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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Epiphany 5C (2-10-19)

By |2019-02-10T16:29:46-05:00February 10th, 2019|

Date: February 10, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 6:1-8, Psalm 138, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Luke 5:1-11 |

A Sacred Trust "...The call of God convictsus of sin, is answeredin humble obedience, and surprisesus with heavenly joy.  A sacred trust passed on, and so it goes, from one generation to the next. All bearing witness to Christ’s call upon our lives."  
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Epiphany 3C (1-27-19)

By |2019-01-27T16:44:48-05:00January 27th, 2019|

Date: January 27, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, Luke 4:14-21 |

"We often “study” Nehemiah and focus on the wall and leadership principles found in this story, which is fine but misses the greater message for us as believers. It was hearing and listening to the Torah that changed and began the true restoration they hoped for and needed. I want you to think carefully about our Gospel reading today: Jesus was reading from Isaiah at his hometown synagogue, as the Word of God Incarnate. He is the ONE Who would “go forth” to accomplish that which God purposed and succeed in all for which He was sent. He fulfills the
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