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Catchers of People

So, how many of you woke up today and said to yourself, "Today, I will be an evangelist!". No one? Well, I guess that doesn't surprise me, but you know, week after week, we end our time of worship with something like, “Go in peace, share the Good News!” and in return, we shout back “Thanks be to God.” In less fancy terms, it is as if at the end of the worship we are saying, “Go, evangelize…

What Have You Done For Me Lately?

Luke 4:21-30 Common English Bible (CEB)

He began to explain to them, “Today, this scripture has been fulfilled just as you heard it.”

Everyone was raving about Jesus, so impressed were they by the gracious words flowing from his lips. They said, “This is Joseph’s son, isn’t it?”

Then Jesus said to them, “Undoubtedly, you will…

Mission Possible

Today, we got the rest of the story! When we ended our reading last week, all was well. Jesus had read from the scroll of the prophet Isaiah on the Sabbath. In the reading we heard the words of the prophets say, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let…

Because God Cares

Have you ever said something, and the moment you said it, you wished you hadn’t? You know, those times when you are saying something to your spouse, or your boss, or to a group of folks, and the minute the words come out and you see the look on the other’s face, you know, “Oops, I shouldn’t have said that!”.

As I noted in my sermon this past Sunday, our Gospel story for this…

The Mission

Today’s Gospel story is only half the story; we will get the other half next week, but it is critical that we focus just on this first half today, because from this story we get a clear understanding of what Jesus’ mission in this world was and what our mission is today. Since the Church began on Pentecost over 2,000 years ago, we have struggled and argued over many things: what to believe,…

Dive In!

I have started reading the Bible in the order suggested to complete it in a year — I’m behind already, of course! I thought the Psalm reading on the first day was a perfect way to begin: “God’s Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!” ( Read more | Comments (0) | Jan 23, 2019

It's Time to Act & Have Fun!

As a veteran of many weddings, I am always interested in listening to wedding stories. Not only have I presided over 50 weddings, I have also been intimately involved in two family weddings, my son’s and my oldest daughter’s, and now this year we are in the midst of planning our youngest daughter, Dana’s, wedding. Weddings require so much planning and there are so many details to ensure that…

Drinking the Good Stuff

John 2:1-11 Common English Bible (CEB)


Wedding at Cana

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and

Filled with Expectation

Well, Christmas is definitely over. I mean, for the past few weeks we have been talking about the baby Jesus, or at least the small child of Jesus, but today, very abruptly, we jump right into the life of Jesus the adult. Just prior to our reading today, Luke tells us that John was in the region of the Jordan River baptizing people and that “crowds” were coming out to be baptized. John’s message…

God Always Comes Down

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a Merry Christmas, and I wish you all the best in 2019.

This coming Sunday, Jan. 13, we will celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, which means we will read about the baptism of Jesus (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22). According to Luke, after Jesus was baptized, everyone around heard God speak, “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been…

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