Table Talks by Rev. Dr. Jeff Moore

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“Fat Sheep and Lean Sheep” 11-26-17

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Ezekiel 34:11-24 “Fat Sheep and Lean Sheep” Shepherds care about the whole flock.  They just do.  It is the work of the shepherd to make sure all the sheep have what they need to thrive.  Here in Ezekiel we see that sheep have responsibilities too.  When some sheep get fat at the expense of others, […]

“Now Concerning the Times and the Seasons” 11-19-17

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“Now Concerning the Times and the Seasons”  (Jeff Moore, preaching) 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 “Does anybody really know what time it is?  Does anybody really care?” Do we REALLY believe that God has and that God is doing something through Jesus Christ?  How can we become and remain prepared for the presence of God’s Spirit in […]

“The Best Teachers Are Lifelong Students”   11-5-17

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Matthew 23:1-12   “The Best Teachers Are Lifelong Students”   (Jeff Moore, preaching)   I remember, 30 years ago, being enamored with the thought of teaching at the college level.  I thought about giving assignments, owning lots of books, the wire-rimmed glasses, even the elbow patches on my jacket!  But, of course, those things don’t make […]

“Martin and Moses” 10-29-17 (Jeff Moore, preaching)

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  Deuteronomy 34:1-12 “Martin and Moses” Deuteronomy 34 tells us how God shows Moses the promised land, but Moses doesn’t get there.  We’re reminded of all Moses had done – how unequalled he was.  Martin Luther King, Jr. had this passage in mind when he gave his final speech in Memphis… We got some difficult […]

“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 […]