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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed week.

I don’t know whether or not you know this, but Jill and I have a trip planned to the Holy Lands in November. We are scheduled to fly into Tel Aviv and then from there spend eight days touring around Israel visiting the sights where Jesus himself visited. We are supposed to visit Mount Carmel, the place where…

Radical Generosity

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

So, be honest, how many of you like the concept of equality that Jesus taught in this Gospel story today? How many of you think it was fair for the landowner to give a full days wage to those who worked for only an hour and then when those that worked,…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed week.

When I graduated from high school, I thought college would be a “piece of cake.” I had gotten straight “A”s in high school, and there was no reason to think college would be any different. Then, after just a few weeks of college classes, I had my first college exam. It was in my history class, and…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed week.

Over the past month, our Gospel texts each Sunday have been filled with Jesus talking in parables as he attempted to explain what the kingdom of heaven is like to his disciples. The kingdom of heaven is like a sower who sows his seed, a mustard seed, leaven in bread; all of which have to do with how the kingdom…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed week.

I am deeply saddened by the latest conflicts in Israel and Gaza. In the very lands that our Lord and Savior walked and brought the Good News of Peace, conflict, violence, hatred and killing persists. So what caused this latest conflict? Why do both sides keep bombing and killing? Well, that depends on which…

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

On our drive home last Sunday, we stopped in Hannibal, MO. Now for those of who might not know, Hannibal is the childhood hometown of Mark Twain and the hometown of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. So, we stopped there for two reasons, one, I was hungry and…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed week.

There is an old joke about a man who owned a parrot. Every day at 5 p.m., the man took the parrot and walked down the street to the corner bar where he had a few drinks and talked with his friends. He had taught the parrot to order for him yelling out, “Gimme a beer! Gimme a beer!” every time he came in…

This Makes No Sense!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

I hope you all had a fun and safe Fourth of July. So, did you go to, or host a BBQ? Did you go buy some fireworks and set them off? If you did, hopefully you were careful as to where you shot them off. I love fireworks! In the city of De Soto where…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed and safe 4th of July.

For most of us, we celebrate on the 4th of July with fireworks, parades, and barbeques. As a national holiday, it marks that date in U.S. history, July 4, 1776, on which the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

So, I got to wondering this week, did they have huge celebration on July…

Come, And Be Well!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

If something is repeated it must be important. In our Gospel text this morning, the word “welcome” appears six times. In just three verses, Jesus says the word “welcome” six times. If something is repeated, it must be important.

What…

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