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12-01-2019 Matthew 24:36-44

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120119 – Matthew 24. 36-44 These Matthean TEXTS are NOT necessarily what people read INTO them. These texts ARE NOT about trying to get a leg up” on the “Second Coming.” When Jesus said, “NO ONE KNOWS.”  He meant just that!  No one knows, so STOP all the speculation ALREADY!  You are just spinning your […]

Matthew 24:36-44 B

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113019B – Matthew 24, 36-44 As Jesus prepared to meet “his final conflict” of his earthly life he spoke to his followers about “the things” that would come “in the last days” and he delivered a pretty clear message: “GOD is coming at a time you don’t expect, SO Get Ready.” In the course of […]

Matthew 24:36-44 A

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113019 – Matthew 24. 36-44 They say that Americans are “obsessed with the future”…more so, than the rest of the world. There is “a mindset here.” People want to be “a part of…” They do not want to be “left out…” They want to be “in the know…” People actually follow “WHAT IS TRENDING…”   […]

Luke 17:11-19

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112719B – Luke 17. 11-19 Someone once wrote and said that there are TWO TYPES of people in the world. In a couple of minutes I’m going to ask you to think about WHERE you fit-in. First, there are those who fill up their GAS TANK any time the gauge gets BELOW half a tank. […]

Thanksgiving

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112719 – It costs “literally NOTHING” to say, “Thank You!”  I am talking about showing GRATEFULNESS, THANKFULNESS and APPRECIATION. It really truly IS NOT DIFFICULT to simply ACKNOWLEDGE another human being…to RECOGNIZE another and to offer a word of KINDNESS. It is FREE, it costs YOU nothing. This happens to be a narrative that you […]

Christ the King Sunday 2019

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112319 – Luke 23. 33-43 Jesus was right where he WANTED to be. He WAS – where “he knew he HAD to be.” It was like one last show of solidarity, of comrade-ry. With the OUTCAST… With the CRIMINAL… With the MARGINALIZED… With the COMMON MAN… With YOU and me… Even with the HATED and […]

Luke 21:5-19 Wednesday night

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112019 – Luke 21. 5-19 The context is simple.  The “original source” for this text is the Gospel of Mark. As he does frequently through the Gospel of Luke, Jesus is speaking both to his twelve disciples and to a more “general larger audience.” People want to LEAN-IN and to LISTEN.  They want to “overhear” […]

Luke 21:5-19

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111619 – Luke 21.5-19 It may not be “popular” to talk about -heck – it may not even be “polite.” But many of us have ENDURED “a great deal” to get to where we are today. Sometimes, we speak about it, while at other times we remain forever silent, with much that goes unsaid, unspoken. […]

lUKE 20:27-38

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11/13/19 – Luke 20. 27-38 An elder in the church came by to visit the new pastor-one Sunday afternoon: He was a “highly respected member of the congregation” for over 25 years. While they were sitting on the back porch of the parsonage the man said, “Preacher, I’ve got “something to tell you.” I’ve never […]

Luke 20:27-38

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110919 – Luke 20.27-38 Just so you know the concept of “Resurrection is not “well developed” in the Bible.  In fact it was “hotly debated” in the time of Jesus.  The Scribes and the Pharisees “supported the idea of it,” the Sadducees, outright “rejected it.” In our Gospel text for today, Jesus “supports the idea […]