“Cutting Down Giants”

Have you ever come face-to-face with a “giant”? It could be someone powerful and imposing who stands in your way. Or a situation that arises that stops you in your tracks. Or an obstacle that blocks you from where you wanted to go. Most of us have faced “giants” at some point in our lives. The Jewish people faced “giants” of their own. After God […]

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“All that Glitters”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had several “Chicken Little moments” since the COVID-19 virus changed our way of life. You might remember “Chicken Little” from your childhood days. The abridged story goes something like this:  Chicken Little merrily walks in the forest one day when an acorn falls from a tree and hits the top of her little head. Chicken Little decides in that moment […]

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“Water in the Desert”

Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on stories of the Jewish wilderness experience. After being freed from a brutal life of slavery in Egypt, the Jewish people embark on a 40-year journey through the Sinai wilderness on their way to a New Life in a New Land. Unfortunately, seasons in the wilderness are part of human life. One thing ends […]

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“There is Enough”

Have you ever looked at the world and assumed, “There isn’t enough”? There isn’t enough money. There isn’t enough time. There isn’t enough _____. (You fill in the blank). We live in a world of finite resources. Sometimes there isn’t enough. As the Jewish people travel through the Sinai wilderness on their 40-year journey from Slavery in Egypt to a New Life in a […]

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“One Day at a Time”

One of the central events in our Old Testament is the story of the Exodus. After God works through Moses to deliver the people of Israel from a Life of Slavery in Egypt, God begins to lead the people to a New Life in a New Land. Unfortunately, what could have been a two-week hike turns into a 40-year journey through the […]

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“Altar”

Now, not only is the sermon done, I’m done. I’m done being a pastor. “Bittersweet” hardly describes my feelings. I’ve had a wonderful ministry that has stretched across not only 34 years, but across Texas. It’s not always been easy, but it’s been good. God has been with me and I’ve been honored to share ministry with so many wonderful […]

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“Help”

The Psalmist is in trouble. He’s crying out to help without hesitation or pride. He’s not saying, “I got this.” or “No worries, be happy.” He doesn’t clutch his Bible and confidently say, “Everything happens for a reason.” He’s worried. Worried!? He’s quaking in his boots; scared out of his pants! He’s afraid of those […]

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We are in the midst of a dark valley, at least  we think we are in the midst of it.  Only God knows.  We pray we’re at the midway point or beyond, but we don’t know. Parts of our country are “opening up,” in various ways and to mixed reviews.  Evidently in some areas,restaurants, bars, […]

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On Feb. 23, Pastor Jim preaches on Psalm 51. 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 […]

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On Jan. 19, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Samuel 3:3-10. 3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. 2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3 […]

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