Lent 3C (3-24-19)

By |2019-03-24T17:44:26-05:00March 24th, 2019|

Date: March 24, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 |

When we give our primary attention to other matters, things go wrong, sometimes terribly wrong. We all too easily make idols out of people, personal goals, situations, problems, worries, fears – all the things we’re not to worship. I offer just two examples from the Bible: David was a mighty man of God, until he was tempted to turn his eyes where they did not belong. When Jesus called Peter out of the boat to walk on water, he was doing fine, until he let the storm take his focus off Jesus. Where are you like David? Where are you like Peter? Then, think of
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Lent 1C (3-10-19)

By |2019-03-10T13:51:52-05:00March 10th, 2019|

Date: March 10, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16, Romans 10:8b-13, Luke 4:1-13 |

"...Did Jesus want, like, or relishhis time of temptation? No more than we do. Did He overcome these temptations, only becauseHe was the Son of God incarnate? No.To make that declaration is to denythat He was fully human. He didn’t reach into the “divine” partof his life, so that the “human” partcould win in the wilderness. He was FULLYGod and FULLYhuman, and He faced temptation, every temptation, that we do – FULLY!"
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Epiphany 7C (2-24-19)

By |2019-02-24T16:29:31-05:00February 24th, 2019|

Date: February 24, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Genesis 45:3-11, 15, Psalm 37:1-12, 1 Corinthians 15:35-38,42-50, Luke 6:27-38 |

All too often I’ve heard sermons preached about Joseph with cleaver titles like, “From the Pit, to the Prison, to the Palace” using Joseph as an example of someone who overcomes adversity to rise to great position and power. I’ve heard them, because I’ve preached them. Such sermons and teachings often miss the entire point of Joseph’s long saga. So, let me be crystal clear: this is not a rags to riches story, or a tale of conquering obstacles, nor is it a leadership story– no matter what you’ve heard in other teachings or sermons. This is a
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