On June 4, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 2:5-18. The crowds outside the windows heard voices in their own varied languages praising God. The reaction was that of amazement and bewilderment. The more cynical accused the followers of Jesus of being drunk on cheap wine. Peter cleared that up, or tried to, as soon as possible. […]

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On June 4, Pastor Katy preaches on Numbers 11:24-30. The first church began with tongues of fire, miraculous abilities to speak other languages, and a sudden spike in those who followed Christ. It all came with the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, but the Spirit was around long before that day and continues […]

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On May 28, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Peter 5:6-11. Our Scripture on Sunday comes from a letter sent to persecuted Christians. I’ve struggled with the passage because persecution is not something most of us live with today, at least not because of our faith. It does contain some wonderful promises and words of comfort. For example: “Cast […]

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On May 28, Pastor Katy preaches on Luke 24:44-53. This Sunday is Ascension Sunday when the risen Jesus ascends into the clouds following his resurrection days on earth. When thinking about this scene, William Barclay once said, “No one has ever succeeded in painting a picture of the Ascension which was anything other than grotesque and ridiculous.” It’s […]

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“Adoption”

On May 21, Pastor Jim preaches on John 14:15-21. When Jesus told the disciples he would be leaving them “in a little while,” the disciples reacted like frightened children. They were afraid they would be orphaned. Jesus promised them that they would not be so. He promised the coming of another “Advocate” who would stick close to […]

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On May 21, Pastor Katy preaches on 1 Peter 3:13-22. In talking about suffering, we’ve all heard people say things like “this is your cross to bear.” But there are different kinds of suffering, and a difference between being a victim and a martyr. When 1 Peter talks about suffering for doing good, it’s talking […]

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On May 14, Mother’s Day, Pastor Katy preaches on Ruth 1:2-5, 14-18. Mother’s Day is a day when we celebrate all the women in our lives, but written by men in a patriarchal era, we catch only rare glimpses of the lives of women in biblical times. One of these glimpses comes in the story […]

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“The Gate”

On May 7, Pastor Jim preaches on John 10:1-10. John’s Gospel contains the great “I Am” statements of Jesus: “I am: the bread of life; the light of the world; the good shepherd; the resurrection and the life; the way, the truth, and the life; the true vine.” Sunday we will consider the time Jesus said, […]

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On May 7, Pastor Katy preaches on John 10:1-10. It’s “Good Shepherd” Sunday, so we turn to the 10th chapter of John. It’s the chapter where Jesus’ claim to be the “Good Shepherd” has resulted in countless paintings and artistic renditions of the gentle-faced shepherd carrying a wayward sheep on his shoulders. We picture this […]

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