Steady, Lord, Steady A ‘Triple A’ Guide to a Steadfast God

In a world where things sometimes seem bleak and where it is easy to become pessimistic and cynical , we have a steadfast God who is available, accessible, and affordable. And His love “endures forever”!

Readings from Ecclesiastes 1:9 and Psalm 136:1-3

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Remember the Lunchroom

“Teenage Royalty” can be found in the film “Mean Girls”. Was that you or were you on the other side? Did you sit with the right people. Maybe you were a jock, a techie a nerd? Were you the “royalty” of the school sitting in the seats of honor? Or maybe the seats of the uncool, seats of shame. It was also found in the stories of the bible. Listen as Pastor Bob unpacks the story of Jesus in the “lunchroom”.

Readings: Luke 14:1, 14:7-14

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The Road

The Road – Last week we thought together about the power of Jesus among, within and for the unclean.  This morning we will begin a 4 week series that will be focused on several service groups who have intentional ministries and visions to serve the least of these among us here in Syracuse.  We will engage in a Q and A with the people from The Road today.  They are the new faith community in the ole Methodist Church on the turnpike who passes out the PB and J sandwiches downtown.  We will also have a chance to pray for these good people.  Our hope in this series is that we may be lead as a faith family to be more intentionally and sustainably engaged with some of these groups.

Readings:   Matthew 22:34-40    Matthew 25:31-46

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A Story of the Unclean

Tombs are unclean. Pigs are unclean and it was an unclean spirit that knewJesus in this story. AND…the story takes place in a land of the ‘unclean…’ a Gentile land. So what? So Jesus helps us see who he is and what he can in and with and for the unclean, which, like it or not, may include you and me!

Readings: Luke 8:26-39

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Dead End

I was talking with Margaret Evans the other day and she was telling me she could only talk a minute because she was on the way to the funeral home…AGAIN! This was her third time in two weeks. She lost 3 life-long friends that quickly. These stories from Scripture shed some light on the reality of God’s gracious activity…especially for Margaret, and for all of us when “grief is raw.”It is precisely in situations of great need, when there’s a dead end, literally, that God’s grace breaks in.

Readings: Luke 7.11-17 and 1 Kings 17.17-24

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Keep the Fire

The fire that Elijah called down came as a witness to God’s power. The fire that filled the disciples at Pentecost came for the same reason. There is a call in Scripture for us to keep the fire burning bright.

Readings: 1 Kings 18:15-39

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From Persecutor to Progenitor

Our catholic brothers and sisters label Paul as a saint. We ALL get why that is so. But as Presbyterians we believe that no one is good enough. In the words of Jerry Herships, we are all a hot mess. Paul would be the first to tell you that he was too. That being said, the Holy Spirit called him and claimed him, even with and in his brokenness to give birth to churches all over Asia Minor and Europe. How might we be that light in the darkness of so many? Or maybe better, how can we rekindle a flame that seems to be only flickering in so many.

Reading Acts 9:1-20

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On Making Room for Miracles

Matthew is the only gospel writer who records that something significant registered on the Richter Scale the morning of the resurrection. But this earthquake was not like the one that Japan is still reeling from 5 years ago. THIS one communicates that even the natural world can’t help but to say: Jesus ALIVE makes a difference! So the question for those gathered today becomes: What difference does Jesus alive make in us…for us? Where do we see the seismic activity of God boiling up in our lives and community and want to give thanks? Where do we WANT God to shake things up…where do we need him to make a difference…but most importantly where can we make room for miracles!

Reading: Matthew 18.1-10

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On Listening to Him

There’s a reason it’s called the transfiguration. The razzle dazzle is certainly part of it…and then comes this imperative: “Listen to him.” That voice from the cloud knew something we don’t, namely that something in us needs transfigured too.

Luke 9:28-36

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What Love is NOT

While folks love this passage to be read at weddings it is not a passage about that kind of love…as good as it is! Paul was writing to a conflicted church and is holding up a Christian love that is not sentimentalized or romantic…and he says here in 1 Corinthians 13 that this love is like the love OF Christ…love embodied in his life…love that is not envious, boastful, proud, self-seeking…

Reading: 1 Corinthians 13: 1-14:1

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