“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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“Risk-Taking Mission and Service”

On October 8, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 25:31-46. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep […]

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“Passionate Worship”

On September 24, Pastor Jim preaches on Luke 10:25-28. The late Bill Hinson, pastor of First UMC in Houston, once told a story of meeting with an air-conditioning man in the sanctuary of his church. The man was calculating, with paper and pencil, how many tons of air conditioning would be needed to cool the […]

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“Radical Hospitality”

On September 17, Pastor Jim preaches on John 4:16(b)-21. I heard a story about a Baptist pastor who was praying in church. He meant to say, “Lord, forgive us for where we have fallen short.” Instead he prayed, “Lord, forgive our falling shorts.” It’s been said that everyone has three lives: a public life, a private live, and a […]

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“Tentmakers”

On September 1, Pastor Jim preaches on Acts 18:1-4. The Apostle Paul is an interesting character. Fourteen of the 27 books in our Bible have traditionally been attributed to Paul. These “books” are actually letters written to churches or, in a few cases, individuals. Did Paul realize that his letters would eventually be called Holy […]

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“The Potter’s House”

On August 13, Pastor Jim preaches on Jeremiah 18:1-6. Jeremiah 18:5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O […]

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“Leaky Cisterns”

On July 30, Pastor Jim preaches on Jeremiah 2:4-7, 11-13. In Aesop’s fable “The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs,” a farmer is blessed with a goose that lays golden eggs. Go figure! After intensive research (Google), I learned that a golden egg would be worth $114,500 today. Assuming an egg arrived each day, that’s […]

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“Don’t Trade Your Birthright”

On July 16, Pastor Jim preaches on Genesis 25:21-34. Siblings are often less than kind to one another. I’m ashamed to say that in my lifetime I’ve broken three collarbones, none of which belonged to me, and two of which belonged to my brother, Bill. As far as the other collarbone is concerned, I’d rather not comment. […]

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