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Archive for May, 2015

  • Opposite Day

    This Week’s Text: John 3:1-17 “Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night…” What a way to start a story. There is so much here that sets the tone for what is about to come. And what is about to come? Only the most famous Bible verse […]

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  • Better Without Jesus

    This Week’s Text: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15 Today, we celebrate Pentecost, but like last week with Ascension Sunday, the Scripture we read this morning was not the traditional Pentecost reading of Acts 2. We are looking at how Jesus prepared his disciples for this day. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came in power—big and visible. The Holy […]

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  • The Church’s First Decision

    This Week’s Text: Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Today we are looking at the church’s first decision. So, let’s set the scene: Jesus has ascended to heaven, the eleven remaining disciples and a crowd of others who had followed Jesus were together in a house, and they are praying and waiting for the promised Holy Spirit. What would […]

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  • Because I Said So

    This Week’s Text: John 15:9-17 “Because I said so…” I thought this would be an apt sermon title for mother’s day. This is usually said in response to the question, “Why?” There is a certain point in the life of a child where the question “why?” seems to dominate. At first, I am sure its cute, […]

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  • Every Branch Gets Pruned

    This Week’s Text: John 15:1-8 Today’s passage paints a vivid image. We have a vine-grower, a grape vine, and its branches. It describes how the vine-grower removes the branches that bear no fruit so that the resources can better flow to the branches that are productive. But the pruning doesn’t stop there. When you prune the […]

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