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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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  • Shake It Off

    This Week’s Text: 1 John 3:16-24 Love is such a buzzword isn’t it? Have you ever noticed that so many people like to talk about love, but they never want to define it? The writer of 1 John jumps right in from the start and carries through the passage a very specific and clear definition of […]

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  • What Do I Say?

    This Weeks’ Text: 1 John 1:1-2:2 One of the most common things I get asked as a pastor is the title of today’s sermon, “what do I say?” in reference to evangelism. The 1 John passages begins, “we declare… what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at […]

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  • Vow, Week 7: Profess (Easter Sunday)

    This Week’s Text: John 20:1-18 While I have been studying John’s account of the Easter story in preparation for today, the thing that jumped off the page for me this year was how many times people miss seeing the resurrection right in front of them. Following chronologically, we have Mary missing it, then John missing it, […]

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  • Vow, Week 6: Surround, Pray

    This Week’s Text: John 12:12-19 Sadly, so many debates about the Bible end up being an angry argument over whether the Bible is the inspired Word of God or the historical thoughts and recollections of people who were in relationship with God. I think the Bible is both of those things, and I think it […]

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  • Vow, Week 5: Remain, Represent

    This Week’s Text: John 12:20-33 As you have probably picked up over the years, we pastors are a varied bunch. Just like any other field, we are all interested in and good at some things and not others. But the one thing that unites us all is our desire to hear people say, “we wish to […]

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  • Vow, Week 3: Confess, Trust, Serve

    This Week’s Text: John 2:13-22 A Japanese artist named Akasegawa would regularly pass a small staircase that led to nothing. What caught Akasegawa’s eye one day and made him stop was the fact that the wooden hand railing had been repaired. This peaked Akasegawa’s interest, and he began to keep his eye out for other artifacts […]

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  • Vow, Week 2: Accept, Resist

    This Week’s Text: Mark 8:31-38 In today’s Scripture passage, Jesus begins to directly teach his disciples that he would have to undergo suffering, rejection, and ultimately death. To Peter, this makes no sense. Jesus is the Messiah. The Messiah is supposed to overthrow the Roman Empire and sit on David’s throne, restoring authority and autonomy. The […]

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