“The Road: The Misbehaving Woman”

On February 18, Pastor Jim preaches on Mark 14:1-11. What a scene. Jesus is minding his own business enjoying dinner as a guest in someone else’s home, and a woman enters the room and pours perfume over his head. Naturally people were offended, especially those opposed to waste and in favor of missions to the […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Grief”

On February 4, Pastor Jim preaches on 2 Samuel 18:32-19:4. “The only way to get through grief is to grieve.” We have had a number of deaths in our church family this past month. People sometimes say, “It must be difficult to be a pastor at times like these.” It is. As a young minister, […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Depression”

On January 21, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Kings 19:1-8. The Gallup Poll reports that 17% of Americans have been diagnosed with depression. If we added in the many other depressed people who have not been diagnosed, the percentage is significant. Fortunately for us Christians we never get depressed. We are born of the spirit. We […]

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“The Secrets We Share: Loneliness”

On January 14, Pastor Jim preaches on 1 Samuel 3:1-10. The story of Hannah, Eli, and Samuel is steeped in loneliness. Hannah knew the loneliness of being unable to bear children. In desperation she prayed to God at the temple of Shiloh for God to help her. A priest named Eli was watching her pray with her […]

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“The Life of Christmas Present”

On December 17, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 2:1-7. 1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also […]

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“Bah! Humbug!”

On December 3, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 16:19-31. This Advent season we are thinking together about Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation from, as Dickens described him, “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” into the joyful, dancing soul who opened his heart and his pocketbook to the poor, to his neighbor, and […]

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“No Longer Submit”

On November 12, Pastor Jim preaches on Galatians 5:1. “For freedom Christ has set you free. Stand firm therefore and no longer submit to a yoke of slavery.” — Galatians 5:1 In the wake of the horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, I struggled to know what to preach this Sunday. I’ve always been drawn to Galatians 5:1 […]

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“Saints and Sinners”

On November 5, Pastor Jim preaches on Hebrews 11:1-8. When it comes to who wrote the Book of Hebrews, the jury is still out. Traditionally, the Apostle Paul is given credit, though many scholars have other theories. Ask two scholars a question and you’ll get three answers.  🙂 Some say the book was written by Clement […]

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“Extravagant Generosity”

On October 15, Pastor Jim preaches on 2 Corinthians 9:10-15. He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through […]

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