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“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 […]

“Who Made Whom?” 5-21-17 (Jeff Moore, preaching)

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May 21           Acts 17:22-31           “Who Made Whom?” Think of all the human-made stuff people worship and serve: money, fame, power, fashion, security, possessions, groups, institutions.  Just like the Athenians and their statue to an unknown god, we take lots of opportunities to venerate something.  Paul offers them and us a deeper understanding of God.  I […]

“The Great Comeback…G.O.A.T.” 4-23-17

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     John 20:19-31     “The Great Comeback…G.O.A.T.”           (Pat Jackson, preaching)   19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said […]

“Jesus Incognito?” Easter Sunday 4-16-17

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April 16        Easter           John 20:1-18 and Matthew 25:34-40     “Jesus Incognito?”   (Jeff Moore, preaching) Mary goes to the garden to see Jesus.  When she encounters the risen Christ she doesn’t recognize him until he calls her by name and she recognizes him as teacher.  What will make for our Easter encounter?  How can we see Jesus […]