Sermon: The God of Comfort

The God of Comfort for a Day of TroubleZechariah 1:7-17October 2, 2022 One writer has said, “Life is full of disappointments.  The biggest catastrophes (wars and tsunamis) and the smallest inconveniences (lower back pain and unfulfilled desires) infuse unrest into our lives.  Trials snatch peace from us.” [Menikoff, Character Matters.] Meg was the mother of […]

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Sermon: The Life of Repentance

  The Life of RepentanceZechariah 1:1-6September 25, 2022 Last week we talked about the significance of the book of Zechariah.  The book was important to Israel because of its role in calling the nation to complete the rebuilding of the temple after returning from its 70 year exile in Babylon.  But it was also important […]

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Sermon: God Remembers

God RemembersZechariah — an OverviewSeptember 18, 2022 Several years ago, when the girls were in high school, I attended a conference in Washington D.C.  Raye Jeanne and I thought it would be a great opportunity for a family trip, especially since we are a little bit nerdy and like things like historical sites and museums.  […]

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Sermon: The Good Shepherd

Jesus Christ — the Good ShepherdJohn 10:1-21September 11, 2022 A few years ago I was running some errands one afternoon when I noticed that one tire was almost completely flat.  I slowly made my way to a tire store.  There was a long line and wait (with mild irritation).  Finally, I spoke to an employee:  […]

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Sermon: Life in Seasons of Lament

Life in Seasons of LamentPsalm 119:153-160August 28, 2022 When we are in crisis, we don’t always think rightly or well.  The disciples were no different.  On one occasion, Jesus took the disciples on a boat trip across the Sea of Galilee — a body of water with which many of them were very familiar.  Seemingly […]

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Sermon: Love Still More

Love Still More1 John 4:7-11August 14, 2022 The number/letter combination A113 is seemingly everywhere in animated movies.  It’s Andy’s mom’s license plate number in Toy Story; It’s a door number in Monsters University; It’s the courtroom number in Up; It’s the camera model number in Finding Nemo; It’s on a rat’s ear tag in Ratatouille; […]

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Sermon: Comfort Still More

Comfort Still More2 Corinthians 1:1-7August 7, 2022 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and theologian in Germany in the 1930s and 40s.  He not only was opposed to the doctrine of Naziism, but was one of only a few pastors to publicly oppose Hitler and his regime.  His vocalism against Hitler propelled him into leadership of […]

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Sermon: Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

Fixing Our Eyes on JesusHebrews 12:1-3July 31, 2022 In 1948, Dutch physicist Hessel de Vries began doing some research on the two daughters of a colorblind father and discovered that their eyes perceived colors differently from both their father and others with normal color perception. Our eyes perceive color through the cones in our eyes; […]

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Sermon: Victorious Faith

Victorious FaithHebrews 11:32-40July 24, 2022 They have been called “The Most Crushing Losses in Sports History,” “The Hall of Flameout,” and “Snatching Defeat from the Hands of Victory.”  They are sports events that are considered major failures, gaffs, and defeats.  For years, ABC captured the sense of loss on Wide World of Sports with an […]

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Sermon: Choosing to Live by Faith

Choosing to Live by FaithHebrews 11:23-26May 29, 2022 In The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz tells of a trip to his local moderately sized grocery store. He found 285 varieties of cookies, 13 sports drinks, 65 box drinks, 85 kids’ juices, 75 iced teas, 95 types of chips and pretzels, 15 kinds of bottled water, […]

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Sermon: Blessings and Dying Words

Blessings and Dying WordsHebrews 11:20-22May 8, 2022 The legacy of people’s final words is fascinating.  What were the final words and thoughts on people’s minds as they departed this life for eternal life (or eternal death)?  These words are significant because death is the ultimate enemy of all men.  There are more harsh and less […]

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Sermon: A Test of Faith

A Test of FaithHebrews 11:17-19May 1, 2022   More than 30 years ago, I walked out of a classroom and building, and crossed the street to head to the school-owned apartment in which Raye Jeanne and I lived.  It was a pleasant early May day, with bright sunshine and moderate temperature.  As I crossed the […]

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