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“Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” (10-22-17)

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Philippians 2:1-13 “Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places?” The way Paul talks about love, it seems to involve humility, giving, and even pain.  Love, it seems, is risky.  Why, then, would it be worth it?  What does Paul know that he wants us to know?  What does he tell us about love’s source, […]

“Positive!” (10-8-17)

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October 8 Exodus 20:1-20 “Positive!” When I was a child, I remember learning the ten commandments as a long list of negatives:  Thou shalt not, thou shalt not, thou shalt not…  The commandments were so heavy that I wasn’t at all surprised to see pictures of Moses carrying them on big stone tablets. They seemed […]

“Coin Collecting” (10-1-17)

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October 1 Matthew 22:15-22 “Coin Collecting” Jesus uses a coin to make a point in an exchange with some Pharisees.  What might he have been trying to say?  Let’s look at some coins, some claims, and try to decipher what belongs to God and what belongs to the emperor.  I think we’ll be richly rewarded, […]

“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 […]