schedule? Your boss becomes his boss, your mother becomes his mother, your pains become his pains? With one exception, nothing about your life changes. Your health doesn’t change. Your circumstances […]

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We’re putting the band back together

We’re putting the band back together. One of the funniest movies ever, “The Blues Brothers.” It’s the story about the redemption of paroled convict Jake, and his brother Elwood. They are on a “mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up. To do so they must reunite their blues band and […]

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The real danger of discipleship

I can imagine a Pastoral Search Committee meeting with a candidate: “Pastor, tell us how you understand church membership.” “Well, you must hate your father and mother, your wife and children, your brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Then you must be prepared to die for the cause. Jesus said, anyone who […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” The 1967 film classic — is the story of the daughter of a well-to-do white family, who comes home to announce her intentions to marry a well-to-do African-American physician. The groom’s family also comes to dinner to Learn that their son wants to marry a white girl. This might seem […]

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Sabbath – rules, work, or living?

Do any of you know how many commandments there are in the Old Testament? How many rules there are? Any guesses? 613. Just think … we can hardly remember ten! There are 365 negative commands, “Thou shalt nots!” and 248 positive commandments (You shalls!) For the Pharisees – that was it – to know and […]

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Where did the angry guy come from?

Jesus has been hanging out in Galilee — crowds continue to gather and grow wherever He goes — he’s a pretty cool guy. He’s been healing, casting out demons. He’s even trending on Twitter. His teachings feel reassuring, cozy. He tells his followers not to worry — consider the birds of the air, and the […]

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