In the beginning was the Word

John challenges our faith: Do you believe that Jesus is God? Has he become the light of your life? Does he live with you in your everyday life?

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January 3, 2021
John 1:1-14
Christmas 2
"This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many"- Simeon

God has intruded into our cycle of birth - innocence - rebellion - maturity - midlife - old age - and death. He has given us something eternal. What we see is not a generational division, but a timeless unity.

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December 27, 2020
Luke 2:22-40
Christmas 1
Sunday between Christmas & New Year's

The holiday season is filled with teachable moments. As a WASP child, growing up in a white suburb, Tennessee Ernie Ford’s recording of "Some Children See Him was a teachable moment.

God has sent the rich away empty - Mary the mother of Jesus

Mary makes a spiritual leap that I think we all should make this Christmas season, especially in the midst of our fears and the growing social unrest of 2020. She says that the Messiah will be born on the wrong side of the tracks.

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December 20, 2020
Luke 1:46-55
Advent 4
...the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

At Christmas and the holidays, paradoxes abound. Peace on Earth, is promised. Then Herod slays the innocents. Paradoxes prepare us for God’s built-in ambiguity.

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December 13, 2020
John 1:5
Advent 3
Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low... - the Prophet Isaiah

As we look through the Bible, most of Jesus’ words were comforting words. He went around healing people – not just their bodies, but also their hearts. When we have been broken by life, Jesus is not there to tells us what we did wrong. He comes to bring us comfort.

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December 6, 2020
Isaiah 40:1-11
Advent 2
"But in those days, after that suffering..." - Jesus talking about the apocalypse

For now, you are the second coming of Christ. If this is the apocalypse, how much more important is it that you be loving, kind, and future-oriented? 

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November 29, 2020
Mark 13:24-37
Advent 1
"...for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me..." - Jesus

A question on the final exam is: "Are you compassionate?" If you can answer with a resounding YES! Then you pass Jesus’ final exam.

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November 22, 2020
Matthew 25:31-46
Christ the King Sunday
Pentecost 29
"I will punish the people who rest complacently on their dregs"- The Lord speaking through Zephaniah

There is a day coming when all who have ever lived on this planet will be called to judgement. The test question then we be, have we used the time and position that God has given us to do good and show compassion to our fellow man?

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November 15, 2020
Judges 4:1-21
Matthew 25:14-30
Pentecost 24
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" - Jesus

Jesus is saying in his first message, "I am not blessing you for your accomplishments. You are already blessed for being on the path. Blessed are all those who hunger and thirst to become better people. Your heart will be filled with goodness."

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November 8, 2020
Matthew 5:1-12
Pentecost 23
For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted - Jesus

The world has its class system. Jesus says, “don’t bring it home.” We should root out all hierarchy in our personal life.

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November 1, 2020
Matthew 23:1-12
Pentecost 22
The Lord said to Moses, "I have let you see the Promise Land with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there."

Many of us will have tasks where we do the work, but don't get to enjoy the victory.  Moses' story is like that. He did everything God asked him to do, but he didn't get to go into the Promised Land.

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October 25, 2020
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Pentecost 21
Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor's... - Jesus

How do we separate religion and politics? I think Jesus would tell us to do our duty in each sphere. On the religious side of the coin, we worship and study the scriptures so that we might know God’s will for our lives. On the political side of the coin, we vote, become involved in social concerns, etc.

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October 18, 2020
Matthew 22:15-22
Pentecost 20
The people [of God] sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel. - Exodus 32:6

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what I call, primary relationships. Our relationship with God is one. Other primary relationships include our parents, spouse, siblings, and those we enter into a covenantal relationship with. These are the cables that anchor our lives. 

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October 11, 2020
Exodus 32:1-14
Pentecost 23
You shall have no other gods before me.

Before we go hanging Moses' Ten Commandments in our courthouses, we best understand them. God did not tell Moses to go back to Egypt and make the worshipers of Osiris and Nut to obey these new rules. It would be like asking the average American to learn the rules of cricket. The people of the Exodus were the target audience for these laws because they had been baptized into faith at the Red Sea.

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October 4, 2020
Exodus 20:1-17
Pentecost 18

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