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Is politics broken?

It feels like it. Especially if you watch any news source and how they report on the proceedings of any capital in this country. I watched a montage of Republican US House members who were upset over Ukraine funding. Their statements all had one thing in common – a...
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Stroll through Scripture for April 21, 2024

Based on Acts 17:1-9; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 The Narrative Lectionary jumps from Acts 3 all the way to Acts 17 and beginning of the spread of the church outside of Israel.  In this week’s Lectionary, we are sent with Paul and Silas to Thessalonica.  Thessalonica was an important and thriving city...
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A Special Place and Community of Healing

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-g3dye-15e0f6e Peter and John heal a man lame from birth.  And when healed, he becomes a part of the community.  But it is far more than just physical healing that happens.  Christ is still active in healing in a multitude of ways today. We experience this healing at Christ...
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No one sees themselves as the bad guys

I have a working theory that says that no one has ever seen themselves as the bad guy. It doesn’t matter who we are talking about. Everyone, even the most evil of people in history, have always thought of themselves as on the side of good and that their...
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Being a Christian vs. Following Jesus

Is there a difference between being a Christian and following Jesus? I guess it depends on who you ask. I know this much, there is no definitive answer to this. Because who would make that call anyway? Some people would say the two are synonymous. Someone holding this position...
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Stroll through Scripture for April 14, 2024

Based on Acts 3:1-10 This Sunday’s reading from the Narrative Lectionary is almost like part two of last week’s reading – we just happen to skip over Pentecost, in Chapter 2.   Last week we heard Jesus tell the disciples that they would receive the power of the Holy Spirit.  The...
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Witness to a bigger God

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-2um3h-15d63f2 Humanity has great imagination for destruction, but limited in what God is capable of doing to improve creation and life.  We are called to witness to God’s acts, which are much better.  The sermon is based on Acts 1:1-14....
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Empty (Theological and Ideological) Calories

The term empty calories refers to food that offers little or no nutritional value. The description of the term under the link from the Harvard Medical School website on the search engine results page added the following: “[Empty calories] can contribute to weight gain, chronic inflammation, and other health...
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Stroll Through Scripture for April 7, 2024

Based on Acts 1:1-14 The resurrection has taken place.  Now what?  That’s probably what was going through the minds of Jesus’ early followers.  Regardless of the fact that Jesus told his closest followers at least three times what was going to happen, they just never got it.  But are we any different?  How many...
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Easter Sermon, 2024

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-yvskz-15cb4c6 Early Easter morning, the women come to the tomb.  They bring their expectations.  They enter the tomb where their expectations die, because Jesus is risen and unleashed on the world.  He can’t be contained.  What’s he going to change?  The sermon is based on Mark 16:1-8.  ...
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