Monthly Archives: April 2018

The end is near

Luke 21:5-19, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Alongside the road there is an old VW van with a sign propped up against it; “Repent, the end is near!” The car in front of you in traffic has a bumper sticker warning that … Continue reading

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Striving toward righteousness

Matthew 23:27-39 How often have parents entered a child’s tidy and organized room only to encounter an avalanche of stuff upon the opening of the closet door? On the surface the parent is initially delighted, but upon closer inspection such … Continue reading

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Do not fear

Mark 5:21-43 As he walked with Jesus towards his home, Jairus was hit with the news, “Your daughter is dead.” No need to bother Jesus any longer; you’re too late. With such devastating news, one has to wonder what was … Continue reading

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Gifted by the Spirit

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 There is a cliché in sports that says, “It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” This is a favorite among gifted athletes, especially those who have set records, won championships and continually make the morning … Continue reading

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More than belief

Genesis 12:1-7; Hebrews 11:1-12; John 6:35-42, 48-51 In 1965, a Motown group called The Impressions scored their biggest hit with a song titled “People Get Ready.” Curtis Mayfield, the song’s composer begs his hearers “People get ready, there’s a train … Continue reading

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Strengthened through faith

Acts 15:36 – 16:5, 1 Peter 5:1-14 Everyone faces a time when the best made plans fall apart. Projects seem too daunting, resources don’t add up, or perhaps we simply cannot rise to the occasion. Barnabas and Paul planned to … Continue reading

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Soon and very soon

Revelation 21:1-7 When I think of God’s kingdom coming in its fullness, I am reminded of the gospel hymn Soon and Very Soon. The opening stanza expresses an undeniable joy. One day, we will see our King Jesus. Soon and … Continue reading

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