Tag Archives: Forgiveness

The light of Christ’s love

John 20:1-18 “Early in the morning while it was still dark.” That is when Mary Magdalene went to visit Jesus’ tomb. It is likely she had no idea what she would do when she got there. The great stone would … Continue reading

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A silent vigil

Matthew 27:57-66 The day after we remember the crucifixion of Jesus the church remains silent. There is no business to conduct. There is no proclamation other than “Jesus died.” Silence is perhaps the only way we can respond to such … Continue reading

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Turning the tables

Mark 11:12-25 If Jesus were to enter your church today, what would he find? Would he find a pastor who is diligently leading worship? Would Jesus find pews filled with faithful children of God? If Jesus were to attend the … Continue reading

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Cleansed

Matthew 21:1-17 Not long after Jesus entered Jerusalem he entered the temple. Out in the streets of the city he was showered with shouts of “Hosanna!” as people celebrated his coming. Inside the temple much the same took place that … Continue reading

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No secrets

1 John 1:8-10 Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open; all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid. These words are very familiar to a great number of Christians. Each week, Christians bear their souls, confessing their … Continue reading

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God has a plan

John 3:1-17 There are a couple over-used phrases employed by Christians that seem to always get under my skin. The first one is “Everything happens for a reason.” The other is the phrase “God has a plan.” The usual context … Continue reading

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The kingdom awaits

Genesis 1:1-31 In just six days, according to the scriptures, our almighty God created the heavens and the earth. With a simple word, light became a reality, the sun, moon and stars were fixed upon the sky and the waters … Continue reading

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Come to the well

John 4:1-14 The text this morning tells of an encounter of a Samaritan woman and Jesus. She came in the middle of the day when most would have likely come much earlier. Jesus knew who she was. He knew all … Continue reading

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Receiving our Lord

Luke 22:14-23 In the hours before Jesus was lifted up upon the cross, he gathered his closest friends around the table and poured out the Spirit of God’s love. In the meal they shared, Christ made himself truly available to … Continue reading

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Temptation

Matthew 4:1-11 Certainly we all face temptation, but what does it mean to be tempted? At the very least, to be tempted means that we are enticed, lured or even seduced to engage in a behavior we know is contrary … Continue reading

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