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“Why Come to Church?”

We welcome our guest speaker, Linda LeMessurier. Key quotes and/or phrases in this audio. Why do you come to Church?  What are your religious views and convictions?   “Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the doors and see all … Continue reading

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“Dealing with ‘Legion’”

We are often like the man in this story who clearly seems to have no will of his own but is tossed about by the demons within. Only when he fell at the feet of Jesus did he find any … Continue reading

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““The Burden of Shame””

Public and personal chronic shame has a terrible affect on us. We see it and sense in the woman in this story! The power of Jesus’ love and acceptance yields gratitude and freedom. As our graduates head into the ‘real … Continue reading

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“In the Gaps”

We live sometimes without Easter joy! There is this quiet and sometimes NOT so quiet gap between sorrow that seems to last a lifetime and God’s promise of joy that comes with the morning. Jesus comes and compassionately fills that … Continue reading

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“WHY? Indeed!”

The ‘two men in white robes’ ask an important question at the ascension of Jesus: “WHY DO YOU STAND LOOKING UP TOWARD HEAVEN?” Why indeed…there’s work to be done, witnesses to make!      Acts1:1-11

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“A Wider View”

This Psalm and the New Testament reading are clearly about a wider view! Acts 16.9-15    Psalm 67

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““On Not Hindering God””

Peter’s question was huge: “Who was I that I could hinder God?” God empowered Peter, an ordinary fisherman to have a profound impact on the mission of the church! That’s the way it has always gone down! As we go … Continue reading

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“On Stitching in Time”

This text was always about the big show for me! It was about the RISEN Tabitha… It’s really a text about the gift she had…and that the church couldn’t do without it!     Acts 9.36-43

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“OH! AH! THANKS!”

Catherine Kelsey observes: “This Psalm moves from trouble to relief to thanks no less than four times.” Or from OH! to AH! to THANKS! What are the Psalmist’s resources/helps? Can they be ours as well?    Psalm 30

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“A Faithful Skeptic”

I’ve been pretty hard on Thomas in years past. Bottom line: he deserves some credit! He touches the faithful skeptic in all of us!    John 20.19-31

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