Pure Genius

Synopsis: Someone I know says “there are different kinds of smart.” She is SO smart and that is so true! And so one wonders what kind of “smart” Jesus had in mind when he chose the kids no one really wanted on their team…the ones who smelled like salt water and fish, to be his disciples.

Reading: Mark 1.14-20

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Road Rules

Reading: John 1.43-51

Synopsis: No, not the old MTV reality show, but the reality of what it means to be on the road with Jesus. When he calls Philip here to a life of discipleship, Jesus gives some road rules that are little more forgiving than other “driving laws’ that exist in the United States!

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Beautiful in the Broken Places

Reading: Act.19.1-7

Synopsis:  The note in my study Bible says that the 12 disciples there in Ephesus received the Holy Spirit and therefore the same FILLING WITH GOD’S POWER AND PRESENCE THAT THE DISCIPLES HAD RECEIVED ON PENTECOST.

The reality of our lives is that many of us are in need filling too…especially in the areas of our lives that are broken and cracked. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the can be great beauty in the broken places of our lives.

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Snow on Palm Trees?

Reading: Psalm 147

The Buffalo NY 2014 winter storm gets up to 7 feet of snow.  Syracuse NY being one of the snowiest cities in the country raises the question, will we continue to keep the Golden Snowball award?  I mean, Syracuse and snow go together like Beer, Blues and Dinosaur BBQ.  So, what does all this have to do with the sermon and the Title?

Well, Let’s start with Psalm 147.  Verse 16 –  He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes. Verse 17 – He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold?

As for the sermon and Title, the correlation is…well…Surprise!  You need to listen to find out.

Check it out.

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The Gift Of Jesus.

Date 12.24.14

Reading: Matthew 1.18-2.12

Synopsis: We celebrate the greatest gift of all tonight…God with skin on. God in such a small package! Might this influence our giving this season in some fashion?

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The Gift of Grace

Date: 12.14.2014

Reading: Ephesians 2.1-10

Synopsis: GRACE: It is something that is totally unearned and undeserved…like God’s love in Christ for even the likes of ME! Thanks be to God.

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The Gift of Adoption

Date: 12.07.2014

Reading: John 1.6-13

Synopsis: Just when we think we can’t, there is more often than not, a Way! This is particularly true for those of US who are ‘adopted’ into Christ!

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The Gift of Expectancy

Date: 11.30.14

Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Synopsis: The Gifts of Christmas Series is the brainchild of the very funny SkitGuys. Each sermon will be begin with a video that introduces the theme of the day. We will think together about the gift of Expectancy, Adoption, Grace, Reconciliation and Jesus.

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Hiding Baby Jesus Video.

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Date: 11.23.2014

Reading: Psalm 105.37-39

Synopsis: This series will pick up on themes used in the devotional guide I put together for my sabbatical and inspiration comes from Christine Valters Paintner’s book, Water, Wind Earth and Fire, The Christian Practice of Praying the Elements. Focusing on the Psalms, that especially refers to elements to describe attributes of God, you can anticipate some new and creative ways to think about, pray with and worship God in this short series.

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Do I know you? The 2014 Good Samaritan

Reading: Luke 10:25-37

Synopsis: Have you ever looked forward to peace and quiet while taking a trip but had a talkative seat-mate changed your plans? Well, sometimes your plans take you to directions you never thought of. These are opportunities. What opportunities do you encounter day by day lead you to being a good Samaritan? One of our very own youth’s, Cater, requested family and friends to give him money for Christmas instead so he could pay for a youth to attend Vander Kamp. All this from listening and caring at church. How’s that for being God like?

So set down the cell phone and enjoy some conversation. You may find that God was present and helped guide you to do a good deed, make a caring gesture or even be that Good Samaritan alongside the road.

What opportunities await “you” today?

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