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“A Lifetime of Forgiveness”    (9-17-17)

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“A Lifetime of Forgiveness”                (Jeff Moore, preaching) Matthew 18:21-35 Forgiveness is hard.  Hard to give.  Sometimes it’s hard to receive.  It turns out, if we can’t give it, it gets harder and harder to receive, and things become a mess.  What steps can we take?  What do we need to learn?  To unlearn?

“Relationship, Relationship, Relationship” (9-10-17)

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Matthew 18:15-20   (with reference to Mt 9:9-13, Mt 6:9-15) “Relationship, Relationship, Relationship” Here in Matthew’s gospel we have directions for life in the church.  Unfortunately, sometimes we’ve ignored or misinterpreted this passage.  By the time we reach chapter 18 Matthew has already offered us precepts for these procedures:  What we do in the here and […]

“What God Hears and Whom God Sends” (09-03-17)

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“What God Hears and Whom God Sends”  (Jeff Moore, preaching) Exodus 3:1-15   God hears the cries of the oppressed and calls and sends Moses (Deborah, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, Amos, etc., etc….)  and sends Jesus, and sends the Disciples and apostles, and sends US!  What must we hear?  How are we sent?  Who […]

“God’s Pleasure and ALL Things” (8-20-17)

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Ephesians 1:3-23 “God’s Pleasure and ALL Things” What makes God happy?  From this text in Ephesians it looks like God’s pleasure includes bring everybody and everyone together under the auspices of God’s grace.  That means, by definition, if we’re working to exclude anyone from God’s presence and grace, we’re working against what gives God pleasure.  […]

“Sink or Swim” (8-13-17)

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“Sink or Swim”   (Pat Jackson, preaching) MATTHEW 14:22-33 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24but […]

“(God) Love(s) Your Enemies”   (8-6-17)

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“(God) Love(s) Your Enemies”   (Jeff Moore, preaching) Jonah 3:1-4:11 If there’s one thing we know about Ninevites in the Bible, it’s that Israelites don’t like them – and for good reason.  As the Assyrian capital, Nineveh was the place from which invaders came to defeat the northern kingdom and threaten the southern kingdom.  No wonder […]

“Journeying By Stages” (7-23-17)

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July 23 Genesis 12:1-9 “Journeying By Stages” God’s covenant with Abram is for the blessing of all the families of the earth.”  Abram responds obediently, and sets off.  He’s not immediately and automatically a blessing, it seems.  It doesn’t all happen at once.  What about us?  Where are we in this narrative.  As spiritual descendants […]

“The Earthling” (7-16-17)

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Jeff Moore, preaching Genesis 2:4b-15 “The Earthling” In this second, more personal, creation story God’s connection with us and our connections to one another and to creation are explicit and hopeful.  How will we live as those created from the earth itself and filled with God’s breath?  How will we relate to one another and […]

“Our Conflict; God’s Wisdom” 7-9-17

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Rebecca Klemme Eliceiri, preaching Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30 “Our Conflict; God’s Wisdom”   16‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another, 17 “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;    we wailed, and you did not mourn.” 18For John […]

“Heart Surgery” 6-18-17

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Deuteronomy 10:12-22   “Heart Surgery.”   Here in Deuteronomy we have clear directions about God’s expectations of Israel, and of us.  God lets us know about God’s heart, and about how we must open our own hearts and connect to the most vulnerable in order that we might truly connect with God’s heart.  How we […]