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Pastor's Blog

November 7, 2019

For by grace you were saved by faith, and it is not your doing; it the gift of God – not the result for works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. Ephesia...

October 24, 2019

I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4: 6-7

Tradition has it that Paul, his execution imminent, penned/dictated the above words from h...

October 10, 2019

Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter...

October 7, 2019

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ...

October 3, 2019

2 Kings, of the Old Testament, isn’t the most exciting part of the Bible. Part of the story is that Israel (now the northern kingdom of what was once a united Israel under David and Solomon; Judah is the southern kingdom) has fallen to the Assyrians and, now, Judah and...

July 6, 2019

Luke 7 is filled with wonderful stories but none greater than the parable of the woman who comes into the house of Simon, the Pharisee, and begins to anoint Jesus’ feet - not only with costly ointment but with her own tears. Simon wonders how Jesus cannot know, if he i...

June 6, 2019

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,

but you have received a spirit of adoption. Romans 8:15

I don't want to steal too much of my own Sunday sermon thunder, but I am arrested by Paul's notion of adoption and slavery. Slavery and adoption do...

May 30, 2019

And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:23

The Feast of the Ascension dates back to at least the 4th Century but probably from much earlie...

May 23, 2019

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” Acts 1: 11a

Angels ask the disciples a very pointed question above: why do you look for the physical Jesus who is no longer here? You are to look for Jesus, the Christ, in the world now, in all that you see, k...

May 16, 2019

I have been thinking a lot about patience lately, particularly how I so often lack it. I was recently traveling from Bradley to visit family. I boarded the plane, on time, settled in, began taxing for take off before the plane stopped and we were informed that the plan...

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