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December 8, 2019

Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12

There was a teacher who held a lemon and asked a student, “If I squeeze this lemon, what will come out?”

“Lemon juice,” she replied.

“Will orange juice come out?” he asked again.

“No,” she said.

“Why not?”...

November 24, 2019

Most of you know that our daughter Chloe Rose is developmentally challenged. That is, of course, not all she is. She is beautiful, joyful, pushy, chatty, sometimes angry, but always her own unique self. But let me take you back to October 14, 2003. Chloe and I were dow...

November 21, 2019

Morning has broken like the first morning, blackbird has spoken like the first bird.

Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning! Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!

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November 17, 2019

Isaiah 65:17–25; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19

It will take me a bit to get there, so hold onto these words of Jesus for now: This will give you an opportunity to testify … By your endurance you will gain your souls."

Jesus’ vision of the future caused me, this we...

November 10, 2019

Haggai 1:15b-2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17; Luke 20:27-38

I am always wary of “gimmicky” preaching that is flashy and splashy, but is perhaps a wee scant on the real good news of Jesus Christ: that we are children of the Resurrection and God fills the house of our l...

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...

November 3, 2019

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10

There is a really wonderful picture in your bulletin that my wife took of a door leading into Holy Trinity, Stratford upon Avon in the UK. I use it this week as we discuss the connection between changing...

October 31, 2019

Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us. Luke 16: 26

Jesus speaks more about economics, riches, and the poor more than any other single t...

October 27, 2019

Joel 2:23-32; Psalm 65; 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18; Luke 18:9-14

Light of Baptism. Celebrate the light. It is not that the Pharisee is righteous but that he relies on His own righteousness, not on the light, the wisdom and the power of God.

For with you is the fountain of lif...

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...

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